Best of 2013

Here’s to an amazing first year as a critic and to one of the best years in film. The experience has been indescribable, so I thought it best to leave it to my friend Leo to help get across how I feel.

WOW… What a year it has been for film in 2013. Starting off slowly, this year quickly turned into one of the best years for film that I’ve ever seen (keep in mind that’s only 18 years). This being my first year as a critic, I started reviewing with one paragraph and “Tiffany’s Top Ten Thoughts” for the good and bad of a film. Then, as I started writing more, I added some more paragraphs, but kept my Top Ten Thoughts. It wasn’t until the end of Summer that I decided to switch my format and start writing only paragraphs in a format that made it easier for the reader to find what they want. My love of writing has come back after writing all these reviews and I couldn’t be happier. I could go back and update my format, but I think it’s a good thing to show where you started and how far you’ve come. I’m happy where I am, but I know that I can achieve more and hone in my skills as a writer and critic. I’ve only been doing this for a little over half the year. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m proud to be where I am now. I wouldn’t be here without the support of family, friends, and Mike Ward, creator/editor/publisher of http://shouldiseeit.net/. Without Mike’s opening me up to this world of film critiquing, I’d be living a dull life. I just wanted to say thanks, Mike, for all you’ve done for me and helped me accomplish. I’m honored to call you my friend.

Now, back to movies… With each week, we got a new movie that blew the socks off of audiences. This year is certainly tough in every Oscar category and there will be many disappointed people come nomination day. I have my picks, but those don’t reflect how I really felt about this year. Those picks have to do with how I see others reacting to films. Below, I’ve created “Best” lists for close to 20 categories that will give you some insight as to how I saw this year. Some of the picks may not make sense to you and I can totally understand that. Some of my highest rated films may not be in my Top Ten Films of 2013. Over the course of this year, my opinions may have changed or I personally felt stronger about something than I did before. Either way, this is my list and it only reflects what I think. If you have any questions or seek elaboration, feel free to comment. Without further ado, here are my best of 2013 picks!

Best Films

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Her
  3. Short Term 12
  4. Before Midnight
  5. Lone Survivor
  6. The Place Beyond The Pines
  7. Frozen
  8. Inside Llewyn Davis
  9. The Kings of Summer
  10. Rush
  11. 12 Years A Slave
  12. About Time
  13. The Act of Killing
  14. Gravity
  15. Much Ado About Nothing
  16. The Way Way Back
  17. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
  18. American Hustle
  19. Dallas Buyers Club
  20. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Best Lead Male Performances

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street/The Great Gatsby
  2. Christian Bale – American Hustle/Out of the Furnace
  3. Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. Joaquin Phoenix – Her
  5. Bradley Cooper – The Place Beyond The Pines
  6. Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
  7. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club/ Mud
  8. Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
  9. Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
  10. Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight


Best Lead Female Performances

  1. Adele Exarchopolous – Blue Is The Warmest Color
  2. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
  3. Amy Adams – American Hustle
  4. Brie Larson – Short Term 12
  5. Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
  6. Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
  7. Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now
  8. Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
  9. Amy Acker – Much Ado About Nothing
  10. Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Best Supporting Male Performances

  1. Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
  3. Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners
  4. Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
  5. Daniel Bruhl – Rush
  6. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave
  7. Ben Foster – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints/Lone Survivor
  8. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
  9. James Franco – Spring Breakers
  10. Jeremy Renner – American Hustle

Best Supporting Female Performances

  1. Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
  2. Scarlett Johansson – Her
  3. Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
  4. Kaitlyn Dever – Short Term 12
  5. Kristin Scott Thomas – Only God Forgives
  6. Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
  7. Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
  8. June Squibb – Nebraska
  9. Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
  10. Julianne Nicholson – August: Osage County

Best Directors

  1. Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
  3. Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
  4. Spike Jonze – Her
  5. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
  6. David O. Russell – American Hustle
  7. Derek Cianfrance – The Place Beyond The Pines
  8. Alexander Payne – Nebraska
  9. Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
  10. Joshua Oppenheimer – The Act of Killing

Best Original Screenplays

  1. Her – Spike Jonze
  2. American Hustle – David O. Russell & Eric Singer
  3. Short Term 12 – Destin Daniel Cretton
  4. Nebraska – Bob Nelson
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  6. Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
  7. Frozen – Jennifer Lee
  8. Don Jon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  9. Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
  10. The Way Way Back – Jim Rash & Nat Faxon

Best Adapted Screenplays

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street – Terrence Winter
  2. 12 Years A Slave – John Ridley
  3. Before Midnight – Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater
  4. August: Osage Country – Tracy Letts
  5. Lone Survivor – Peter Berg
  6. The Spectacular Now – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  7. Much Ado About Nothing – Joss Whedon
  8. This Is The End – Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
  9. The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
  10. Philomena – Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope

Best Animated Features

  1. Frozen
  2. The Wind Rises
  3. Monsters University
  4. The Croods
  5. Despicable Me 2
Best Documentary Feature
  1. The Act of Killing
  2. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
  3. Dirty Wars
  4. Blackfish
  5. The Armstrong Lie
  6. Stories We Tell
  7. The Square
  8. Terms and Conditions May Apply
  9. Cutie & the Boxer
  10. Inequality For All

