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Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2013

10. The Evil Dead

Took the silliness out of the franchise and returned it to its roots of just nasty, disgusting horror and while I didn’t quite love it, it was good and Jane Levy puts in an absolutely amazing performance!

9. The Lone Ranger

Haters gonna hate I guess, but this movie is exactly what you expect, a bombastic action flick in the vein of the Pirates of the Caribbean films only set in the Old West and I had a blast with it! Really liked Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger too, thought he was really underrated as far as being a leading man this year.

8. This Is the End

Disappointing year for comedy, so it was good that this movie lived up to the other movies these guys have made, just so many good jokes. Franco should do more comedy, most of his best roles are comedic.

7. Pacific Rim

This is a movie that grew on me, I went from not being interested, to taking my little sister to see it, to buying it on PSN and now I just love it. Here’s a tip everyone, the performances are supposed to be hammy, it’s supposed to be evoking the Hollywood World War II films. Anyway, I’ll watch anything with Charlie Hunnam, no matter how many times his accent slips up haha, he’s such a fun actor and getting better all the time. Wish more of Hollywood had this much originality and fun!

6. Fast & Furious 6

Real shame about Paul Walker, such a fun actor (if you haven’t seen Running Scared or Joy Ride, do so now!) and while he’s a side character here, I just love this franchise. Just fun (real for the most part) stunts with cars! This series, starting with Fast Five, is my favorite action series out there easily, everyone just looks like they’re having such a great time making them and I always have a great time watching them!

5. The Wolverine

Kind of a disappointing year for super hero movies; Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World were all decent, good if unsurprising movies, this is the one that surprised me. It’s almost a character drama with a great performance by Hugh Jackman!

4. The Conjuring

It’s rare, but I love when a horror movie comes out that is not only a good, for a horror movie, like The Evil Dead, but when the movie is actually just a good movie in its own right. James Wan is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors, he was almost there with Insidious, but absolutely knocked The Conjuring out of the park. So many chills while watching it and like all good horror movies, it’s one where you want to leave the lights on after you’re done watching it. The Conjuring is one of the better spine tingling kind of movies out there and in time will be up there with the horror classics.

3. Star Trek Into Darkness

For a long, long time this year, this was my favorite movie of the year. I’m an old school Trek fan, so by rights I should hate these movies, but I don’t. I unabashedly love them. They’re exactly what Trek needs right now to energize the franchise, a franchise that was deader than dead. Love that they were able to surprise me, despite being on similar ground. Such a fun flick!

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

If I wasn’t in such a Tolkien kind of mood right now, this could be second or third on this list, but like the first, I just loved being back in Middle-Earth. As an adaptation of The Hobbit book, it misses the mark, I think the first one handled the adaptation better. This one feels far closer to the tone of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but as a piece of cinema, it’s great and they nailed Smaug! Easily my favorite CGI creation since Gollum in the LotR trilogy. I loved the addition of Tauriel, a much needed female presence in these films and Evangeline Lilly did a good job and I’m on the side that liked the Tauriel and Kili romance, thought it worked pretty well. Anyway, I’ve said since before these Hobbit films started to come out that I could watch four hour Peter Jackson Tolkien films where nothing happens except Gandalf drinking tea and I continue to hold to that, luckily PJ is delivering some really fun films, with great set pieces like the barrel sequence and meeting Smaug, cannot wait for the conclusion next year!

1. Upstream Color

So Shane Carruth has made two movies and both of them are really, really good. I like Upstream Color more than Primer, because Primer’s coldness and the low budget feel were a smidgen off putting to me, but both of those problems were solved here. Right before I saw this, I was yearning for a David Lynch, “what is going on here” kind of film and along came Shane Carruth and Upstream Color. I can’t really say much, because I don’t want to give away my thoughts about what the movie is about and spoil it for any one, but I was not more captivated by a piece of cinema this year than this movie, it’s absolutely a work of art!

Favorite Performances of 2013

Top 5 Supporting Actors

5. Leonardo di Caprio (The Great Gatsby) – The movie was a bit of a disappointment to me, took “The Great American Novel” and turned it into something fairly shallow, but Leo was great as always.

4. Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) – One of my favorite actors, who I think is vastly underrated, I just love seeing him in movies like this and Lockdown, where he can just have fun with the role and ham it up a bit, he’s so good at doing that!

