My Best and Worst Movies of 2013

Continuing last week's look back at the previous year in Pop Culture, here are my picks for the best and worst films - plus other notable mentions - of 2013. According to my calculations, I caught 44 cinema releases in the last 12 months, and the following choices are based on them.

Please bear in mind that this selection is based on South African release dates, and as such may include 2012 films that only made their local debut in 2013.

For comparative purposes you can also read's democratically elected 2013 Best and Worst List. And while you're at it, check out the rather unexciting Golden Globes winners list from earlier this week.

My Top 10 for 2013 (in no specific order):

Gravity (3D)

Captain Phillips [Not yet reviewed]



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [not yet reviewed]

Django Unchained

Frozen (3D) [Not yet reviewed]

 Wreck-It Ralph (3D)

The Conjuring

The Impossible

Worst Film:
The Host

Most Disappointing:
Tie between Man of Steel (3D) and Only God Forgives [not yet reviewed]

Most Fun Film of the Year:
Pacific Rim (3D)

Most Memorable Villain:
Three-way tie between Kruger (Elysium), Khan (Star Trek into Darkness) and Dean Abigail Hardscrabble (Monsters University (3D))

Star of the Year:
Idris Elba - Pacific Rim (3D), Thor: The Dark World (3D IMAX) and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Not yet reviewed]

Best 3D Film:
Gravity (3D)

Better than Expected Award:

Most Creative Fight/Chase Scene:
Three-way tie between The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug (3D) (barrel escape), The World's End [Not reviewed] (legs for arms & Andy unleashed!) and Kick-Ass 2 (Mother Russia vs. Hit Girl)

Best Superhero Film:
Iron Man 3 (3D)

Most Striking Visuals:
Tie between Gravity (3D) and Epic (3D)

Best Costuming:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [not yet reviewed]

Best Score:
Pacific Rim - Ramin Djawadi

Best Soundtrack:
Tie between 
The Great Gatsby (3D) - Listen here
Pitch Perfect - Listen here

Best Song:
Let It Go - sung by Idina Menzel and written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (From Frozen)

Most Quotable Film of 2013:
Pitch Perfect

Miscellaneous films viewed in 2013:
After Earth
The Bling Ring  
Blood Tokoloshe [not reviewed]
The Croods [Not reviewed]

The Family 
G.I. Joe - Retaliation (3D)


Les Miserables
The Lone Ranger


Now You See Me
Oz The Great and Powerful (3D)
Warm Bodies
The Wolverine

World War Z (3D)


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