Special to Advance-Guard
Beeville — Thousands of movies get released every year. Most in theaters, but now with Video on Demand services like Amazon and iTunes on the rise, and streaming services like Netflix and the newly christened Redbox Instant, it’s getting easier albeit a tad more time consuming to catch every one of them.
So, while living in a small town I might have missed a few gems that I’ll surely get to sometime in 2013, but these are my top 10 favorite movies of the year.
10. Sound of My Voice
The movie follows a journalist and his girlfriend who investigate a cult where there leader claims she’s from the future.
This movie proves that with smart writing and great actors, you can pull off an intriguing thriller with a tiny budget.
9. The Raid: Redemption
A SWAT team gets locked in a 30-story apartment building and must fight and kill everyone on their way to the top to capture a ruthless drug lord.
This Indonesian action film has some incredible stunts and action and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
James Bond returns to form and must face one of his most sinister villains yet.
A fun and exhilarating romp, it’s full of everything you expect from a James Bond film and more.
7. Django Unchained
A slave, Django, helps out a traveling bounty hunter who in turn frees him and helps retrieve his slave wife from the most dangerous plantation in the South.
Quentin Tarantino finally makes a western. ‘Nuff said.
In the future, the mob sends people back in time to get killed by Loopers, who, after they are let go, have 30 years to live their lives then their loop is closed by their past selves.
It sounds confusing, but the film is more crime noir than flashy time travel movie.
And plus, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a younger version of Bruce Willis which is awesome in itself.
A young boy wishes his teddy bear would come to life and be his best friend.
Who knew Mark Wahlberg could be this funny? And who knew the creator of “Family Guy” could write and direct a hilarious, if oftentimes raunchy, comedy about what it means to best friends?
The bear may look cute and cuddly, but this movie’s not for children.
4. The Avengers
Earth’s mightiest heroes join forces to stop an alien race from taking over the world.
Personally, I don’t understand how this movie ever got made. There were too many characters and elements that could’ve failed. And the fact that it was so awesome still blows my mind.
It is perhaps the greatest superhero movie ever made. So much so, that Marvel Comics rival, DC Comics, has slated their own super team film, “Justice League of America,” for 2015 – the same year we’ll get “The Avengers 2.”
Now, boys, play nice.
3. Moonrise Kingdom
A young, quirky Cub Scout runs away with his love, sending a small New England town into a flurry.
Anything Wes Anderson has directed is fantastic in my book.
But here, he reminds you what young love was like and how carefree and fun our lives once were.
This is the two lead children actors’ first movie and they are superb.
A joint CIA/Canadian extraction of six diplomats out of Iran by pretending to be filming a fake sci-fi movie.
It sounds ludicrous, but it actually happened. And under Ben Affleck’s direction, it all looks and feels real, too.
Affleck has come a long way as an actor and definitely as a director.
He’ll get his first Oscar nomination for directing come February, and if it wasn’t for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” also coming out this year, he would’ve won it.
Keep up the good work, Affleck. You’ll get your golden statue eventually.
The story of our 16th president trying to pass the 13th Amendment.
Sounds simple, but in the hands of Steven Spielberg and having Daniel Day-Lewis literally turn in to Abraham Lincoln, it transforms in to a portrait of a great man overcoming impossible odds.
Everything about this film is fantastic.
The actors are amazing. The world they populate feels so real you can almost smell the mud and horse manure.
It’s a beautiful, stunning film that should be shown in history classes all over America.
Now, as I mentioned, there were a few films I missed all together but these were the ones I watched.
And trust me, I watched a lot.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.