Top 10 Movies of 2013

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Hi it’s me again. I’ve spent the day packing and packing for my 5 month abroad adventure but what’s 5 months abroad without a 6 hour layover in Newark? As I look forward to my trip and dread my layover I began to think about my favorite movies of 2013. I mean, I’ve already talked about books and what better thing to during my flight and layover than rewatch some of my favorite films from the year? So here they are, with trailer links, in descending order. Maybe you’ll find something you’ve never seen or learn about my weird/awesome movie tastes.

10. At world’s End
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Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, robots, British humor. There’s not much that can go wrong. I was laughing myself to tears in the theatre during this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIndrLtJgms&feature=youtube_gdata_player

9. Kings of Summer
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A funny and heartwarming coming of age story about three boys who build a house in the woods and run away from home to live there. It makes you feel like a kid again and crave everlasting summer! youtube.com/watch?v=fThJt2nRUeM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

8. This Is the End
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I’m not embarrassed to say that I thought this movie was brilliant. The actors playing themselves found a way to create humor based on their own celebrity culture as well as the apocalypse. I saw this with friends and we immediately matched ourselves to who we would each be if we found ourselves in their place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yma-g4gTwlE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

7. Frozen
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The songs were clever and catchy. The story was funny, moving, and forward thinking. It made me not feel guilty about wanting to be a princess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQm5doF_Uc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

6. Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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I’m a huuuuge hunger games fan. This was my favorite book in the series and they captured it beautifully on film. What lengths people will go and won’t go to revolt in a terrible dystopian future. I cried throughout the whole thing…both times I saw it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keT5CRhhy84&feature=youtube_gdata_player

5. Frances Ha
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When I first saw this movie I wouldn’t have put it so high up on my list…and then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I refused to like it at the time because I related too much to Frances and it made me sad. Her life doesn’t go perfectly according to her plans and dreams. What makes it beautiful is the way frances keeps her positivity and resilience. The film is spunky and real. It’s about finding your place even if it takes a little longer than expected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBn5dgXFMis&feature=youtube_gdata_player

4. The Spectacular Now
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  This is a high school romance that got it right. They touch on all the emotions and fears of being at the end of high school about to leave home as well as capturing an honest and complicated love between two people that don’t run in the same circle. I laughed. I cried. I didn’t believe it was scripted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTBLSkUmYk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

3. Crystal Fairy & the magical cactus
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This is one of the weirder movies I’ve seen. But it’s about honestly weird people and that’s part of the reason I love it. An assholey tourist goes on a road trip with friends across Chile to find and then try a hallucinogenic cactus. But, while drunk and high at a party he accidentally invites a girl: Crystal Fairy. They don’t get along very well when sober. This movie is strange but in many ways it’s about embracing your own weirdness as well as the many different types of weird and wonderful people in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7nInvUzAI8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

2. Much Ado About Nothing
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You really can’t get much better than Shakespeare’s words and Joss Whedon’s direction. I not only understood every single line, every single line was delicious. I’ve never had so much fun in a movie theatre than when I knew everyone was filling themselves with Shakespeare’s beautiful prose and loving every second of it. I know I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3zfYrcV0hw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

1. Short Term 12
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Sometimes you see a movie and when it ends you cannot move from your seat because of all the emotions running through you. That was this movie. It’s about a woman who works with at-risk youth. As i watched her story and the stories of the kids I thought a lot about finding the light in darkness and learning to climb on top of your life  even when you’ve been dealt a horrible hand of cards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8QxAYxNRgs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I didn’t see every movie this year so let me know what I missed!

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