2013: A Year of Entertianment in Review

2013 A Year of Entertianment in Review

Since Turn The Right Corner’s inception four and a half years ago I never imagined I would have come this far with the site. When I started this little blog I began to consume as many movies that I have never seen before in order to build my palette, with the full intention to see how many I could watch in a calendar year – had to make it at least seem like I knew what I was talking about, right?. And this lifestyle has evolved from just films to books, video games, and television. Despite some technical difficulties last year I wasn’t able to talk about 2012, but I am excited to bring you my 2013 Year of Entertainment in Review. This past year I took in 246 movies, 312 episodes of television, 4 books, and 4 video games. See the full list and my evaluation of this journey through 2013 after the break.

2013 was an absolutely crazy year at the cinemas. Not only were the movies exceptionally better than recent years, but for some sick reason I made the decision to see every theatrical release I could – due to the fact that I had subscribed to Movie Pass and wanted to take full advantage of its offer ($35 a month to see every release once, with the opportunity to see a movie once a day). This is a challenge I will never put myself through again. In the end, I made 190 trips to the movies, which is a time consuming experience I would never want anyone ever endure.

And as much time as I had spent driving to the movies, waiting during the ads, seeing too many of the same trailers, emergency exit announcements, and no cell phone use PSAs, I did learn a lot from this whole endeavor. I also attended my first film festival, the San Diego Film Festival.

This whole ordeal has continued to open my tastes for different genres and stories, brought me to a whole new level of indie film watching, strengthened my patience for “dumb” movies, and has helped shaped me into a better critic with wide range of films I had seen. Let’s begin:

Movies

• = Denotes a 2013 theatrical release
* = Denotes attendance at a movie theater

1: •* Gangster Squad – Jan 2 (Review)
* Zero Dark Thirty – Jan 4
The Usual Suspects – Jan 4
[Rec] 3: Genesis – Jan 5
Sound of my Voice – Jan 5
* Promised Land – Jan 6
•* Texas Chainsaw 3D – Jan 6 (Review)
* The Impossible – Jan 11
•* A Haunted House – Jan 12
10: The Untouchables – Jan 14
The Trip – Jan 15
The Devil Inside – Jan 15
Lars and the Real Girl – Jan 16
The Loneliest Planet – Jan 18
Klown – Jan 18
•* Mama – Jan 18
•* The Last Stand – Jan 19
•* Broken City – Jan 20
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Jan 20
20: The Hole – Jan 20
The Shrine – Jan 21
Jackie Brown – Jan 21
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop – Jan 22
Lovely Molly – Jan 22
Batman: Year One – Jan 23
•* Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters IMAX 3D – Jan 25
The Adventures of Tintin – Jan 26
•* Parker – Jan 26
•* Movie 43 – Jan 27

I had survived the January wasteland of throwaway movies. Sadly, my computer broke down after the first few weeks, which is why you see a lot of random movies from previous years I had never seen before. Those were dark times.

30: •* Bullet to the Head – Feb 1
•* Stand Up Guys – Feb 2
Butter – Feb 2
•* Side Effects – Feb 8
•* Identity Thief – Feb 9
Compliance – Feb 10
A League of Their Own – Feb 12
•* Safe Haven – Feb 14
•* A Good Day to Die Hard – Feb 15
•*John Dies at the End – Feb 16
40: •* Escape from Planet Earth – Feb 16
•* Beautiful Creatures – Feb 17
•* Dark Skies – Feb 21
•* Snitch – Feb 22
One for the Money – Feb 27
•* 21 and Over – Feb 28

Per usual we had the Oscars covered, but also a slew of interesting movies that weren’t great, but not terrible. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see many other movies not in theaters, which became the ongoing trend each month since new releases took up so much time.

•* Jack the Giant Slayer 3D – Mar 2
Sleepless Night – Mar 2
•* The Last Exorcism Part II – Mar 3
•* Oz The Great and Powerful 3D – Mar 4
50: •* Dead Man Down – Mar 9
•* The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Mar 11
•* Olympus Has Fallen – Mar 12
•* The Call – Mar 13
•* Evil Dead – Mar 14
•* Jurassic Park 3D – Mar 16
•* Stoker – Mar 17
•* Upside Down – Mar 23
•* Admission – Mar 23
•* The Croods 3D – Mar 24
60: •* Spring Breakers – Mar 24
•* G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D – Mar 26
•* The Host – Mar 29

This was a pretty abysmal month. Aside from The Croods, Stoker, and Spring Breakers, March was a depressing time to be movie lover.

•* Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Apr 1
Dr. Suess’ The Lorax (2012) – Apr 2
•* 42 – Apr 4
•* From Up on Poppy Hill – Apr 7
•* Trance – Apr 9
•* Disconnect – Apr 15
•* Pain & Gain – Apr 18
70: •* Oblivion – Apr 19
•* To the Wonder – Apr 20
•* Scary Movie 5 – Apr 20
•* Arthur Newman – Apr 22
•* Mud – Apr 24
•* The East – Apr 25
•* The Lords of Salem – Apr 27
•* The Company You Keep – Apr 28
•* Iron Man 3 “IMAX” 3D –  Apr 29 (Review)
•* Monsters University 3D – Apr 30

My first Tyler Perry experience. It was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be, absolutely terrible. Temptation  is a torture I wouldn’t even want my worst enemies to see. I also went to my first WonderCon, which was pretty cool, but nothing like Comic-Con. But hey, the summer movie season kicked off earlier than usual which is exciting!

80: Holy Motors – May 3
• Stitches – May 4
•* The Great Gatsby (2013) 3D – May 6 (Review)
•* The Internship – May 7 (Review)
•* Now You See Me – May 8
•* The Iceman – May 13
•* The Big Wedding – May 14
•* No One Lives – May 15
•* Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – May 16
•* Epic 3D May 17 (Review)
90: •* Star Trek Into Darkness RPX 3D – May 18 (Review)
•* The Hangover Part III – May 20 (Review)
•* This is the End – May 22 (Review)
Inside (2007) – May 26
Smashed (2012) – May 26
Fast Five – May 26
•* Fast and Furious 6 – May 26 (Review)
•* After Earth – May 29
•* The Kings of Summer – May 30

The summer of 2013 kicked off officially and was nothing short of disappointing. And then I saw my second Tyler Perry film, Peeples. It wasn’t bad, but really frustrating with how low they stoop for comedy. It was basically Meet the Parents in Tyler Perry land. This is the End and Fast 6 were great, but the rest not so much. However, The Kings of Summer was a nice little indie find that I am glad I had the chance to see.

•* The Purge – Jun 8 (Review)
100: Before Sunrise – Jun 9
Before Sunset – Jun 9
The Man with the Iron Fists – Jun 14
The First Time – Jun 14
Smiley – Jun 15
•* Man of Steel – Jun 15 (Review)
•* Before Midnight – Jun 15
• V/H/S/2 – Jun 16
•* The Way Way Back – Jun 18
•* World War Z 3D – Jun 23
110: •* Don Jon – Jun 26 (Review)
•* Red 2 – Jun 27
•* The Heat – Jun 28
•* Much Ado About Nothing – Jun 29
•* White House Down – Jun 29
• The ABCs of Death – Jun 30
•* The Bling Ring – Jun 30

June was also pretty so-so. We’re half way done with the year and 116 movies had been seen at this point. Don Jon was quite the wonderful little directorial debut by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. World War Z wasn’t as horrendous as we had all thought it would be  and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado was delightful and refreshing. I also rented this little film called The First Time, which I highly recommend. V/H/S/2 was my first experience with VOD. And finally I came to understand why Richard Linklater’s Before series is absolutely one of the most fantastic things to have ever been created.

The Life of David Gale – Jul 3
•* Despicable Me 2 3D – Jul 6
•* The Lone Ranger – Jul 6
120: •* Pacific Rim 3D – Jul 8
•* The Conjuring – Jul 10
Cars – Jul 13
•* Grown Ups 2 – Jul 14
Doctor Strange (2007) – Jul 21
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos – Jul 21
Heathers – Jul 22
•* R.I.P.D. – Jul 26
•* The Wolverine 3D – Jul 26
•* I’m So Excited – Jul 27
130: •* Fruitvale Station – Jul 27
•* The To Do List – Jul 28
•* Europa Report – Jul 29
•* Turbo – Jul 30

July, what a July. San Diego Comic-Con rolled into town and all hell broke loose. A few good releases this month, but nothing drastically stood out. At this point I’m beginning to feel a bit fatigued by the summer, the conventions, and all the big blockbusters. My energy was wearing thin.

•* Only God Forgives – Aug 2
•* 2 Guns – Aug 2
•* One Direction: This is Us 3D – Aug 3
•* Blackfish – Aug 3
•* Girl Most Likely – Aug 3
•* The Smurfs 2 – Aug 4
140: •* The Spectacular Now – Aug 6
•* Elysium – Aug 7
•* Planes – Aug 9
•* In A World… – Aug 12
•* Kick Ass 2 – Aug 13
•* You’re Next – Aug 14
•* Prince Avalanche – Aug 15
•* We’re the Millers – Aug 16
•* Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 3D – Aug 17
•* The Butler – Aug 17
150: •* Jobs – Aug 18
•* Blue Jasmine – Aug 18
•* The Grandmaster – Aug 19
•* Short Term 12 – Aug 22
•* Paranoia – Aug 23
•* The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Lie-IMAX) – Aug 23
•* The World’s End – Aug 25
•* Closed Circuit – Aug 27
•* Getaway – Aug 30
•* Ain’t Them Body Saints – Aug 31
160: •* Austenland – Aug 31

