The Top 10 Films Of 2013 So Far

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By and large, 2013 has been a middling year for cinema. The first four months of the year offered exceptionally little in the way of truly interesting or compelling commercially-released content, instead delivering a long string of uninspired, unengaging material that, while rarely awful, only occasionally piqued my interest. I found myself skipping a lot more films than I normally would, in part because I was busy working on other projects, and in part because what Hollywood had to offer seemed almost aggressively dull.

Since May, though, the year seems to have turned a corner, and while the number of new films I outright ‘love’ remains limited, there have been a healthy number of movies I like, sometimes very much. And even in the midst of those early months of tedium, there were some real gems, often unexpected, that are absolutely worth mentioning.

Now that we have entered July and passed the halfway point of the year, it seems appropriate to reflect, as I did last summer, on the Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far. This was a much easier exercise to undertake in 2012, where I opened my mid-year Top 10 list by declaring 2012 “a fantastic year for movies,” and explaining that “never has my job been so enjoyable as it has been over the past six months.” That is not true this time around, but there are definitely 10 films I feel comfortable putting on this list, with a small number of honorable mentions to boot.

As always with this sort of list, some basic rules apply: I have to have actually seen the films in question, meaning that although there are several movies I have been kicking myself for missing (Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha comes immediately to mind, for instance), I obviously cannot include them on this list. I apologize if the countdown seems incomplete without them. This only reflects my personal experiences with the films of 2013, and is based in my own personal tastes. If you disagree, more power to you – please share your thoughts in the comments, but be polite, both to me and, more importantly, your fellow commenters.

Other than that, enjoy this list, and look forward to the ‘Worst of 2013’ equivalent later this week…

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10. Evil Dead

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I walked out of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead feeling as if I needed a long, intensive shower – or several, for that matter – and I mean that as an absolute complement. The amount of gore on display in this exquisite remake is not just shocking, but weirdly admirable and undeniably exhilarating. It may the single bloodiest film ever given a wide, commercial release in the United States – poor Jane Levy is probably still working hard to get all that fake blood out of her hair – but what makes the film work so surprisingly well is that Alvarez has an extremely strong sense of how to pace the bloodshed. The movie does not open with blood literally raining down from the sky. It builds to that point, and builds steadily, and because of that, the gore is never desensitizing, but impactful.

The movie is tremendously scary from start to finish, legitimately unsettling in both its violence and strong sense of danger and atmosphere (helped immensely by a terrific score from Roque Baños). Yet the DNA of Sam Raimi’s original is also a major part of the proceedings, with an underlying current of playfulness helping to distinguish the film as something special (just look at how much damage is doled out on the poor bastard who reads the Necronomicon). It would be a blast to see Alvarez and Raimi actually realize their vision of bringing original protagonist Ash and the remake’s main character, Mia, together in a crossover at some point in the future, but for now, Evil Dead is simply a damn good horror film of its own accord. If it is not one of 2013’s ‘greatest’ films, it certainly stands among the most fun and memorable, earning its spot on this list.

Listen to this episode of our podcast, WGTC Radio, where we discuss the film in depth.

Evil Dead is now available digitally through iTunes, and arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray July 16th.

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9. Fast & Furious 6

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In terms of sheer entertainment value, it is hard to find a single film this year that delivers more effectively than Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6. Not that this should be any sort of surprise at this point – 2011’s Fast Five made it clear that against all odds, this series has stealthily matured into one of the very best action blockbuster franchises out there, and Furious 6 is another clear step forward. The film’s most pleasant surprise may lie in how effectively it is able to build upon everything that has come before, remaining perfectly open and welcome to newcomers while offering long-time fans of the franchise plenty of satisfying pay-offs and character resolutions that go well beyond mere ‘callbacks.’ Were it not for that final, zany, mid-credits throwing of the gauntlet, Furious 6 could very well be the franchise’s final installment, and it would feel not only like an immensely satisfying finale, but an emotionally earned one as well. Every member of this cast has come to inhabit their fun (if intentionally simple) characters completely, and the chemistry between them all is, at this point, off the charts, something Lin exploits to great effect throughout.

Moreover, Furious 6 is simply a tremendous action movie, one of the absolute best of the decade so far, with a concluding set piece that is certifiably insane in its ambition, design, and stirring execution. When it comes to pure entertainment – energetic, engaging, and filled with more adrenaline that the human body should be capable of processing – very few ongoing film series, if any, do it better, and Furious 6 is a stunningly crafted, unexpectedly poignant, and above all else, ridiculously fun monument to this truth.