3. Tom Hiddelson (Thor: The Dark World) – Is there any surprise that Loki is the best thing about a Marvel movie that he’s in? It’s a shame, because Christopher Eccleston was in the movie and could and should have stolen it, but he phoned it in quite a bit and Loki once again ended up stealing the show.

2. Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) – For anyone who’s seen the BBC series Sherlock, you could see Cumberbatch’s rise to fame coming a mile away, such a talented young actor and he takes a rather iconic role and in my mind, makes it his own.

1. Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) – No, this isn’t a typo, I think his performance as Smaug and the voice work (though I know it was helped digitally) is up there with Andy Serkis as Gollum in this series. Smaug the Magnificent, indeed!

Top 5 Supporting Actresses

5. Diane Lane (Man of Steel) – Not exactly a movie that was filled with very many good performances, I thought her and Kevin Costner shined as the Kents and did all that was needed with those roles.

4. Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) – Honestly, out of the two female performances in the film, hers sticks out as the better one. Some great back and forth with Jackman in the film!

3. Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) -  In a film that almost made my Top 10 of the year, she stole the movie for me, the scenes of her where you can tell she is crushed by what happens with Tom Cruise’s character were some of the better acting that I’ve seen this year.

2. Ari Graynor (…For a Good Time) – The movie was so-so, but Ms. Graynor is one of the shining young female stars out there in Hollywood in my eyes. She has great comedic timing and holds up the movie really well with some decent range in her dramatic acting too!

1. Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) – Was kind of worried about her acting here, but she proved me wrong. I actually really liked the Tauriel and Kili story, helps set up Legolas’ openness to Gimli very well I think, but she did a great job with the role!

Top 5 Favorite Actors

5. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3) – No surprise, but he held the movie together very well, loved the scenes with Tony Stark and the kid, were easily my favorite scenes in the movie.

4. Mads Mikkelson (The Hunt) – Am very disappointed that I already did my Top 10 Favorite TV Shows I Watched in 2013 list, because after I wrote it we watched through the entirety of Hannibal and it would have been high on the list. Luckily I get to talk about him here, playing a very different role! Was heartbreaking to see what he went through in the film and he did an absolutely amazing job, film was so-so itself, but Mads was great!

3. Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) – Seeing as how he did pretty much everything else in the movie, I thought his acting was pretty great as well and it improved greatly from Primer. 

2. Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) – Felt like the first movie, he was real good in, but the movie was kind of stolen from him by Spock, this movie was all his and his play off of Cumberbatch was great!

1. Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) – Great year for Hugh Jackman, I hope he wins the Oscar for Prisoners, because it’s well deserved and about time he gets an award from the Academy, one of my favorite actors, but my favorite bit of acting from him this year was here in The Wolverine. He took the role that made him famous and did a great return to form with the character after a rather lackluster performance and movie in Origins. Loved how they brought back the animal side of the character, just a great, raw performance from Jackman!

Top 5 Favorite Actresses

5. Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) – The lesser of the two female roles in The Wolverine, at least in terms of performances, but Ms. Okamoto did a decent job as the romantic lead and an adequate job as a Japanese business woman.

4. Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing) – I can’t really say this performance is amazing or anything, but I love every role that Amy Acker does, so there you have it I guess.

3. Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) – One of my favorite actresses since I first saw her in The Departed, love that she’s in a film in my favorite genre now and of course, she helped raise the material further than it usually is.

2. Jane Levy (The Evil Dead) – Like Ms. Farmiga, Jane Levy just has an awesome performance in The Evil Dead, you can just see the fear in her eyes as everything is going on. The “We have to get out of here, now” scene is among my favorite scenes of the year.

1. Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color) – Having never seen her before, Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color was a revelation to me. Just an absolutely amazing performance, the confusion of the audience is played through her eyes perfectly.

Top 10 Favorite Books Read in 2013

10. Wonder Woman vol 1. Blood

The first and only time I’ve ever been interested in the Wonder Woman character. The God of War-esque mix of mythology with Wonder Woman was great.

9. The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack

I spent so much time with this web comic in 2013, that I felt like I had to throw the writer, name here, a bone and pick this up. So funny and so wrong!

8. Saga vol. 1

One of the better pieces of science fiction I’ve read in the past couple of years (though, that’s not saying a ton) and it’s no surprise, Brian K. Vaughn is one of my favorite writers. Such a fun, imaginative story!

7. The Name of the Wind

About equal in my eyes with A Song of Ice and Fire as far as the writing goes, the story doesn’t quite capture my imagination as much as ASoIaF, but it’s pretty close. I’m so jealous this is author’s name first novel.

