Halftime Report 2013 – Part 2

by Ken B.

And now, the five best movies I’ve reviewed so far in 2013.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): The Dark Knight, Groundhog Day, Bernie, Forrest Gump, An Inconvenient Truth, Life of Pi, The Social Network

5. (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (Webb, 2009)

On its most basic level, this is a “romantic comedy”, but this escapes the trappings and cliches of most romantic comedies. It’s funny, original, and brilliant.

4. THE HOURS (Daldry, 2002)

This intensely emotional drama focuses on different characters, times, and situations. Supported by fantastic acting, atmospheric production design, and a moving story, this is truly a beautiful movie.

3. INCEPTION (Nolan, 2010)

Breaking ground in not only the visuals department with mind-blowing CG, Inception also tells an engrossing story, co-written by the nearly always wonderful Christopher Nolan. Add in some excellent acting, and what you have is a truly unforgettable blockbuster with a very capable mind behind it.

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Nolan, 2012)

Yes, Mr. Nolan appears again on the top 5. If I was doing a full 10 movie list, The Dark Knight would probably clock in at #6 or #7. It may be an unpopular opinion, but I feel The Dark Knight Rises is truly the best of Nolan’s amazing trilogy. It is an immensely satisfying conclusion.

1. METROPOLIS RESTORED (Lang, 1927)

And we arrive at number one. Telling the story of a society where the rich and poor are heavily divided (huge stretch), nearly every science fiction film after 1927 has a debt to owe to Metropolis. On the special effects front, this movie was absolutely groundbreaking, and still amazes audiences to this day. Metropolis truly is a spectacular experience.

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