Read my full review here.

Fast & Furious 6 is now playing in theatres everywhere. 

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8. Much Ado About Nothing

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Joss Whedon’s homemade Shakespeare adaptation is more or less exactly what I had expected since the project was first announced: Beautifully acted, insightfully staged, enormously funny, and, at times, relentlessly casual, as if one were attending an intimate Shakespeare reading at Joss’s house. That lack of revelation may serve as a disappointment to some fans, but I am perfectly content to take the film for the small but immensely satisfying treat it is. Much Ado About Nothing is easily my favorite Shakespeare play, and even if he is working with a budget smaller than that allotted to craft services on any given day of The Avengers shoot, it is a joy to see Whedon’s sharp, distinctive take on the material, one that builds steadily to a surprisingly weighty emotional climax.

Much of the credit must go to the ensemble, of course, particular Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as the iconic Beatrice and Benedict, who immediately enter the pantheon with two of the all-time great cinematic Shakespeare portrayals. Their chemistry is practically magical, a sentiment that can be extended to the film as a whole. This is intimate, small-scale Shakespeare to be sure, but for a low-budget production made almost entirely out of passion and creative energy, it evokes every side of this great text in clever and insightful fashion, bringing both the humor and pathos out to degrees that may take audiences aback.

Read my full review here.

Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in limited theatrical release.

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7. Monsters University

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I had almost given up hope we would see another truly great Pixar film any time in the near future, after Cars 2 and Brave disappointed me so completely, and I certainly did not expect Monsters University – a prequel absolutely no one asked for or needed – to be the company’s big creative comeback. Yet against all odds, Monsters University works, and it works very, very well. On all levels, as a family-friendly college comedy, a prequel, and a supplement to the original feature, Monsters University is an extremely solid creative success, a minor-key work for Pixar on the whole, yet one that absolutely lives up to the artistic precedent the company has set.

The film simply feels like a Pixar movie, top to bottom, and after two consecutive left-turns into lazy, generic studio animation territory, it is an extreme pleasure to watch a new Pixar movie with a real voice. Even during those stretches when the film is a bit too mired in convention, Monsters University boasts terrific characters, gorgeous and clever visuals, truly intelligent and surprising humor, and a wildly poignant emotional undercurrent – climaxing in one of the single greatest scenes Pixar has ever delivered – all of which serves to distinguish the film as a cut above the rest, exactly like a Pixar film should.

Read my full review here.

Monsters University is now playing in theatres everywhere.

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6. Iron Man 3

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There is one superhero movie I enjoyed more so far this year, but Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 made it abundantly clear to me that Iron Man is my favorite superhero. How else could Black so perfectly tailor every single element of his film, a sprawling studio blockbuster of mammoth proportions, to expertly advance Tony’s intensely human arc of identity and insecurity? ‘Complex characterization’ is not a strong enough term to describe what he and Downey Jr. accomplish here. This is an insightful and engaging psychological analysis of an impossibly rich and fascinating central character, and alongside Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel may be the current pinnacle of the superhero film as character piece, surpassing even Nolan’s Dark Knight films in terms of cutting to the heart of what makes the title figure tick, and vibrantly defining what audiences love about him in the process.

Iron Man 3 is also tremendously funny, of course, and endlessly intriguing, and bombastically exciting as only the greatest comic-book blockbusters can be. I am convinced this is a watermark for the genre – the second Marvel has delivered since May 2012 – and the only proof I ever need to defend that, cinematically speaking, Iron Man is not only the best Avenger, but the most emotionally rewarding costumed hero of them all.

Read my full analysis here.

Iron Man 3 is still playing in select theatres, and will arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray September 24th.

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5/4 (TIE). The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers

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These two films may be extremely different in many ways, and each explore concepts the other never touches upon, but when I think of one, I invariably find myself thinking of the other, for each aims to explore the emptiness of the material, American teenage experience, and what the American dream means to young people in a modern context. Both are spectacular films, but both are also intentionally difficult to like, with Spring Breakers employing a formally avant-garde, stream-of-consciousness style, The Bling Ring showcasing vain, unpleasant characters in increasingly uncomfortable situations, and each film aiming to overwhelm the viewer with images of unchecked excess and consumption. But film does not, of course, have to be about entertainment; honestly and insightfully portraying morally and emotionally complex experiences such as these is an equally valuable cinematic feat, and in terms of pure, experiential storytelling, The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers are unsurpassed for the year to date.

