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My 13 Top Movies in 2013

I like to watch movies and sometimes write about them. And if I can give awards based on my preference, it will be for these movies 😀

13. The Croods

The Croods
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This family-friendly animated movie is fast-paced and entertaining. And it has some good values to teach to children.

12. The Internship

The Internship
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While it looks like a Google advertisement, people working in IT like me should be able to enjoy the comedy and drool over Google’s working culture and environment.

11. Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness
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It might not be as fresh as the predecessor and some things might not make a lot of sense. But it’s still visually as entertaining and action-packed as ever.

10. We’re the Millers

We're the Millers
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While it follows the Hollywood’s cliché formula of comedy — i.e., sex and drugs, it still brings a lot of fun and laughter. A relief to watch after a stressful day of work.

9. World War Z

World War Z
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Zombies are still popular this year. Even Brad Pitt is now chasing them all over the world. This fast-paced thriller will keep you awake for almost 2 hours.

8. The Conjuring

The Conjuring
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Without being awfully creepy, this horror packs a solid performance of the actors and beautiful rendering.

7. Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World
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Disclaimer: I’m a fan of superhero movies. To be honest, this is not the best superhero movies this year, but I’m a fan, so…

6. Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim
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Definitely style over substance. An epic style.

5. Man of Steel

Man of Steel
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Leonidas in Superman’s costume? Yes, please.

4. Ender’s Game

Ender's Game
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Harrison Ford and some young actors are delivering very strong performance in this sci-fi flick. It doesn’t hurt that it’s visually appealing.

3. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3
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Robert Downey Jr. is as charismatic as ever and here, we got to see him more often without the Iron Man suit. But it doesn’t mean that we see less suits either. In fact, this third installment delivers much more suits than ever. Unfortunately, to achieve the quantity, Tony Stark seems to sacrifice the quality (of the suits, not the movie).

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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The girl on fire is back, with vengeance. Katniss Everdeen is stronger, smarter, and prettier. The sequel is practically better than the predecessor in most (if not all) aspects.

1. Frozen

Disney's Frozen
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And at the top (or bottom) of my list is, Disney’s Frozen. I’d like to say that this is the best Disney’s animated movie after The Lion King. Beautifully animated story, wonderful voice acting, and catchy singalong songs makes it truly memorable.

My Movie Watching List 2010 – Part 4

This is the third part of the series, please read the first, second, and the third part, too.


  • 2-Jun: added Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

16. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Score: 8

Yet another movie that is based on a video game. Usually this kind of movie blows. But apparently it didn’t. I so like it I want to watch it for the second time.

The two leading stars were surprisingly good. Jake Gyllenhaal gave Dastan a dumb but funny look like what Tobey Maguire did to Peter Parker in Spider-Man. Gemma Arterton looked much more adorable and convincing here than in her last movie, Clash of the Titans. Other supporting characters didn’t really excel though.

It is action-packed, from the beginning to the end, and the pace is so fast you won’t think it’s running more than two hours. Dastan performed a lot of acrobatic moves to remind the viewers of the game’s feel. It didn’t have the best special effect possible, but it wasn’t disappointing either.

The background music was great, too. Like what you would expect from Harry Gregson-Williams. Alanis Morissette performed the end-credit song, dubbed I Remain, that gives you the middle-east meets west nuance.

Story-wise, it’s quite entertaining, even to those who never played the game before. The plot was fast and twisted often. It even showed a great quote saying:

It is said some lives are linked across time.
They are connected by an ancient calling.

My Movie Watching List 2010 – Part 3

This is the third part of the series, please read the first and second part, too.


  • 26-May: added Robin Hood and Shrek Forever After
  • 24-May: added The Losers
  • 17-May: added Ip Man 2 and Iron Man 2

Shrek Forever After

15. Shrek Forever After

Score: 8

This is the fourth and last installment of the Shrek story, hence it is also known as Shrek 4 or Shrek: The Final Chapter. Perhaps it is not as good as the first two in the series, but it’s way much better than the predecessor: Shrek the Third.

All the original main characters come back, but we also get to see many new characters, both in the protagonist and the antagonist sides. With the new characters, it also brings a new story to the table.

Like all the previous movies, Harry Gregson-Williams is responsible for the music. And as usual, Shrek has beautiful soundtracks to brighten up the mood during the movie.

If you love the original and second Shrek movies, you must be missing the touching and funny story in the third movie. But this time, Shrek is refreshed and back to touch your heart, make you laugh and shed tears in the pretty short 93 minutes film.

It doesn’t matter if you’re kids or adults, boys or girls. If you need entertainment, go see Shrek.

Robin Hood

14. Robin Hood

Score: 6

I don’t know how many times they have to remake this movie. But hey, this time it got Russel Crowe, it has to be good. Sadly, it’s not.

Actually it’s not really the movie about Robin Hood, but Robin Longstride who eventually became Robin Hood. So if you’re interested in Robin Hood’s back story, the movie is for you.

Aside of that, there’s not much to expect. Although Russel Crowe and Cate Blanchett played quite well, I feel they are too old for the roles that took place before the Robin Hood’s era. They also don’t seem to use the British accent throughout the film.

The action is quite good. Unfortunately you won’t get to see much of it. The story was flowing too slow for my taste. It unnecessarily ran for 140 minutes. It would have been better if they packed it under 120 minutes to speed up the pace.

Unless you really really like Robin Hood, better save the money for other movies that are coming in waves this summer.

The Losers

13. The Losers

Score: 5

Initially, I didn’t plan to watch this movie. But the trailer was quite convincing and some friends did recommend it. So, despite the bad reviews it got, I decided to go and watch it.

And it turned out that it was not a good movie. It’s dull and boring. As an action movie, the action scenes were really disappointing. It was not on par with other action movies released recently. Most notably Kick Ass that, in my opinion, has the best action to date.

The acting were sub-standard. Zoe Saldana who performed much better when she was computerized in Avatar as the blue alien, Neytiri. The exaggerating slow-motion scene was ridiculous. The jokes, if existed, were not funny.

Well, it did have some plots and okay story. But they are not what I expected in an action movie.

Iron Man 2

12. Iron Man 2

Score: 7.5

Yet another sequel movie, Iron Man 2 has to prove that it is at least on par with its excellent predecessor. But the only thing it can outperform is the action. While Robert Downey Jr. was still as convincing as ever, Gwyneth Paltrow, however, had less airtime to give space to other stars joining the roster, mainly Scarlett Johansson.

This movie is more action-packed and noisy than the original at expense of the plot and story. If action is what you are looking for, you will get it, along with more explosions and gunfire.

Ip Man 2

11. Ip Man 2

Score: 7

This is the sequel of the well-received original Ip Man movie that was released in 2008. Most of the leading actors including Donnie Yen and Lynn Hung reprised their roles. Sammo Hung, the veteran martial artist and actor did not only continue choreographing the film, but this time also joined the roster as one important supporting character.

While the plot is not as good as the original. But the occasional humor is quite entertaining and enjoyable. The action and fighting scene are also not better than the first. In fact, the last battle scene was boring. Anyway, this is quite a good kung-fu movie unless you’ve expected too much after watching the original.

An interesting fact that I didn’t notice earlier, Lynn Hung who plays as Ip Man’s wife is so tall and big that Ip Man looked dwarfed when they were standing side-by-side.