Favorite Movies of 2013 – SR Underground Ep. 124

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sr underground 124 2013 recap Favorite Movies of 2013 – SR Underground Ep. 124

The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode one-hundred twenty-four of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick, fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we debate our favorite movies of 2013, answer the biggest questions for movie geeks this year, and discuss The Wolf of Wall Street, Doctor Who Christmas Special “The Time of the Doctor,” and more!

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 124 – Favorite Movies of 2013

We debate our favorite movies of 2013, answer the biggest questions for movie geeks this year, and discuss The Wolf of Wall Street, the Doctor Who Christmas Special “The Time of the Doctor,” and more!

[0:00] Rants and Raves: Moneyball, Community, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, 47 Ronin, Ultimate Fighting Championship 168, and the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special.

[1:25:32] Answering the Biggest Questions for Movie Geeks in 2013.

[1:56:34] Our 5 Favorite Movies of 2013.

[2:28:54] Twitter Handles and Contact Information.

[2:32:24] Game Rant News Brief.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (Anchorman 2 opening): Sal reports that Adel won with a score of 12.

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - 2,500

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • N/A

Use the comment section below to continue our various discussions by weighing in with your own thoughts – or just to let us know what you think of the show.

This week, instead of our weekly Screen Rant Underground poll, share your own top five favorite movies of 2013 in the comments below!


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  1. Thanks Ben…I know it wasn’t easy getting it done with the holidays and all but thanks for having the podcast up. Keep up the great work!

  2. Forgot to mention I watched Paranoia with some friends this week. WEAK movie.

    • You should watch Detention(2011) since I suggested it to ben to use as box office battle punishment but you guys dont do those anymore and hes yet to talk about it.

      • Ya? I might, then. Won’t be able to in time for next podcast but remind me again next week and I’ll put it on my list.

  3. The Marvel Unlimited dervice is great! I don’t buy comics much anymore, and this service has provided a portal for me to get back into it. Its been a lot of fun getting back into all my favorite Marvel stories. Its a pretty deep database as well, and always improving! Ben don’t mess with that Unlimited Plus. they just charge you an extra $30 for an Ultron figure and a box.

  4. Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel are definitely my top 2. I love love LOVE Man of Steel. Aside from some disjointed pacing, 1 or 2 bits of dialogue and the kiss at the end, I thought Man of Steel was perfect, in every way. I could not be more excited for everything Zack Snyder and DC/WB have planned.

    • What about the forced relationship between him and Lois?

      • They really didn’t have a relationship until the end. Of course they had the hots for each other but they weren’t together. The kiss at the end was forced, that I agree but they really didn’t have a relationship until the end.

      • You mean how their genitals forced them to get to know each other?

  5. 1. Gravity
    2. Blue Jasmine
    3. Adventure in Space And Time
    4. Iron Man 3
    5. Star Trek Into Darkness

    * I can’t stand Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting. He takes me right out of any movie every time he opens his mouth. I found him believable in only one movie: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

  6. Box Office Battle
    1. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
    2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Smay-auhg)
    3. Frozen
    4. Anchorman 2
    5. Wolf of Wall Street
    10. Walking With Dinosaurs

  7. 1. Oblivion
    2. Star Trek: Into Darkness
    3. Man of Steel
    4. Thor: The Dark World
    5. The Great Gatsby

    Thanks for putting together such great podcast throughout 2013 – fake IMAX! I thought I was the only one who looked down on wannabe IMAX.

    • Nice to see Oblivion getting some love – we all dug it on the podcast!

  8. Michael Roof wasnt a kid, he was 32.
    I feel the the sentimental moments of the finale were good but wanted more action wise.
    Also, 300 years in christmas town not only sounds like hell but wasnt what I wanted, which was a final showdown.
    Matt Smith and these specials are what got me to watch doctor who so Ill miss him, his transition to capaldi was a bit abrupt, especially odd timed after the huge regeneration explosion.
    I really liked seeing a young doctor, but I like capaldis look and dont think hes creepy.
    Did you guys play the little doctor who google game on the 50th anniversary?
    Rob is wrong,
    wrong about kickass 2, man of steel, thor 2
    wrongity wrong wrong wrong.
    what if denzel washington is metallo or parasite.
    My fav movies of 2013
    5 Doctor Who Day of The Doctor
    4 tie-Thor 2/Kick Ass 2
    3 Hansel/Gretel Witch Hunters
    2 The Worlds End
    1 Man o’ Steel

    Honorable Mentions; Warm Bodies, Jack The Giant Slayer, Star Trek, Gatsby, Iron Man 3

    And things I still need to see-
    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Yappy New Hear!

    • Chicken was a “kid” in the industry.

