Back to Blogging: Reflections on the Movies of 2013 (plus a few from 2012 and 2011)

I’m back! After nine months I’m finally adding another post. Did I stop watching movies for nine months? Certainly not! Here’s the hustlescoop: none of the movies over the summer inspired me to write anything. When the good movies started rolling out in the fall, I was out of the blogging habit. I fell behind, but slowly added reflections on my 2013 rankings page. I finally have those rankings up to date. I’ve also added films to the 2011 and 2012 rankings, but not all of those gravityhave comments yet. In total, I added 32 movies from 2013, including American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, Wolf of Wall Street, Fruitvale Station, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I added 14 movies from 2012 and 5 from 2011, including Cloud Atlas, Killing Them Softly, A Late Quartet, and Incendies. Check out my rankings pages and be looking for my annual Oscar predictions coming soon.

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Steve’s First Rankings of 2013: Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, Mud, and Place Beyond the Pines

trekIt took me until the end of April to see my first 2013 movie, but now I’ve seen four in two weeks. That’s enough to start my 2013 Rankings page. Check out what I have to say about Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, Mud, and The Place Beyond the Pines.

Steve Adds Seven Movies to 2012 Rankings

perksI’ve added The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Chronicle, Magic Mike, Flight, The Paperboy, Frankenweenie, and Premium Rush to my 2012 rankings. They range from an unexpected delight to the weakest movie I’ve seen from 2012. Check out my 2012 Ranking page.

Steve Adds Six Movies to His 2012 Rankings

I’ve added Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Arbitrage, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen to my django22012 rankings. They range from one of my favorites of the year to one of the greatest disappointments. Check out the rankings page to see where I place them and what I have to say about them.

Lincoln and Les Miserables Added to Steve’s 2012 Rankings

lincolnles misI’ve added Lincoln and Les Miserables to my 2012 rankings. One lands in my great movie category, the other much lower. Check out my rankings to see which is where and let me know what you think.

Three Movies Added to Steve’s 2012 Rankings

The Life of Pi, The Hobbit, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World have been added to my 2012 rankings, but I have also decided to change how I do my rankings. Rather than try to put all of them in order, I am simply pigoing to break them into categories, ranging from the great films to the weak ones. Within a particular category I will put them in the order that I saw them, from earliest to most recent. I made this decision while hobbit_posterpondering the top movies on my list. How do you rank Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and Argo when they are such different types of movies? I suppose you could argue that it foolish to rank movies at all, that each movie is simply what it is, yet these films are clearly better than anything else I’ve seen this year, regardless of style of movie, and I think they should be recognized as such. So, I’m going to give this type of ranking system a shot. Let me know what you think.

Seven Movies Added to Steve’s 2011 Rankings

It’s time to catch up on 2011 movies that I’ve seen recently. I’ve added seven to may rankings, including one great one ( A Separation),  one much better than expected (Paul), one much worse than expected (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), a couple worth seeing even if they’re not particularly strong (Horrible Bosses, Margin Call), and two to skip unless you’ve run out of all other options (Like Crazy, Puss in Boots). Is there anything from 2011 that I’ve missed and you would recommend? Leave a comment!