300: Rise of an Empire
has no ideology, purpose or ambition beyond being blood-and-guts spectacle on a
massive scale. If that’s your idea of a great flick, please enjoy.
It’s winter, and
that means one thing: Liam Neeson will kill the hell out of people. Taken
is the first in Neeson’s old-dude-slaughtering series of films. The Grey,
Taken 2, and Unknown follow it.
So this year was a pretty good one for movies. It’s just that movies
that were bad were so bad. Just inexcusable. Sweet Jesus. But we’ll get
to those after my five favorite movies of 2013.
Love a break. David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) are the
endless lovers, and everyone else plays his or her part in this over-the-top bordering-on-melodrama
The Act of Killing is such a surreal
movie it’s almost hard to believe that all the killings in it took place.
Life is going according to plan for Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a successful executive, and
Midori (Machiko Ono) a stay-at-home
mother to their son, Keita (Keita Ninomiya).