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 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Seen a few and so far I'm not impressed. Iron Man Three was a step down from the first two. Star Trek Into Darkness stepped up the spectacle but also stepped up the stupid. Good Day to Die Hard was terrible. Man of Steel was even worse. Oz was not so good. Hansel and Gretel was pretty crappy. Warm Bodies was disappointing. Mama was good until it went off the rails. There were some others. The Last Stand, Parker, Snitch. Nothing to write home about there.

There are some genre flicks that I'm looking forward to but haven't seen yet: Upstream Color, maybe Europa Report. And a whole bunch of others outside the genre that haven't made it here yet. But so far it's been a pretty crappy year. What have I been missing? What have I overlooked?

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

This is why I just don't go to the theater anymore. Their not producing the kinds of films I would enjoy. Which is ironic since I do enjoy Sci Fi and Fantasy films. Just not the way they make them nowadays. I'm convinced now based on the over seas box office returns, this is why films are devoid of nuances, personality or character development. So they can be easily assessable to Russia, China, etc. One thing everyone understands is massive violence and mayhem. No story required.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

By far the best film I have seen this year is MUD with Matthew McConaughey and written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It is the story of two boys who find a fugitive hiding on an island in the Mississippi River in Arkansas. I highly recommend it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I've only seen 11 movies this year so far, and I considered four of them to be really good:

This is the End
Iron Man 3
Evil Dead
The Last Stand

This is the End is probably not the kind of movie for a lot of people, but I love stoner comedies and the current crop of Apatow-era comedy stars, so it worked for me.

Iron Man 3 was, in my opinion, much better than Iron Man 2 and for me, the second best official "Marvel Universe" movie so far (below the first Iron Man).

Evil Dead was nothing revelatory but it was a great straight take on the tropes from the original Evil Dead without really being a remake, and with good writing, good direction, good acting, and maybe my favorite score of the year so far. It was a solid horror movie.

The Last Stand exceeded any hopes I had for a 65-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie in the year 2013. It was a lot of fun without ever reaching into cheesiness territory.

Everything else fell into the just-okay range for me. Nothing awful for me so far this year,

World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Mama, Oz the Great and Powerful, Epic, and The Purge - probably in best-to-worst order.

My biggest letdown of 2013 was actually the just-barely-2012 Hobbit movie, but I suspect that my disappointment had more to do with my love of the LOTR movies and my much-closer relationship to The Hobbit as a book than LOTR. Time and eventual access to the sequels may change my tune.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

SIDE EFFECTS has been the only movie I have gone to the theater to see. It was good. When you think about it all the good movies for the "adult brain" usually come in the latter part of the year.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

As released in Belgium this year:

Excellent:

Arbitrage
Django Unchained
Evil Dead
Passion
Zero Dark Thirty

OK:

Behind the Candelabra
Dark Skies
Into Darkness
Only God Forgives
The Purge
The Call (until the last reel)

Avoid:

Hangover III
Scary Movie 5

Looking forward to the most:

Anchorman 2
Gravity
Insidious 2
The Conjuring

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

My Top Ten so far:

1 Byzantium
2 Side Effects
3 Cloud Atlas
4 Django Unchained
5 Zero Dark Thirty
6 The Conjuring
7 Hummingbird
8 Look Of Love
9 Fast And Furious 6
10 The Great Gatsby.

FWIW, my Bottom Ten as well:

10 After Earth
9 A Good Day To Die Hard
8 Man Of Steel
7 The Place Beyond The Pines
6 The Purge
5 The Last Exorcism Part II
4 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
3 Evil Dead
2 A Field In England
1 Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Both lists will doubtless change before the end of the year.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Haven't seen a lot this year, but here's my rankings:

Liked:
* World War Z (favorite of the year so far)
* The Last Stand
* The Call (except for the final scene)
* Man of Steel

Didn't Like:
* Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
* A Good Day to Die Hard
* Jack Reacher
* The Lone Ranger (least favorite of the year so far)