      • Meet my friend Merriam-Webster (def #3): “often used as a generalized reference to one especially younger or less experienced

        Don’t play with me, Cody. ;-)

        • (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

          • That was you dictionary, i flipped it and theres not a damn thing you can do about it.

        • Anthony, just a heads up, the UFC 168 fight was still available for purchase the day after the live event (at $60) for xfinity on demand. I had to watch it the day after due to work – lame, I know – but still did. I’m not mad because I didn’t read the article you wrote until after I watched the fight, but just thought I’d give you the heads up.

          Some awesome fights though! Best I’ve seen in a long time.

          • I noticed today that it’s still available for purchase. Wow!

            This was my first UFC purchase and it was totally worth it. I’m a big fan of women’s sports and now a big fan of Rousey. UFC 170 – it’s on! Now I just have to hope that it doesn’t happen on the same day as the Curling finals.

            • LOL I have to say your recall of 168 is one of the best things I’ve heard on the Underground.

              have you seen Grudge Match? Kevin Hart owns it.

    • Wrong about weak movies being weak? RAISE your expectations, friend!

      • Well kickass2 is just meant to be a fun movie like hansel/gretel:witch hunters, Thor 2 was an adequate sequel that was better in many aspects than the original but didnt focus on one idea or villain like the first one, Thor learning humility/Loki.

      • But did you have low expectations for oblivion and The wolverine, cuz I found those “weaker” than the other two, alright but not great.

  9. Yeah, saying Kick-Ass 2 is sh*t hit me in the gut, I really enjoyed that movie for what it was and thought it was pretty decent. I enjoyed it way more than the Wolverine.

  10. My top 5 movie of 2013
    1.Star Trek Into Darkness
    2.Man of Steel
    3.Pacific Rim
    4.Kick-Ass 2
    5.Thor: The Dark World

  11. So Springbreakers is yet another attempt at scapegoating Hip Hop as the root of this generations problems? How original to deppreciate the artistry that goes into quality Hip Hop. It’s most definitely the genre’s fault that it was adopted and mutated into a husk of it’s former self for the consumption of mainstream following teeny boppers. It’s not like it was an avenue created for the purpose of empowerment or expression in a time when there weren’t many alternatives. Or that it’s the heir to soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Or that there are enough metaphors and similies in a single album to make an English professor jealous and the poets of old blue in the face.

    Oh wait….

    • preach…it’s sad when 5-10% of hiphop being made is represented in pop culture getting 100% of the spotlight.

      • I really do not understand the love for Springbreakers. Honestly, to me I was watching a feature length Hype Williams video.

  12. “Goofy as sh*t” is a phrase that defines the whole show of Doctor Who. In fact that phrase is the prime directive that the writers have to adhere to when they create a new episode.

    As someone who doesn’t give a crap about the comics I absolutely loved Iron Man 3.

    Yes, bring back Justin back to the podcast. It has been a year since he was on it.

    My Top 5:

    1. Oblivion
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness
    3. Gravity
    4. Iron Man 3
    5. World War Z

    These movies really clicked for me, so that I could thoroughly enjoy them from start to finish. Other movies like Man of Steel, Elysium, After Earth, Thor 2, The Wolverine etc., while also very good, had elements that made me go “Meh!” in places and that diminished my enjoyment to a certain degree.

    Oh, in case you hadn’t noticed: I’m a sucker for big visual movies. No realistic drama, regardless how well it’s made, will ever grab me as much as that kind of blockbuster entertainment. I primarily watch movies for their escapism and not to delve into real world problems some more, as if we all don’t get enough of those by just living our lives. After all, the very first three movies that I remember were Star Wars, E.T. and Aliens, and they imprinted my taste in movies forever. :D

  13. With all respect to Rob, if he doesn’t understand the basic Fantasy plotline of Thor 2, he’s going to have a very rough time as Marvel heads towards the more fantastical and cosmic story arcs. That being said, Thor 2 was actually my favorite movie of the year. It definitely hit all the emotional geek-beats with me and I found it immensely entertaining from start to finish. It played like a compact “Lord of the Rings” to me and is a good substitute if you don’t have 12+ hours on your hands. ;)

    • I wasn’t confused at all about Thor: The Dark World. Evil guy failed at being evil way back in the day and is angry so tries to do evil because he needs to be evil because he’s evil. Also, Loki.

      Listen to our Thor 2 podcast – all of us had the exact same issues with that film. Funniest Marvel movie yet, though, just the weakest in terms of its main story arc.

