The Rest of the Best Part 1

Posted: December 15, 2013 in Best of, Movies
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It’s been a pretty good year for movies.  I’m in the process of watching for a second time some flicks that are jockeying for position in my year-end top 10 but there were plenty of others that came close.  So for the next couple weeks leading up to the unveiling of my favorite movies of 2013 I figured I would share with you, in no particular order, those movies that came oh so close.

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This is a little trippy tale of high school kids and time loops.  There’s nothing too terribly original but it does set up a nice moral quandary for the characters with a somewhat disturbing conclusion.  The cast is fun and nice to look at.  It all makes for an engaging and clever flick well worth a genre aficionado’s time.

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Maniac

A slick remake of the 1980 grindhouse classic this time with Elijah Wood as the titular crazy man.  It is to the director’s credit that he somehow makes the murderous sociopath even remotely sympathetic.  Wood performs remarkably considering the 1st person perspective keeps him off-screen the majority of the time.  There’s also a killer soundtrack.

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Room 237

In this documentary, very detail oriented people discuss their theories of the underlying message and themes within Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, considered by many to be the scariest film of all time.  Many of the theories are straight lunacy but it’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of the horror classic.

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Byzantium

A pair of vampires, mother & daughter, have lived a nomadic life for centuries under the ever-present threat of a sect of male vampires that find their very existence an abomination .  Their carefully built life of lies faces its greatest challenge when they settle in a coastal town and the daughter falls in love.  Great stuff from Brit director Neil Jordan.

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