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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best of 2013: Movies

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Sorry this post is so late! We had some family unexpectedly arrive a couple days ago, so I was busy with them. No complaining, though. When it comes down to it, spending time with my family is the most important thing. Not that I don't love you guys! :)

This is the second installment of the Best of 2013 series. And unlike it's predecessor, I have organized all these movies from my most to least favorite. They all came out in 2013, too. Honestly, this was probably the easiest list to make out of all the "Best of 2013" I made.

This past year was a great year for movies. I mean, how could it not be when Catching Fire and Iron Man 3 came out? ;) I tried to pick a wide variety of movies for this list, because I know not everyone likes action and animated movies as much as I do. And the list is in order from my most favorite to my least favorite.

1. Catching Fire
Yes, yes, yes, yes. It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Johanna, Finnick, Wiress, and Beetee were spot on. Francis Lawrence (the director) kept to the book extremely well. He only left out a couple things, and those couple of things I could understand not including for the sake of keeping the movie under six hours. ;) Anyways, you just have to watch it. I promise you won't be disappointed.

2. Iron Man 3
Okay, so not many people like Iron Man. Personally, I just think he's misunderstood, but I don't think now is the time and place to defend Iron Man. ;) Normally, the second and third movies aren't as good as the original, but in this case, I liked it almost better. The movie was fast paced, funny, and had a decent amount of action scenes without loosing sight of the plot.

3. Despicable Me 2
I loved the first Despicable Me, and the second did not disappoint. When the movie first started I wondered how they could compare to the original, but they did. It may not be quite as good as the first, but is still worth the watch. It's funny, light hearted, and who doesn't love the Minions? ;)

4. Star Trek: Into Darkness
This movie seriously conflicted my morals. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the villain (Khan) and I couldn't help but root for him. ;) If you watch the second movie of the original Star Trek movies and then watch this, you'll pick up on a lot more things than if you just watched the new one. So I highly recommend doing that. The thing that I liked about this movie that I don't normally like about space movies, is that you could easily understand what was going on and not be super confused about who did what and why, etc.

5. Monsters University
I got a good laugh during this movie. It's almost as good as the original, if not better.  My sister was wondering why they made Monsters Inc. and then Monsters University, but I think it was better that they made the prequel after the first movie. You pick up on a lot more things that way.

6. The Croods
This is another movie to watch if you're looking for a good laugh. It's humorous without being overly childish. The animation is pretty cool, too. Everything is very bright and colorful. The story is very original, as well.

7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Another movie with Benedict Cumberbatch in it, so obviously I was going to go see it. And I like the Lord of Rings series anyway, so... What I really got a kick out of was Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug) where both in this movie and they also co-star in the BBC show "Sherlock". Anyways, just a little piece of trivia for you. The second installment of The Hobbit trilogy is just as good as the first. The plot moves quickly, there is a little bit of humor, and the actors all do a superb job.

8. Oz: The Great and Powerful
James Franco does a fantastic job playing the Wizard of Oz (who isn't quite the wizard yet) in this movie. I really enjoyed how they incorporated things for the original Wizard of Oz, in this movie. Like, before Oz gets swept off to the Land of Oz the picture is black and white. When he reaches Oz, the movie is in color. You also learn a little bit about the witches (the good and the bad). It was a clever story and definitely one to watch if you're a fan of the Wizard of Oz.

9. Gravity
This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It has a good story and great CGI. I enjoyed this movie, although, it isn't one of my favorite movies of all time, it is worth the watch.

10. Frozen
Now, I haven't actually seen this movie, but according to my sister and grandmother it's really good. Normally, Disney does a good job. This is probably another one of those light-hearted movies that would be nice to watch if you don't feel like watching an action  or drama movie.

Inquiry of the Day:

What were some of your favorite movies this past year?


  1. Swiftie221/02/2014

    Iron Man 3 and Monsters University were definitely some of my favorites this year, too! :) And I also really liked Thor: The Dark World.

    I really want to watch Catching Fire and Despicable Me 2... and The Hobbit... and The Croods. Actually, I might have to give them ALL a try. ;)

    1. I liked Thor: The Dark World, too. (Although not as much as Iron Man... ;)
      Haha. They all are amazing, so I highly suggest you do give them all a try.


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