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Top 10 Comedy Movies of 2013

Revised: 12-31-2013

1. The World's End - (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman)
2. Enough Said - (James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener)
3. Saving Mr. Banks - (Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Annie Rose Buckley)
4. Drinking Buddies - (Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick)
5. The Way, Way Back - (Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney)
6. This Is the End - (James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen)
7. Don Jon - (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore)
8. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - ( Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd)
9. We're the Millers - (Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts)
10. Warm Bodies - (Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich)

(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)

1. Her (5.0 8.4 95 8.7)
2. The World's End (4.0 7.1 81 7.4)
3. Enough Said (3.8 7.5 79 7.7)
4. Saving Mr. Banks (4.6 7.8 65 7.0)
5. Drinking Buddies (3.5 6.2 71 6.8)
6. The Way, Way Back (4.1 7.4 68 7.3)
7. This Is the End (3.9 6.9 67 7.1)
8. Don Jon (3.7 6.9 66 6.9)
9. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (4.1 7.2 61 6.4)
10. Warm Bodies (3.8 6.9 59 6.8)

Extras:
The Heat (3.5 6.6 60 6.2)
We're the Millers (3.7 7.1 44 5.4)
Last Vegas (3.3 6.9 48 5.2)
The Family (3.8 6.3 42 4.6)
Grudge Match (4.8 7.1 37 4.4)
Delivery Man (3.5 6.3 44 4.9)
The Internship (3.3 6.3 42 4.8)
Identity Thief (3.3 5.6 35 4.1)
The Hangover Part III (3.1 5.9 30 4.0)
Grown Ups 2 (3.5 5.3 19 2.6)

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Top 10 Horror Movies of 2013

Revised: 12-31-2013

1. The Conjuring - (James Wan) (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston)
2. We Are What We Are - (Jim Mickle) (Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner)
3. You're Next - (Adam Wingard) (Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen)
4. Dark Touch - (Marina de Van) (Missy Keating, Marcella Plunkett, Padraic Delaney)
5. World War Z - (Marc Forster) (Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz)
6. Stoker - (Chan-wook Park) (Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode)
7. Jug Face - (Chad Crawford Kinkle) (Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Kaitlin Cullum)
8. Evil Dead - (Fede Alvarez) (Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas)
9. MAMA - (Andrés Muschietti) (Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier)
10. 100 Bloody Acres - (Cameron Cairnes , Colin Cairnes) (Damon Herriman, Anna McGahan)


(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)

1. The Conjuring - (4.3 7.5 68 7.2)
2. We Are What We Are - (3.3 5.7 69 7.1)
3. You're Next - (3.8 6.8 66 6.5)
4. Dark Touch - (5.0 4.9 64 6.0)
5. World War Z - (4.2 7.1 63 6.2)
6. Stoker - (3.1 6.9 58 6.6)
7. Jug Face - (-- 5.2 58 6.5)
8. Evil Dead - (4.1 6.5 57 6.1)
9. MAMA - (3.4 6.2 57 6.0)
10. V/H/S/2 - (4.0 6.1 49 6.0)


Extras:
Escape from Tomorrow - (3.3 5.5 58 6.0)
Antiviral - (3.2 5.6 55 6.0)
Toad Road - (-- 6.4 54 5.6)
Dark Skies - (3.6 6.2 51 4.9)
Contracted - (3.5 5.3 48 4.8)
Maniac - (3.5 6.2 47 5.0)
American Mary - (2.3 6.2 46 5.5)
The Purge - (3.0 5.5 41 5.1)
Insidious Chapter 2 - (4.0 6.8 40 4.7)

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Top 10 Fantasy Movies of 2013

(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (4.4 8.4 66 6.8)
2. Iron Man 3 (4.3 7.4 62 6.9)
3. Byzantium (3.9 6.5 66 6.4)
4. The Wolverine (4.1 6.8 60 6.3)
5. Thor: The Dark World (4.3 7.6 58 6.2)
6. Man of Steel (4.3 7.4 55 6.2)
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (4.1 7.3 45 5.7)
8. Oz: The Great and Powerful (3.3 6.4 44 6.0)
9. Jack the Giant Slayer (3.4 6.3 51 5.7)
10. Beautiful Creatures (3.4 6.1 52 4.7)

