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My Top 20 Films of 2013

This was a really hard list to do. It didn’t feel fair to rank these movies when they are from all different genres, but I do enjoy making these lists and it’s a great way to wrap up this really great year for film.

I don’t leave a reason for why each film is on the film because I want anyone reading who hasn’t seen one of the movies here to go into watching it open minded. There was a lot of incredible independent films that came out this year that should be watched.

These are 20 movies that I thought stood out the most for me. Honourable mentions will be at the bottom of the list. Enjoy!

20. Computer Chess

19. This is the End

18. Frances Ha

17. The Wolf of Wall Street

16. Spring Breakers

15. The Kings of Summer

14. The Way, Way, Back

13. Blue is the Warmest Color

12. Blue Jasmine

11. Inside Llewyn Davis

10. The Spectacular Now

9. 12 Years a Slave

8. Gravity

7. Drinking Buddies

6. Fruitvale Station

5. The Place Beyond the Pines

4. Before Midnight

3. Mud

2. Short Term 12

1. Her

Honourable mentions: Dallas Buyers Club, Wrong, The Act of Killing, Enough Said, Upstream Color and of course, Sharknado.

Movie I wish I got to see before making this list: Nebraska.

I’ll be writing reviews for 2014 released films I see. I also have plans to open up my own Film Website sometime this year with some help. 

Do you agree or disagree with this list? I’d like to hear what you thought was your favourite movies of 2013 were.

Nostalgia doesn’t melt like water underfoot
doesn’t climb on the back of a horse
to be carried far from our hearts
It stays here
anchored
rooted in racked flesh
drinking up tears
and roiling our blood

Nostalgia doesn’t flow away
like riverwater
but becomes a sea
pulling at us relentlessly
—  Irma Pineda, from “Nostalgia Doesn’t Flow Away Like Riverwater,” trans. Wendy Call, Michigan Quarterly Review (Spring 2013)