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Favorite movies of 2013

moviesNow that I’ve completed my Best Picture Oscar Nominee viewing, I’m ready to sort through my list of favorite movies from 2013.

I watched a lot of movies over the last year.  I count 33 movies that I think would be eligible (date-wise) for the 2014 Oscars, but many of my favorites weren’t nominated for anything.  I’m mostly OK with that.

Here’s my top 10 list:

  1. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  2. Frozen
  3. Saving Mr. Banks
  4. Austenland
  5. American Hustle
  6. Nebraska
  7. Her
  8. Gravity
  9. Now You See Me
  10. Captain Phillips

Looking at this list, I think I can say I have eclectic taste in movies. Many of these movies appear on everyone else’s lists, but there are a few that aren’t.

I liked Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks for the same reasons everyone else did.  You can look at my Oscar Nominees post to see what I liked about American Hustle, Nebraska, Her, Gravity and Captain Phillips.

For the less usual ones: I found Catching Fire to be emotional, inspiring, thought provoking, visually intriguing, and wonderfully acted.  I loved the books, and I thought this was an excellent adaptation. Austenland never took itself seriously, and was the most fun I’ve had at the movies in ages.  I loved the twists and turns in Now You See Me.

There were only 3 movies on my list that I didn’t like.I’m not claiming these are the worst movies of the year– I generally try to avoid anything I think might qualify for that title, and I think I generally succeed. One was an Oscar nominee I went in expecting to dislike, and it was pretty much what I thought it would be (The Wolf of Wall Street).  One of them (The World’s End), I should have known better, I generally don’t like movies like that, but the trailer got my hopes up more than it should have.  And one (The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug) was a straight up disappointment– I didn’t dislike it, but I really wanted and expected to like it.

The other 30 were all enjoyable viewing experiences, some more than others.

I’m quite intrigued to see what 2014 brings in the way of movies.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in movie

 

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Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2)My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my.

I wasn’t sure where this book was going to go. I had some suspicions, some of which kind of came true, but I never imagined Suzanne Collins would do THAT.

I enjoyed the first half of the book, but it didn’t have quite the same punch that The Hunger Games had. I though maybe it was asking too much for this book to live up to the unexpected greatness of the previous book.

Then everything changed.

This book had everything that Hunger Games did, and then some. Adventure? Check. Great characters? Check. Social commentary? Check. Just straight out good read? Check.

As with The Hunger Games, the narrator did a great job.

Overall, just WOW.

This was a really hard book to review without giving too much away. I’m really glad I didn’t know more when I went in, and I want to allow my readers the same opportunity.

And no, I don’t have an answer on Team Gale vs. Team Peeta. For me, it would be Peeta all the way, but I wonder if Gale would be better for Katniss. Really, she’s too young to decide!

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2009 in books, reviews

 

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