Just Okay:
* Fast & Furious 6

EDIT: Revised list.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

My favorites:

Oblivion
Star Trek into darkness
World War Z
Lone Ranger (yes, I'm serious)
Jack Reacher

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I've been to the flicks 17 times so far, starting with Life Of Pi in January, which I liked but didn't love. I enjoyed The Impossible, although it was quite gruelling at times (the score was a beaut), I was bored shitless in Les Miserables and Lincoln. I thoroughly enjoyed Warm Bodies and Hitchcock and hated Die Hard 5. Oz was okay, if nothing special, Mama was shite, Jack the Giant Slayer a lot of fun and Oblivion was half a good film and half a rip-off film.
Promised Land was my biggest surprise of the year, possibly the best I've seen so far.
Iron Man 3 was overlong and too much more of the same, but generally good fun (loved the Ben Kingsley twist), Star Trek Khan rip was awful (and I loved the last one), Man Of Steel was horrible (a tie with Die Hard 5 for worst of the year). World War Z was much better than I expected and Now You See Me was enjoyable too.
Next up...Pacific Rim.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

At this moment in time...

1. Iron Man 3
2. White House Down
3. The Last Stand
4. This is the End
5. Pain and Gain (I'm serious)

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

In alphabetical order, here's the best of the year so far in my opinion. It just so happens that all of them, with the exception of Star Trek, have a great score!

Evil Dead
Oblivion
Olympus Has Fallen
The Place Beyond the Pines
Star Trek: Into Darkness

Avoid Iron Man 3. The first film remains the best in the series, and I'm hoping they seriously cease the sequels now!

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

I should mention that having seen PACIFIC RIM yesterday, the Best Of 2013 list is already out of date!

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

1. Pacific Rim
2. Man of Steel

Though I haven't really seen very many movies yet this year. These two were both fantastic and blew away most of last year's movies as well.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I would choose To the Wonder and Frances Ha, but these technically are 2012 movies having premiered at film fests then. That leaves The Great Gatsby as the only 2013 film I've seen so far. I enjoyed it, but it's too problematic to be a contender for best movie of the year for me.

The upcoming films that I'm most enthusiastic about are the Coen bros' Inside Llewyn Davis and Alexander Payne's Nebraska. The trailers for Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the Disney Saving Mr. Banks make those films look obnoxious as hell. Here's hoping they're better than that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

The trailers for Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and the Disney Saving Mr. Banks make those films look obnoxious as hell. Here's hoping they're better than that.

Yeah, the trailer for Wolf was beyond obnoxious. Especially that bit at the end where the music stops and it just drags out with McConaughey and DiCaprio making noises. Nobody was laughing in the theater. Then again, it's a Scorsese film, so I don't expect anything worthwhile there.

Saving Mr. Banks, on the other hand, looks like a really charming little movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Every single movie mentioned on this post that I have seen (and there are many) was mediocre to poor. Its so sad movies are in such a state of decline.

That said, there were two that I kind of enjoyed:

1. White House Down - stupid fun and I love James Woods

2. Oz - Beautiful looking fantasy that was more about the story than just action. Sam Raimi is one the best working today.


By far one of the worst movies I have ever sat through in a theater was Pain and Gain. The whole movie played like a trailer with the voice overs and fast cuts. Just dreck.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2013 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Not yet seen this one myself but a friend of mine just the other day told me that she had seen Olympus has fallen. She said it was the best movie she have seen in years and she gave it 10 out of 10. So that`s a movie I put on the "must see" list.

So you who have seen it, what did you think of it?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

OHF was run-of-the-mill. Not a bad movie, but not a good one either. Every single review I read of White House Down agreed that WHD was the better of the two movies BY FAR.

WHD was fun. It had good action, cool villains, etc. OHF was tedious and had only part that had any suspense.

 
 Posted:   Jul 14, 2013 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Sharknado. Easily the most entertained I've been this year. This may have to be rethought upon viewing Alpha Papa, however.

 
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