Extras:
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (4.4 5.9 39 5.1)
Upside Down (3.8 6.3 43 4.8)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (4.2 6.0 33 3.9)
R.I.P.D. (3.7 5.5 25 3.6)
47 Ronin (5.0 7.2 24 3.9)

worst:
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (3.1 6.1 21 4.0)

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of 2013

(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)

1. Gravity (4.1 8.4 96 9.1)
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (4.6 8.1 75 7.5)
3. Star Trek Into Darkness (4.5 7.9 72 7.6)
4. Pacific Rim (4.1 7.1 64 6.7)
5. Europa Report (4.1 6.5 68 6.7)
6. Mr. Nobody (4.7 7.8 63 6.9)
7. Elysium (3.9 6.8 61 6.5)
8. Ender's Game (4.1 7.2 51 6.0)
9. Oblivion (3.7 7.0 54 5.9)
10. Riddick (4.0 6.5 49 5.4)

Extras:
The Zero Theorem (-- 6.7 45 5.1)
The Last Days on Mars (5.0 5.5 46 4.6)
The Host (3.3 5.8 35 3.6)
The Colony (4.5 5.2 28 4.0)
Alien Uprising (4.5 3.0 45 --)

worst:
After Earth (3.3 5.0 33 3.8)

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Top 10 Animated Movies of 2013

(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)

1. Frozen (4.4 8.1 74 7.8)
2. Monsters University (4.1 7.4 65 6.8)
3. Despicable Me 2 (4.3 7.5 62 6.7)
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3.9 6.6 59 6.4)
5. Epic ( 3.8 6.6 64 5.9)
6. Turbo (4.1 6.4 58 6.1)
7. The Croods (3.9 7.3 55 6.5)
8. Free Birds (4.3 5.2 38 4.2)
9. The Smurfs 2 (4.2 5.2 34 4.0)
10. Approved for Adoption (-- 6.9 73 --)

Extras:
Justin and the Knights of Valour (-- 5.7 -- 3.9)
Khumba (-- 5.6 44 --)
A Monsterous Holiday (-- 5.0 -- --)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part III - The Rebellion Story (-- 5.0 -- --)
Snow Queen (-- 4.9 -- --)
Dick Figures: The Movie (-- 7.1 -- --)

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Top 10 Documentary Movies of 2013

Revised: 12-31-2013

1. The Act of Killing - (Former Indonesian death squad leaders reenact their real-life mass-killings)
2. Stories We Tell - (Contradictory answers to family questions)
3. These Birds Walk - (A poor runaway boy and a reluctant ambulance driver in Karachi)
4. The Gatekeepers - (Interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet)
5. Let The Fire Burn - (Sixty-one homes destroyed by Philadelphia police in 1985)
6. Blackfish - (Consequences of killer whales in captivity)
7. The Square - (Egypts Tahrir square in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak)
8. 20 Feet From Stardom - (Backup singers in the pop music world)
9. Call Me Kuchu - (Homosexuality punishable by death in Uganda)
10. Sound City - (David Grohl brings life back to the fabled recording studio)


(movieweb -/5, IMDB -/10, Metacritic --/100, Rotten Tomatos -/10)


1. Stories We Tell (2.3 7.7 91 8.6)
2. These Birds Walk (-- 8.2 82 8.5)
3. The Gatekeepers (1.8 7.5 91 8.3)
4. Let The Fire Burn (-- 7.2 86 8.2)
5. Blackfish (4.0 8.0 83 8.0)
6. The Square (-- 7.2 83 8.3)
7. 20 Feet From Stardom (3.2 7.8 83 8.0)
8. Call Me Kuchu (-- 7.3 80 8.1)
9. God Loves Uganda (-- 7.2 77 7.6)
10. Sound City (-- 7.7 76 7.6)

Extras:
Muscle Shoals (-- 7.1 75 7.5)
Inequality For All (-- 7.3 68 7.4)
Generation Iron (5.0 7.9 61 8.5)
Girl Rising (3.3 7.2 59 7.0)

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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Movies of 2013 - Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi,
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A couple points I'd like to throw out there.

[*] No the Act of Killing for the documentary selection? I thought that would've been #1

[*] Not particularly a huge hit, but might I make a suggestion for one of the best horror and/or comedy films? http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/100_bloody_acres_2013/

[*] Gravity isn't science fiction. Also, I know they already made the comedy lists, but I definitely think Her and the World's End belong on the science fiction list. Particularly Her, because I felt it had more characteristics of a science fiction film than a comedy.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:15 am 
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Thanks,

I added "The Act of Killing" at No.1

I added "100 Bloody Acres" at No.10

I deleted "Her". It's just too much of a mix of genres to put into one.

