2013 Ticket Stub Review.
Fifty six tickets stubs were in my 2013 manilla envelope that I use as a memory aide. Some movies I had to look up on in IMDB in order to recall (not a good sign for my memory or the movie’s quality). In short order I narrowed it down to my favorite eight. Four of them I had reviewed previously, and the remaining four movies I highlight below.
Absolutely the most fun I had in the theatre in 2013 was also the last movie I saw. Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner star in this very loose telling of the real “Abscam” FBI sting operation. The five main characters in this story are funny, likable, flawed, and in love with the others in a bizarre love quadrangle. This is not a history lesson, but it does serve as a great late 70’s period piece including big hair, discos, Italians, mafia, and one very elaborate comb-over.
Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. Brief nudity and a discernible absence of bras.
This two person sci-fi action drama is best viewed on the big screen and in 3d. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are marooned in space in this nail biting exploration of life, loss, and and the ultimate trial.
Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
Spring Breakers is the story of four college girls determined to get away at any cost, and the price for this idealistic respite is astronomical. These pampered, protected teenagers slips effortlessly into a criminal lifestyle when deprived of their entitlements. This allegory slides effortlessly between a MTV style reality show and an absurd parody. Stylish and hard to classify I found this story lingering long after viewing.
Rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout.
Stoker is the first english language film by Korean director Chan-wook Park. Famous (in some circles) for his vengeance trilogy including Oldboy (2003) he creates this hauntingly beautiful gothic horror. Unsettling and mesmerizing both describe the otherworldly young girl named India deprived of her loving and devoted father on her eighteenth birthday. She meets her strange uncle after the funeral when he moves into the family home to comfort both grieving mother and daughter. The bizarre triangle allows for no heroes or innocents. Dreamily this drama unfolds until no one remains unscathed, not even the viewer.
Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content.