2013, A Brief Cinematic Review

SO that’s 2013 over and done with, another year filled with some cinematic highs and lows, another year where cinemas screens were overpopulated by big-budget comic-book adaptations, needless sequels and mindless blockbusters.

But this year more than any has hopefully reminded Hollywood studios that there is no guarantee of success at the box-office anymore . The likes of The Lone Ranger, Another Earth and more recently 47 Ronin have all shown that audiences are becoming increasingly coy when parting with their hard-earned money at their local multiplexes. In the UK worryingly we also say some film distributors cynically cut their films for younger audiences in the hope of increasing its box-office appeal, with Die Hard 5 being a prime example.

But it wasn’t all bad, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity reminded many viewers of the magic that cinema possesses and the potential of 3D technology, that is so often squandered by many filmmakers.The likes of Blue Jasmine, Philomena and Saving Mr Banks have all given voters a difficult choice for the best-actress nod come award season.

Marvel’s Avengers Phase Two kicked into overdrive with the release of Iron Man 3 and Thor:The Dark World and Superman returned to the big screen once again with the underwhelming Man of Steel. J.J. Abrams who spent most of 2013 needlessly apologizing for Star Trek into Darkness was announced as the man who would take helm on Disney’s new Star Wars trilogy .

Ben Affleck was announced as the New Batman in the next instalment of the Man of Steel franchise. While many fan boys have criticised his casting, I think Affleck is a great casting choice, providing the film’s screenplay can handle the increasing number of character additions on a near daily basis.

Locally we saw the Terri Hooley bio-pic, Good Vibrations wow festival audiences across the globe, before going on a successful general release throughout the UK. BBC film critic Mark Kermode championed the film, heralding it as his film of the year.

As Londonderry celebrated its year in the sun as UK City of Culture, Kieran J. Walsh’s feature Jump, shot throughout the city itself was given a limited UK wide release but still managed to show audiences a Post-Troubles Northern Ireland, fresh with new vibrant stories to tell.

2013 has been a bumper year for animated features, who would have thought at the beginning of this year that it would be Pixar who dropped the ball with Monsters University. While the film performed strongly at the box-office it failed to recapture the magic of its 2001 predecessor.

Disney recaptured their magical touch with both Frozen and Wreck-it Ralph wooing audiences across the Globe and those pesky minions from Despicable Me 2 proved such a box-office draw, that they’re getting their own spin-off movie next year.

But that’s only a very brief look back at this past year, so here’s my Top 10 movies of 2013 below.

My Top 10 for 2013

  1. Gravity
  2. Saving Mr Banks
  3. Rush
  4. Django
  5. Filth
  6. Philomena
  7. Alpha Papa
  8. The Way Way Back
  9. Robot and Frank
  10. You’re Next  

Honourable Mentions

  • Star Trek into Darkness
  • Wadja
  • Populaire
  • No
  • Captain Philips 

Best Animated Feature

  • Wreck-it Ralph

Best Documentary

  • Made of Stone 

Missed connections

  •  A Field in England
  • The Act of Killing
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour
  • Upstream Colour
  • Frances Ha 

Disappointments

  • Kick Ass 2
  • Man of Steel
  • The World’s End 

Worst Film of the Year

  • The Counsellor

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