Individually, Spring Breakers is the richer picture, while The Bling Ring is, by design, simpler and more direct. The Bling Ring is uniformly focused on watching the lives of its characters unfold without judgment or commentary – and features fantastic work from Emma Watson and newcomers Katie Chang and Israel Broussard – while Spring Breakers is constantly commenting on itself through its elliptical, rhythmic editing style. It is, in truth, the single densest film I have seen all year, touching not only on the themes of modern teenage identity and material consumption shared by The Bling Ring, but also exploring voyeurism, violence, sexuality, masculinity and femininity, the nature of the body, and even concepts of transcendence. And in James Franco’s stirring, career-best work, Spring Breakers boasts the best leading male performance of 2013 to date.

Both films clearly deserve consideration among the best films of the year so far, and their thematic similarities and complements are such that ranking them separately seems futile. It would be a challenging experience, but Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring would make one hell of a double feature, and that is how I rank them here.

Read my full review of The Bling Ring here (I did not review Spring Breakers).

The Bling Ring is currently playing in limited theatrical release, and Spring Breakers is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digitally.

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3. From Up on Poppy Hill

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While Studio Ghibli’s latest film premiered in Japan way back in 2011, it was not shown in American theatres until earlier this year, so it counts for the purposes of this list. And as well it should, for From Up On Poppy Hill is another gem from the world’s greatest animation house, one that harkens back to their ‘real world’ dramas of the 1990s, like Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday, to deliver a soft but powerful story about the passage of time, the importance of the past, and the possibilities of the future. It is an extremely dense and complex film in its own right – and I recommend reading my review, linked below, for a much fuller analysis – but I am, as always, blown away by Ghibli’s unparalleled capacity for understated human emotion. There is such tremendous authenticity to the way the film’s characters process loss and deal with family, and the emotions come through as purely and powerfully as ever here, if not more so. I do not doubt that the creative union of father and son – Hayao Miyazaki wrote the screenplay, while son Gorō, acquitting himself well after the disappointing Tales From Earthsea, directs – plays a part in this.

Narratively and thematically, Hayao Miyazaki’s fingerprints are all over this film, and that is a pleasure. But if the general atmosphere and precise emotions are not proof enough, the stupendous and unique animation clearly declares this as a work of his son, and I am overjoyed to see Gorō’s style and voice develop so rapidly. The major talent he shares with his father lies in illustrating pathos of all sorts, for without forcing emotion or cloying elaborately, the younger Miyazaki stages several subtle, beautiful sequences of characters dealing with grief, through both memory and the pain of present-day absence. One such scene – a dream, in which protagonist Umi imagines her family together and whole once more – stands as one of the most vulnerable, authentic, and devastating moments in the studio’s canon. From Up On Poppy Hill is not quite a masterpiece, as many of Ghibli’s films are, but it is a great one nevertheless, and easily among the best theatrical releases of 2013 so far.

Read my full review here.

From Up on Poppy Hill arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray September 3rd.

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2. Pacific Rim

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A true cinematic miracle, Pacific Rim sees beloved director Guillermo del Toro writing an impossibly exuberant love letter not only to monster movies, of both the Japanese daikaiju and Western varieties, but to cinema’s most basic capacities for imagination and spectacle. Del Toro is nothing if not one of the most passionate filmmakers working today, and Pacific Rim, a work devoid of cynicism and bursting at the seams with earnest exuberance, is as clear and celebratory an expression of that passion as he – or most directors, for that matter – has yet to create.

While I fear the film may be arriving at the wrong moment in cinematic history for viewers conditioned to the Christopher Nolan style of ‘real-world’ angst, Pacific Rim is both a deliriously earnest throwback to a simpler but no less emotionally poignant form of archetypal character building and storytelling, and a jaw-dropping example of what modern special effects can achieve at their very best. To say the film is exhilarating would be an understatement – this is cinematic creativity and imagination at its best, a film that will make lifelong movie lovers out of children, and has the capacity to return adults to a mindset of real, meaningful innocence. That is a rare trick indeed – unprecedented in recent times, in fact – and one I shall always treasure the film for delivering. Pacific Rim is tremendous, in both scale and impact, and deserves to find as big an audience as possible when it arrives this weekend.

