Summer of 2013 in Review

This wasn’t a summer that awed me at the multiplex. There were a few solid slabs of cinema, a few pleasant surprises, a few real disappointments, and, as usual, movies that sort of came and went, almost leaving my consciousness before I even exited the movie houses’ air-conditioned foyers. Fortunately, I was able to reignite a few of my synapses to write about them in this blog, otherwise they’d be gone forever.

I’ll also admit that I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. The Lone Ranger, Red 2, After Earth, Monsters University, World War Z, The Grandmaster, Byzantium, Them Bodies Ain’t Saints, and Despicable Me 2 are all among a number that I have yet to see because they never arrived in my town, they came and went too quickly or I just couldn’t squeeze them in. I’ll try and catch up with them when they arrive on other platforms. And The World’s End is on my list for this weekend.
So, with an eye on my categories above, here’s how I felt about all the movies I saw this summer (including those I did manage to catch even though they didn’t open in cinemas here). This is a rough estimation, so watch for my more detailed assessment of the Best of 2013 to appear in this space in January. In the meantime, I hope this provides some fodder for conversation. If you think I missed something I should have seen, or am way off base, lemme know.
Great Times At The Movies
From Positive to Problematic
(These are on a spectrum, with the better ones at the top and
diminishing in quality towards the bottom.)
Frances Ha
Welcome To The Punch
Real Disappointments
(And if you’re interested in further Trek talk, check this out. It nicely summarizes my thoughts on the franchise now and where it should go.)

About the author


Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.