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Movies I saw in MMXIII

10 January 2014

I looked over the list of movies I saw in the theater this past year and was surprised at the total: 21. Below is a quick one or two sentence review of each film and links to purchase on Amazon (my blatant attempt at revenue). A couple of these were late 2012, but I'm including them on the 2013 list since this is the first time I've done this. Some of these are over a year old so my recollection may be a tad hazy. However this isn't going to be much more than a thumbs up/down kind of thing, so it should be fine. Keep in mind this is very subjective. You're opinions may vary.

Movies I saw in the theater, 2013:

  • Lincoln - Really liked it a lot. I'll see anything with Daniel Day Lewis. A great director with a bunch of great actors making a movie about a great man during a pivotal time in American history. What else is there to say? Thumbs Up
  • The Conjuring - It was okay. Parts of the plot seemed thrown together but a good horror movie. Surely we can find better parts for Ron Livingston. It's alright.
  • Argo - I had no idea what to expect. I knew almost nothing about the plot. Liked it a lot. I'd watch it again. Solid film making and story telling. No over the top grandstanding-look-at-me acting moments. Thumbs Up
  • Zero Dark Thirty - My favorite of the year. Incredible movie about a subject that brings up many conflicting emotions. Thumbs Up
  • The Hobbit - Silly. I really wanted to like it but it's silly. I'll provide a link to the book instead. Thumbs down.
  • Killing Them Softly - Gritty-Ugly-People-Gangster(GUPG) movie. If you like that sort of thing (I do) you'll love it. James Gandolfini steals the show playing the role of Mickey, a gangster who is past his prime and eats and drinks too much. Turns out there was a lot of foreshadowing in that role, which is sad. Overall I give it a thumbs up
  • Django Unchained - I usually love everything Tarantino does. This one, I'm not sure what it was but I found myself turning away from the screen during the final blood bath shoot out. I wanted to love it, I just didn't. What I really wanted to see was Christopher Waltz as Col. Landa trying to fit in on Nantucket Island. Thumbs....not sure yet. I abstain.
  • Stand Up Guys - I'm not sure why I liked this so much. It's a good bad movie. Another one of those Gritty-Ugly-People Gangster(GUPG) movies. Pacino and Walken didn't act very much, but I didn't mind. Thumbs Up. You can also find this streaming on Netflix.
  • Gangster Squad - I really wanted to like this. I didn't expect it to be life changing, but I was hopeful it'd be solid. Didn't work for me. Thumbs down.
  • The Berlin File - Interesting, but I'm not 100% sure what happened. It was this movie that made me realize I should never look at my phone during a movie with subtitles. It was different and not bad, so thumbs up.
  • Skyfall - Daniel Craig's physique puts all 40+ year old men to shame. Probably most of the 30+ and 20+ men too. Fun movie. It was great to see Javier Bardem as a bad guy again. Thumbs up.
  • Side Effects - Warning, this movie may cause excessive eye rolling. Thumbs down.
  • Evil Dead - Walked out of it. Thumbs down.
  • The Place Beyond The Pines - Amazing. I will definitely watch this movie again. Thumbs Up.
  • The Iceman - Another Gritty-Ugly-People gangster movie. The acting is great but the main character is a bad guy who's...a bad guy. There are a few scene's where he's conflicted about the things he has done but...that's what happens. I cheered when he got caught at the end. If you don't like GUPG movies, this isn't for you. Otherwise, thumbs slightly up.
  • This Is The End - This was my first Seth Rogan movie. I'll steer away from anything else he does, but I was entertained. I could have done without the gross-out comedy bits but that's what some people are paying to see. I get that. Still, thumbs up. Like I said, it made me laugh.
  • Monster's U - It's hard to be objective about this because it's the first movie my wife and I took my daughter to see in a theater. She was equal parts entertained and frightened. We had fun. Thumbs up.
  • You're Next - Slasher horror film. Different. Campy. I enjoyed it. Sometimes movies trick you into cheering for the bad guy but you gotta pull for Erin in this one from start to finish.
  • Grand Master - Beautiful. Three intertwining plots that each could have been their own movie. Really had to pay attention (No phone during sub-titled movies!) but I enjoyed it a lot. Thumbs up.
  • Gravity - Fantastic. One of those rare movies where I think to myself, "Okay, maybe 3D isn't a complete waste of time." If you're a selective pendant about how the laws of physic are portrayed in movies, then do us all a favor and don't see it. For me, thumbs up!
  • Old Boy (2013) - The new one, not the old one. Meh. I guess I'll see the original one of these days since it is so highly regarded. But as far as the Spike Lee remake that I saw, thumbs down.

By Jon Wear