Read my full review here.

Pacific Rim opens in theatres everywhere July 12th.

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1. Man of Steel

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On every level, in every way, by every critical criterion I have to judge the effectiveness of film, and every benchmark of spectacle and wonder I have experienced in my time reviewing movies, Man of Steel is completely, utterly singular. I have never seen anything like it. At once vaster in scope than any superhero movie yet produced, and as intimately, crushingly emotional as any other entry in the genre, Man of Steel speaks in a fresh cinematic language viewers are largely unaccustomed to (and, as the critical reaction proved, likely to reject). The scale of its action is completely unprecedented, an enormously, viscerally powerful shock to the system, yet in its narrative design and treatment of character, it employs the elliptical, understated rhythms of arthouse cinema – all to illustrate an iconic pop culture character who has never received a cinematic showcase this wildly, endlessly effective.

But just as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight threw out and re-wrote the rulebook for what a comic-book film could aspire to – and more importantly, what it could achieve – Zack Snyder and his team have made something that plays by very few of the preexisting rules for productions of this size. And like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel lands with the precise, explosive weight of a true historical milestone, a major step forward in the evolution of blockbuster cinema and a beautiful, thrilling, and above all else, emotionally moving masterpiece in its own right. It is not only far and away the best Superman film to date, and easily one of the all-time great comic-book movies, but the single most impressive film to hit screens so far this year.

Read my full review here.

Man of Steel is now playing in theatres everywhere.

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Honorable Mentions:

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This is the End is not only one of the funniest and most deliriously creative films of the year so far, but also one of the most heartfelt, as Rogen and Goldberg use the dual conceits of the apocalypse and celebrities playing themselves to deliver an unexpectedly touching and intimate character study.

I had lots of problems with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, and multiple viewings have made me less enthusiastic on the film as a whole (I really wish that ending could have been at least a little more daring), but this is still one of the best examples of modern sci-fi/fantasy world-building out there, and features many of the year’s best performances to date, particularly from Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain is a lesser film than The Bling Ring or Spring Breakers, but it fits into that same mold of unorthodox explorations of what the American dream means today; like all of Bay’s films, it is overlong and overstuffed, but it is also spectacularly performed (Dwayne Johnson, you crazy bastard), and undeniably bold.

And finally, Steven Soderbergh’s supposedly final theatrical feature, Side Effects, was one hell of a send-off, an audacious and biting commentary on the way we get invested in fictional stories, and a cynically clever argument against letting oneself be swept away by falsehoods, no matter how authentic they may seem.

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What are your favorite films of 2013 so far? Sound off in the comments!

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  • Donte-Aro Voltaire McNeal

    Definitely spot on with these films. Wasn’t even thinking of Spring Breakers being on the list, but I’m intrigued. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Sal Tirico

    Jonathan..I’m so glad I finally found a movie reviewer who completely nailed it on Man of Steel. I’ve seen a wide range of films over the years and am usually a nitpickingly tough critic of the movies that I watch (especially huge block-busters with a lot of hype). I walked out of Man of Steel and my first thought was that I had just watched a masterpiece. I went home and started reading reviews and was dumbfounded that the vast majority of critics were upset with the film. (One critic suggested that Zack Snyder should stop making films). Even positive reviews were begrudgingly luke warm at best. The fact that the film is so divisive, and has struck a chord (positively and negatively) with so many people hints to this film getting more and more appreciation as the years go by and the dust settles.

    • merwanor

      I will never understand why people don’t like Snyder as a director, he has made some of my favorite movies. I even like Sucker Punch, as I at least understood the movie. He is by far the best at making awesome looking action, and Watchmen is my favorite super “hero” movie of all time.

      You just can’t please people anymore, it has become more popular to hate on movies than to like them.

      • weaselstompingday

        Get the fuck off of the internet

        • merwanor

          Right back at you, typical rude internet hater.

        • Chris

          Thank you for enlightening our lives with your wisdom.

      • Chris

        Watchmen was understatedly awesome. I like that he didn’t allow the film to disintegrate into mindless action like most super hero blockbusters seem to default to.

        • DiaperFace

          Like Man of Steel did? I liked Watchmen a lot, and enjoyed 300. But Man of Steel was very flat.

