Sarah: Hello readers! Here we are at the end of July and Andrew and I are just now getting around to posting our lists of the top movies of the year so far. It has been such a crazy summer so far, so our apologies for the delay. As you may know, at the end of the year we do our Top Ten lists for year, but since it is the middle of the year, I thought that we should just do our Top Five Favorite Movies of the Year (So Far).
Like every time we do this list, there are a few criteria: the films included have to be films we’ve actually seen and reviewed, and they had to be films that were released in theatres for public consumption in the United States during the 2013 calendar year. If you don't see a movie on this list, you can check it against our Reviews page and it's possible we just didn't see it, so it didn't qualify for our list.
Today we're going to be posting my Top Five, and tomorrow we'll post Andrew's (since he hasn't written it yet). Instead of listing my films 1-5, I'm going to give my five in chronological order starting at the beginning of the year.
This was such a surprising movie! It was heartwarming, funny and a great zombie movie! I loved the premise that the zombies were turning back into humans. It was just so clever! And at the base of it all is a love story starring the much more talented Kristen Stewart look-alike, Teresa Palmer, and young Hank McCoy/Beast, Nicholas Hoult. If you haven't seen this movie yet, then you're missing out. I think that this is a great alternative for people who don't like the super scary zombie/Halloween movies. (Read our review of Warm Bodies HERE!)
JURASSIC PARK 3D
This wasn't a new movie, and the addition of the 3D made Andrew and I a little nervous, but it was another pleasant surprise. When this movie originally came out, I was too young to see it in the theatres. So seeing it this time, with such stunning quality, brought a sense of nostalgia and newfound excitement for the film. I'm so glad they re-released this one and that I got to experience a very angry T-Rex coming right out of the screen toward me. (Read our review of Jurassic Park 3D HERE!)
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
There were two movies that came out this year that involved the White House being taken down by some unknown assailant, and then being rescued by a really rugged and buff hero. The first one of the year was Olympus Has Fallen, and we weren't too impressed by how it looked, especially since it was going up against White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx!
So we didn't go into Olympus Has Fallen with much hope. In many respects I feel that the low expectations made this movie that much more awesome! The action scenes were a ton of fun and the story really had a great plot to it. This film was so surprising! So if you were looking at the two White House movies that came out this year and trying to decide which one to rent, go with Olympus Has Fallen! You won't be disappointed. (Read our review of Olympus Has Fallen HERE!)
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock: a comedy duo match made in heaven. These two are a modern day Abbott & Costello and I am really hoping that this is the first of many more collaborations to come. The plot of this movie was just OK, but I just can't say enough about the chemistry between the two leading ladies. Their humor and delivery made this movie a delight to watch. (Read our review of The Heat HERE!)
This last one holds a sentimental place in my heart. Monsters, Inc. was my little sister's introduction to movies, so when this one came out it was an automatic must-see for me. And I am so glad that we saw it. So far, of the animated movies we have seen this year, Monsters University is the best. The same humor is there from the first one, with all the added the excitement of new monsters! Monsters University had all the hallmarks of a Disney movie: humor, famous voice acting and a way to touch the hearts of the adults that go to kid's movies. I am excited to add this one to our collection one day. (Read our review of Monsters University HERE!)
So those are my Top Five Favorite Films of the Year (So Far)! I'd love to know what your favorite movies of the year so far this year are, and what you think of mine, in the comments section! Be on the lookout for Andrew's list tomorrow, and as always, thanks for reading!
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