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Dec 29, 2013

BEST OF 2013

I don't think I can wait anymore for the last day of the year. I have work then, and I think I'll be busy doing work at home. So let's just do this today then.

As with my other Best Of posts, I would like to first thank everyone who stuck with this blog event hough I don't post the way I do before. Even though I'm less funny, I write very rarely and sometimes I don't make sense anymore. Thank you.

So let's get it started.

BEST MOVIE (International)
LAST YEAR: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I think this is the year where science fiction was taken seriously. It's not always about a chosen one destined to save the world. It's not always about super powered beings from another planet. Science fiction can also be simple. Something like... being trapped in space. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is a perfect example of a simple science fiction tale. It is unbelievable how you can be at awe at the beauty of seeing our planet from space and  the same time afraid for Sandra Bullock's character. That is the power of great filmmaking, storytelling, superb acting and today's technology.
RUNNER-UP: The Kings of Summer, Before Midnight

LAST YEAR: Unofficially Yours
This year has brought us a surprisingly good number of awesome movies. Of course, we're still getting a bulk of romcoms, but we also got quite a number of quality films. A few of them were actually action films. If this were a different year, It Takes A Man and a Woman would have won the title, but since it's 2013, I choose OTJ as the best movie of the year. It is an awesome action film. Is it original? I don't think so. Filipino movie directors have been "inspired" by foreign films and some may compare this film to The Departed. It's action packed and it's intriguing. The fact that this is not a rom com alone gives it an edge over other titles.
RUNNER-UP: Four Sisters and a Wedding, It Takes A Man and A Woman

LAST YEAR: Mass Effect 3
Wow, this I had a really hard time choosing. While there are actually only two games that stood out, a lot of the nominees, if they were released another year would have easily won this distinction of being the best game. But how could you really choose between Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us? Both are really brilliant games. One has a really outstanding story with great gameplay and beautiful visuals. The other is a really huge game which no one could possibly want to stop playing. I could just make it easy and make it a tie, but there really has to be only one. I guess sky diving and dropping directly to a dirt bike then racing down the top of the mountain against a crazy drugged up daredevil, just because you followed a talking dog would trump an awesome zombie game this time. So, it is with great difficulty that I give the Game of the Year title of 2013 to Grand Theft Auto V.
RUNNER-UP: The Last Of Us

This is the first new title I'm giving out this year to replace comic book awards (if you don't know yet I have quit downloading them this year). I think it's only fair to separate the handheld titles from the console ones just because the quality between the two are really different. But then again this year, between my PSVita and 3DS, I played my handheld games longer than my consoles. Nintendo really had a strong showing this year with Luigi's Mansion, Fire Emblem, Pokemon and Animal Crossing. I think I spent literally hundreds of hours between the last three games. But the game I choose this year trumps them all not because of the length of time I played the game. Tearaway is a short game. But in the short time I played, it really pushed out all of the things my PSVita can do. From the touchscreen from the front back, camera, microphone, and everything else. All of them were used. Not all games could brag about that. And of course, it's got a great story.
RUNNER-UP: Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokemon X

BEST OF TV (Drama)
LAST YEAR: The Walking Dead
This is another tough category. But there are really only two shows that delivered really really strong episodes this year. Game of Thrones with Khaleesi's taking of The Unsullied and The Red Wedding. The Good Wife with it's Hitting The Fan and 100th episode. But really, only one episode is enough for me to give the title to The Good Wife. I have been a fan of the show since it's first season. But they really stepped up their game in it's first ten episodes this season. Just watch episode 5 (Hitting The Fan). I named it the best episode of any tv show ever. I clapped. I laughed. I sat on the edge of my seat. I got mad. All those different emotions just because of one episode. It's smartly written, brilliantly acted and generally just a joy to watch. I love this show.
RUNNER-UP: Game of Thrones

BEST OF TV (Comedy)
This is the other new category. Honestly, if I didn't separate the two categories, no comedy show would've won in Best of TV. I don't know why it took me five years to create this one. But I guess for one, there really hasn't been any truly strong sitcom on television the last few years. I think the golden era of sitcoms was the time when both Friends and Will & Grace were on air. Now, comedies just come and go. And this one, I'm afraid is a show that we may lose soon. The Mindy Project is a really funny series. Yes, Mindy can be a bit annoying. But really, there aren't that many shows that could make you laugh out loud or is tolerable to watch again other than this one.
RUNNER-UP: The Crazy Ones, New Girl

