Best Films of 2013

2013 Best of Kennelco Film Diary

Every year I do this, I’m bemoaning the dearth of the year’s quality new films but am usually able to pick a few good experiences to compile a list of something that came out in said year to add along with all of the older films or leftovers I watch from the year before that wind up on my list.

This year: not so.

Had I managed to see Leviathan or Killing Them Softly in the theater, they would have been on that list.  I missed Leviathan but only just.  I saw both on DVD.  And they are both two of the best films that I saw this year.

But for this year, though I am listing “the best” films that I saw in the theater, I am not putting any of them at the top.  Pacific Rim and You’re Next, I enjoyed.  But they were not great great films.  They were merely the ones that I preferred to everything else.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen most of the films that are topping most critics “Best of” lists.  There are a couple that I’m interested in like Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and David O. Russell’s American Hustle (2013).  Those I haven’t gotten around to.  A couple others like Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013), Spike Jonze’s Her (2013) or Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color (2013), I haven’t motivated for and will probably see on DVD eventually.

2013 was a bust.  Worst year I can recall.

On DVD, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Man from Planet X were the two best discoveries.  I really enjoyed John Ford’s Stagecoach as well.

So, my list is what it is.  Broken up by Television and Theater as usual, though inverted this year since the theater was such a letdown.

Additionally, for the first time, I had Felix and Clara craft their favorite lists for 2013.  Scroll down and enjoy.  Please note that the one film that made all of our lists was Some Like It Hot.

Kennelco’s Best of 2013 TV/DVD
Leviathan (2012)
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
The Fly (1986)
Phantasm (1979)
Stalker (1979)
Jaws (1975)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Man from Planet X (1951)
Stagecoach (1939)
Kennelco’s Best of 2013 Theatrical
Pacific Rim (2013)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
You’re Next (2011)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Felix’s favorites of 2013
True Grit (2010)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Tingler (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Vertigo (1958)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
M (1931)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) **
Clara’s favorites of 2013
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
The Book Thief (2013)
Frozen (2013)
Toys in the Attic (2009)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Princess Mononoke (1997) **
A League of Their Own (1992)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
** – indicates favorite film of the year

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