Best Films of 2013

2013 was such an incredibly strong year for film that whittling things down to a mere 25 was an arduous task, but ultimately a rewarding one. I was a bit disappointed that my list didn't feature any mainstream Hollywood movies (contrary to popular opinion, I'm not THAT much of an indie elitist), but it seems as if I went even further off the cinematic grid than year's past. Without further ado, here are my 25 favorite films of 2013!

Best Films of 2013
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THE ACT OF KILLING

Joshua Oppenheimer's audacious, disturbing, and jaw-dropping documentary about Indonesian death squads during the 1960's pulls off something extraordinary; it takes human evil so unbelievable and attempts to understand it. Oppenheimer does this not by taking a standard archival footage-based narrative approach, but by following around a group of mass-murders in the present day and then asking them to recreate their heinous crimes under the guise of their favorite American film genres. One surreal, unbelievable sequence after another follows, with Anwar Congo (who admits to killing nearly 1000 Chinese "communists" during the 60's) emerging as one of the most unforgettable screen presences seen in quite some time. Truly a miracle that this film even exists, and even more startling that it's unlike anything you've ever seen. The year's best film by a wide margin.

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