It still hasn’t really registered with me that we’re into a new year. 2014 just sounds bizarre because I’d just about gotten used to it being 2013. As I look back, it’s been a pretty good year for me and a pretty good year for media. As I did last year, I’ve compiled a short list of my favourite films, TV shows and music from the last 12 months and brief reasons why I made such selections.
Top 3 Films
I wrote a review for this back when I first saw which feels like longer than a year ago. I’m reluctant to say I enjoyed this film considering the themes it deals with but as a movie-going experience, I did. It was funny yet touching, ridiculous yet truthful and it was stylish yet accurate. I haven’t seen it since the cinema so I look forward to watching it again and remembering more of the specifics.
I went to see this film twice and can honestly say I would gladly have seen it a third. It was a beautiful film that wasn’t as much ‘about time’ as the title might suggest. It’s more about what we do with it. For Domhnall Gleeson that was to pursue Rachel McAdams, a mission I felt I too should partake in upon leaving the theatre. It’s one of these feel good films that leaves the viewer with a real message: enjoy your life. My suggestion for doing so? Watch this film.
I love DIsney. I love musicals. Combine the two and you’re onto a winner. Sure films like Frozen and Tangled were created primarily for children under the age of 10 but go and listen to ‘Let It Go’ and try to tell me you don’t get shivers down your spine. This film was genuinely funny and full of heart.
Until about the one hour mark of this film I was actually convinced I was watching one of the best films ever made. But like the recent rumoured Friends reunion, some things are just too good to be true. The story got soppy and the film felt rushed in the final third and that’s what prevented this from being one of the top three.
Films I Missed That I Wish I Hadn’t
The Way, Way Back
Much Ado About Nothing
Kill Your Darlings
Top 3 TV Shows
I can’t talk about 2013 TV without mentioning Breaking Bad's final half-season. I've been watching this show for years now (I caught up around the time the end of season 2 was airing I believe) and it's been one hell of a ride. From that first scene of the RV tearing up the dirt road to the final moments, I've enjoyed every second which unfortunately isn't the case with much of today's TV. If a show's successful, it's bled dry (look at House) so it’s refreshing to see TV executives who care more about the show than the money it brings in.
This show has divided audiences since the moment it first aired. I am on the side that freaking adores it. Aaron Sorkin is a brilliant writer and the cast that’s been brought together for this show is one of the best ensembles on TV at the minute. I recently heard the show has been renewed for a third and final season. While I’m happy it’s been renewed, I’m sad I will only get one more year of new ACN content.
This choice is one of nostalgia. The Office was strictly speaking not one of the best shows of 2013, nor even one of the best comedies. It has been however one of the best shows of the past 9 years. I’ve spent many, many hours in Scranton, PA when I probably should’ve been doing other more productive things and while this final season wasn’t the best the show has seen, it felt like a nice send off for a show that will long live in my memory.
Parks and Recreation
Consistently the best comedy on TV.
Shows That I Missed That I Wish I Hadn’t
House Of Cards
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Music I Enjoyed
Aloe Blacc - His Wake Me Up EP in particular.
Miley Cyrus - Half of her album is great, the other album is some of the worst music I’ve ever heard.
Biffy Clyro - Their Opposites album.
Hans Zimmer - The Man Of Steel OST was much better than the actual film.
Marianas Trench - Heard this band in the summer for the first time. Really enjoyed their music.
And so that concludes my Best Of 2013. I realise there’s a lot of text but hopefully if you’ve got this far, it was worth your time.
Thanks for reading,