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.
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.