This last weekend, Jon joined us on our podcast, as we held our first ever InSession Film Awards. During the show, we also handed out our Top 10 Movies of 2013, which was a blast. It was a solid year for film, for both indies and bigger budget movies. It may not have been the most epic in terms of summer movies, but it was still satisfying. And the indie films of 2013 were absolutely incredible. Jon, from Second Rate Report, was a guest on the show and helped us break down the best of 2013 in grand fashion. He was absolutely terrific and it was an honor to have him on the show. So what did Jon have in his list? See the video above to hear him break it all down and see the list below. Do you agree or disagree with Jon?
Second Rate Report’s Top 10 Movies of 2013:
10) Don Jon
Don Jon speaks to relationships in a new way that most films like to stay away from. It features some great performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, do also directed it, and Scarlett Johansson. The story was funny but real in taking this topic head on. Click here to read our full review.
9) American Hustle
American Hustle features what is arguably the best ensemble cast in 2013 with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Christian Bale. The script was clever and knew the kind of direction it wanted to take. Great film. Click here to read our full review.
8) Star Trek: Into Darkness
Perhaps this film works best for fans who are new to the franchise, but Star Trek: Into Darkness was a fun thrill ride that took our beloved characters to new and exciting places. Again, maybe this is only for new fans, but Benedict Cumberbatch was great as the villain and made this world fun to be in. Click here to read our full review.
7) The Wolf of Wall Street
This is American greed and excess in one of the best ways we’ve seen yet. Martin Scorsese takes us on a drug-induced high where money can buy anything and parties are even in the office. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are at their absolute best and the scene with Matthew McConaughey is one of the years best as well. Click here to read our full review.
6) The Conjuring
The Conjuring is arguably the year’s best horror film and, for guys like Jon and I, that’s saying something. Not that horror movies can’t be good, it’s just we care easily. James Wan is incredible here as he uses anticipation to scare instead of cheap jump scares. It’s a great story and well acted. Click here to read our full review.
5) This is the End
This is the End is Jon’s best comedy of the year and it’s hard to argue against that. Seth Rogen and company bring one of the most entertaining films in recent memory. The comedic take on themselves within this world is to die for (see what I did there?). The film is funny on all kinds of levels and the scene between Danny McBride and James Franco is one you’ll never forget. Click here to read our full review.
4) The Place Beyond the Pines
The Place Beyond the Pines features an incredible story with some really well written characters. Ryan Gosling is at his best and the first act of this film is one of the best of 2013. The camera work is beautiful and a nice score also adds to the overall amazing aesthetic this film has. Click here to read our full review.
3) Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips sees Tom Hanks give his best performance in a decade. We also see first-time actor Barkhad Abdi give one of the year’s best supporting performances as well, which is incredible. The incredible “I am the captain now” line stands out as one of the year’s most quotable scenes and one that people will remember. Click here to read our full review.
If you saw Gravity in 3-D, then you arguably saw the best 3-D movie ever made. In fact, to us, it is the best. What Alfonso Cauron was able to do in this film is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. You get to float around in space for two hours and see the best performance we’ve ever seen from Sandra Bullock. Incredible film. Incredible experience. Click here to read our full review.
1) The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now is one of the best “coming of age” movies of 2013 and one of the best in recent memory. You will fall in love with Shailene Woodley, who is adorable in this film and gives an amazing performance. However, it’s Miles Teller who is stellar and surprising as he gives a performance we almost didn’t know he had in him. It’s an incredible story that was some deep layers that is explored really well. Click here to read our full review.
While Jon wasn’t on our podcast for the review, you can hear Scott and I discuss The Spectacular Now on our Extra Film segment here.
To round out the rest of Jon’s best movies of 2013, here are his honorable mentions:
The Kings of Summer
The Way, Way Back
Let us know what you think. Do you agree or disagree with Jon? We’d like to know why. Leave a comment in the comment section below or tweet us @InSessionFilm. Also, be sure to subscribe to Second Rate Report on YouTube!