I'm making the most definitive list of favorite movies ever.

For every year, I'm listing every movie I've seen and compare them all to each other asking one question; Which movie do I like more. Movies that score in the 80th percentile or higher, advance to the next round: Favorite of the Decade. After each Decade is done, an All Time list will be formed.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Favoritest Movies of 2013 (so far)

Ties for first place between Ender's Game and Thor.
Then ties for third between four other movies
and both Ender's and Thor share individual match ties with ¾ of the bottom row.  
2013, is like a good buffet or bad catering, no one selection wins your plate, but there's a bit of everything.  There is no one movie to rule them all.

I made a change to scoring this year, documentaries will no longer be included, nor will they
If this movie were live action
it would have been the
biggest movie of the year
affect the score.  Ties still are going to happen, after much internal debate about whether they're healthy for the system or not.  But, I'd rather admit that a substantial percentage of the time, I like movies equally in head to head comparison.  Thus far this year, no movie dominates the year.  There was a brief Honeymoon with G.I. Joe: Retaliation,  just as there was a long stint of being quite angry with Star Trek Into Darkness.
I hated Star Trek Into Darkness so much that when the Blu Ray arrived for me to watch with the family, I hate it even more... well maybe.  Then, I kept it spinning in the player all of the next day, over and over and over until... it's the poster in the lower right of the collage atop the post here, and I've a 5" model of the USS Vengeance on my desk. 

Planes and Gatsby are the middle of the list.  Both have (at the time of writing, a .5, remakable at only how unlikely it is... or maybe for how likably bland they are...

Three movies though dominated getting talked about this year.  Into Darkness, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel.  Looking at just the latter two,  I think I hate these two movies as much as I can hate movies in their specific character niches.  They're both angst ridden, unfulfilling, poor examples of their titular characters.  They were both sources of Fanboy rage, where with each, I liked the source of fanboy rage in each... wha?  (SPOILERS:) Yup, Neck snapping and Mandarin... I dig both, but the movies themselves are poor to unacceptable.  THEY basically helped Thor to the top of the list this year, by being the solo follow-up worthy of The Avengers, and by showing how super a guy from an alien place could be in a BRIGHT RED CAPE.   Without them, a movie could have been alone atop this list.  A movie about a small guy taken from the quiet of his home into a group of brash and many cases, less than welcoming peers... something... something... Dragon ... Dragon Army?  Describing Ender's Game sounded familiar for a second there... ;) On with the list for now:

  1. Ender's Game
  2. Thor: The Dark World
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2
  4. Oblivion
  5. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  6. Pacific Rim
  7. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  8. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  9. Now You See Me
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  11. The Wolverine
  12. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  13. An Adventure in Space and Time
  14. Scary MoVie
  15. White House Down
  16. Escape from Planet Earth
  17. Evil Dead
  18. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  19. Movie 43
  20. Epic
  21. Gravity
  22. Superman: Unbound
  23. R.I.P.D.
  24. Jack the Giant Slayer
  25. World War Z
  26. The Smurfs 2
  27. 42
  28. Monsters University
  29. The Internship
  30. Turbo
  31. The Host
  32. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  33. Man of Steel
  34. Oz The Great and Powerful
  35. Phantom
  36. The Great Gatsby
  37. Planes
  38. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  39. Iron Man 3
  40. Red 2
  41. Behind the Candelabra
  42. The Purge
  43. Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore
  44. This Is the End
  45. Parkland
  46. Beautiful Creatures
  47. The Croods
  48. Lovelace
  49. Europa Report
  50. The Conjuring
  51. The Last Keepers
  52. Sharknado
  53. The Last Stand
  54. Syrup
  55. The Colony
  56. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  57. Fright Night 2: New Blood
  58. Dark Skies
  59. The Lifeguard
  60. Dealin' with Idiots
  61. After Earth
  62. Olympus Has Fallen
  63. V/H/S/2
  64. Parker
  65. Computer Chess
  66. Jack the Giant Killer
  67. The Last Exorcism Part II
  68. The Hangover Part III
  69. The Heat
  70. Age of Dinosaurs
  71. Grown Ups 2
  72. Pain & Gain
  73. Identity Thief
  74. A Good Day to Die Hard
Two Documentaries, were on the list; Blackfish and TWO Flight 800.  I've decided to no longer compare Documentaries with the rest of the population of movies.

I may or may not make an update to this post.  Perhaps if The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or The 47 Ronin or Despicable Me 2  break the logjam at the top in a significant way.  Did I leave anything out?