Dec 26, 2013

Top 25 Films of 2013

I've neglected this blog far too frequently this year. It's a real shame because this has been the best cinematic year in recent memory in my opinion, and I really wish I had dedicated more time to highlighting some of the gems that I so dearly love. It's the end of the year though and time to look forward to 2014. In the next few days, I'll add some commentary to the list below, but at the moment I feel like I need a blogging reboot, so the list itself should suffice.
The films on this list are selected from the pool of new films that were shown in a public theatre at least once in the Toronto area between January 1st and December 31st, 2013. This includes all films screened during festivals such as TIFF and Hot Docs, short films and films that may have been released in other countries in 2012. No re-releases or re-issues were eligible. This list also excludes festival films that were included among my selections last year, but only made their way to public theatres this year. Finally, you can have a look at my Oscar-eligible ballot of the year's best here. Without further ado...

1. Museum Hours (Jem Cohen)
2. Redemption (Miguel Gomes)
3. The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher)
4. Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonca Filho)
5. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
6. When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Corneliu Porumboiu)
7. Wadjda (Haifa Al Mansour)
8. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
9. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Partovi)
10. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
11. No (Pablo Larrain)
12. At Berkeley (Frederick Wiseman)
13. The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix van Groeningen)
14. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh)
15. Blood Brother (Steve Hoover)
16. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
17. Miss Violence (Alexandros Avranas)
18. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche)
19. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
20. Ernest and Celestine (St├ęphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner)
21. The Grandmaster (Wong Kar Wai)
22. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm)
23. Inside Llewyn Davis (The Coen Brothers)
24. Manakamana (Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez)
25. The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)

Honorable Mentions: Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein), Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron), Drug War (Johnnie To), The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt), Her (Spike Jonze)


  1. Great list. There are a lot of films here that I still need to see, but man, am I thrilled to see At Berkley make the cut. I'm such a fan of Wiseman's films, and that was the best one he's done in a while. Great work!

    1. Thanks Alex! Always exciting when a list-maker extraordinaire like yourself compliments one of my lists!

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