It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already halfway over. It has been a bit of a slow year for movies so far (as expected), but there have been huge breakthroughs in the gaming and music scenes. Here are my favorites so far:
5) This Is the End
The funniest movie (and biggest surprise) of the year, hands down.
Business as usual for Chan-wook Park’s first English language film.
Jeff Nichols is 3-for-3 in my book. This is his most likable film yet.
2) The Place Beyond the Pines
This ambitious, sprawling epic is one film I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
1) Before Midnight
Could it be anything else? It’s so great to see Celine and Jesse once again, warts and all.
5) Hotline Miami [PS Vita/PS3]
Only listing this at #5 since it is a port of a 2012 title, but this ultra-violent game is even more addictive on the Vita.
4) Guacamelee! [PS Vita/PS3]
A Metroidvania Lucha Libre-themed adventure from the makers of Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack — it’s as good as it sounds.
3) Tomb Raider [Xbox 360/PS3]
I was never excited about the Tomb Raider series before, but this reboot hit all the right notes.
1) The Last of Us [PS3]
Has there been a more immersive atmosphere in a video game? This will serve as a gaming benchmark for years to come.
5) Mikal Cronin “MCII”
4) Kanye West “Yeezus”
3) Boards of Canada “Tomorrow’s Harvest”
2) Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
1) The National “Trouble Will Find Me”
What are your favorites so far this year?