TheBoone.com’s Top Movies of 2013

Since it is a new year, might as well start it off right with a list of my favorite movies from 2013.  It was a pretty damn good year, especially with the closing of 2013 with a David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese double powerbomb.  With that being said, my 10th best film of the year: 10 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire “The Hunger Games” series of films has just surprised me left and right.  Since the sour taste of “Twilight” is still in recent memory, I wouldn’t have wanted another young adult series adapted to the big screen.  Fortunately, a great script, a fantastic ensemble of actors and Jennifer Lawrence perfectly cast as Katniss Everdeen created a blockbuster that also happened to be a very, very well done movie.  The second film continues the events of the first by bringing us into the beautiful world of the Capital and its 12 districts once again.  With a bigger budget and a new director, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” definitely made a statement that it was not to be reckoned with. 9 – Mud While the story of “Stand By Me” centered around the boys on their quest to locate a dead body, the boys of “Mud” had their story circle around the title character played flawlessly by Matthew McConaughy.  “Mud” is one of the simple coming of age stories that is not a stranger to moviegoers, but it is the aura of McConaughy that drives the viewer further into the story.  As the teens rallied around the wanted man they found hiding away in a boat in a...

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Movie Review

Ben Stiller has not been on the upswing in a while.  With his past several movies including “The Watch”, “Tower Heist”, and “Little Fockers”, it hasn’t been a stellar several years for Ben Stiller.  We are seeing his “The Watch” co-star Vince Vaughn fall into the same rut of cookie cutter roles that do not have the same comedic qualities of the main roles that made them a star.  Of course, not a single actor has a perfect resume of films under their name since it sometimes takes a project to lift them back up on their feet.  With “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” it seems Ben Stiller received his calling. “The Secret Life…” centers around the title character of Walter Mitty, a boring man leading a boring life.  The opening scene introduces us to Walter as he sits in his very average looking apartment as he balances his checkbook with the use of a calculator.  The opening act of the film offers us a glimpse into the mind of a daydreamer whose wild fantasies completely parallel the boring existence of the life that he lives.  His e-Harmony profile is blank.  His wardrobe is mundane. His 16 year career as a “negative assets manager” looks and sounds dull.  Yet, here we are witnessing the inner thoughts of Walter as a womanizer, a fighter, and a hero among many other dreams.  Walter only sits there imagining how events would play up if he took the risks or had the courage to fully live his life. As the film progresses, Mitty begins a journey to find the missing “25th cell”...