Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best Films of 2013 by Genre

 


OK, I grant you that my list of 301 films released in 2013 ranked from A+ to F that I posted yesterday can be overwhelming for the average filmgoer.  Chances are you prefer certain genres to others.  We all do.  So this post is intended to help you zone in on what is probably the best recommendation for you.  If you like the genre and I gave it an A or A+, then just give it a try!  (Skip the trailer!)

Best Feel Good Crowd Pleaser
  1. The Short Game       Grade: A+
  2. 20 Feet from Stardom       Grade: A
  3. In a World ...       Grade: A
Best Film That's Like Watching a Great Off Broadway Play
  1. Before Midnight      Grade: A+
  2. August: Osage County      Grade: A
  3. Some Velvet Morning      Grade: A
  4. Some Girl(s)      Grade: A
  5. Prince Avalanche       Grade: A-
  6. It's a Disaster       Grade: A-
  7. Between Us       Grade: B+
  8. Scenic Route       Grade: B+
Most Original
  1. The East       Grade: A
  2. Trance       Grade: A
  3. Side Effects       Grade: A
  4. Short Term 12       Grade: A
  5. Disconnect      Grade: A
  6. The Brass Teapot       Grade: A-
Most Gripping Thriller
  1. Prisoners      Grade: A+
  2. World War Z      Grade: A+
  3. Captain Phillips       Grade: A
  4. The Call       Grade: A
  5. Frozen Ground       Grade: B+
  6. The Factory       Grade: B+
Most Inspiring
  1. About Time       Grade: A+
  2. One Chance       Grade: A
  3. Still Mine       Grade: A
  4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty       Grade: A-
  5. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey       Grade: A-
  6. Life According to Sam       Grade: A-
Best Emotional Dramas
  1. About Time       Grade: A+
  2. Blood       Grade: A
Best British Crime Drama
  1. Blood       Grade: A
  2. Broken       Grade: A
  3. The Sweeney       Grade: A
  4. Welcome to the Punch      Grade: B+
Best British Crime Dark Comedy
  1. Sightseers       Grade: B+
Best U.S. Crime / Dark Comedy
  1. Pain & Gain      Grade: A
  2. The Hangover Part III       Grade: A-
  3. The Family      Grade: A-
  4. 2 Guns       Grade: B+
Best U.S. Crime Drama
  1. American Hustle       Grade: A
  2. Runner Runner       Grade: B+
  3. Snitch     Grade: B+
  4. The Iceman      Grade: B+
  5. Parker       Grade: B+
Best Drama (not otherwise classified)
  1. Philomena       Grade: A+
  2. Lee Daniels' The Butler       Grade: A
  3. Dallas Buyers Club       Grade: A
  4. 12 Years a Slave       Grade: A
  5. Mud       Grade: A-
  6. The Place Beyond the Pines       Grade: B+
Best Genre-Bending
  1. About Time       Grade: A+
  2. The World's End      Grade: A-
Best Big Budget Blockbusters
  1. World War Z      Grade: A+
  2. Star Trek Into Darkness       Grade: A
  3. Hunger Games: Catching Fire       Grade: A
  4. Pacific Rim       Grade: A-
  5. Dark Skies      Grade: B+
  6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug       Grade: B+
  7. Ender's Game      Grade: B+
  8. Oz the Great and Powerful       Grade: B+
  9. Iron Man 3       Grade: B+
  10. R.I.P.D.       Grade: B+
  11. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters       Grade: B+
Funniest Comedy
  1. This is the End       Grade: A-
  2. The To Do List      Grade: A-
  3. We're the Millers       Grade: B+
  4. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone       Grade: B+
Most Racy Comedy
  1. Don Jon       Grade: A
  2. The To Do List      Grade: A-
  3. We're the Millers       Grade: B+
Most Likeable Comedy
  1. In a World ...       Grade: A
  2. A Case of You       Grade: A-
  3. Austenland      Grade: B+
  4. Baggage Claim       Grade: B+
  5. Girl Most Likely       Grade: B
Best TragiComedy
  1. Blue Jasmine       Grade: A
Best Documentary
  1. The Short Game       Grade: A+
  2. 20 Feet from Stardom      Grade: A
  3. 56 Up      Grade: A
  4. Blackfish       Grade: A-
  5. Koch       Grade: A-
  6. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay       Grade: A-
