Top Ten 2013


Well it’s that time of year again, and this year has certainly been a mixed bag.  Some great movies and a few stinkers, but I have enjoyed compiling the good and the bad over the last week or so, to finally come up with what I consider to be the ten best movies I’ve watched and reviewed (for the first time) this year.  Note: I try and limit the contenders to movies released in the last two years.

Top Ten 2013

1.  The Impossible
2.  Django Unchained
3.  Captain Philips
4.  Elysium
5.  Stoker
6.  Sightseers
7.  Man Of Steel
8.  Flight
9.  The Wolverine
10.  Dredd

Notable mentions:  Monsters University, The Great Gatsby, World War Z

Sightseers


Viewed – 20 April 2013  Blu-ray

I thought this looked ‘different’ from the trailer.  A very British black comedy / drama about 30 something couple Tina and Chris (Alice Lowe & Steve Oram) who go on a caravan holiday to Yorkshire   Nothing that unusual here until a fellow tourist is killed when Chris runs him over with the caravan.  Seemingly an accident, it isn’t long before Tina starts to suspect that Chris may be hiding a terrible secret.

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Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List) this is very much a tongue-in-cheek comedy but not of the laugh out loud variety, more the kind of movie you find your self smirking at due to the come-day-go-day behavior and British attitude to the situations.  Tina seemed a rather simple-minded but likable woman who only wanted to see the good in Chris, escaping a home life of an oppressive, needy mother and a hum drum existence   Whilst Chris was obviously disturbed, with way to many issues with the world, whilst trying his best to appear ‘normal’.  The script is sharp and the dialogue often very funny (‘he’s not a human being, he’s a daily mail reader’) and its all shot with a keen eye for the bizarre and absurd (Tina writing a note to Chris with a massive pencil).

I especially liked how this movie constantly surprised me.  Lowe and Oram were perfect and complex, suiting their parts well.  Imaginative, daring, even gory at times, and very entertaining …  and the sound track was excellent too.  Essential.

Verdict:  5 /5