Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Kristy’s List

By Kristy Puchko 2013-12-26 18:58:20discussion comments
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2013 has been a great year for movies, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As Cinema Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in film, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 10 lists of the best movies of 2013. Sean's list is up This is Kristy’s list, with some critical darlings, a panned biopic, several deeply dark comedies, and a string of heartstring-tugging coming-of-age tales.

10. Pain & Gain
To me it's a crime that Michael Bay's dark comedy about the insane exploits of The Sun Gym Gang has been deemed "Rotten." For decades Bay has made movies maligned for being (supposedly) just for teenage boys, and then he makes something sharper, smarter and a thousand times more bonkers, and still many critics sneered. Well, not this one.

Bay set up a brilliant satire about those who demand a shortcut to the American Dream, and how they are not just clownish but dangerous. He gave us anti-heroes who were misogynistic, homophobic, and relentlessly greedy, and in doing so offered a criticism of the very ideology he's often been accused of promoting. (And by my count, he did it better than Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street.) Plus, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie crush it in the leads, deftly blending heaps of machismo with humor and a childish short fuse.

Best Moment: Johnson's meat-headed kidnapper is barbequing severed human hands out in public. Just as I thought to myself, "No way," a title card came up reading: THIS IS STILL A TRUE STORY. Well played, Bay.
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