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Richard Corliss’ Top Ten Best along with Time Magazine’s Ten Worst List

AMERICAN-HUSTLEMixing things up for a moment, here’s another couple of lists for you folks, but one of them is less concerned with the best of cinema and instead focused on the worst of 2013. Time Magazine cited their bottom feeders of the year, and while I couldn’t disagree more about Only God Forgives (and to a lesser extent Salinger), their other picks are pretty much on the money. Their own Richard Corliss also put out his top ten list as well, which is a pretty interesting list on its own, including our first citation for a certain Hobbit flick. You can take a look at the lists below and share your own choices, but stay tuned for plenty more Best Of lists. I just wanted to change the pace with this Worst Of one. Behold:

First up, the best:

1. Gravity. “In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, Gravity reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels.”

2. The Great Beauty. “Giving even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies, The Great Beauty is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating film that takes place on Earth.”

3. American Hustle. “This portrait of the ’70s revels in the decade’s gaudiness — its disco dancing and casino dreams, its ugly coiffures and facial hair — and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men.”

4. Her. “Spike Jonze… creates a splendid anachronism: a modern rom-com that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.”

5. The Grandmaster. “A fittingly elegiac climax for a world-class filmmaker who’s always in the mood for lost love.”

6. Furious 6. “This adrenaline-stoking series is addictive, for its chases, crashes, crushes — and for its poetic limning of the closest camaraderie many men can ever know: with their cars.”

7. Frozen. “The first animated feature in the Walt Disney studio’s glorious history to offer two princess heroines, Frozen transforms Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ into a fable of modern, timeless sisterhood.”

8. The Act of Killing. “Making the movies, which vault from film noir to bizarre musical, eventually gets under Anwar’s skin and into his dreams…. For any viewer, the effect is no less haunting.”

9. 12 Years a Slave. “The movie has the eerie impact of a museum exhibit; it is a diorama of atrocity.”

10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. “Each complex encounter, especially a flume-ride escape of the dwarves, boasts a teeming ingenuity of action and character.”

And now the worst…

Time Magazine’s Worst Movies of 2013
10. The Hangover Part III
9. Oz the Great and Powerful
8. The Counselor
7. The Big Wedding
6. Only God Forgives
5. R.I.P.D.
4. After Earth
3. The Host
2. Salinger
1. Grown Ups 2

-Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!

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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 200 and 300 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Internet Film Critics Association as well. Today the IFCA, tomorrow the world!

  • http://atticofthefilmaddict.blogspot.com/ Matty

    “The Counselor” is far from being in the top 10 worst films of the year, imo. However I agreed with every one of the top six (Only God Forgives has so many great elements to it, but it has far more utterly awful elements that it deserves a spot in the worst 10), as well as #7 and #10 (haven’t seen Oz). Hangover III was god awful. I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a comedy or a dark sort of drama. Shocked that Identity Thief wasn’t left out. That movie is so bad I can’t imagine anyone liking it (unlike say Only God Forgives where I can understand someone liking that). Getaway, A Good Day to Die Hard, and As I Lay Dying (for being one of the most abhorrent film aesthetics I have ever seen) all deserve spots in the bottom 10.

    • Joey Magidson

      Duly noted…