      • Sorry. When you said in this podcast that no one can explain what the characters are doing in Thor 2 to you, I took that as you being confused. King A ruled the land until an invading force led by King B kicked him and his people out of their castle and lands. King A tried to develop a weapon that could repel the invading force but he was too late. King B didn’t understand the weapon so he had it placed in the dungeons. King A is plotting to recapture his weapon and to win his lands back. It’s pretty much a Games of Thrones plot set at a more cosmic scale and in 2 hours.

        • This movie is just a puzzle piece in the larger Thanos story arc and maybe it will make more sense to you when all the movies are laid out together and the overall plot is concluded. This movie series is similar to an epic TV series – you can’t just judge one episode without seeing the whole series pay off at the end.

  14. Everything was fine with Hensel and Gretel? Yikes!

    • Hensel and Gretel>Thor: The Dark World, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Kick-Ass 2. Craziness ;)

      • Greater in what way?

        • Quality apparently.

          • Nah, Iron Man 3 leads that list in quality.

  15. Still need to see Her and Inside Llewyn Davis, but right now my top five for 2013 are: Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Star Trek Into Darkness, Gravity, Man of Steel.

    Wolf of Wall Street skyrocketed to my top 15 favorite movies of all-time after I saw it. I really loved that film. I thought the acting was terrific and the screenplay was great. For a 3 hour flick, it moved along at a nice pace and never really felt that long. The quaaludes scene Ben and Kofi were talking about is amazing.

    I liked American Hustle more than you guys. It’s not Russell’s best, but I still had a really good time with it. I thought it was very entertaining. The performances were really good and I liked the late-’70s vibe and soundtrack. It was a little sprawling at times – I thought Wolf was a tighter narrative, but I still really liked American Hustle. Bale and Lawrence killed it and I’m happy to see Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook performance wasn’t a fluke. The characters were pretty cool. I’m looking forward to watching both again on Blu-ray when they come out.

    I’m a fan of Moneyball too – it was one of my favorites from 2011. But Rob’s mentioning of the 2004 MLB playoffs brought back some bad memories since I am a Yankee fan haha.

  16. Box office battle

    1 Paranormal Activity: The marked ones
    2. The hobbit 2
    3 frozen
    4. American hustle
    5. The wolf of Wall Street
    10 Hunger Games

  17. Good lists guys. Here is mine including television:
    5. Game of Thrones
    4. 12 Years a Slave
    3. Breaking Bad
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    1. Gravity

    I’m still hoping to catch American Hustle and Inside Llewyn Davis.

  18. My 2013 Favorites:

    1. Wolf of Wall Street
    2. Gravity
    3. Man of Steel
    4. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. Insidious Chapter 2*

    Honorable mention:

    The Conjuring, The Hobbit 2

    * I know some, actually a lot of people didn’t like Insidious 2 especially over The Conjuring but I really really enjoyed it and have already watched part 1 and 2 back to back twice since last week because I love how well they fit together.

    Now that I’ve spent a few minutes thinking about it and I even mentioned it a little while back in another post but there were quite a few movies that I had really high hopes for this past year that really fell flat for me. Star Trek, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Kick Ass 2, Elysium and even Red 2 were all movies I had on my must see list but most of them I thought were OK at best (Pacific Rim & The Wolverine) to flat out bad (Kick Ass 2 & Red 2) IMO.
    Fingers crossed for next year.
    Cheers & Happy New Year!!! :)

    • I forgot to add The World’s End in my honorable mention slot.
      There’s still a few comedies that I haven’t seen that released in 2013 but as of right now it’s #1 on my comedy list.
      I don’t consider Wolf of Wall Street a comedy. Yes it was hilarious but not a comedy IMO.

  19. Doctor Who was playing on the fact that some people have reoccurring nightmares about being naked in church. Being naked in the church that The Doctor was going to was showing them honor. Maybe Moffat had that nightmare right before he wrote the script.

  20. #1 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    #2 Frozen
    #3 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
    #4 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    #5 The Wolf of Wall Street
    #10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  21. Hey, Anthony- you’re confusing the Giver and the Great Gatsby. The Giver is about how a boy gains the ability to see color with an old guy and then they go sledding. You’re going to get to see that one too because they’re making a movie out of it hahaha.

    • You may be right! (I haven’t read either books, unfortunately)

  22. Paranormal
    The hobbit
    The wolf of wall street
    47 ronin

  23. Don’t know if Rob, Anthony or any of the others will see this, and maybe this is more of a podcast discussion, but it seems sometimes the quality of a movie gets downgraded because it’s not what you expected or wanted to see. As if the movie you wanted to se in your mind is more important than the movie as is. To use Iron Man 3 for example, you’ve said it was a good film but since it didn’t do the world building you thought it should it was a bad movie? That doesn’t make sense to me. Judge a movie because of plot, characters, effects, etc. but not because it doesn’t do the things you imagined it would do 2 years ago when the title was announced.