Bloated Boy’s Favorite Films of 2013

  1. Enough Said. I loved this film. I can’t remember another movie in recent memory that I enjoyed more. The dialogue was so real and hilarious, the performances from everyone were brilliant, especially James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It was like a breath of cinematic fresh air, a palate cleanser from all the souped-up, overhyped dreck that Hollywood threw in our faces this year. This film put me in a good mood and kept me there for the rest of the day. I was my usual grumpy self the next day, but no matter. A fantastic movie.
  2. Before Midnight. I professed my love for the Richard Linklater trilogy here, following the release of this. Such a fitting end (I presume, but hope they keep exploring every nine years for as long as possible) to a completely satisfying trilogy. Romantic-comedy done right, without the schmaltz.
  3. Django Unchained. Might’ve been higher, but this went downhill for me as soon as Leonardo Di Caprio turned up and started chewing the scenery. Christoph Waltz alone makes the film worth watching. Tarantino gets his share of detractors, but for my money he is probably the best bet in Hollywood to make a highly entertaining (if completely implausible) movie experience.
  4. Pacific Rim. What a fun ride this film was. I felt like a ten-year old again, although the ten-year old me would’ve pooped himself watching this. Okay, so the acting wasn’t great and the dialogue was super-cheesy, but what do filmgoers expect? This was as pure a popcorn movie as it gets. Michael Bay should watch and take notes.
  5. Anchorman 2. Definitely not as good or quote worthy as the original, but that was always going to be a hard act to follow. McKay and Ferrell set the bar high and I think they delivered the goods with the sequel.