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@ed-wood thanks man! Let me know what you think after you see it. It's a hell of a ride.
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SirBrandon posted in the forum: Best of 2013
@thedude-abides a great thanks my friend. Yeah I really thought about The Impossible and the performance of Naomi Watts but in the end, the others had more of an effect on me...and time played a part for sure. But it's a tremendously moving film!

Yeah 2014 may just surprise you buddy. We shall see.
SirBrandon posted in the forum: Best of 2013
@thedude-abides Also, don't be upset about Dallas Buyers Club. It's in my Best Films Runners-Up section. It's updated on my official site. You're welcome lol
SirBrandon posted in the forum: Best of 2013
@thedude-abides Also, don't be upset because I have included Dallas Buyers Club in Best Films Runners-Up section. It's updated on my official site.
SirBrandon posted in the forum: Best of 2013
@thedude-abides here you go my friend. If it's too tough to read you can go here:
SirBrandon posted in the forum: Best of 2013
Where has the time gone? I feel like I just published my Best of 2012 yesterday. But 2012 is long gone and now so is the year of 2013. With that said, we have hit the part we have all been waiting for! The point where I look back at all of the films I have seen this past year and try to break it down in to what I have loved, hated, or what deeply disappointed me. yet I still call it Best Of because I wanto keep it positive.

Work with me here alright?

Also, I must tell you this installment is extra special because not only does it mark the beginning of something new, but also the end of an old-time tradition. Ever since I started doing this, I have gone by what I have personally seen in theaters within that year. No matter when it was technically released, I did not count it until it came to my city (Music City).

Well this is the last year I will be doing that and the first year where I will go by the film's actual release date. If it's out in 2013 somewhere in this country (limited or nationwide) then it should be included in 2013. The only exception is if a film has only been shown in film festivals, but has not been bought and distributed for general audiences. I have to draw the line somewhere! This explains why on my Best of 2013, you will see films such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible, and Amour included with films like Her, Labor Day, and August: Osage County.

Make sense? It if it does not now, it will. One day.

Now that that's out of the way, 2013 was an exceptional year in film. It was no easy task compiling the best films, performances, and directors of the year. However, when it is all said and done, we will all look back and realize I was right about every single thing on this list. So do not even worry about disagreeing with my picks. You will come around. You'll see.

And now without a further ado, after viewing almost 200 films in theaters....

This is what I remember in film from 2013:

Best Comedy Film

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Runners-Up: The Heat, The World's End

Best Horror Film

You're Next

Runner-Up: The Conjuring

Best Animated Film


Runner-Up: The Croods

Best Foreign Film

A Hijacking

Runners-Up: Amour, Rust and Bone

Best Doc*mentary Film

20 Feet From Stardom

Runners-Up: Blackfish, Sound City, Stories We Tell

13 Most Disappointing Films of 2013 (no particular order)

- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

- Monsters University

- V/H/S 2

- The Wolverine

- RED 2

- The Counselor

- The Great Gatsby

- Mama

- Desp*cable Me 2

- Blue is the Warmest Color

- The Act of Killing

- Thor: The Dark World

- Kick Ass 2

13 Worst Films (no particular order)

- The Host

- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

- Safe Haven

- Carrie (2013)

- Peeples

- The Last Exorcism Part II

- Getaway

- Walking with Dinosaurs

- Texas Chainsaw 3D

- Movie 43

- V/H/S 2

- Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

- The Act of Killing

Best Actress


- Judi Dench (Philomena)

- Rooney Mara (Side Effects, Ain't Them Bodies Saints)

- Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

- Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring)

- Brit Marling (The East)

- Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives)

- Emma Watson (The Bling Ring)

- Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler)

- Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

- Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

- Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

- Brie Larson (Short Term 12)

- Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

- Lupita Nyung'o (12 Years A Slave)

- Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama)

- Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color)

- Mia Wasikowska (Stoker)

- Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

- Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer)

- Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, Her)

- Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)

- Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club)

Top 5 Actresses of 2013

5) Amy Adams (America Hustle, Her)

4) Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)

3) Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, American Hustle)

2) Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

1) Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor


- Casey Affleck (Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Out of the Furnace)

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon)

- Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

- Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

- Hugh Jackman (Prisoners)

- Matthew Goode (Stoker)

- Michael Fassbender (The Counselor, 12 Years A Slave)

- Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain, Lone Survivor)

- Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back, A Single Shot)

- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

- Michael Shannon (The Iceman, Man of Steel)

- Bradley Cooper (The Place Beyond the Pines, American Hustle)

- Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)

- Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings)

- Daniel Brühl (Rush, The Fifth Estate)

- James Franco (Spring Breakers)

- Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

- Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners)

- Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler)

- Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)

- Benedict C*mberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate)

- Ryan Gosling (Gangster Squad, The Place Beyond the Pines)

- Tye Sheridan (Mud)

- Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer)

- Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

- Tom Holland (The Impossible)

- Chadwick Boseman (42)

- Steve Coogan (The Look of Love, Philomena)

- Josh Brolin (Gangster Squad, Oldboy)

- Simon Pegg (The World's End)

- Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Top 5 Actors of 2013

5) Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks)

4) Christian Bale (Out of the Furnace, American Hustle)

3) Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

2) Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street)

1) Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Director


- Ron Howard (Rush)

- Chan-wook Park (Stoker)

- Zack Snyder (Man of Steel)

- Jeff Nichols (Mud)

- Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

- Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)

- Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible)

- David O. Russell (American Hustle)

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon)

- James Wan (The Conjuring)

- Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom)

- Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer)

- Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects)

- Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)

- Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines)

- Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)

- J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness)

- Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club)

- Marc Forster (World War Z)

- J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost)

Top 5 (actually 7) Directors of 2013

5) Joel & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Spike Jonze (Her)

4) Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

3) Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)

2) Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners)

1) Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Best Films


- All Is Lost

- Mud

- The Place Beyond the Pines

- Rush

- Don Jon

- The Hunger Gmes: Catching Fire

- Philomena

- World War Z

- Short Term 12

- Iron Man 3

- The World's End

- 20 Feet From Stardom

- The Impossible

- The Kings of Summer

- Star Trek Into Darkness

- Stoker

- American Hustle

- Man of Steel

- Frozen

- Saving Mr. Banks

- Lone Survivor

- Fruitvale Station

- Gravity

- Inside Llewyn Davis

Top 5 Films of 2013

5) Captain Phillips

4) Her

3) The Wolf of Wall Street

2) 12 Years A Slave

The Best Film of 2013

"Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive." - Martin Scorsese

That about says it all I believe. Farewell 2013. Bring it in for the real thing 2014.
@thedude-abides yeah especially Rush! I know I Monday for sure!
@thedude-abides no sir. I know Meryl Streep is THE actress but she shouldn't have been nominated this year. She's great in Osage County but Thompson deserves it more this year.
@thedude-abides I see you finally made up your mind lol and Wolf of Wall Street is a very fine choice at #1! I really like your whole top 5. But I must say my humble way too damn high! Lol but I forgive you. Great list buddy!
@thedude-abides Agree with the entire list except Thompson should be in Lead Actress and Oprah should've taken June Squibb's place in Supporting Actress. And you know how I feel about Robert Redford!
@thedude-abides we have discussed this before and I agree that it's tough not seeing these 5 guys with nominations. I hope Redford gets in and replaces Dern. Yet everyone has loved Nebraska....perhaps a little too much. If anyone gets left out for Phoenix and/ or Redford, it'll be Dern or DiCaprio. I hope DiCaprio stays though!
@thedude-abides list is good but I think you're risking it with Adams. It's not I don't think she deserves it, but I feel like they're strongly behind Dench in getting a nomination. Not sure about Streep's performance but I feel Adams should replace her. But they won't because everyone loves Meryl!!
@thedude-abides As much as Dano & Gyllenhaal deserve nominations, we both know it won't happen. I think your list is dead-on and it's Leto's to lose.
@thedude-abides I really think Oprah will take one of those spots. She'll probably kick Hawkins out. I've also heard Jennifer Garner could sneak in as well. But I like your list. I can definitely see these women nominated.
@thedude-abides I think if there's 10, you nailed it. I could see All Is Lost maybe sneaking in but I doubt it at this point. I think The Butler is out completely and as I much as I wish Prisoners would be apart of it, I know it won't. Those bastards.
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@skywise thanks I appreciate it. It's a wild ride but I think you'll enjoy it.
SirBrandon reviewed the movie Lone Survivor

"Not only shows us the courageous efforts of our soldiers, but the complete and utter hell they are put through during wartime."
SirBrandon reviewed the movie Delivery Man

"It's easy to tell the tone and transformation of the material is all wrong. If only the filmmaker and Vaughn could have seen it."