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2013 Top Ten List

3 Comments 27 December 2013

Dern, Forte in black and white (Photo Credit Paramount Pictures)

Dern, Forte in black and white (Photo Credit Paramount Pictures)

I am notoriously ambivalent about top ten lists but I compiled one for the lovely folks at IndieWire and figured I’d share it with you. They also invited me to sound off on something I noticed in 2013, and those short comments follow the list:

1. Nebraska

2 Stories We Tell

3. The Hunt

4. Before Midnight

5. Frances Ha

6. The Broken Circle Breakdown

7. Inside Llewyn Davis.  

8. Blackfish.

9. Dallas Buyers Club.

10. American Hustle

The IndieWire folks also asked me for a random comment about 2013, and I came circling back to my thoughts following this year’s New York Film Festival. Although I often write about women in film, and pine for more women directors, I found inspiration in the work of a number of male directors with an independent spirit. What I wrote to Senior Critic Eric Kohn and company was: 

The most notable trend for me coalesced out of the New York Film Festival and included films mentioned above and some that are being held. It’s the vibrant resurgence of the American independent maverick director, from Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” to the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” to Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight” to Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” and Spike Jonze’s “Her.”  I would also include Jim Jarmusch’s return to form with “Only Lovers Left Alive,” to open in 2014. I cannot really wrap my head around why James Gray’s brilliant period drama with Joaquin Phoenix, “The Immigrant,” has not been raised up as it should. It is one of my very favorite films of 2013 – and yet it has not opened theatrically.

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  1. Bob says:

    In a recent Yahoo article you called American Hustle a “frontrunner” for best picture on account of the acting branch having the most members in the academy. You should probably re-edit the Yahoo piece because the acting branch does not actually vote for best picture, only the producing branch does, hence why the producers receive the award at the end of the night.

    Also, the front runner is still “12 Years a Salve” because it won the critics choice award for best picture. Which has proven to be the most accurate for Oscar predictions for almost a decade now, while the SAG awards have actually been one of the least accurate for Oscar predictions.

    Sorry if I sound a bit blunt, but please speak to members of the academy that vote for best picture before making these assumptions.

  2. Bob says:


    Please ignore the first part of my last comment, the producers vote for the nominees, and then everyone votes, I made an error. However, the SAG awards are pretty inaccurate when it comes to Oscar predictions, with past winners like “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Help”. Please highlight the critics choice awards more.


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