The year is one-quarter of the way over if you can believe that and yet, what do we have to show for it in terms of movies? I've handed out a few B-range grades as of late, but none of the films I've graded bubble to the top to the point where I believe they will be in consideration for "Best of 2013" talk. In fact, only one film falls into that category... Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects. As far as the rest of the year is concerned you can have it.
I don't count films such as The Place Beyond the Pines or Room 237 because I saw those last year and haven't seen them since. I've also reposted reviews of The Sapphires and Spring Breakers, the latter of which is probably the one I would return to first out of all four of those titles.
Of the 22 films I've reviewed so far this year the highest grade goes to Side Effects, which I gave an "A-", after that it goes like this:
- B- (3) - Beautiful Creatures, Dead Man Down and The Croods
- C+ (4) - Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Olympus Has Fallen
- C (2) - Snitch and G.I. Joe: Retaliation
- C- (3) - The Call and Mama
- D+ (3) - Gangster Squad, Stoker and The Last Stand
- D (4) - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Bullet to the Head, Identity Thief and Oz the Great and Powerful
- D- (1) - Safe Haven
- F (2) - A Good Day To Die Hard and The Host
Looking over that list I'd say those grades are about right and I would most likely rewatch all those films in that order if necessary. Thankfully, of those movies the only ones I can imagine myself ever sitting down to watch again are Dead Man Down and The Croods. Otherwise, take the rest out and burn 'em, I don't need 'em.
This week, however, I'm hoping things brighten up a bit this week. This morning I am seeing Trance and over the next couple of days I'll be seeing Evil Dead, Before Midnight and, most likely, Disconnect. Before Midnight is my most anticipated film of the year and I have high hopes for both Trance and Evil Dead.
Now I'm curious to hear from you. What have been your favorite films of the year and how about your worst. If I was to start a top ten out of the films I've seen I guess it would go like this and it's really sad...
- Side Effects
Here's to hoping the rest of 2013 is much better.