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My Favorite Films of 2013

I’m so surprised that a formel 1-film can move me to tears. I can’t even listen to the track “Lost but Won” without the emotion building up. 

2013 was a great horror year for me. I was at a horror filmfestival in Norway called “Ramaskrik”, and there I watched You’re Next, The Purge and Insidious: Chapter 2 (and many more). And how I loved You’re Next!

Half of The Conjuring is wonderful. When the witch appears on the closet the movie falls apart. But the soundtrack, the atmosphere and the insanly good opening scene deserves a spot on my top list.

I adored The Great Beauty! It truely deserved both Golden Globe and the Oscar (though I’m still surprised that Blue is the warmest color didn’t even get nominated for an Oscar!). The party scenes!

Oh, how I adored Frances Ha! I loved it! When I left the movie theatre I felt different and that I’ve found a new best friend. It brought sunshine to a pretty sad period of my year and gave me some optimism.

I don’t know if you’re formiliar with the norwegian film The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix but I hope so! This is a wonderful sequel to our beloved classic from 1975. Somehow we always watch the film in Christmas times, so a Christmas sequel is a wonderful idea.

Of course did Gravity make it to the list. It was maybe the movie experience of the year. I loved it. It is kind of minimalistic at the same time as it is very Hollywood. The George Clooney-scene!

American Hustle made me laugh and if I had to highlight one thing, one scene - then it must be Jennifer Lawrence. Her cleaning the house and dance to the music of “Live and let die” was hilarious. And Christian Bale, he is simply awesome. Just awesome.

Iron Man 3 was going to be the last we would see of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Thank God they made a new deal for The Avengers: Age of Ultron  and a third Avengers film. If it ain’t bad enough that Ben Affleck is taking over the Batman-suit after Christian Bale - I can’t see anybody filling the shoes (or suits) of Iron Man after Downey Jr.

I love Loki! I’m the biggest Loki-fan. And I wasn’t fooled for one second! Thor: The Dark World is actually a great sequel, not at all like Iron Man 2. But what I care most about in the Thor films is Loki. It’s breaking my heart that we won’t see him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The best opening scenes of Walt Disney Pictures


Disney don’t make them like this anymore. And that’s too bad, because The Rescuers Down Under was breathtaking! I mean, who opens an animated film like that? They’re making movies, not just “silly cartoons for kids”. Remember the spiderweb from the opening scene of The Fox and the Hound? Animation movies can play with the cinematic ways in telling stories, why be sloppy about it?


Beauty and the Beast is like a moving painting with beautiful images. No wonder it was nominated for best picture under the 64th The Academy Awards. The opening scenes is simply enchanting. I love the story frames, that it’s the windows on the castle that tells us the fairytale.


Aladdin is the one closest to the Broadway musical out of all the other classics in Walt Disney Pictures. The sounds and feel of Aladdin is first and foremost a musical. I loved this mysterious opening. It’s like your crazy uncle is coming to visit and telling you all kinds of strange stories.


The Little Mermaid gives me so intense goose bumps, it’s insane. This is probably one of the first movies I saw and it has marked me for life. The music, the scenes, and then the mermaid people suddenly appears. It’s truely magic. My mind goes off to magical places and mythological creatures. We need more than just a new princess story!


The Hunchback of Notre Dame isn’t for the lighthearted. It opens with murder and that does set the tone for the rest of the story. But the music, the choir and the towers above the clouds! This is probably the hardest of all the animated Disney films, with scary themes as racism, religious fanaticism, lust, desire and executions…


Disneys very own Hamlet, The Lion King is a beautiful film that has one of the most wonderful openings of Walt Disney Pictures. The sunrise, the nature, the animals and the music! Oh, the music. The opening is a masterpiece.

Now, the most heartbreaking openings I’ve ever seen of the Disney films is Oliver & Company! It’s the saddest thing ever!


"Happiness is your biggest enemy. It weakens you. Puts doubts in your mind. Suddenly you have something to lose."This is why I adored Rush. Niki Lauda!

"Happiness is your biggest enemy. It weakens you. Puts doubts in your mind. Suddenly you have something to lose."

This is why I adored Rush. Niki Lauda!

My favorite soundtracks of 2013


Oblivion is simply amazing. Uplifting, dramatic … ah, goose bumps. I also get a sense of the 80s when Susanne Sundfør is singing the song with M83. Don’t know why, but I’m thinking “flying, Tom Cruise and lovely synth” (hello, Top Gun).

Check out the tracks: "Waking Up" and "StarWaves".


Pain & Gain was a weird experience, but never mind the crazy plot. Just listen to the awesome soundtrack! I love it and I listen to it everyday. It’s dramatic, strangely uplifting for a crime film, exhilarating and just a little frightening when I think of the crimes they went through.

Check out the tracks: "I’m Gonna Tell Jesus", "Buckle Up", "Run Him Over" and "My Shit Stopped Working".


The Conjuring is actually one of my favorite films of 2013! That’s mostly because of its chilling, weird and demonic soundtrack. I love Joseph Bishara! He also composed the scores for the Insidious-movies. The atmosphere he creates is just fantastic. Too bad the film isn’t as strong as its score.

Check out the tracks: "Annabelle", “The Conjuring” and “Witch Comes Through”.


Gravity is truely an experience, though the images and the scenes is more breathtaking than its music. But I did find some pretty good scores at the end of the film. Both thrilling and uplifting.

Check out the tracks: "Schenzou" and "Gravity".


Rush really surprised me. I didn’t think I was going to like it but I loved it! But is the music perfect for this film? I don’t know, but know its forever connected with the scenes and my reactions to them.

Check out the tracks: "Into the Red" and "Lost but Won".

"Since happiness is irrevocably denied me, I have a right to get pleasure out of life: and I will get it, cost what it may."

It is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, - you’d forget me.
Jane Eyre