John’s Top Ten of 2013


With 2013 in the rear-view mirror, John and Nick thought it would be a good time to share their ten favorite films of the past year. John’s list is below. Nick’s will run tomorrow.

10. We’re the Millers
Comedies don’t get their due on these lists, so I’m starting off with this hilarious movie starring Jason Sudeikis and Rachel from Friends. This is arguably my favorite film of the year, but it’s a comedy, so I don’t think I can justifiably rank it higher than #10.

Shia LaBeouf has been the talk of the town over the past few weeks, and thus his late entry blazes its way onto my top ten list. Just imagine if this had been a feature-length film. Probably would’ve been #1.

8. Movie 43
As a writer, there’s nothing I admire more than complicated films. There was no film more complicated than Movie 43, which tells 43 different stories in less than 90 minutes. What a lesson in filmmaking.

7. Gangster Squad
I am disappointed that this early 2013 release has seemingly been forgotten by Oscar voters. I don’t know why a Ryan Gosling/Josh Brolin joint from January could so quickly escape someone’s mind.

6. The Purge
You know me: I love political filmmaking. And there was no film with a stronger political stance this year than The Purge, a scarily accurate depiction of contemporary America.

5. Pitch Perfect
What a fun AND funny movie. It’s like Glee on steroids, or Glee meets Citizen Kane. I’m just Glee-ful that I got to see it!

4. Jobs
One of my most vivid moviegoing experiences this year was when I live-tweeted my screening of Jobs at the AMC Franklin Mills 14. I can think of no greater tribute to Steve Jobs than using my iPhone all of the way through Jobs.

My wife has informed me that the film originally here was released in 1999. I have thus removed it from the list and voided this entry.

2. The Great Gatsby
I wasn’t a huge fan of this movie, but it’s based on a classic book that I read in high school, and that pedigree alone cements it the #2 spot. Had I liked it, I think it could’ve been #1.

1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I actually haven’t seen this one yet (waiting for the Blu-Ray, which will rock when played with my home theater system!) but placing it here was a no-brainer based on the trailer alone.

That does it for me. Check back tomorrow for Nick’s picks, and in the mean time, tweet us your favorite films of the year with the hashtag #TheCriticsAgreeReadersPickTheirFavoriteFilmsOfTwoThousandAndThirteen.

John’s Top Ten of 2013