Best Movies of 2013: IGNITE Edition

With 2014 just around the corner, many moviegoers cannot wait to indulge into some of next year’s biggest, upcoming titles; you’ve got the successful novel-turned-movie such as ‘Divergent’ and ‘Gone Girl’, highly anticipated star-studded features like ‘Maleficent’ and ‘The Monuments Men’, and sequels for possibly every movie that has come out in the past 3 years, such as ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’. Yes, 2014 looks quite promising in the area of film, but it will definitely have to compete with the likes of 2013, which has delivered some of the best the industry has seen in a while! 2013 has witnessed a surge in more fantastic and truth-telling films, while still keeping fan-bases worldwide entertained with its ever present tide of sequels. Some were not great but, let’s face it… most of them were pretty damn good! The IGNITE team is proud to present to you (after much arguing) our list of 2013’s Best Movies!


Meeran Jamal (Creative section, Writer)

Now You See Me: “It was worth watching since it’s a fine blend of thriller and mystery, with a bit of humor here and there. That’s a complete entertainment package for a movie!”


Soumya Bhat (Features section, Editor)

Man of Steel: “This film is a great reinvention of a classic! Featuring a darker and more serious version of Superman (through avoiding the bright blue and red spandex and the happy-go-lucky theme), while adding on some great changes to Louis Lane (who goes from pathetic damsel in distress to a driven and hard-working reporter), Man of Steel definitely brings new concepts to the table without disrespecting the traditional elements!”


Talha Saleh Khan (Film and TV section, Writer)


Gravity: “This film is my final choice because of its unparalleled cinematography!” (Read Talha’s epic film review on Gravity here!


Azfar Mustafa (Sports & Music sections, Writer)

The Spectacular Now: “A wonderful coming of age comedy-drama about two socially polar opposite high school students, who, despite having different takes on life, strike up an unlikely friendship and gradually find themselves.”


Syahira Khan (Events section, Editor)

The Great Gatsby: “Being a fan of Leonardo Dicaprio, I would say he conveyed his role as Jay Gatsby very well through showcasing the gracefulness and enigmatic personality of the character. In addition, the film was a magical adaption of the book and did justice in explicitly portraying the different emotions of the characters and themes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.”


Misha’ari Weerabangsa (Creative & Campus Voice sections, Editor)

The World’s End: “The third and final installment of the Cornetto Trilogy, most of my love for this film is because of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost! The movie itself is about a lot of things – friendships, growing up (or not), misplaced nostalgia, the grand tradition of the pub-crawl, and not to mention those sweet fight scenes!”


Olivia Yeoh (Music & Fashion sections, Writer)

The Internship: “It may be just a movie, but it gives me hope that there is fun in the workplace! You may find yourself falling in love with and rooting for the underdogs. Great movie!”


Hon Jiun Wong (International News, Editor)

About Time: “Rather than making it a typical love story between a guy and a girl, About Time digs in a little deeper and flips it into a much more personal story between a boy and his father. The cinematography, style of acting, as well as the cast make up for another great bonus to this film!”


Zainab Arshed (Technology section, Writer, Photographer)

The Conjuring: “Finally a horror movie that actually has a strong plotline! This film captures the actual essence of horror that most directors leave out or mistake for gore and violence. The storyline also delivered well to the audience, while acting was, even by the younger members of the cast, just great! The ending was satisfactory and not senselessly brutal.”


Eiman “Em” Mirghani (Editor-in-Chief)

Only God Forgives: “Not since watching 1994’s Natural Born Killers several years ago have I been so mesmerized by a film’s visuals! Only God Forgives succeeds in doing one difficult task you may not find in you typical crime-drama – telling an uncomfortable, uneasy story of life, death and revenge through beautiful visuals and almost no sound or music! Amazing performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as Crystal, the unbearable mother, and Vithaya Pansringarm, who is probably the coolest and most underrated movie villain of 2013! Also, did I mention a certain Mr. Ryan Gosling?! Nuff said.”



Honorable Mentions

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

12 Years a Slave

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Spring Breakers

Iron Man 3

Star Trek Into Darkness

Despicable Me 2

Monster’s University

World War Z

How I Live Now

One Direction: This Is Us (No, we’re not kidding.)

This Is The End


Did we miss anything?! Comment below with your favorite film of 2013!

Em Mirghani

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