Brent McKnight’s Best Films of 2013

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Drug War (2012) Movie Poster

10. “Drug War” / “Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear”

If “Drug War” isn’t Johnnie To at the top of his considerable game, it’s damn close. Full of moral ambiguity, betrayal, and intricate, interesting violence, this is the kind of movie John Woo would have made in his Hong Kong heyday. “Ninja 2” is straight up badass action of the old-school variety. Once again, Scott Adkins proves himself the reigning MVP of DTV action. Watching him dismantle an entire dojo full of rivals, in a single shot no less, may be my favorite film moment of the year.

Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Image

10. “Pacific Rim”

Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-mechs adventure “Pacific Rim” isn’t going to win any awards for acting or writing. There isn’t much in the way of plot or character, but that’s not the point. What this film does, and does beautifully, is capture the feeling of being a kid on a playground, smashing your toys into each other while making explody noises with your mouth, pretending that you’re right there in the middle of the action. For all of its myriad shortcomings, I couldn’t stop smiling during “Pacific Rim.”

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Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • jasoom

    Her was always on my list to see. I m now adding inside llewyn and wolf of to my list of seeing. As I m from India, so less popular movies release very late.

    • Brent McKnight

      Hopefully you’ll get to see them soon. They’re all fantastic.

      • jasoom

        Watched wolf of wall street in a packed hall and everyone was laughing.
        The only downside was story telling and that over the top yacht in storm situation. It was fun, witty and kept jumping from one bizarre situation to another and I liked it for 3 hours.

        Inside llewyn releasing this week.