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Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2013

Top_Ten_of_2013-176x3002013 marks my fifth year working as a film critic and reporter and I’m proud and very thankful to say it was the best yet. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work alongside some fiercely talented friends and colleagues, interview some of the most esteemed talent in the industry, attend events like SXSW, San Diego Comic Con and Cinema Con, and, perhaps most importantly, see a number of films that I’ll carry with me well beyond 2013.

I am endlessly grateful to spend each and every day doing what I love and am thrilled to celebrate cinematic achievements like these …

10. VHS 2

VHS” put the horror anthology format back on the map, but “VHS 2” solidifies it as a feature structure that can rival traditional narratives. The wraparound component still isn’t quite there, but all four shorts in the sequel are highly creative, entertaining and memorable. Adam Wingard delivers a typical haunted house scenario but within a new, intriguing framework, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez put an entirely fresh spin on the zombie genre and Jason Eisener offers up a stunningly stylized alien invasion that rocks some of the feature’s most unforgettable sounds and visuals, but the best of the bunch is definitely Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto’s “Safe Haven.” You think you’ve seen it all? Evans and Tjahjanto put the large majority of third act massacres to shame. “Safe Haven” is the one that will blow your mind, but all four short films are impeccably structured and loaded with remarkably unique plot points, turning the full feature into a beautifully sick and twisted film that’ll give you a good scare and/or having you shouting something to the effect of, “No way!,” the entire way through.

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Review: Rush

Rush_PosterThe will and courage to compete in Formula One racing is extremely unique, but thanks to Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth, and Daniel Brühl’s work, you can feel the fear, desperation, and passion involved in “Rush.”

Based on the true stories of racing adversaries, Niki Lauda (Brühl) and James Hunt (Hemsworth), “Rush” tracks their rise from Formula Three to Formula One where the two go head-to-head in the highly controversial 1976 season during which they battle through an unprecedented rivalry filled with bold driving tactics and life changing decisions.

“Rush” turns the feel-good sports movie subgenre on its head. There are a number of familiar elements and sentiments within “Rush,” namely Hunt’s playboy verses Lauda’s hard worker and a slew of revelatory victories, but nothing in this film can be taken at face value. It delivers the necessary common beats, ensuring it’s an entertaining piece from beginning to end, but thanks to Ron Howard’s impeccable visuals, Brühl and Hemsworth’s noteworthy performances, Peter Morgan’s beautifully layered script, and the downright rousing sound design, “Rush” offers an exceptional range of emotion.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

12_Years_a_SlaveWhen you’re in the midst of San Diego Comic-Con, it’s nearly impossible to recognize that there are things going on beyond San Diego Comic-Con, but before all the Hall H trailer debuts flood the Web, there are a number of non-SDCC properties deserving of promo top honors.

The Best Stuff

1. 12 Years a SlaveLooks like it’s really about time we learn to pronounce Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name. The new trailer for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave does make use of its enormous star-studded cast, but it primarily functions as a character piece for Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup. It doesn’t just introduce you to Solomon and offer up the key plot points of his story. Through stellar performances, a chilling score and intense imagery, you can feel his joy, pain and fear each step of the way.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

ElysiumThere’s nothing more satisfying than a week that involves a rigorous search for trailers worthy of Worst Stuff status. Having come up nearly empty-handed, there’s just no reason to knock a piece down when it doesn’t truly earn the title. In honor of this week’s mainly suitable or stellar lot of trailers, the Worst Stuff goes to just a single one with the remaining two slots moving up in the rankings to give a little attention to the honorable mentions.

Far from the Worst, But Not the Best

1. Elysium

Copying and pasting is rarely a good thing, but that sensation of being back in District 9 at the 50-second mark is intrinsically enthralling, making you feel as though you’re right back home via Neill Blomkamp. Overall, the film’s first trailer shows off some curious tech and a troubling societal divide, but the misstep of not divulging why Matt Damon’s character so desperately needs to complete his mission makes the piece as a whole far less poignant than it could have been.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Ron Howard Excels While Adam Sandler Continues to Annoy

We did get our fair share of new promotional material this week, but the marketing realm was certainly on the quieter side. Consider it the calm before the MTV Movie Awards storm.

We’ve got two posters to note, one for Scott Derrickson’s Sinister and the other for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. If it hadn’t been for that far-too-bold bloody face on the wall, Sinistermight have made its way into The Best Stuff. And while the Frankenweenie poster is exactly what you’d hope for from the film, the lack of a wow factor kept it out of the top three.

In big trailer news, the first one finally arrived for Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but as someone who never held the novel-turned-musical near and dear, this trailer is simply okay. Perhaps further down the line, Les Mis will get a trailer boost much like The Bourne Legacy and Red Lights. While neither had particularly captivating teasers, their most recent theatrical trailers are quite successful at pulling a viewer in via story.

Men in Black 3 may be old news, but a trio of VFX sequences just surfaced and while some of the material may be a bit advanced for someone who isn’t proficient in effects terminology, whether you know your stuff or not, dissecting the movie magic is fascinating.

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