BEST OF TV (Local)
LAST YEAR: Be Careful With My Heart
Cathy Garcia Molina has been a strong presence in this annual thing I do, because she makes really 'kilig' movies. This year, she brought her signature work to television via my Best Pinoy TV Show, Got To Believe. This is again not originally nominated because it just started recently, but given it's newness, we it is a show that I really can't let go. I am not a fan of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, but I cannot deny that the couple has great chemistry. Something I last saw with John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. The show itself is funny, charming, sweet and Carmina is an effective villain. I hate her. How can you really deny giving the title to Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Care Bear, Teddy Bear and Gummy Bear.
RUNNER-UP: Honesto, Juan dela Cruz

LAST YEAR: Madness / Muse
Breakup anthems have been the most relatable songs there is. I mean everyone has gone through one. Hearts have been broken at one point or another. While technically this song is not a breakup song, it's almost one. Pink has been on a roll lately in delivering really great songs, but Just Give Me A Reason is the best on her discography. Who doesn't know the lyrics to this song? It's about a couple having a trouble with their relationship and are trying to find a reason to stay with each other. Who hasn't been in this situation? That's enough for me for this song to be the best song of 2013.
RUNNER-UP: Blurred Lines

LAST YEAR: Wickedmouth
There hasn't been any blogger who has experienced more success this year other than Glentot himself. He's so successful he's now published. It's one thing all real bloggers would want for their blog. And that alone is reason enough for Wickedmouth to be this year's best blog... Again. I have had a chance to finally meet him this year when he gave me a signed copy of his book (which unfortunately was among the things that was taken from me by those fuckin' holduppers). Glentot, if you're reading this I need another copy of your book please!!! Anyway, if you don't believe me, just click the link and go to his blog. I'll shut down my blog if you tell me you didn't laugh in at least one of his posts.
RUNNER-UP: Alfabeto Della Mia Vita


earl | outinmanila said...

Listening to pink sing live (via youtube) is quite impressive. She is formidable. I liked Just Give Me a Reason too. And Before Midnight, how wonderful it was. The rest of your picks I have to claim ignorance though as I've never seen them or played them.

FiftyShadesOfQueer said...

I will never forget the suspense I was through while watching Gravity. Really, I missed a heartbeat during most of the scenes

Rix said...

ayos mga best of the best ng 2013... happy new year Gill :D

Simon said...

I really like the songs of Pink too especially the acoustic versions of her songs :) Advance Happy New Year to you!

Senyor Iskwater said...

agree ako sa best blog at pati sa runner up... I love sepsep's blog!

Geosef Garcia said...

Thanks Senyor. Agree ako sa winner ng Blog of the Year; isa si Glen sa mga idol ko sa mundo ng blogging. :)

Thanks Gil!

Nelson said...

Maliban sa ilang kategorya, halos sumasang-ayon ako sa lahat ng pinaka- mo sa 2013. Mas astig para sa akin ang Last of Us kaysa sa GTA V na sa tingin ko lang naman ay masyadong hyped (pero kudos pa rin dahil sa pag-angat nito sa totoong kahulugan ng "gaming" na hindi kailanman maaabot ng mga pipitsuging touch-screen "gaming" kuno sa mga cellphone.) Sobrang natuwa rin ako sa Tearaway at kahit na aminado akong die-hard Pokemon boy ako ay hindi ko maaaring hindi kilalanin ang kahusayan ng pagkakagamit ng larong 'to sa lahat ng kung anong meron ang Vita. Sobrang nadala rin ako sa makatotohanang pagganap nina Sandra Bullock at George Clooney sa hanep sa out-of-this-world pelikulang dinirehe ni Cuaron at magpasahanggang sa ngayon ay sasabihin kong siya pa ring nagdirehe ng pinakamalupet na adaptation sa walong Harry Potter na pelikula. At ang libro ni Glentot? Hanggang sa ngayon ay wala pa rin akong kopya. Sana may mamirata sa torrent. Hehe. Biro lang.

glentot said...

Hey Gillboard of course I'm reading this haha Salamat! This post warmed my cold heart LOL! It was great meeting you kahit super saglit lang di man lang tayo nakapagkwentuhan about other bloggers and stuff LOL. Sad you lost your copy, sana matuwa yung kumuha LOL but it's a nice opportunity to meet up again diba! LOL salamat uli... PS di naman successful haha

somelostboy said...

The Kings of Summer, though not in y top ten films, is probably my favorite coming of age film this year.

kalansaycollector said...

congrats sa mga nanalo. hehe

aajao said...

happy new year, Gibo! OTJ seems to be the best choice indeed. Haven't watched it though but the fuzz about it are all positive. cheers!

btw, i'm back to my original blogspot home ;)