  7. Let the Fire Burn      Grade: A-
  8. Seduced and Abandoned      Grade: A-
  9. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey       Grade: A-
  10. Life According to Sam       Grade: A-
  11. The Armstrong Lie       Grade: B+
  12. Tim's Vermeer       Grade: B+
  13. Running from Crazy       Grade: B+
  14. Salinger       Grade: B+
  15. Sound City       Grade: B+
  16. Broadway Idiot       Grade: B+
  17. Terms and Conditions May Apply       Grade: B+
Best Romance
  1. About Time       Grade: A+
  2. Enough Said       Grade: A
  3. A Case of You       Grade: A-
  4. Stuck in Love       Grade: B+
  5. Her       Grade: B+
  6. I Give it a Year       Grade: B+
Best Coming-of-Age
  1. The Spectacular Now       Grade: A
  2. The Way Way Back       Grade: B+
  3. 21 & Over       Grade: B+
  4. I Declare War       Grade: B+
  5. The Kings of Summer       Grade: B+
Best Neo-Noir
  1. Broken City       Grade: A
  2. A Single Shot      Grade: A-
  3. Gangster Squad       Grade: B+
Best Goth Noir
  1. Byzantium       Grade: B+
Best Action
  1. The Sweeney       Grade: A
  2. Kick-Ass 2      Grade: A
  3. Rush       Grade: A-
  4. Escape Plan       Grade: B+
  5. Lone Survivor       Grade: B+
Best Foreign Language
  1. Simon Killer      Grade: A
  2. The Silence       Grade: A-
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color       Grade: A-
  4. The Hunt       Grade: A-
  5. Broken Circle Breakdown       Grade: A-
  6. The Past       Grade: B+
Best Bio-Pic
  1. Lee Daniels' The Butler       Grade: A
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street       Grade: A
  3. 12 Years a Slave       Grade: A
  4. Jobs      Grade: A
  5. Saving Mr. Banks       Grade: A-
  6. Rush       Grade: A-
  7. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom       Grade: B+
  8. Phil Spector       Grade: B+
Best Films for Fans of 'Homeland'
  1. The Reluctant Fundamentalist       Grade: B+
  2. Lone Survivor       Grade: B+
Best Westerns
  1. Dead Man's Burden       Grade: B+
  2. Sweetwater (a.k.a. Sweet Vengeance)       Grade: B+
Best Hitchcockian Suspense
  1. Closed Circuit       Grade: B+
Most Ambitious (Even If Not A Total Success)
  1. Antiviral       Grade: B+
  2. Upstream Color       Grade: B+
  3. Mr. Nobody       Grade: B+
  4. Escape from Tomorrow      Grade: B
  5. Ain't Them Bodies Saints      Grade: B
Best Indies You've Probably Never Heard Of
  1. Frances Ha      Grade: A-
  2. The Lifeguard      Grade: B+
  3. Afternoon Delight      Grade: B+
  4. Wrong      Grade: B+
  5. Concussion       Grade: B+
  6. Sunlight Jr.       Grade: B+
  7. The English Teacher       Grade: B+
  8. Zero Charisma       Grade: B+
  9. Somebody Up There Likes Me       Grade: B+
  10. Last Love (a.k.a. Mr. Morgan's Last Love)       Grade: B+
  11. Free Samples       Grade: B+
  12. Thanks for Sharing       Grade: B+
  13. See Girl Run       Grade: B+
  14. Charlie Countryman       Grade: B
Best Musical Film (Doc or Narrative)
  1. 20 Feet from Stardom      Grade: A
  2. Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey       Grade: A-
  3. Sound City       Grade: B+
  4. Unfinished Song       Grade: B+
  5. Broadway Idiot       Grade: B+
  6. Frozen      Grade: B+
Best Animated
  1. Frozen       Grade: B+
Best Film in Space
  1. Gravity      Grade: B+
Best Found Footage Film
  1. Devil's Pass      Grade: B+
Best Films About Magic
  1. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay       Grade: A-
  2. Now You See Me       Grade: B+
Most Debaucherous
  1. The Wolf of Wall Street       Grade: A
Best Lesbian Porn Scene
  1. Blue is the Warmest Color       Grade: A-

2 comments:

  1. Very official categories! Alas I have seen like 0 of these movies so no comment on your rankings.

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    1. I've been lobbying to get the Critics Choice to use the exact same categories! So far I've made no progress...

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