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Coop’s Top 10 movies of 2013

Posted on January 13th, 2014
Posted on January 13th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

Many critics are claiming that 2013 was an exceptionally strong year for film with many “best of” lists showing a wide variety of favorites with no clear winners agreed upon. Here is my list for “Best Films of 2013”…

10. “Dallas Buyer’s Club” – This true life story about a Texas roughneck/AIDS victim who becomes a drug smuggler and activist to legalize non-FDA approved anti-AIDS drugs was one of the surprises of the year. McConaughey should get a Best Actor nomination and Jarred Leto should get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for their powerful, chameleon-like performances.

9. “12 Years a Slave” – A devastating and beautifully done film. It has the best dialogue of any movie this year and should finally put Chiwetel Ejiofor on the A-list with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. If director Steve McQueen had developed the supporting characters a bit more and spent less time on the excessive brutality, this film would’ve been #1 on my list.

8. “Elysium” – Despite it’s pro-socialism message, I thought this was another sci-fi action film that didn’t get the critical acclaim it deserved. The wild performance by Sharlto Copley and the completely bizarre and menacing performance by Jodie Foster won me over.

7. “Only God Forgives” – The strangest, most artsy movie on this list, director Nicolas Winding Refn (who directed the phenomenal “Drive”) created this gorgeously shot, ultra-violent thriller. Critically panned, this misunderstood film is highly experimental in story and performance. There are no good guys here – not even Ryan Gosling – which might put off some viewers, but it’s worth the watch if you appreciate challenging cinema.

6. “Kings of the Summer” – A surprisingly entertaining, well-written and well-acted coming-of-age story about three teens who spend the summer building a clubhouse in the woods to get away from their overbearing parents. It’s the funniest movie of the year and features breakout performances from some rising young actors.

5. “Mud” – McConaughey stuns again as a criminal-on-the-lam who convinces two boys into helping him fix up a broken boat and locate his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon) so the couple can escape down the Mississippi river. Another great coming-of-age story with fine performances, especially by McConaughey.

4. “Catching Fire” – The second installment in “The Hunger Games” is an improvement over the original in every way and was one of the best cinematic experiences of the year. The emotional weight in this one sets it above most films and will only strengthen the anticipation for the final book adaptation.

3. “Saving Mr. Banks” – The best biopic of the year and a loving tribute to the creation of “Mary Poppins” and the difficulty of getting the rights to turn it into the beloved film we all know and love. Expect Emma Thompson to get some award nominations for her performance as P. L. Travers, the author of the “Mary Poppins” books.

2. “Oblivion” – Poorly marketed and largely dismissed by critics, this is one of the most visually striking and solid sci-fi plots since “District 9”. With fantastic acting (especially Andrea Riseborough) and nonstop twists, this one is a must-see.

1. “Gravity” – One of the greatest cinematic experiences I’ve ever had. Seeing it at home on your TV will probably never match the experience of seeing it in the theater in 3-D. Sandra Bullock gives another award-winning performance that proves there is no acting challenge that she can’t rise to meet.

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