Somehow I found a bit of energy and August kicked ended up kicking my ass. 27 theatrical releases in one month. That’s almost one per day. I didn’t even attempt to watch any other movies not in theaters. I didn’t have time. It was a pretty decent month however. The Spectacular Now, You’re Next, Blue Jasmine, and Short Term 12. All of which made an appearance or honorable mention in my top 10 of 2013. And then there were a lot of films this month that made my bottom 10 of 2013, such as Closed Circuit and Getaway. I also attended Disney’s D23 Expo, which was pretty awesome. And I also saw my first concert movie experience, and it was complete garbage. The only reason This is Us had my interest is the fact that Morgan Spurlock directed it. Can I keep this up?

•* Instructions Not Included – Sept 1 (Most surprising of 2013)
•* Drinking Buddies – Sept 1
•* 20 Feet from Stardom – Sept 3
•* Passion – Sept 4 (WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR)
• *Insidious: Chapter 2 – Sept 5
•* Riddick – Sept 7
•* Afternoon Delight – Sept 7
• Frankenstein’s Army – Sept 9
•* Battle of the Year 3D – Sept 12
170: •* Best Friends Forever – Sept 13
•* The Family – Sept 14
•* Gravity 3D – Sept 17 (Review)
•* Prisoners – Sept 20
•* Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in 3D – Sept 21 (Review)
•* Thanks for Sharing – Sept 21
•* Enough Said – Sept 23
•* Rush – Sept 25
•* Baggage Claim – Sept 27

Another month full of theatrical releases only sans Frankenstein’s Army. September was a pretty mediocre time in the theaters besides Gravity of course, as well as Drinking Buddies, 20 Feet from Stardom, Enough Said, and Instructions Not Included.

•* 12 Years a Slave – Oct 2
180: •* Watercolor Postcards – Oct 4 (Review)
•* This Thing with Sarah – Oct 4
•* August: Osage County – Oct 5
•* The Republic of Two – Oct 6
•* The Jogger – Oct 6
•* Autumn Blood – Oct 6
•* A.C.O.D. – Oct 8
•* Runner Runner – Oct 11
•* Captain Phillips – Oct 12
•* Machete Kills – Oct 12
190: •* Escape from Tomorrow – Oct 15
•* Delivery Man – Oct 16 (Review)
•* About Time – Oct 17
•* Pulling Strings – Oct 18
•* The Fifth Estate – Oct 18
•* Escape Plan – Oct 18
•* Carrie (2013) – Oct 19
•* Romeo and Juliet (2013) – Oct 20
•* Free Birds in 3D – Oct 26
•* The Counselor – Oct 26
200: •* Bad Grandpa  – Oct 26
• Maniac – Oct 26
• Zombie Massacre – Oct 27
•* Dallas Buyers Club – Oct 29
•* Ender’s Game – Oct 30
• Aftershock – Oct 31

October was a busy month. I love horror movies, but I hardly had anytime to watch any. This was the month of the San Diego Film Festival, which has pumped me up to try and make it to Sundance or SXSW one day. This was also an invigorating month because it meant that Oscar season was coming closer.

•* Kill Your Darlings – Nov 2
•* Last Vegas – Nov 2
•* Wadjda – Nov 3
•* Thor: The Dark World – Nov 4 (Review)
210: •* Frozen (2013) in 3D – Nov 12 (Most Disappointing Movie of 2013)
•* The Best Man Holiday – Nov 16
•* Blue is the Warmest Color – Nov 17
•* The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Nov 23
•* Nebraska – Nov 25 (172 in theaters)
• It’s a Disaster – Nov 27
•* Oldboy (2013) – Nov 29
• Frances Ha – Nov 30
•* Black Nativity – Nov 30

November was a pretty lackluster month, but still filled with decent movies. Blue is the Warmest Color was fantastic and Francis Lawrence was able to create a wonderful sequel to The Hunger Games. And surprisingly The Best Man Holiday was a good movie. I was sad that Frozen  did not live up to my expectations, but it was OK. Marvel also proved that they are here to stay with Thor: The Dark World – the first non-Avengers, non-Iron Man movie to break over $200 million domestically.

