hmv's Films of 2013: #20 - #11
Over the last month, we've asked all our staff members to vote for their favourite films of 2013 and they've responded in droves. Over 150 films received votes, but, after every vote has been counted, we have our final tally. Here's our rundown from #20 down to #11...
After the comparative disappointment of 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman roared back this year as the beclawed mutant with an action thriller far more fitting. Taking place over in Japan, Logan is tested to his very limits by a series of venomous enemies, but comes out fighting. Roll on X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Slightly less sweary than the first outing, but just as entertaining, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's second turn as the bumbling wannabe superhero is a brilliant thrill ride. Chloe Moretz's Hit Girl has lost none of the spark that defined the first film, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse, newly christened as The Motherf****r, makes a worthy adversary for the pair of them. Let's hope there's a Kick-Ass 3.
The prospect of director Ron Howard reuniting with screenwriter Peter Morgan to tell one of sport's most iconic stories was always going to struggle to live up to the hype, but Rush delivered in spectacular fashion. Chris Hemsworth's turn as playboy driver James Hunt was almost note-perfect, but it’s German actor Daniel Bruhl's performance as the iconic Niki Lauda that really set pulses racing.
Action packed from the get-go and packed with brilliant set pieces and well-crafted dialogue, this film will pick up its fair share of awards in the upcoming season.
The long-awaited follow-up to the beloved Monsters Inc. couldn't quite live up to the heights of its predecessor, but was still a supremely well-crafted, witty animated flick for parents and kids alike.
Now You See Me
Another surprise hit, this caper about a group of magicians who pull off a series of ever-more audacious stunts really wowed audiences over the summer, raking in over $350 million at the box office.
Light and breezy with a plot that constantly kept you guessing until the very end, we look forward to the sequel.
A real sleeper hit. The low-key flick starred Matthew McConaughey as a man on the run from the law, who befriends two teenage boys in the hope that he can stay hidden until he can reunite with his girlfriend. Superbly scripted by Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols, this enjoyed a limited release in the UK, but scored a great reception and is already a favourite on DVD.
This animated treasure walked the line between nostalgic joy and warm-hearted storytelling brilliantly. Set in a vintage arcade, this delighted both kids and adults in equal measure as a love letter to the classic arcade games that everyone knows and loves.
The Place Beyond The Pines
A fantastic, complex and challenging film, this Derek Cianfrance flick was a hugely ambitious, but extremely satisfying watch. Starring Ryan Gosling as a outlaw stunt motorcyclist whose life, and the life of his offspring, becomes intertwined with Bradley Cooper's troubled cop, this film demands and warrants multiple viewings to understand its full power. It's well worth the time.
World War Z
For a long-time, World War Z was looking it would join 2013's ever-growing list of expensive flops, with a bloated budget and very troubled production process. However, when the loose adaptation of Max Brook's novel finally emerged, it did so as a lean, engaging zombie thriller with some stunning cinematography. Audiences loved it and the film went on to do handsomely at the box office. After all the nay-saying, we can even look forward to a sequel…
This Is The End
Narrowly missing out on the Top 10, this apocalyptic bro-com starred the likes of James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill playing hyped-up versions of themselves. Trapped at a party when suddenly the apocalypse dawns upon them with suitably hilarious consequences. There are more big laughs and cameos than you can shake a big stick at.