2013 Movie Patterns (Boom)


Girl Most Likely
(Roadside Attractions)

Notice a few common ties in this past year’s movies?  Will and Jaden Smith did, as did I:

  • Indecipherable Nick Nolte: Gangster Squad; Parker; The Company You Keep
  • Birds Fly Into Houses: Dark Skies; The Last Exorcism Part II
  • Internet Sleuthing in need of Librarian Assistance: Snitch; Dark Skies
  • Fathers Make Emotionally-Charged Shotgun Purchases: Snitch; Dark Skies
  • Robert Patrick with a Regional Dialect: Gangster Squad; Identity Thief
  • Digs at Ayn Rand: Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare; Identity Thief
  • Digs at Nancy Reagan: Beautiful Creatures, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  • Ghostly Endings: Safe Haven; Phantom
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones Behaving Badly: Broken City; Side Effects
  • Unintentional Dark Shadows Allusions: Mama; Beautiful Creatures
  • Morris Chestnut with a Badge: Identity Thief; The Call; Kick-Ass 2
  • Paul Dano gets beat up: Prisoners; 12 Years a Slave
  • “You love your phone with email more than you love me”: Frances Ha; Her
  • Reminder of the particular charms of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”: This Is the End, Girl Most Likely
  • Grown men who can recite lyrics from the Flashdance soundtrack: The Internship; The Way, Way Back
  • Grown men showing the women in their lives their wardrobe of many colors: The Great Gatsby; Spring Breakers
  • The Power of “Every1’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate (Good Movie Edition): Frances Ha
  • The Power of “Every1’s A Winner” by Hot Chocolate (Bad Movie Edition): Anchorman 2
  • Veteran actors bent on proving that an excellent 2012 was a fluke: Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard; G.I. Joe: Retaliation; RED 2); Robert De Niro (The Big Wedding; The Family; Last Vegas; Grudge Match)

What other patterns did you see in your 2013 moviegoing and what commonalities do you think we’ll see in 2014?


Tim January 10, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Steve Carell playing intentionally unlikable rather than accidental: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone; The Way Way Back.

Rise of the rodent teeth: Daniel Bruhl, Rush (rat); Johan Hill, Wolf on Wallstreet (beaver)

Edwin Arnaudin January 10, 2014 - 5:17 pm

If Foxcatcher had arrived on schedule, we might have had a third Carell entry.

My goodness, those teeth…

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