Top 20 Movies of 2013

Originally posted on Coop's Movie Zone:

Here is my Top 20 list of movies for the year 2013:
1. Thor: The Dark World
2. Man of Steel
3. Star Trek: Into Darkness
4. The Wolverine
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
6. The Croods
7. Fast & Furious 6
8. The Lone Ranger
9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
10. American Hustle
11. Gravity
12. Saving Mr. Banks
13. Philomena
14. 42
15. The Last Stand
16. This is the End
17. Captain Phillips
18. Red 2
19. Oblivion
20. World War Z

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“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Release Date: August 1, 2014

If you are looking to have the most fun at the movies that you have ever had, then going to go see “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be your best option. This is by far the funniest Marvel film to date. Peter Quill…I mean Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) definitely draws the most laughs in my opinion, but the rest of the cast also has many funny moments throughout the film. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is one badass assassin, Drax the Destroyer is a very powerful being who has revenge only on his mind and he also is a very literal person…nothing, including jokes, will ever go over his head…because he has very long arms. Rocket and Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel) are in a way yin and yang. Rocket has a terrible attitude toward everyone while Groot has a soft heart for almost everyone, except for those trying to kill him and his new friends. From the very first scene that we are introduced to Groot, you immediately fall in love with him.

The visual effects are astonishing as well…especially if you watch it in IMAX 3D…which this was the first time I have ever watched a film in IMAX and it was simply amazing. The soundtrack used was brilliant in that many of the people who went to watch this film was not even born, including myself, during the time that the songs were popular, so in effect, gives the audience something new to listen to in a more current action film. Star-Lord’s constant dancing will also brighten up some of the dark moments of the film as well. Chemistry among the Guardians is superb and even the villains show some pretty good chemistry together when they are in the same scene as well. Overall, one of the best movies of the year, but for me, I would still have to say that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is still the favorite that I have seen so far this year. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely number two though and I highly doubt that those two films will be moving from their current spots when all is said and done.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Chris Pratt………..Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana……….Gamora
Dave Bautista……..Drax
Vin Diesel…………Groot
Bradley Cooper……Rocket
Lee Pace……………Ronan
Karen Gillan………..Nebula
Michael Rooker…….Yondu Udonta
Djimon Hounsou……Korath
John C. Reilly………Corpsman Day
Glenn Close……….Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro….The Collector
Laura Haddock……Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn………..Kraglin / On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz……Denarian Saal

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Release Date: June 27, 2014

Set five years after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” all of the Transformers’ (Autobots and Decepticons alike) lives have changed dramatically. With the cast being completely overhauled, we have Cade Yeager, an inventor who is doing all he can do to provide for his daughter by digging through junk and trying to come up with the next innovative invention that will change the future forever. When Cade buys an old beat up semi truck that crashed through the local movie theater, his life will be intertwined with the Transformers forever.

My only complaint about this film is the length. With a runtime nearing close to two hours and forty minutes, there certainly are a few scenes that could have been cut from the motion picture. Most of those scenes were trying to draw a quick laugh from the audience. Most people going into watching this new installment of the “Transformers” franchise has a pretty clear picture what to expect…tons of action, multiple explosions, top of the line computer-generated imagery, and some quirky one liners. You are either going to really like this movie or you are going to hate this movie…there is no in between.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Mark Wahlberg……………Cade Yeager
Stanley Tucci……………….Joshua Joyce
Kelsey Grammer……………Harold Attinger
Nicola Peltz………………..Tessa Yeager
Jack Reynor………………..Shane Dyson
Titus Welliver……………..James Savoy
Sophia Myles……………..Darcy Tirrel
Bingbing Li………………Su Yueming
T.J. Miller………………..Lucas Flannery

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“Edge of Tomorrow”

“Edge of Tomorrow”

Release Date: June 6, 2014

Did you have the feeling that while watching the preview for this film, you started to say to yourself that this reminds you of Tom Cruise’s last film, “Oblivion,” or even a little bit of “Groundhog Day?” Well, do not worry about that as the only thing that “Edge of Tomorrow” has in common with “Oblivion” is that Tom Cruise is the lead actor in both films…and that both of the movies are exceptional. The basic concept used in this film’s preview could be considered very similar to that of “Groundhog Day,” but once you watch just ten minutes of “Edge of Tomorrow,” you will soon forget about any such comparisons. I know this will come to a shock to most us watching either sequels or reboots for what seems like the past two years, but “Edge of Tomorrow” has a very original and refreshing script that you cannot help but give a double finger pistol salute just like Shooter McGavin after he sinks a crucial putt.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are masterful in their roles as Major William Cage and Sergeant Rita Vrataski. Great chemistry between the two and Cruise absolutely nails his timing down perfectly with every little expression that he makes with every character that he interacts with. You want the full package when watching a movie? Then this film should solidify those needs quite well. You have a ton of action going on left and right, an immense and very detailed description of what is exactly going on throughout the film, and just the right amount of comedy used in certain situations, especially from Cruise, that makes this film one hell of a ride.