    • Mikey Tauber

      I’m assuming this post is sarcastic. Because no way can anyone think man of steel was a masterpiece. I mean if you did than I guess you flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

  • David Kirkham

    No way is Man of Steel the best movie so far! Just no way.

  • merwanor

    I have not seen most of the films in this list, for instance Pacific Rim is not yet available in my country. But I do agree with Man of Steel to be one of this years best movies, far superior than the train wreck that is Iron Man 3, it should not even be on this list imo. At least change it to Star Trek into Darkness, which is my favorite movie this year so far.

  • Ryan

    Don’t get me wrong, I like most of Snyder’s work. But I’m sorry, Man of Steel is not Superman. They failed to capture the character and dynamic that made Superman what he is, instead opting for an action flick with a caped super person (I can’t even call a hero).

    Not once did the character “Save” anyone who wasn’t involved in the plot some way. Millions die as he battles the robot thing in Asia, rain’s damage throughout Metropolis in a pissing contest with Zod, and then breaks Zod’s neck so he wouldn’t kill the family in the train station (The only day players Superman even actively saves).

    I’m sorry the visuals were fun, but the story was terrible…almost as bad as the Green Lantern. At least that movie gave you a feel for who the character and explored generic character development.

    • Chris

      “Not once did the character save anyone who wasn’t involved in the plot some way”? So in other words you didn’t even watch the first half of the film.

    • Shadowking

      He saved the whole planet Ryan…in his first week on the job.

  • Ari

    BEFORE MIDNIGHT.

  • U_R_CRAZY

    WTF???!!!!!! WHAT ABOUT STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS!!!!!! easily the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR THUS FAR

    • Chris

      You mean the best of the films that make you feel nothing except frustration at what might have been.

      • mr. walt

        Says the pretentious film goer hipster.

  • Chris

    Man of Steel was, almost inexplicably, and certainly completely unexpectedly, one of the most emotionally moving films I’ve seen in a long, long time. I am baffled by the mixed reviews. I’ve never doubted Zack Snyder on a technical level, and indeed he sets what I feel are new benchmarks for visuals here, but he defied what I’ve long believed to be the downfall of his films. They just don’t really pull you in and make you feel anything. Never could that be less true. This film is poignant and so moving and I never for a second saw that coming. Great job Zack. My level of respect for you just leaped over several very tall buildings.

    I hope things in the wake of this movie play out much they way they did for Batman Begins. At first, people didn’t quite know what to make of that film, but looking back, Christopher Nolan really broke new ground and to a certain extent reinvented the genre. Oh and absolutely nailed the film. In every way, and perhaps in some ways Nolan himself never quite managed, I really feel like Snyder has pulled off the same feat here.

  • kaystiel

    sorry, as an old school Superman fan, you can’t have a Superman that engages in gratuitous violence and kills people.

    • rubenmez

      If you really are a fan, you should know that superman has killed before.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Man of Crap, Crap, Crap. Stupid crap.

  • mr.walt

    You seriously thought Iron Man 3 was better than Star Trek 2? Wow. Just wow. that’s like saying 4 day old underwear is still good to wear to the gym.

  • Jorge

    Man of steel? Seriously? The best movie so far? It´s wrong in soooooo many levels….

  • Todd Jensen

    Wasn’t Star Trek Into Darkness released this year?

  • BLuh

    I thought Gatsby was fantastic, and by far the best rendition yet.

  • Sam Silbert

    OK SHUT THE FUCK UP. IF YOU START SAYING IRON MAN 3 IS BETTER THAN THE DARK KNIGHT I AM GOING TO TRACK YOU DOWN AND MURDER YOU. AND SAME GOES WITH ANYTHING YOU SAID ABOUT MAN OF STEEL BEING NUMBER 1 GO KILL YOURSELF OR AT LEAST RENT OUT SOME WES ANDERSON MOVIES OR SOMETHING IDK,

  • Jackie Jormpjomp

    This is one hilarious article…….wait you’re serious. Eww.

  • Momus

    Wait… is this some kind of guerrilla ad campaign for Man of Steel? There is no way I believe that anyone – I mean ANYONE – thinks Man of Steel is the best movie of the year.

    ..and I’m not getting how exactly “The Dark Knight” threw out and rewrote the rule-book. It was a good movie, and one of the better superhero movies, but it wasn’t exactly revolutionary. It’s main claim to fame was resurrecting the murdered corpse of DC comic book movies which no one thought was possible after “Batman and Robin”.

