The VegasGeek top 10 movies of 2013

December is such a great time of year. You get the holidays, of course, but something else I always look forward to is the ‘best of the year' posts. Best movies, best albums, best celebrity meltdown, sports team, goals, assists, saves… I could go on and on. I freakin' love the top 10 lists.

I was kicking around the internet yesterday, as I sometimes do, and I found a page that listed every movie that was released in theaters this year. It even included the movies that are scheduled to be released before the end of the year. I found the page because I was at Best Buy over the weekend and noticed that the movie Jobs was out on DVD, which made me think, “wow, I didn't ever realize it was released to theaters.” So I wanted to make a list of other movies I may have missed this year that I wanted to see. But as I scrolled the page, I ended up making two lists; Movies I saw in the theater, and Movies I want to see. So of course, I thought it would be fun to list out the movies I saw, in order, and give my two cents on each.

Before I get started, I need to tell you what I learned while doing this, because there were a few things. But the big thing… making a top 10 list is hard. Sure, I know the 1 or 2 that are on the top of the list. And, figuring out which two were at the bottom was pretty easy, too. But holy crap, the middle is difficult! Did I really enjoy We're the Millers more than Kick-Ass 2? So, as you read my list, there are a stack of movies in the middle that could have been listed in a dozen different ways.

Anyway, let's get started.

My Top 10

10. Gatsby
I haven't read the book and haven't seen the original, but I did enjoy this one.

9. Kick-Ass 2
-sigh- I was SO looking forward to this sequel. I liked it, but not nearly as much as the first.

8. Hunger Games – Catching Fire
I liked the first installment a lot. This one was good and really makes me want to see the 3rd. When the dome came crashing in, it had a bit of a Truman Show feel, which I liked.

7. We're the Millers
Jason Sudeikis cracks me up. Jennifer Anniston is pretty damn hot. Good cast, silly fun movie.

6. Red 2
And the sequels keep on comin'! I liked Red 2 almost as much as the first. Almost. That's saying a lot.

5. Monsters University
Has Pixar made a bad movie? Seriously, they seem to knock it out of the park every single time. If it says Pixar, I'm going to enjoy it. Period.

4. Despicable Me 2
When the first DM came out, the first trailer I saw for it looked terrible. It tainted my view of the movie. We finally went and saw it and I really enjoyed it (edit: my wife informed me that we did NOT like the first DM. Not sure why I don't recall it that way.). I didn't have to be talked in to going to see the second. It's fun and funny.

3. Fight Club
Back in theaters for a couple days to celebrate the 20th anniversary. It is my favorite movie of all time, so it goes on the list. I felt bad letting it slip to #3.

2. Metallica – Through the Never
The story line was so-so, but holy shit, the 3D concert footage and the sound was absolutely amazing. If you get a chance, watch all the behind the scenes footage on youtube about how much work went in to building that stage. If there's a better concert film, I haven't seen it.

1. Star Trek – Into Darkness
I've never really been a Star Trek fan, but this and the previous movie have me rethinking that statement. Can we force J.J. Abrams to make 20 of these films? I'd see them all, in IMAX preferably.

The also-rans

The other movies I saw this year in theaters are:

11. This is The End (fun stoner movie.)
12. World War Z (I'm not a huge zombie movie fan. was very meh)
13. Jurassic Park 3D (I didn't care for the 3D treatment)
14. R.I.P.D. (I'd rather just watch Men in Black 4 instead)
15. Oz – The great & Powerful (yawn)

Still need to see

As I said, this all started out as a list of movies I wanted to see that came out this year. In order of release date, here are the movies I'd like to see:

– warm bodies
– identity thief
– 42
– Hangover part 3
– Grown Ups 2
– Jobs
– Rush
– Captain Phillips
– Carrie
– Oldboy
– The Hobbit
– Saving Mr Banks
– Anchorman 2

Based on how crazy December is going to be for me, Anchorman 2 is the only one that's going to happen in a theater. The rest are going to have to wait for Netflix.

OK, now it's your turn. Leave a comment and tell me what you think of my top 10 list.

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  1. JLeuze on December 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Ha, I’ve seen, and seen, and seen Monsters U and Despicable Me 2, otherwise the only movie on your list I’ve seen is Star Trek!

    It wasn’t a great year for movies, but there were a few other good sci fi movies that came out: John Dies At The End, Pacific Rim, Elysium, and Riddick. Elysium wasn’t as good as District 9, but to me it was worth it just to see those old NASA space colony concept paintings from the ’70s come to life!

    There aren’t too many other 2013 movies I’m looking forward to aside from The World’s End, Upstream Color, The Hobbit, and maybe the new Coen brothers movie.

    • John on December 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Ahh, the life of a dad. Seeing the same movie on repeat. I’m pretty sure there was a time where I could recite a dozen different Disney movies verbatim.

      I may eventually see Elysium, but it’s pretty low on my list. At least a dozen movies on my ‘to see’ list that will need to come first.

      • JLeuze on December 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

        I try to steer them towards movies I actually want to rewatch, like Wall-E, but I’m looking forward to busting out all the awesome PG movies I haven’t seen in 20 years, like Goonies and Willow!

        • John on December 3, 2013 at 8:35 pm

          Heck yeah. Although, I didn’t see Goonies until the 20th anniversary. I’m a serious slacker.

  2. Phil Simon on May 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Jason Sudeikis makes me laugh in everything.

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