Essentially, this movie is about Major William Cage being thrown into the front lines of combat between humans and an alien race, even though Cage has no skills, except for Public Relations, whatsoever. Cannot really say much more about this film without giving anything away as the slightest detail could give away some of the plot.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Tom Cruise……….Major William Cage
Emily Blunt……….Sergeant Rita Vrataski
Bill Paxton………..Master Sergeant Farell
Brendan Gleeson…..General Brigham
Jonas Armstrong…..Skinner
Tony Way…………Kimmel

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“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Release Date: May 23, 2014

Is this the best X-Men film? That certainly can be debated, but for me, I would have to say yes, yes it is. Think you know what is going to happen just by watching the trailer of the film? Well you will be in for a surprise once you sit down and start watching. I cannot remember one single dull moment throughout the entire movie. Sure, there are a few discrepancies that you will come across if you are a big X-Men fan, but to the casual viewer, those little details will fly over your head without you even noticing.

The storyline is fantastic and each character plays a pretty important part for what Bryan Singer is trying to portray to the viewers. You all know that Hugh Jackman will bring his best performance playing as Wolverine, but the rest of the cast is outstanding as well. James McAvoy is brilliant in taking his character, Charles Xavier, to all new heights than what we saw from him in “X-Men: First Class.” Naturally, Michael Fassbender ups his game as well because Magneto cannot let his best friend get the best of him right? And that brings us to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen who plays Professor Xavier and Magneto as well and their on screen chemistry has not changed one bit. Jennifer Lawrence kicks some major ass and her character, Mystique, plays a very important part in this film. Who is the best new character to watch for you ask? Well, that is a pretty easy question to answer right there. That title belongs to Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters. Peteres will certainly steal the show in the scenes that he is in.

Overall, this is a film that I hope most of you will be able to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend. With the runtime at a little over two hours, it will only feel like fifteen minutes went by after the movie ends, which I could have easily sat down for another two hours if Singer wanted to make this X-Men film into a similar style of that of director Frank Darabont. Will “X-Men: Days of Future Past” be my number one film for 2014? I do not have a clue yet, as I have only seen 4 movies this year so far and I will be debating for the rest of the year whether or not “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or this film is better. I may just have to flip a coin when doing my rankings whenever I get to them sometime next year.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Hugh Jackman………………..Logan / Wolverine
James McAvoy………………Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender…………Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence………….Raven / Mystique
Halle Berry…………………Storm
Nicholas Hoult……………..Hank McCoy / Beast
Ellen Page…………………..Kitty Pryde
Peter Dinklage……………..Dr. Bolivar Trask
Shawn Ashmore……………Bobby / Iceman

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Release Date: May 16, 2014

As you are sitting there for the first hour of the movie, just taking in all the flashbacks and the intense buildup to a well written script, the camera begins to pan all the way from the ground to an estimate of 355 feet in the air. Then all of a sudden, you receive goose bumps all over your body as an intense roar commences and all you can do is grin from ear to ear and give a fist pump just like Dwight Schrute does whenever he sees a fire truck arrive to a scene. That roar that nearly all of the world can recognize by now is from the great King of the Monsters himself, GODZILLA!

Godzilla remains dormant for decades, but once the human race messes up, like usual, someone has to come and clean up our mess. Some may not like the long wait until you finally get to see him, but once you do, it is well worth the wait. The buildup for that specific scene makes up for the wait in my opinion. The cast of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe helps you feel like you are actually right there in the middle of everything…if you are watching at the theater that is. This will be a film that I will be watching over and over for decades to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Aaron Taylor-Johnson…………….Ford Brody
Elisabeth Olsen……………………Elle Brody
Bryan Cranston……………………Joe Brody
Ken Watanabe…………………….Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Sally Hawkins…………………….Vivienne Graham