  • James

    Man of Steel was not that good. I don’t want to go nuts and say it was terrible, but in no reality–this or any other–could Man of Steel ever qualify is good. Of course the effects were impressive, but the writing and really the story were of elementary caliber. It’s a real shame they wasted so much money and talent on such a poorly put together film.

  • truly

    where… in the fuck… is… THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES.

  • John Taylor

    Man Of Steel and Pacific Rim numbers one and two. You aren’t serious? MOS totally sucked. From the almost black latex supersuit right through the sacript that was borrowed from the animated series pilot movie. No? Get a copy and check it out. Word-for-word, we get whole sacenes worth of dialog. Rim looked like some perverted version of the Transformers.

    • softouch

      Are you sure you even watched Pacific Rim to begin with?
      Bay’s Transformers can be poop in Pacific Rim.
      Pacific Rim is how Transformer SHOULD be, but COULDN’T!

    • A.

      Dude Pacific Rim deserves to be on the TOP 1

    • chase

      John, do me a favor and watch an action sequence in Transformers and one from Pacific Rim. Now tell me how long the average shot is between cuts on each. Michael Bay couldnt hold a shot for longer than 2 seconds in transformers, making each fight look like a hunk of metal flying and hitting another hunk of metal. Where as, Del Toro actually knows how to shoot and cut an action sequence so the anticipation is built going into the battle, he holds a shot as a fist goes back and follows through so the impact is felt, you get long shots of the jaegers and kaiju flying across/through city skylines.

      Rim looked like what Bay should strive for with transformers

  • Shit dicl

    Where was World War Z?

  • raygun1834

    Bullshit, Star Trek Into Darkness and Elysium are even better movies than these ones. Iron Man 3 should have been in 1st place.

    • chase

      Elysium was beyond fucking moronic. So the wealthy on Elysium had those drop ships that could easily cure everyone on the fucking planet of every illness with a 1 minute scan, which werent notably expensive or difficult to use, and just didnt want to share them….

      District 9 had poignant commentary about apartheid and immigration, where both sides could be understood and there was logic and reason to the story and character motivations. Elysium decided to make the wealthy just evil for the sake of evil with no rationality for their way of living. Dumbest movie of the summer.

      Note: if the scanner can rebuild a human head from nothing, why not just keep cutting a cow in half and put it in 2 machines. World hunger solved, boom. They needed to give some/any reason as to why the health machines were a limited commodity

      And why would Iron Man 3 be the #1 movie, when the main genius character decides to destroy all of his suits, which defend/protect him, literally 30 seconds after they just proved how useful and important they were. What if one of the Extremis guys had survived and just emerged from the rubble right after he self destructed his only protection(outside of pepper, who really doesnt have a full understanding/control over her newly acquired extremis powers). Fucking moron, I know its a nice gesture for Pepper, but it was also a nice gesture to be able to use your many suits to SAVE HER LIFE.

  • the king

    Whoever made this list is a fucking idiot. Spring breakers is the worst movie ever made. And for that to be above so many good titles and the great Gatsby not be in here? Haha what a joke

  • A.

    Pacific Rim deserves to be on the TOP 1 ;00

  • Nam Man

    Man of Steel as #1? That is laughable in so many ways. Jonathan R. Lack, I will remember your name and avoid anything that you are associated with, because your opinion has lost all credibility in my mind.

  • Brian Sleider

    This should be titled “my favorite movies of 2013″. Also IM3 sucked.

  • Spencer S

    Aside from #3, this is pretty much a list of the 10 most mainstream films of 2013.

  • ninja surfboard

    man of steel is the best movie for me not just for this year but for coming years also..if people doesnt satisfies their taste with the story arc of the man of steel why dont you guys do some movie of youre own and prove that you can do better movies/film than zack snyder.. people nowadays are just dumb and love to hate what others can possibly do.. all marvel superhero for me were so lame. poor character creation and story.. the movie avenger was fun to watch but not cool as batman and superman.. haters gonna hate Justice League will excel in all aspect of superhero film,clark kent and bruce wayne will gonna lead them in their epic moment …and i can promise you that..by the way to all haters of man of steel film out there…IM TIRED OF YOURE SHIT SHERLOCK =)