BAD MOVIE STUDIOS
BEST OF 2013
With the year drawing to a close, I decided that I wanted to do some sort of “Best” list. So, I’ve compiled a list of the films that I’ve seen released this year. I’m going to run down some honorable mentions, and conclude with the film that entertained me the most this year. Keep in mind, this does not mean that it’s the best film this year from a technical standpoint, or that it’s them most creative or original. But just the one that I had the most fun watching. So let me get right to it.
A Haunted House (Comedy)
Directed by Michael Tiddes
Starring Marlon Wayans, Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson
When I saw the advertisements for this movie, I first thought that it was going to be another poor cash in on the “Scary Movie” franchise. I’ve long since thought that particular series has run it’s course and didn’t feel the need to watch a poor mans version of it. Well, I was wrong. This movie did more to remind me of the better parts of the Scary Movie franchise, and carries the legacy of that film better than it’s own sequels. It’s got crude Wayans humor, and a fun cast. I was far more entertained by this movie than I thought I would be. I would definitely recommend watching it with some friends.
Movie 43 (Comedy)
Directed be (Assorted)
Starring (Assorted, Including) Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone
I have never seen a movie like this before. Movie 43 is basically a comedy anthology film. What makes is so unique is how damn raunchy it is, and how many A-List actors are in it. There’s literally too many to mention, but to add to those who I’ve already listed, you have Gerard Butler, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Faris, Kate Winslet and Chloe Grace Moretz. This movie had me laughing from the start, and if you’re a fan of ridiculous comedies, then this one is definitely for you. I haven’t seen anything else like it all year
Identity Thief (Comedy)
Directed by Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Patrick
I didn’t see this movie by my choice. Actually, my mother is a fan of Melisa McCarthy, and so I went with her to go see it. Free movie right? Well, I’m glad to say that not only did I like it, I sat through it a second time. This is a good buddy/road trip comedy and a definite highlight for Melissa McCarthy’s career. Jason Bateman plays the straight man in this film, and she works off of him. And they both do a good job. It’s another movie that I recommend seeing with some friends. Worth a watch.
World War Z (Action-Horror)
Directed by Marc Foster
Starring Brad Pitt
Upon hearing Brad Pitt’s casting for this movie, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be the same as the book that I read and loved so much. Let me be the first to tell you though, that I still enjoyed this movie even though it strayed so far from its source material that they could have called it something else. This movie is riddled with plot convenience and over-the-top sequences that crush the realism that it intends to set. But what you get instead is an entertaining ride that is churned out by thousands and thousands of running, screaming infected monsters chasing our main hero across the world. It was a fun movie, medium differences or not.
Man of Steel (Sci-Fi Action)
Directed by Zach Snyder
Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
I have to admit, I’m not really a big Superman fan. I love comic books and comic book heroes, and I certainly like the Man of Tomorrow, but I could never get over his boyscout like quality and adore him like so many. But with the director of Watchmen (2009) at the helm of this film, I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen. And I’m very pleased with the results. As DC tries to keep up with Marvel in the comic book movie department, they can finally say with all certainty that they’ve made one of the best superhero movies ever, and by FAR the best live action film featuring their mascot Superman. I really liked this movie. The fight scenes were awesome, with plenty of destruction and obliterating of Metropolis. The film is riddled with little inconsistencies, and if you nit pick it it’s the farthest thing from perfect. But if you tune off your scan for artistic achievement and just enjoy the “super” that this movie brings, you can’t help to like it.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (Fantasy Adventure)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage
I won’t talk too much about this movie because it’s getting it’s own review shortly. But I should mention that I saw this movie as part of a double feature at my local AMC theaters, paired with the first Hobbit movie. That’s 6 hours of Hobbit. And let me tell you, this movie entertained me so much that 6 hours went by in a flash. When Desolation of Smaug was over, I was legitimately disappointed because I wanted to see more. I already cant wait for next December to finish this Trilogy. This is a Fantasy film that more than deserves to stand with the best of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and any other major fantasy film that’s been released. I liked it that much. Oh, and the dragon was F’n awesome.
Evil Dead (Horror)
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
I’m a huge fan of the Evil Dead series and have seen Sam Raimi’s work probably a couple dozen times. So I was skeptical but interested when I heard that a remake of one of my favorite franchises from my favorite genre was being made. Well, I’m glad this movie exists. Evil Dead pays ample homage and fan service to it’s source material, while still being different. It brings the blood, gore and over-the-top creepy Evil Deadness in spades. It’s a movie I recommend to fans of the series, to fans of horror, hell I recommend it to everyone. I just loved this movie, and I can’t wait to get the blue-ray copy to watch it again.
And so, here we are. Time for me to tell you what my favorite film of 2013 was. Well I’m happy to inform you, that Bad Movie Studios’ pick for the Best of 2013 is…
Pacific Rim (Sci-Fi)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Staring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
I’ve been waiting for Godzilla (2014) to come out for close to 7 years now. Godzilla is probably my most favorite thing ever, from all the way back when I was a toddler. This of course raises in me a huge love for giant monster movies. Pacific Rim was like my appetizer. This movie was just awesome. Giant monsters? Check. Giant robots? Check. Movie based entirely around them fighting? Check. I absolutely adored this movie. It was the one time that I can remember where I felt like a kid again in the movie theater. And it helped boost my anticipation for Godzilla’s upcoming return. Now I know what you’re thinking. How could Pacific Rim be the Best of 2013? It’s so ridiculous. Well, first remember that I wasn’t judging these movies by quality but by the sheer entertainment value it brought me. And on a personal level, no film entertained me more than Pacific Rim. A movie that instills joy and nostalgia so deep in me that my anticipation for something that I love gets to a fever pitch HAS to be my favorite movie of the year. The acting is pretty bland, the story is ludicrous, and it’s probably the most unrealistic thing I’ve ever watched. And that’s cinema perfection. Pacific Rim is one of the best films in it’s genre, and my favorite film this year. So it’s with great pride and joy that I claim Pacific Rim as Bad Movie Studios Best of 2013.
I hope you enjoyed my Best of 2013 list. As promised, I’ll get to putting out Hobbit: DoS shortly. Then after that I’m going to try to get some video game stuff out. And that should close out the year for me. Well, I hope your year has been good, and I’d love to hear what your Best of 2013 is like. Maybe you’ll agree, or what’s more likely…you won’t. But oh well. You can’t all be as awesome as me I suppose.
- Review of Identity Theif (2013) (filmdays.me)