6. Bioshock: Rapture

The year of BioShock for me, this novel is about as good as you could possibly expect. The writing, for what it is, was good and it’s a good look at how Rapture came to be.

5. Doctor Sleep

How does Stephen King do it? How has he been writing for almost forty years now and his writing is still consistently great and manages to write a really good follow up to one of his best novels? I don’t know, but I love it!

4. Hawkeye vol 1: My Life as a Weapon

My favorite new comic that I’ve read this year, if it were not for the next three titles on this list, could easily have ended up as my favorite thing I’ve read this year. So funny and so much fun.

3. Joyland

Not only does he create a great sequel to a great novel, he creates an all new original novel that touches on subjects that I love: childhood, summer, amusement parks, ghost mysteries, it’s all here in this fun novel, would be a great beach read.

2. 1984

It’s pretty rare for a “classic” novel to live up to the hype for me, but this did and so much more. I could see what all this inspired and what ripped it off, but this is just a masterpiece of prose and just an all around great novel.

1. Batman Incorporated vol. 2

How do you end what has been my favorite run in comics, probably ever? By giving us such a gut punch and then bringing it back to where it all started. Absolutely loved everything about Morrison’s Batman run and it has a perfect ending.

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows Watched in 2013!

31 Days of Horror

V/H/S 2 (2013)

Liked the first movie a lot more than the sequel. The Slumber Party Alien Abduction segment was ok, didn’t really like any of the rest of the segments.

31 Days of Horror

V/H/S 2 (2013)

Liked the first movie a lot more than the sequel. The Slumber Party Alien Abduction segment was ok, didn’t really like any of the rest of the segments.

31 Days of Horror 

The Pact (2012)

Kicking this off with this low budget horror flick, didn’t really do much for me. It’s got a haunted aspect that is just kind of a red herring. It has Casper Van Dien, so I guess I should have known.

31 Days of Horror

The Pact (2012)

Kicking this off with this low budget horror flick, didn’t really do much for me. It’s got a haunted aspect that is just kind of a red herring. It has Casper Van Dien, so I guess I should have known.

Batman 665

Love the idea that whatever has happened to Batman, be it the Adam West show to the George Clooney Batman & Robin to Nolan’s Batman is explained and tied into the narrative during Grant Morrison’s run on the book. So therefore, I love the strange and unexplained cases of The Black Casebook. Love that Tim Drake gets a bit of time in this issue, if I had one, small, minor complaint it’s that he is the Robin I grew up with and he does get very little time in during Morrison’s run. But hey, Damian.

Batman 665

Love the idea that whatever has happened to Batman, be it the Adam West show to the George Clooney Batman & Robin to Nolan’s Batman is explained and tied into the narrative during Grant Morrison’s run on the book. So therefore, I love the strange and unexplained cases of The Black Casebook. Love that Tim Drake gets a bit of time in this issue, if I had one, small, minor complaint it’s that he is the Robin I grew up with and he does get very little time in during Morrison’s run. But hey, Damian.

Batman 664

Love this issue and the many things it sets up, your first time through its a little head scratching, the second time through its genius. The return of Jezebel Jet, the Dickens-sequences Three Ghosts of Batman connecting back to the first issue in the story, the return of Zur en Arrh and The Black Casebook. Genius.

Batman 664

Love this issue and the many things it sets up, your first time through its a little head scratching, the second time through its genius. The return of Jezebel Jet, the Dickens-sequences Three Ghosts of Batman connecting back to the first issue in the story, the return of Zur en Arrh and The Black Casebook. Genius.

Batman 663

Toughest issue to choose my favorite page, other than the CG issue of Incorporated, cause I’m just not a fan of this style of art. That said, the story is fantastic, I could read a whole novel by Morrison about Batman. I love this is the start of the black/red checkerboard motif that continues through at least R.I.P.

Batman 663

Toughest issue to choose my favorite page, other than the CG issue of Incorporated, cause I’m just not a fan of this style of art. That said, the story is fantastic, I could read a whole novel by Morrison about Batman. I love this is the start of the black/red checkerboard motif that continues through at least R.I.P.

Love how everything in future issues is set up in this one and the beginning of the end of the story starts here, this early in the story. I love Damian’s eagerness to please Bruce.

Love how everything in future issues is set up in this one and the beginning of the end of the story starts here, this early in the story. I love Damian’s eagerness to please Bruce.