As you may all know, I’m a great fan of films, and in the past years, I’ve spent a lot of my free time watching films of all genres. I’ve always considered movies as a great contributing factor as to how society acts or thinks. I honestly believe that you are what you love to watch and at the same time, what you hate to see, so here’s a list of the ten best films I’ve watched in 2013. The movies below don’t necessarily mean that they were released in 2013. It simply means I’ve seen them during the past year. Also, I’ve listed them in no specific order.
1. Children of Men (2006)
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction Film
Review: This is by far the best film I’ve watched in the past year. It meets the standards of a great science fiction film from start to end, but what keeps you holding on is the unsettling premise of the movie. In a world where the entire female race are left infertile, what future is there to expect? Carried by a powerful cast, this movie has much to offer than what it hopes to send.
2. What Maisie Knew (2012)
Directed by: Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Genre: Drama Film
Review: Often hard to watch, What Maisie Knew carries the weight of the nature of a dysfunctional family in the eyes of an innocent child. Bolstered by strong performances, it benefits from a powerful script and a great cinematography.
3. Abre los ojos (Permanent Midnight) (1997)
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Genre: Science Fiction Drama Film
Review: Its plot and message are the sole reasons why this is here. Abre los ojos isn’t dazzled with gripping graphics nor a deep script, but its depiction of infatuation and its connection with superficial beauty is clear enough for you to realize just how heavy is the ending.
4. Kotonoha no Niwa (2013)
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
Genre: Romance Drama Film
Review: Aesthetics. This is the dominant trait of the movie. At point blank, the movie sugarcoats all of the scenes into one visual treat, but along with the luster and details of the backgrounds, Shinkai offers a mature take on the simplicity of love that defines the feeling as a mutual communication that simply adheres a question from the lover and an answer from the loved.
5. Before Midnight (2013)
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Genre: Romance Drama Film
Review: On coming up with the list, I agreed to exclude sequels to movies; because, it won’t simply be good to recommend a sequel or a prequel or something that is part of a whole to someone who hasn’t watched the rest of the films, but this, this is the sole exception. Why? Because it can stand alone. Before Midnight is the final installment in the Before Trilogy. Now, I have a lot to say about this movie, but I can’t write it down; because, it’ll drag this post. What I can only say is that this movie depicts the reality of long-term relationships. It gives light to the real ending of the happy ever after which is change. Delphy and Hawke portray it with such perfection and clarity that watching it is painful.
There you have it. The first five films on my list of the best ten films I’ve watched in 2013. I’ll post the rest tomorrow. I intentionally divided it; because, well, Tumblr people just aren’t accustomed to long text posts anymore compared to before. From the picture above, you’ll have a hint on what’s on the rest of the list.