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My Current Film Collection

  1. 300
  2. The A-Team
  3. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  4. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  5. Air Force One
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man
  7. American Pie Present: Band Camp
  8. Any Given Sunday
  9. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  10. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  11. Austin Powers in Goldmember
  12. The Avengers
  13. Batman Begins
  14. The Dark Knight
  15. The Dark Knight Rises
  16. Battle: Los Angeles
  17. The Benchwarmers
  18. Blades of Glory
  19. The Blind Side
  20. The Book of Eli
  21. The Bourne Identity
  22. The Bourne Supremacy
  23. The Bourne Ultimatum
  24. The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
  25. Bruce Almighty
  26. Buried
  27. Caddyshack
  28. Captain America: The First Avenger
  29. Casablanca
  30. Charlie Wilson’s War
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  32. Cowboys & Aliens
  33. The Crazies
  34. The Da Vinci Code
  35. The Day After Tomorrow
  36. Death at a Funeral
  37. Death Race
  38. The Defiant Ones
  39. The Departed
  40. Die Hard
  41. Die Hard 2
  42. Die Hard with a Vengeance
  43. Live Free or Die Hard
  44. Django Unchained
  45. Dodgeball
  46. Dr. No
  47. From Russia with Love
  48. Goldfinger
  49. Thunderball
  50. You Only Live Twice
  51. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  52. Diamonds are Forever
  53. Live and Let Die
  54. The Man with the Golden Gun
  55. The Spy Who Loved Me
  56. Moonraker
  57. For Your Eyes Only
  58. Octopussy
  59. A View to a Kill
  60. The Living Daylights
  61. License to Kill
  62. GoldenEye
  63. Tomorrow Never Dies
  64. The World Is Not Enough
  65. Die Another Day
  66. Casino Royale
  67. Quantum of Solace
  68. Skyfall
  69. Due Date
  70. The Dukes of Hazzard
  71. The Expendables
  72. Faster
  73. Fight Club
  74. The Fighter
  75. First Blood
  76. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  77. Rambo III
  78. Forrest Gump
  79. Friday the 13th
  80. From Paris with Love
  81. The Fugitive
  82. Gamer
  83. The Girl Next Door
  84. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  85. Goodfellas
  86. Grandma’s Boy
  87. The Green Hornet
  88. The Green Mile
  89. Hall Pass
  90. The Hangover
  91. Happy Gilmore
  92. Hidalgo
  93. Hitman
  94. Home Alone
  95. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  96. Home Alone 3
  97. Horrible Bosses
  98. Hot Tub Time Machine
  99. How To Train Your Dragon
  100. I Am Legend
  101. Inception
  102. The Incredible Hulk
  103. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  104. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  105. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
  106. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  107. Inglorious Basterds
  108. Inside Man
  109. Invictus
  110. Iron Man
  111. Iron Man 2
  112. Iron Man 3
  113. The Italian Job
  114. Jeepers Creepers 2
  115. Joe Dirt
  116. Jumper
  117. Just Go With It
  118. Kick-Ass
  119. Laura
  120. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  121. The Lone Ranger
  122. The Losers
  123. The Maltese Falcon
  124. Man of Steel
  125. The Mask of Zorro
  126. Maverick
  127. The Mechanic
  128. Mission: Impossible
  129. Mission: Impossible II
  130. Mission: Impossible III
  131. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol
  132. The Mist
  133. The Mummy
  134. The Mummy Returns
  135. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  136. Napoleon Dynamite
  137. National Treasure
  138. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  139. Night at the Museum
  140. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  141. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  142. Office Space
  143. Old School
  144. The Other Guys
  145. The Passion of the Christ
  146. The Patriot
  147. Pearl Harbor
  148. The Perfect Storm
  149. Pineapple Express
  150. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  151. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  152. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  153. Prince of Persia
  154. Public Enemies
  155. Pulp Fiction
  156. Red
  157. Reservoir Dogs
  158. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  159. Salt
  160. Saturday Night Fever
  161. Secondhand Lions
  162. Semi-Pro
  163. Se7en
  164. The Shawshank Redemption
  165. She’s Out of My League
  166. Sherlock Holmes
  167. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  168. Shooter
  169. Short Circuit
  170. Shutter Island
  171. The Soloist
  172. Stakeout
  173. Step Brothers
  174. The Stepfather
  175. Super Troopers
  176. Superbad
  177. Superman Returns
  178. Taken
  179. Taken 2
  180. Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  181. They Came to Cordura
  182. Thor
  183. Tomb Raider
  184. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  185. The Tourist
  186. Training Day
  187. Transformers
  188. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  189. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  190. Tropic Thunder
  191. Unknown
  192. The Usual Suspects
  193. Wanted
  194. Watchmen
  195. The Waterboy
  196. Wedding Crashers
  197. The Wizard of Oz
  198. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  199. X-Men: First Class
  200. X-Men
  201. X2
  202. X-Men: The Last Stand
  203. The Wolverine
  204. Zombieland
  205. Zoolander
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