Movie Monday: My Five Favourite Movies From 2013

2013 was a big year in my movie loving life. I finally started going to the cinema on a regular basis with a couple of friends or my girlfriend Tracie and I saw a lot of movies at the cinema. I did miss a couple though. The Worlds End, The Wolverine, Carrie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Heat, Rush and Prisoners are just a few of the movies that I have missed during the year.

Picking out a Top Five is more then a little difficult as there were so many great movies out the last year. Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Conjuring, Frozen, The Man Of Steel, Gravity, Captain Phillips, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Elysium, Despicable Me 2, World War Z, Riddick, You’re Next and Evil Dead. These are the films that I remember being impressed by during the course of the year. Now I need to choose five, which is going to be difficult.

 

  1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  2. Pacific Rim
  3. Thor: The Dark World
  4. Frozen
  5. The Conjuring

 

These five, in this order, are the movies that have been the most memorable films of the year for me. Catching Fire at number 1 is by far and away well deserved. I really liked the first movie in this series but this raises the bar very impressively and I’m eager to see the next two movies.

Pacific Rim was always going to be in at number 2. It’s not the most in-depth movie that has been created but it has giant Kick-Ass robots beating the living snot out of giant alien monsters and the fan boy in m just loves it!

Thor: The Dark World was a movie that I think was always going to enjoy. I also liked the first Thor movie but like the Hunger Games movies this second film in the series stepped up and blew its predecessor out of the water.

What can I saw about Frozen, it’s a lot of fun. A hell of a lot of fun. It’s entertaining, humorous, and absolutely beautiful. This is Disney at its best in my opinion.

Finally, The Conjuring. I didn’t think that I was going to like this movie. I had no real desire to see this one but a friend of mine wanted to see it so I went along too, I’m glad I did. It was a movie that had great characters, actors, direction, story, everything. Well worth a watch.

 

So there it is, my top five movies of the year. This was not an easy list to make and I hope that this year is as challenging to pick out my top five of the year.

 

Honerable mentions. These films impressed me but were not quite good enough to make the top five. Gravity, Fast & Furious 6, Elysium, You’re Next,  Riddick, The Man Of Steel and Despicable Me 2.

 

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Movie Monday: The Conjuring

The Conjuring tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren as they investigate a demonic haunting of a house in Rhode Island and the family of seven who have recently brought the house. Carolyn and Roger Perron and their five daughters notice a few odd occurrences, a nasty odour, framed pitures falling off the walls and Carolyn has bruises appear on her body. They are slowly more and more harassed by unknown elements which culminate in Carolyn being locked in a previous boarded off basement and their eldest daughter being attacked by an unseen force as she is trying to help one of her sisters who was sleep walking. It is at this point where Carolyn asks the Warren’s to come and help them, this is when it all kicks off…

I really enjoyed this movie, so much that me and my friend Stefan saw it twice (Stefan is a huge fan of this sort of movie, and the subject source). It has the heart stopping moments and the shock moments as well as the tender moments. I liked that there didn’t seem to be many CGI effects, this gave it a more raw feeling.

This is based on actual events, the people involved here went through all of these things and I know people are sceptical about it but I’m of the mindset that unless science has proved something exists or does not then it could be possible.
The script is very tidy and I did not notice any plot holes or inconsistencies any where and I am really liking James Wan as a director. The last few films of his I’ve seen have been good and each one seems to be getting stronger and stronger as he has built his portfolio.

The cast is really strong as well, each of the four main actors will probably be recognised by any movie fan out there. None of them are what I think of as superstars which I think helps make the movie feel more humble.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play Ed and Lorraine Warren and they play a couple really well, they look very natural together. As do Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor who play Roger and Carolyn Perron, they look very natural together and like Wilson and Farmiga you feel the devotion to each other.
This movie would not be as good without these four actors, but the rest of the cast do an incredible job as well. Shannon Kook is smooth and capable as the Warren’s assistant and John Brotherton plays a police officer (not sure why a police officer is needed but I’m sure there’s a good reason) who is very sceptical but also adds a little comic relief and has some good banter with Kook’s character.
I also need to mention Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy and Kyla Deaver who play the Perron’s daughters. Each of these girls are good and make it believable that they are sisters.

This film made me feel like I was there and part of what the characters were going through, not many films have had this effect on me. Not many films get so many things right but this one does, it feels like everything came together very well and we, the movie fans, reap the rewards.

One of my favourite movies of the year.

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Keeping Momentum

After getting back from the cinema last night (me and a mate saw The Conjuring, awesome movie by the way) I got home and did a little bit of writing. I only got a couple of hundred words typed up but I knew I would only do a few words. I was keen to write last night even though I knew I wouldn’t get much done because I am on a bit of a role. Aside from the odd day here and there I have written every day for about three weeks now which I’m very pleased about because its becoming part of my everyday life is now writing. I know a few may think ‘Well you claim to be a writer, shouldn’t this be the case?’ No. Life happens and I haven’t perfected my process yet.

Tonight will be much of the same as I have to shoot down to see Tracie quickly and I have a hen house to clean out when I get home so that’ll only give me half an hour, maybe an hours worth of writing time tonight. I am thinking about taking my laptop to work and writing during lunch so that’ll add a few words.

This draft of Apollo has kicked my arse a bit but its been worth it.

On an unrelated note I need to tidy my desk, it looks nothing like the photo!

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