•* The Book Thief – Dec 1
220: •* Homefront – Dec 2
•* Inside Llweyn Davis – Dec 4
•* Out of the Furnace – Dec 7
•* The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D – Dec 9
• Upstream Color – Dec 10
•* The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Dec 11
•* Grudge Match – Dec 16
•* Philomena – Dec 17
• What Maisie Knew – Dec 18
•* All is Lost – Dec 19
230: •* American Hustle – Dec 20
•* Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – Dec 20
•* Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – Dec 21
•* Her – Dec 21 (Review) (BEST MOVIE OF 2013)
•* Walking with Dinosaurs 3D – Dec 22
• Graceland – Dec 25
•* Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Dec 28
• Crystal Fairy – Dec 28
• Kon-Tiki – Dec 29
•* The Wolf of Wall Street – Dec 29
240: • The Sapphires – Dec 29
• Scenic Route – Dec 30
• The Brass Teapot – Dec 30
• I Give It a Year – Dec 30
• American Mary – Dec 30
•* 47 Ronin 3D – Dec 31
246: • The Act of Killing – Dec 31

Closed out the year strong with 28 movies – a lot of Netflixing. After it was all said and done, 2013 burned me out. I cannot comprehend how a full-time movie critic can watch this many in every year. If I could cut my attendance in half in 2014 I will be more than happy to oblige. As much of a learning experience as it was to see all of these films, it also turned me into a hermit. If you figure each movie is two hours long and you tack on an extra 60 minutes for waiting, driving, etc., and you multiply that by 189 theatrical releases, that comes to almost 24 straight days of my life dedicated to sitting in a dark room. Sure, not all of that time was a total waste, but at least half of that time I could say I wouldn’t have minded doing other things. You live and you learn.

As far as 2014 is concerned, my plan is to get out more with friends while trying to broaden my media consumption to TV and video games – I have a lot to catch up on.

Speaking of…

TV Shows (312 Episodes)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia S1-7 (84 episodes)
Iron Man: Extremis – (6 Episodes)
Glee S4 E11-22, S5E1-3 (15 Episodes)
American Horror Story: Asylum S2E10-11 (2 Episodes)
American Horror Story: Coven S3E1-2 (2 Episodes)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD S1E1-9 (9 Episodes)
Community S4 (13 Episodes)
Workaholics – S3E11-20 (10 Episodes)
Archer – S3 (13 Episodes)
Arrested Development S4 (15 Episodes)
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! S1-2 (52 Episodes)
30 Rock – S1 (21 Episodes)
Breaking Bad – S5B (8 Episodes)
Dexter S8 (13 Episodes)
New Girl S1E14-24 + S2 (35 Episodes)
The Walking Dead S3A (8 Episodes)
Game of Thrones S1E1-4 (4 Episodes)

TOTAL: 310 Episodes of television (249 :30 minute episodes; 61 :60 minute episodes)

As much as it looks, I really don’t think I made a dent out of my TV shame list. Most of the TV shows watched here were just new seasons of previously entertained series, such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Dexter, American Horror Story, and Glee. I’m glad It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia came into my life as well as The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! If you want to catch up and see what Marvel Studios is trying to do in their cinematic universe, that is a cartoon I definitely recommend. I am glad to see Arrested Development back and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD isn’t that bad. I did start 30 Rock, which is not bad, but I made it a goal to write a review of each new season of TV I watch until I can start another.

I still need to watch shows like Game of Thrones (which you can see I attempted to start), Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Firefly, Weeds, The Wire, The Sopranos, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, and Friday Night Lights. Yes, with that said, I realize I am a despicable person for not having seen any of the aforementioned TV series.

My big plans for 2014 in television is to knock all of those shows off my shame list.

Video Games

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Tomb Raider (2013)
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

I ended up buying more games than I played this past year. Over the last two Christmases I have at least 15 games on my shelf, unopened and needing to be played. I want to begin writing reviews and getting more in-depth as a gamer, but I know if I start a game I won’t be able to put it down. Games are very time consuming at least 20-40 hours each.

In my queue I have God of War 1-3, as well as Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta; Assassin’s Creed 1-3, as well as Brotherhood and Revelations; BioShock 1, 2, and Infinite; the entire Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection; Final Fantasy XIIII; Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX; Batman: Arkham Origins; and Ni no Kuni.

I have a big mountain to climb this year, but if I can, I’m excited to experience all of them.

Books

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Film Critic by Laremy Legel

And to cap off this 2013 entertainment in review I present to you four books I finished reading. I wanted to check out all the hubbub of The Hunger Games, and the hype doesn’t disappoint. However, Mockingjay is a really bad way to end the trilogy and I hope they can transition the movies into a reasonable adaptation, utilizing their creative freedoms to change some of the more ridiculously eye-rolling plot elements. Film Critic also gave me great insights as to what I can look ahead as I continue my journey with Turn The Right Corner. It was a perfect way to end 2013, as I read it between Christmas and New Years.

I am excited as to what I will accomplish in 2014 and I hope you stick with me and enjoy all of the joy in entertainment it brings us.

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