Shalom Life | November 21, 2015

Jewish Top 10s: Movies of the Year

In our third and final list of the Best of 2013, we look at some of the most riveting, thought provking and hilarious films released this year

By: Daniel Koren

Published: December 27th, 2013 in Culture » Film » News

Welcome to Jewish Top 10s, where we compile lists that highlight the best and the brightest of everything yehudi, from delicious recipes to funniest actors, to most obnoxious Jewish wedding songs.

With days away from the year 2014, naturally, tis the season for end of the years lists. Besides Rob Ford, Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus headlines, this year has also brought us an abundance of amazing music, television, literature and film, and also, several developments in the world of business and technology.

Both Jewish men and women have contributed significantly to these various industries, and subsequently, we at Shalom Life feel inclined to list the very best of 2013; two weeks ago we brought to you the Best Albums of 2013 to have graced the proverbial stage, and last week, we presented the Best Television Shows of the Year.

This week, we bring out the big guns in listing the best films to have been released this year.

Whether you saw it in 3D on the big screens, or rented the Blu-Ray (yeah, right) once it was released, 2013 was a great year for film, with some of our favourite Jewish directors, actors, writers, and actresses contributing heavily to some Oscar-worthy gems.

It's been a great year in general for artistic content, and we are pleased to honor those artists with Our Top Ten Films of the year 2013.

Enjoy your movie.

TOP TEN

10.


Film: This is the End

Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill

Director: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

The original idea for This is the End (read our movie review here) was developed years ago, and those in the know had been waiting anxiously for its release. The premise itself - a bunch of actors we all know and love play exaggerated versions of themselves in an apocalyptic showdown - was hilarious enough to inspire an initial view, but many didn't expect much. The result was quite surprising, with This is the End offering hilarity, insanity, and revelation all at once.


9.


Film: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

Director: Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller directs in this second adaptation of the James Thurber short story. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows Walter Mitty, an employee at Life magazine, who begins dreaming of going on some pretty epic adventures, usually accompanied by a lady interest (played by Kristen Wiig). Stiller is terrific as the shy, quiet Witty, who, after an epiphany, decides to go in search of a missing 'negative' that was lost at his workplace.


8.


Film: Prisoners

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard

Director: Dennis Villeneuve

Prisoners has an all-star cast, focusing on an abduction of two young girls in Pennsylvania and the search to find them. Jackman plays Keller Dover, a religious man who attends a Thanksgiving dinner where the family's two daughters are abducted while Gyleenhaal plays Detective Loki, who embarks on a frantic mission to discover them. The film has received very positive reviews from film buffs and critics alike.


7.


Film: Don Jon

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is sensation in his directorial debut, following a porn-obsessed, superficial workoutoholic (played by Gordon-Levitt himself) who meets an absolutely stunning woman at a club (Scarlett Johansson) and proceeds to change certain things about his lifestyle to keep up with her. Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson are stellar in accompanying roles in a film that never ceases to entertain. As the subject focuses primarily on masturbation and porn, it may be deemed more of a 'bro' movie, though I'm sure any open-minded person will find comical and emotional value in it. Another excellent contribution to the film industry from JGL.


6.


Film: Saving Mr. Banks

Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman

Director: John Lee Hancock

Saving Mr. Banks is a historical comedy-drama that persons of all generations can relate to. After all, it includes Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney himself. The film is based on Disney's making of the film Mary Poppins, specifically, on Disney trying to convince author P.L Travers to adopt her story into the film which gave Julie Andrews one of her most well-known roles. A relatable and well-acted movie backed with a wonderful ensemble that truly bring this true story to life.


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