Mike’s Top Ten of 2013 (REMIX)

This has become an annual thing for me now. Before I get going on my end of year recap articles, I revisit my last year’s top ten list to see what, if anything, has changed since then. Pretty much how I do it is, I start totally from scratch and go back to everything I watched, and pull them out as if reranking them anew. And then I compare what I actually put in last year’s article.

My ultimate goal with a Top Ten list for a year is to not have major changes. Minor rankings are fine, like if something drops from #7 to #10, that’s fine. But if something drops out of the top ten entirely, and barely holds on to a top 20 spot, that’s shocking. That shouldn’t happen. If something pulls up to the top ten from the top 12 or 13, I’m not that surprised. The real goal in all of this is to have a list that will hold up in two, five or ten years when I look back on it. That’s a real Top Ten.

And last year, I can already guess there will be two major changes on the top ten. I’ll keep them ranked, but the rankings don’t matter so much anymore. I always say, after a year passes, the ranks don’t matter and it just becomes a list of ten. Because by then, it’s just a matter of which ten I choose, and not where specifically I’d put them.

So here’s my (REMIXED) Top Ten list of 2013:

1. Gravity

No change here. This was still my favorite movie of the year. So much fun. So contained. So well made. I’m very okay with this as #1 still, because I know rankings will go away soon and it will just be a glorious list of movies I love.

2. Frozen

Keeping it the same, because as much as I want to dislike parts of this movie, I still love the movie as a whole. Nothing is better than when Disney is great.

3. Inside Llewyn Davis

Leaving this alone, too. Since why haggle over spacing when rank barely matters? I love this movie. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for a year now. I can still do Adam Driver’s entire “Please Mr. Kennedy” part from memory. This movie is incredible.

4. Her

Not sure why this didn’t go higher immediately. It was always a top fiver for me, and yet for some reason I didn’t rank it that way. I’m not really sure what happened with the Top Ten list last year. Whatever. This is still on. My true feelings about it really only mean I like it more. It was always a top ten for me.

5. Prisoners

Again, another one I really loved. Surprised I had it so low. This movie is incredible, and is gonna be the one movie from 2013 that people are amazed didn’t get nominated or recognized for anything. This movie is so good.

6. The Wolf of Wall Street

Keeping this exactly where it is. It’s a perfect spot for it. Not my top top favorite, but I love it and will watch the hell out of it for years to come. This is exactly where this one should be.

7. All Is Lost

Slight drop, but I still love it. Clearly a top tenner for me, and will almost certainly always be one.

8. About Time

This one would have made the top ten list if I was able to see it 24 hours sooner. I was able to watch this movie on New Year’s Day, after my list went up. And the moment I finished it, I said, “This is a top ten movie. And the only reason it isn’t is because I didn’t get to see it in time.” So that’s the only reason for this change.

9. 12 Years a Slave

This is one that took a couple of rewatches for me to truly appreciate. I appreciated it upon first and second viewing, but it was the next two that really drove home how amazing of a movie this is. It’s so well-crafted and acted, and I really should have had this in the top ten all along. And I knew at the time it should have been there, and put it at #12 regardless. So that’s my fault.

10. Captain Phillips

Keeping this the same because I have been able to go back and watch this and enjoy it quite a bit. The only thing that might bump this out of the top ten in the future (if anything), is the rewatch factor #11 has going for it.

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And now to see how my 11-20 has changed within a year.

11. The Great Gatsby — I’ve watched this movie more than most of the top ten. This movie is amazing. Everything about it is amazing, and honestly, it might end up in the top ten a few years down the road. I really love this movie. I’m glad I had it in the top 20, because it deserved it. And it would have been a real mistake if it wasn’t there. Since now all I’m doing is moving it up.

12. American Hustle — The first top ten casualty. I still really enjoy this movie. And I knew at the time it was a poor choice for #4, but did it anyway. #9 was a better spot for it. Now it just looks awful that I had it so high. But whatever. It’s still a great movie, but was never in my heart a real top ten movie. If anything, we’ll call it the one that got bumped off by About Time, which is exactly what it was. A day later, and this wouldn’t have been there.

13. The Wind Rises — this was the one I said all along was only there because I couldn’t find anything else I liked more than it. But the respect factor doesn’t take precedent over rewatch factor. So this drops down. This is where it always should have been. 12 Years deservedly takes its spot in the top ten.

14. Out of the Furnace — Still love this, and this was always a perfect 11-20 movie. The performances are insanely good. This is one I love having here, because I can show it to people who still don’t even know what this is.

15. Dallas Buyers Club — Why was this not in the top 20 originally? I guess because I thought it was all performance and not enough movie. Which I get. But the performances are so good, it makes me want to watch it again. Which is what an 11-20 is.

16. The Book Thief — Still love this. Personal reasons all the way. Exactly what the 11-20 list is for.

17. Philomena — This was another one that was always an 11-20, and I can’t believe I didn’t just put it here. I think I subconsciously wanted to steer away from putting so many Oscar type movies on my list, because then it would feel like I was regurgitating what the Academy did. But honestly, them having movies like this on their list just means they got it right. This movie is incredible, and I have no problem admitting I’d easily watch it again over most of the others.

18. The Spectacular Now — Pure 11-20. The ranking doesn’t matter. I loved this.

19. Saving Mr. Banks — Another one I liked enough to put here but didn’t, for whatever reason. Probably the same reason listed in #17. Oh well. This was great. It goes here.

20. The Kings of Summer — Honestly, at this point, a bunch of movies could jump right up and go here. But I wanted to keep this, because it makes me smile, thinking about it.

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And here’s how tiers two and three shook out, upon further review:

Tier two:

August: Osage County, Before Midnight, The Best Offer, Don Jon, Escape from Tomorrow, Frances Ha, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lone Survivor, Nebraska, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Pacific Rim, The Place Beyond the Pines, Rush, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Side Effects, Short Term 12The World’s End, Wrong, You’re Next

Major changes here, not owing to the 11-20 changes: Nebraska moves up from tier three. Not sure why it was ever on tier three to begin with. It honestly just missed the top 20 this time around.

Tier three: 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Enough Said, Fruitvale Station, Iron Man 3, Labor Day, Machete Kills, Monsters University, Mud, Now You See Me, Only God Forgives, Pain & Gain, Paradise, Spring Breakers, This Is the End, 2 Guns, Upstream Color, Warm Bodies, The Way Way Back, White House Down

Only changes here: This Is the End drops down because of the Nebraska move. Iron Man 3 makes it on over Star Trek Into Darkness, simply for being the less shittier of the two movies. Rewatch factor is key in these situations. Not sure why it didn’t make the original list in the first place.

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So that’s my (REMIXED) Top Ten of 2013. Major changes up at the top. Mostly in the 11-20. Glad I was able to change stuff now and get it to where it should be. But that’s how things work. It takes time to see what movies you revisit over and over and which are just one-watch wonders.

So, tomorrow, we now move onto the year in 2014 recap, which will culminate in this year’s Top Ten list, which will hopefully not even necessitate a Remix article next December. (We’ll see if that ever happens…)


One response

  1. I was waiting for this one to come up for ages.

    December 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

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