Posts tagged “2013

Mike’s Top Ten of 2013

I don’t particularly remember 2013 in terms of my top ten list. I remember the year feeling like it was weak. Which I must say about almost every single year initially, which has to be because I’m forced to assess as year as a whole just as its coming to a close rather than having had the proper time to let stuff settle as it ought to.

This year in particular I know has a major change to it, which is that it’s the second time ever alongside the first list I ever posted on this site that a surefire top ten film didn’t get seen before the year was out. The first year, technically the list got posted after the year was over and I wasn’t as efficient in seeing things as I became over the course of the decade. Which is what makes it even more stunning to me. Even by 2013, I knew that if anything felt like it had a chance at the top ten, I made sure to see it. And yet, I posted 2013’s list and literally the next day I saw the movie. It’s the most significant top ten moment for me out of all the lists. It won’t seem so major on paper, since I quickly went in and made it my #11 for the year at the time, but that’s the biggest alteration in the history of the lists.

Aside from that, most of the list is basically the same as I had it. My “#11” and #12 moved up and other stuff moved down, which is par for the course. It feels like a generally pretty solid list of ten, and there’s some cool stuff down below. Overall this feels like one of the more average years for the decade. (more…)


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: (more…)


A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2013 – Gravity

This is the defining film of 2013. I know people will say 12 Years a Slave is the film of 2013, but it’s not. Gravity is that film. 12 Years is the most important film of 2013, but it’s not the film that defines 2013.

Put it this way – how many people were really excited about Gravity before it came out? I was. Shit, I called that movie 5 stars when it was supposed to come out in 2012. January 2012, I already said, “I’m so fucking in for this movie.” It’s not like it had that prerelease buzz of something like The Avengers. Or The Dark Knight. Or Avatar. This was a movie that, unless you were paying attention to it, you knew was a space movie that was coming out.

And then if fucking blew up. This movie brought people back into the theaters. The right way. Not in that, “We spent millions of dollars to market it, so people will come out the first weekend and not afterward because it’s not very good,” way. This was the, people came out, people went, “Holy fuck, that was amazing,” and then went back to see it. And they told their friends, “Holy fuck, did you see Gravity? You need to go right now and see that fucking movie.” That’s why this is the most defining movie of 2013. (more…)


86th Academy Awards: The Recap

We can close the book on 2013 now. The Oscars are over, and the winners have been announced. I won’t waste time talking about how many I got right (22), but rather am just gonna spend my time going through all the categories and talking about the decisions and everything that happened. (I already live-blogged the ceremony. So there’s no need to go back over that.)

I was very pleased with how the ceremony turned out, even though it was pretty much as-expected, with no surprises whatsoever (the only surprises being that certain things we hoped would happen actually did happen and weren’t spoiled). The show clocked in the same time as last year, 3 hours and 35 minutes. And that’s even with all the added fat they put onto it (Pink, Bette Midler). And they didn’t play anyone off. Good for them.

Oh, and one more thing before I get into the recap — now’s a good time for me to remind everyone of my Oscar Trivia article that I posted two years ago. It’s a giant article with a bunch of facts and trivia and such, the likes of which probably don’t exist in a single place anywhere else. (Probably. Not that I’m bragging or anything.) I keep updating it before and after each ceremony, and keep adding things every time I find them out or think of them. If you like the Oscars and you like trivia, you’ll like that article.

So anyway, let’s get into the recap of the Oscars: (more…)


86th Academy Awards Live-Blog

So I sat down to watch the Oscars and decided to live-blog it.

So, here is everything I wrote down while watching the Oscars:

The Live-Blog

Monologue was all right. Mostly safe, but it worked. Not a fan of Ellen as a host.

The crowd is lively. I like it.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Classy speech. Good job. (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Winners

Here’s a quick list of winners for the Oscars:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Quick Picks

All right, here’s an abridged version of all my Oscar picks. Basically — what I’m picking, what I want to win, what you should pick, and what will win if my pick doesn’t win (the alternate, essentially). I’ll write a brief blurb underneath explaining the deal with the category.

Oh, and here’s a link to the giant picks article. For reference.

So anyway, here are the picks: (more…)