Best Foreign Language Films

  1. Wadjda – Saudi Arabia
  2. Blue Is The Warmest Color – France
  3. The Hunt – Denmark
  4. The Great Beauty – Italy
  5. The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
Best Original Songs
  1. Young & Beautiful – The Great Gatsby
  2. So You Know What It’s Like – Short Term 12
  3. For the First Time in Forever – Frozen
  4. Let It Go – Frozen
  5. The Moon Song – Her
  6. Please Mr. Kennedy – Inside Llewyn Davis
  7. Oblivion – Oblivion
  8. Atlas – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  9. Doby – Anchorman 2
  10. In Summer – Frozen

Best Original Scores

  1. Frozen – Christope Beck
  2. Only God Forgives – Cliff Martinez
  3. The Great Gatsby – Jay-Z
  4. 12 Years A Slave – Hans Zimmer
  5. Gravity – Steven Price
  6. Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman
  7. Lone Survivor – Jasper Byrne
  8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Theodore Shapiro
  9. Her – Arcade Fire
  10. Monsters University – Randy Newman

Best Cinematography

  1. Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
  2. To The Wonder – Emmanuel Lubezki
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
  4. Prisoners – Roger Deakins
  5. 12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbitt
  6. Rush – Anthony Dod Mantle
  7. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Bradford Young
  8. Lone Survivor – Tobias A. Schliessler
  9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Stuart Dryburgh
  10. Captain Phillips – Barry Ackroyd

Best Visual Effects

  1. Gravity
  2. Man of Steel
  3. Elysium
  4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  5. Pacific Rim
  6. Oblivion
  7. World War Z
  8. Iron Man 3
  9. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  10. The Great Gatsby

Best Production Design

  1. The Great Gatsby – Beverly Dunn & Catherine Martin
  2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Dan Hennah
  3. 12 Years A Slave – Alice Baker & Adam Stockhausen
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street – Bob Shaw
  5. American Hustle – Judy Becker

 

Best Costume Design

  1. The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
  2. American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey & Richard Taylor
  4. 12 Years A Slave – Patricia Norris
  5. The Invisible Woman – Michael O’Connor

 

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  2. Rush
  3. The Great Gatsby
  4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  5. American Hustle

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Gravity
  2. Rush
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. Man of Steel
  5. All Is Lost

Best Sound Editing

  1. Gravity
  2. Rush
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Captain Phillips
  5. All Is Lost

Best Indie Films You Likely Didn’t See

  1. Short Term 12
  2. The Kings of Summer
  3. The Place Beyond The Pines
  4. Much Ado About Nothing
  5. Before Midnight
  6. Nebraska
  7. Fruitvale Station
  8. About Time
  9. Enough Said
  10. The Way, Way Back
  11. Mud
  12. The Spectacular Now
  13. Frances Ha
  14. Blue Jasmine
  15. In A World
  16. Spring Breakers
  17. You’re Next
  18. Side Effects
  19. Prince Avalanche
  20. What Maisie Knew

 

Best Characters In A Film

  1. Alien – Spring Breakers
  2. Samantha – Her
  3. Anna – Frozen
  4. Loki – Thor: The Dark World
  5. Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street
  6. Irving Rosenfeld – American Hustle
  7. Muse – Captain Phillips
  8. Effie Trinket – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  9. Brick Tamland – Anchorman 2
  10. Walter Mitty – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Best Ensemble Performances

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. August: Osage County
  3. American Hustle
  4. 12 Years A Slave
  5. Short Term 12
  6. The Place Beyond The Pines
  7. Lone Survivor
  8. Much Ado About Nothing
  9. The Great Gatsby
  10. Anchorman 2

Best Scenes In A Film

  1. Lemmon 714 Quaaludes – The Wolf of Wall Street
  2. Love – Her
  3. The Shark and the Octopus – Short Term 12
  4. The Death of Queen Jane – Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Look At All My Sh*t – Spring Breakers
  6. I’m Gatsby – The Great Gatsby
  7. Dinner – August: Osage County
  8. Public Hanging – 12 Years A Slave
  9. Opening Sequence – Gravity
  10. One Last Walk – About Time

Best Quotes In A Film

  1. “There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. And my porn.” – Don Jon
  2. “My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.” – The Wolf of Wall Street
  3. “I believe that you should treat people the way you want to be treated, didn’t Jesus say that? Also, always take a favor over money. Effin’ Jesus said that as well.” – American Hustle
  4. “Bikinis and big booties, y’all. That’s what life is all about.” – Spring Breakers
  5. “Wanna fight?” – Only God Forgives
  6. “Is it possible to miss a place you’ve never been? To mourn a time you never lived?” – Oblivion
  7. “Lesson Number One: All the time traveling in the world can’t make someone love you.” – About Time
  8. “In Italian, the word for snake means ‘the demon’s c**k’.” – The Kings of Summer
  9. “Is that your foot between my legs? Oh, sorry, it was my hand.” – Anchorman 2
  10. “If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.” – The Place Beyond The Pines

Best Films I Liked That Critics Generally Didn’t

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Trance
  3. Only God Forgives
  4. To The Wonder
  5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  6. The Counselor
  7. Oblivion
  8. Fast and Furious 6
  9. Man of Steel
  10. Pain & Gain