Movies :: Kevin Taft’s Best of 2013
When compiling a "Best of" list I have to pre-empt my choices by stating that these are the best movies I’ve seen according to my taste and what has stayed with me the most. There are other worthy films this year. For example, "12 Years a Slave" is an amazing film, but it’s so gruesome that I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as I appreciated it. It’s well made on every level, so I do think it’s one of the best films of the year, but not one of my favorites.
So my caveat here is that when you read my list, you understand that these are not only my favorites, but also what I think are the better made films of those favorites.
Okay, so here goes - Kevin’s "Best" Films of 2013 (in no particular order):
The Place Beyond the Pines
Directed by Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") this is a gritty epic film that spans two generations and looks at how one person’s actions affected a number of people. It’s also about how the sins of the father have repercussions throughout generations. It’s a stunning and impactful film with terrific performances by Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper (way better than his "American Hustle" performance), and surprisingly - Eva Mendes. It also boasts a standout debut by Emory Cohen as Cooper’s son who recalls a young Marlon Brando.