Now that the year is drawing to a close, I felt that it is time for me to give you all my top 10 favorite movies of 2013. Just as a heads up, I haven't seen every single movie that has come out this year. I haven't seen Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, etc. So this and a few other movies will not be on this list. But I may see both and a few others in time (come Blu-Ray/DVD). So without further ado, here are my top 10 favorites from this year (totally my opinion):
10: GI JOE Retaliation
Starting with #10, is none other than the GI JOE's return to the big screen in GI JOE Retaliation. Despite the fact that this film needed to do some re-shoots of certain scenes (thanks a lot Channing Tatum), this GI JOE movie delivers great ninja action sequences, a lot of gunfire, Dwayne Johnson and Adrianne Palicki as the lead roles, and a few minutes of Channing Tatum at the beginning of the movie, this movie is a heck of a great time. YO JOE!!!
9: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
At #9, I had an awesome time (almost) laughing my head off with this movie. And that movie my friends is Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Headed by Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in the cast with cameos by (spoiler alert) Liam Neeson, Jim Carrey, Marion Cotilliard, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Smith and Vince Vaughn. I laughed at every minute of this movie. It reminded me about how to have a great time watching a great comedy movie (I may need to watch the first one again).
8: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Now at #8, we return to Middle Earth with a fierce villain in the form of a dragon with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Director Peter Jackson's interpretation of Smaug blew me away, I was a bit scared of his face when I first saw the trailer for the film itself. It had an amazing script, great acting (Orlando Bloom especially) and (SPOILER AHEAD) an awesome cliffhanger that will lead up to the final chapter The Hobbit: There and Back again.
7. Fast and Furious 6
At #7, I had to think of whether or not to put this movie on my first top 10 list. And that one movie is Fast and Furious 6. Bringing everyone back from Fast Five, I watched this movie and thought to myself 'Was there somebody else missing?' And the someone that was missing was Letty Ortiz played by Michelle Rodriguez. With Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson in the cast, extreme car chases, some romantic elements, and amazing stunts, this movie delivered everything that I wanted in a Fast and Furious movie. And I dedicate my #7 choice to the late Paul Walker. RIP Paul.
6: Oz The Great and Powerful
At #6, if you remember the Land of Oz, then check out Oz: The Great and Powerful. Directed by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, Disney finally came around with its interpretation of a story that takes place in Oz itself. I remember watching on the DVD for this movie a documentary stating that Disney has tried for years to get the rights for the Wizard of Oz stories. But I guess you'll have to figure that out yourself. An amazing yet dark story that transports us back to Oz. It transports us back to Oz in a way that has never been done before. Disney, I salute you guys.
5: Star Trek Into Darkness
Now these next few movies, I had to juggle around to being my top 5 favorites of this year. So since I love Star Trek, #5 is Star Trek Into Darkness. This movie delivered the quote 'Going where no man has gone before' as it should have for several years with the return of the cast from 2009's Star Trek and the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, new chick Alice Eve and the directorial return of J.J. Abrams that makes this movie 'The Final Frontier'.
4: Man of Steel
Coming through to #4, we see that Zack Snyder can deliver a great superhero action movie. And he pulls it off with Man of Steel. Being a rebooted Superman movie, it tells the origin story of Superman in a way that has never been done before with totally new faces and a brand new cinematic universe (unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe) that will expand in Batman vs. Superman in 2015. Well directed and great acting from Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon, I enjoyed this Superman reboot from beginning to end.
3: Thor The Dark World
Now #3 and #2 are going to be Marvel related superheroes. Coming through to #3 is the return of the Mighty God of Thunder in Thor The Dark World. This movie delivered a story that is considered to be an aftermath of The Avengers along with Iron Man 3. This Marvel installment delivered an awesome action packed adventure with funny humor, intense action sequences, and the return of fan favorites Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Stellan Skarsgard and Jamie Alexander with the addition of Christopher Eccleston as the evil Malekith. Marvel has done it again with the Mighty Thor!!!
2: Iron Man 3
#2 is the first film in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will eventually lead up to Avengers Age of Ultron and that movie is Iron Man 3. Iron Man 3 gives us a story of redemption and sacrifice with some humor and intense action sequences throughout. An excellent return of Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle with the addition of Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall. With a surprising twist, I thought that the villain (being the Mandarin) was somebody else. It was not Ben Kingsley, but it was Guy Pearce. And I was right. So Marvel is by far doing an excellent job with both Thor The Dark World and Iron Man 3 as the start of Phase 2 that will lead to Avengers Age of Ultron.
1: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
And now for #1. This movie is not only my #1 favorite movie of this year. But it is one of my favorite books. And #1 goes to none other than The Hunger Games Catching Fire. It serves as an excellent and popular sequel to the popular 2012 hit The Hunger Games. Catching Fire had everything that a popular sequel ought to have with action, adventure, drama, romance and thrills all the way. It is considered to be (by most people) the most popular sequel since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back.
So these are my top 10 favorites from 2013. So which of these films is your favorite? As always, leave your comments below.