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The Top 15 Movies of 2013


In the spirit of the Golden Globes, I’m going to spare you the small talk and jump right to the Top 15 Movies of 2013:

1) Her

Directed by Spike Jonze

One of the most original and enjoyable movies I’ve ever seen.  Joaquin Phoenix is a lonely guy that enters into a romantic relationship with an Operating System he purchased.  Instead of getting Siri, he gets the voice and flirtatious personality of Scarlett Johansson.  This movie is like nothing you’ve ever seen.  Her for Best Picture and Spike Jonze for both Best Screenplay and Best Director!


2) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Directed by Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller takes this well-known movie about a day-dreamer to the next level.  The transformation he makes from fantasy to reality is truly uplifting and inspirational.  This movie is a visual feast that will leave you wanting to break away from your own day-to-day life.


3) About Time

Directed by Richard Curtis

Let me start out by saying I went to see this movie because I love Richard Curtis’ other work like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.  Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley from Harry Potter) finds out he can travel back in time and falls in love with Rachel McAdams.  As it turns out, the movie is about much more than that.  The poignant moments between him and his father Bill Nighy will likely have you in tears. This movie is truly memorable.

About Time

4) Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Joss Whedon

Yes, Joss Whedon really filmed this hilarious Shakespeare play at his home in black and white and it blew me away.  Some of the best dialog and physical comedy you’ll ever see.  Amy Acker for Best Actress!

Much Ado About Nothing

5) The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Everything you love about Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, the hard-driving salesmen of Glengarry Glen Ross, the non-stop drug consumption of Scarface, and the ruthless get-rich-at-all-cost nature of Boiler Room. Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor!

Wolf of Wall Street

6) The Way Way Back

Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Being a young teenager on a summer trip can be a bummer when your mom’s boyfriend  Steve Carell turns out to be jerk.  Luckily, befriending Sam Rockwell at a water park turns things around.  This coming of age film really put a smile on my face.  Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor!

Way Way Back

7) Gravity

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Nothing can stop Sandra Bullock’s determination and will to live in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  George Clooney gives her just what she needs to keep going.


8) American Hustle

Directed by David O. Russell

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner take us back to the 70s to tell us the story of ABSCAM in a world of con-artists, politicians, and federal agents.  I truly thought I’d been transported back in time in this well-written film.  Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress!

American Hustle

9) Captain Phillips

Directed by Paul Greengrass

Container ship Captain Tom Hanks goes head-to-head with a Somali pirate when he’s taken hostage in this true story.  Those Navy SEALs sure are good shooters!

Captain Phillips

10) World War Z

Directed by Marc Forster

In a world full of slow-moving zombie movies,  Brad Pitt shifts this one into overdrive to save the uninfected!

World War Z

11) Star Trek Into Darkness

Directed by J.J. Abrams

Kirk, Spock and the rest of the gang experience a flashback to the Wrath of Khan.  Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Star Trek Into Darkness

12) Oblivion

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

Tom Cruise does what he does best and brings the action in this dystopian science fiction thriller with a twist


13) Elysium

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Matt Damon and the rest of the 99% on Earth are willing to do whatever it takes to join Jodie Foster and the 1% on a space station


14) The Internship

Directed by Shawn Levy

This funny advertisement for Google has everyone wanting to move to Mountain View to join Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

The Internship

15) Frances Ha

Directed by Noah Baumbach

I’m a big fan of Greta Gerwig and happily followed her through this schizophrenic romp to nowhere.

Frances Ha

Bonus: Top song of 2013

Get Lucky

Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers, and Pharrell Williams

This song made my summer!

Daft Punk

Bonus: Top music video of 2013

Scream and Shout and Britney Spears

The DJ had the Sotavento Beach Club in Barcelona pulsating to this song during Mobile World Congress

Scream and Shout

Have a happy 2014!

– Rob

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