How To Get The Best Movies of 2013 on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes : worldleaks


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As the end of the year quick approaches, you are likely reading many top ten movie lists that feature a majority of movies that are just being released into theaters (American Hustle, Inside Llewyn Davis, Wolf of Wall Street) or that won’t even make it into wide release until January 2014 (primarily, Her). But we’re here to remind you that there were 11 other months in 2013, and many of the year’s best films came out then, and many of them are available for streaming or rental on a streaming service. If you’re not designing on hitting a multiplex this weekend, here’s a rundown of what you can watch from the comfort of your own sofa.

Big Budget Winners

The Heat: It’s amazing that a movie can still take the conceit of two diametrically fought cop partners — one crazy, one uptight — and make it work this well. Melissa McCarthy is the former, Sandra Bullock the latter, and this summer comedy was a very worth box office hit. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

The World’s End: Vulture movie critic David Edelstein called this film — the third partnering of Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz  — “the year’s most entertaining sci-fi comedy romp.” That’s a very specific category, of course, but do it to say that it’s also one of the year’s funniest, getting an equal amount of laughs from verbal and slapstick physical humor. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

The Conjuring: Of this summer’s hit taken up house movie, Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri wrote, “The Conjuring succeeds because of all that anticipation of dread things to come. The criticized thing works you so well that you may even consider leaving halfway through, for fear you’ll have a heart attack.” (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

This Is The End: Much like The Conjuring, this apocalyptic comedy starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, and friends as themselves has an exorcism scene. Unlike The Conjuring, it also features Satan’s dick. Profane and crude and hilarious. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Fast and Furious 6: Every year has a great, dumb, fun movie. And this is 2013’s. The impossibly long runway, the London Tube fight between Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano, that moment when Vin Diesel catches Michelle Rodriguez in mid-air after leaping out of his car — so pathetic and so good. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Indie and Foreign Gems

Frances Ha: This is what it is like today to be a 20-something, artsy urban dweller. So, watch this Noah Baumbach-directed black and white gem if you’re concerned in that. (Available to stream on Netflix, to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Spring Breakers: Just read James Franco’s monologue. It might be the movie monologue of the year. Then watch Spring Breakers and look at all his sheeyit. Don’t be ‘spicious. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime)

Before Midnight: The sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset picks up about ten years later after the latter. Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) are now married with children. And where the first two films dealt with hope and longing and nostalgia, this third tackles the joys and hair-pulling frustrations of marriage. There is a ferocious final act argument between the couple that will knock you down. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Gimme the Loot: Two New York City teens who love to graffiti want to mark up a piece of famous memorabilia belonging to the New York Mets. In terms of New York demographics, this shows the opposite of what we see in Frances Ha —  middle class minorities — but with just as much verve. (Available to stream on Netflix, to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Upstream Color: Earlier this year I wrote the following about writer-director-actor Shane Carruth’s second feature: “It’s a movie full of long, wordless unfold and sounds of indeterminate origin that resulted in me experiencing wonderful feelings of indeterminate origin and being reduced to long wordless stretches when I tried to describe it to anyone.” The plot is wackadoo — it involves pigs and hypnotism and mind melds and the circle of life — but the emotions extracted by the love story at its core is anything but. If you liked Carruth’s first movie, Primer, and really if you like movies to be experiences as much as stories, then you should probably watch Upstream Color. (Available to stream on Netflix, to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

Much Ado About Nothing: David Edelstein’s fourth best movie of 2013. In his top ten roundup, he wrote, “Just before postproduction for The Avengers, Joss Whedon collected a bunch of friends (TV actors, mostly) and shot a Shakespeare movie in twelve days in his own rambling L.A. house. His casual approach works amazingly well—this might be the best Shakespeare comedy on film.” (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

The Grandmaster: In this story about the early 20th century Chinese martial artist Ip Man, Wong Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express) mixes lush slo-mo martial arts action with lush slo-mo meaningful stares between gorgeous stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. (Available to rent on Amazon and iTunes)

 

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