But I'm keeping "Gravity" in Sci-Fi until more convinced it's not.


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lew wrote:
But I'm keeping "Gravity" in Sci-Fi until more convinced it's not.

According to Wikipedia: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life.

The only one of these aspects that applies to "Gravity" would be space travel but not in a particularly imaginative way. "Gravity" is a realist movie set in present time. It doesn't include any futuristic elements whatsoever.


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I understand your point but...

Metacritic - "Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller"
IMDB - "Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller"
Rotten Tomatoes - "Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy"
movieweb - "Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller"
Wikipedia - Gravity is a 2013 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama film
ondvdreleases.com - "Gravity - 2013, sci-fi, thriller
technewsdaily.com - 13 Sci-Fi Movies to Look Forward to in 2013 - #1 Gravity
cinephiled.com - The Best Science Fiction Films of 2013 - 2. Gravity
scifireviewed.com - 2013 Sci-fi Movies - (unrated list, includes Gravity)
USA Today (headline) - Laws of 'Gravity' suspended in filming sci-fi movie

Reviews:

Cinema Sight - "A modern science-fiction classic that follows a fractured mother struggling to find herself in the vastness of space."

John Hanlon Reviews - "This masterpiece perfectly blends the elements of a science fiction blockbuster- A-list stars and amazing special effects- with a powerful and subtle story."

East Bay Express - "The most exciting science-fiction space adventure ever made."

washingtonpost - 'Gravity' works as both thrilling sci-fi spectacle and brilliant high art

Ozus' World Movie Reviews - "Talented Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón ("Children of Men"/"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"/"Y Tu Mamá También") directs this amazing visually pleasing sci-fi thriller from a script the director wrote with his son Jonás."

Amazon customer reviews - "...this terrifying yet genuinely profound 2013 science-fiction thriller that buzzes by in a fleet 91 minutes."

Amazon customer reviews - "One of the best sci-fi movies I have ever seen"


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 Movies of 2013 - Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi,
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That may be based on the incorrect assumption that space travel by and of itself is enough for categorization as science fiction, which it really isn't anymore. Would you consider "Apollo 13" a science fiction movie as well?


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Apollo 13 is non-fiction.
This is fiction...in space...which includes a Chinese space station which doesn't exist.
And George Clooney showing up in her mind telling her what to do to get to the Chinese space station.


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Tiangong does exist...


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lew wrote:
Apollo 13 is non-fiction.

OK, true. What about James Bond movies? They probably include more sci-fi elements than "Gravity". Would you consider them sci-fi as well?

lew wrote:
This is fiction...in space...which includes a Chinese space station which doesn't exist.

It is a fictional story but in a largely realistic style and setting. Tiangong does exist. (EDIT: Dammit, Soda.)

lew wrote:
And George Clooney showing up in her mind telling her what to do to get to the Chinese space station.

This would be an element of psychological drama or thriller, not of science fiction.


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You're right about the Chinese space station.

Still... a fictional story set in space.
And all those movie websites including it in their genres.
I feel I have to go along with the pack and not be nit-picky.


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I think we should put it to a vote.


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So if "it's a fictitious movie set in space" is enough to consider it science fiction, shouldn't every fictional film be considered science fiction. Earth is technically is space. Also, a big part of the appeal of the movie is its realistic. How come some buzzkill from NASA complain about the scientific accuracies in Gravity, when Star Wars and WALL-E get a free pass? Because Star Wars and WALL-E are science fiction, but people will leave the theaters thinking Gravity could happen.


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AgentAJD wrote:
How come some buzzkill from NASA complain about the scientific accuracies in Gravity, when Star Wars and WALL-E get a free pass?


But in one of those tweets, Neil deGrasse Tyson calls Gravity a Sci-Fi film.

Personally, I don't think it should be considered science fiction, because it's not trying to depict technology that might exist in the future. It's depicting technology that exists today. The Hunt for Red October is more of a science fiction movie than Gravity is. But according to the general public, if it happens in space, and it's fiction, then it's science fiction. They're wrong, but that's the way it is.


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Lew, is it really necessary to have the entirety of the first page be all stickied topics? Most of them aren't even active.


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Sodacake wrote:
Lew, is it really necessary to have the entirety of the first page be all stickied topics? Most of them aren't even active.


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