The Best of 2013December 30th, 2013 by Barak
During 2013, we at Jinni tried our best at doing the most important thing there is to do – watching movies and TV shows; as much as possible. So after we did such a good job and completed all of our viewing assignments (well, not really, it’s an ongoing assignment that only ends when you die) all that’s left to do is choose the best titles of the passing year (with the help of our entertainment genome, because we can’t really do anything without it).
here are our best titles of 2013:
Mud is a touching and heartwarming drama about love, or unrequited love to be more precise. It’s a bit slow paced, but never boring. I consider it to be the best movie of the year.
Banshee offers some of the best fight scenes ever seen on TV. The fight scenes are extremely violent, sometimes gory, maybe a bit over the top and they are the reason Banshee is one of the coolest, and most fun shows on TV.
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to escape from prison together and trying to survive in the mean time. I can’t ask much more from a movie. These two aren’t too old for this s**t yet. They each still have a few more good action movies in them.
Breaking Bad – one of the best shows of the 2000′s deserved such an admiring talk show. They discussed and analyzed each one of the last 8 episodes of the series with the help of the show’s writers and actors. It helped better understand the series and helped to properly say goodbye.
The wonderful performance by James Gandolfini here just emphasizes how tragic his death was. Thinking on all the great film roles we could’ve gotten from him in the future adds a lot of bitterness to this sweet movie.
Another hit series from Netflix offers a compelling ensemble cast of characters, dark and cynical humor, touching moments. It is a well done mix of humor and drama; HBO is already feeling Netflix breathing down its neck.
Sam Rockwell gives one of the best performances of his career in what I believe to be one of the best coming of age movies ever made. It offers a near perfect combination of comedy and drama with a lot of heart.
The funniest TV show of 2013. It’s hilarious, brilliant and offbeat, and offers a combination of silly, dry and irreverent humor. It’s sort of a parody on business marketing TV shows, but you really need to watch it to know what it’s all about. The show’s creator – Nathan Fielder, is a comic genius.
About Time is a very funny, charming, romantic and life affirming movie. If this movie won’t make you feel good I don’t know what will…Maybe sugar, lots of chocolates and ice cream.
The Fall is one of the best crime series to come out of Britain in recent years. The acting here is top notch, as is the writing and the camera work, but the real secret weapon of the series is its haunting score.
This is a movie that asks you to forget everything you know about romantic comedies. It hilariously reinvents the genre. It was written and directed by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s writing partner in both Ali G and Borat, so it’s no wonder it’s so good.
The 1st Anchorman movie was the funniest movie ever made as far as I’m concerned, a masterpiece of silly and absurd humor. Anchorman 2 lives up to its predecessor. Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison Ford, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and John C. Reilly joined the already impressive cast from the 1st movie for this non-stop laughs sequel.
Fans of Homeland who found themselves harshly disappointed from the season finale can find comfort with another superb espionage thriller – The Americans. All they have to do is replace Carrie with Kerri (Carrie Mathison with Keri Russell).
The Hunger Games is a rarity – a clever and thought provoking movie…for teens. Not many of those around. Good thing there’s another movie in the series coming out next year.
A gangster saga that takes place around 1919 and deals with an Irish gang and the tough law enforcer out to get them. It’s an extremely good looking show and I think it’s Britain’s answer to Boardwalk Empire, and a good one at that.
A well-made sports drama (if you’re not sure what well-made means watch this movie). Exciting race scenes and powerful performances by the two leads make Rush a rush.
Mind games, manipulations, intrigue and unexpected plot twists, seasoned with a great performance by James Spader makes The Blacklist into a clever treat-ller (a thriller which is a treat to watch). To me, it’s like a combination between Person of Interest and Silence of the Lambs.
A fascinating documentary about a fascinating creature. It will make you think twice before you decide to visit Seaworld, and it definitely won’t make you want to work there.
Talking and contemplating about sex might be enough for a network series, but this is Showtime (cable), so of course there are also a lot of explicit sex scenes here! But seriously now, it’s a high quality show about human nature, determination/obsession and… well, sex.
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