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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Favoritest Movies of 2013 (Revised, one year on)

59 movies and a year later, 2013 looks a lot different.  Disney delivered their first animated classic since Mulan or Tarzan (1998 & '99) and their best since The Lion King (1994).  Then a Korean director adapts three decade old French graphic novel and makes the closest thing in science fiction this generation has to Blade Runner (1982, the same year Le Transperceneige came out) or Brazil (1985), and truly I feel Snowpiercer falls neatly between the two.  Okay, I need a sit down marathon of the variations of Brazil, I've been meaning to get and consume the different versions side by side and it's been too long since my last viewing of Brazil but until then I'll stand by Snowpiercer.

Only shortly behind the two aforementioned masterpieces stands... an almost overly prolonged entirely too protracted and only, again, ⅓ a movie...

Though, at the time of this writing I've sat through the nine hour marathon of The Hobbit theatrically.  It alone as a singular work is only rivaled by the better two Lord of the Rings chapters, but sadly like with the animated Dark Knight Returns, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, and Mockingjay... these movies are doomed to hit these lists hobbled by truncation, but these movies are stronger for taking the time to tell their stories.  Though the expanded cuts of the Hobbit trilogy will have a running time at parity with season four of Game of Thrones.  Only their run times and general genre are comparable, Game of Thrones budget is only a tenth of what the Hobbit trilogy cost.

Joining the list at #6; a farewell to the possibly the greatest auteur ever...
His movies never felt compromised, never cheated the viewer and are never selfish all while mixing whimsy

I don't rank documentaries anymore.  They get listed, put on the sheet for record, but not compared, not even to each other.  It would be unfair to pit poignance against pedagogy.  But three documentaries stood out:

Jodorowsky's Dune, and Drew: The Man Behind the Poster for I am first and foremost a space opera / sci-fi movie nerd.  But, the most gratifying was Tim's Vermeer.
When I was in school, it seemed like Vermeer was on the cover of every other art history textbook, accomplished with a taunting mastery of craft that few could ever posses, if any.  Watching a software guy with no art schooling craft a replica of a Vermeer in a way that the artist may have used is a joyful thing.

  1. Frozen
  2. Snowpiercer
  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  4. Ender's Game
  5. Thor: The Dark World
  6. The Wind Rises
  7. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2
  8. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  9. Oblivion
  10. Pacific Rim
  11. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  12. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  13. Despicable Me 2
  14. Now You See Me
  15. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  16. The Wolverine
  17. Riddick
  18. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  19. Odd Thomas
  20. Space Pirate Captain Harlock
  21. An Adventure in Space and Time
  22. The World's End
  23. 47 Ronin
  24. Fast & Furious 6
  25. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  26. Evil Dead
  27. White House Down
  28. Superman: Unbound
  29. Escape from Planet Earth
  30. R.I.P.D.
  31. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
  32. Movie 43
  33. Scary MoVie
  34. Monsters University
  35. Jack the Giant Slayer
  36. The Smurfs 2
  37. Turbo
  38. Gravity
  39. The Internship
  40. World War Z
  41. Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising
  42. The Host
  43. Epic
  44. Phantom
  45. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  46. 42
  47. Elysium
  48. Oz The Great and Powerful
  49. Man of Steel
  50. The Wolf of Wall Street
  51. Rush
  52. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  53. 2 Guns
  54. The Great Gatsby
  55. Iron Man 3
  56. Last Vegas
  57. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  58. Saving Mr. Banks
  59. Planes
  60. 12 Years a Slave
  61. Her
  62. Jobs
  63. Only Lovers Left Alive
  64. Kick-Ass 2
  65. Evidence
  66. The Conjuring
  67. The Machine
  68. Blue Is the Warmest Color
  69. The Purge
  70. This Is the End
  71. Beautiful Creatures
  72. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  73. We're the Millers
  74. Behind the Candelabra
  75. Parkland
  76. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  77. Romeo & Juliet
  78. Dallas Buyers Club
  79. Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore
  80. Red 2
  81. Europa Report
  82. Lovelace
  83. Escape Plan
  84. The Last Keepers
  85. The Lone Ranger
  86. The Croods
  87. American Hustle
  88. The Last Stand
  89. Knights of Badassdom
  90. The Colony
  91. Sharknado
  92. Insidious: Chapter 2
  93. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  94. Syrup
  95. Trance
  96. Captain Phillips
  97. Fright Night 2: New Blood
  98. The Lifeguard
  99. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  100. All Is Lost
  101. Escape from Tomorrow
  102. Lee Daniels' The Butler
  103. Olympus Has Fallen
  104. Parker
  105. V/H/S/2
  106. Zero Charisma
  107. Prisoners
  108. After Earth
  109. Dealin' with Idiots
  110. Dark Skies
  111. Nebraska
  112. Third Person
  113. The Heat
  114. Age of Dinosaurs
  115. The Last Exorcism Part II
  116. Computer Chess
  117. The Hangover Part III
  118. Jack the Giant Killer
  119. Don Jon
  120. Under the Skin
  121. The Fifth Estate
  122. Grown Ups 2
  123. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  124. Upstream Color
  125. Identity Thief
  126. A Good Day to Die Hard
  127. Pain & Gain