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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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

Experimental, idiosyncratic, and fully alive in a way few films dare, writer/director/artist Terrance Nance's bold debut takes sections of his 2007 short How Would U Feel? and then adds in a whirlwind of ideas, emotions, and high-minded literary prose to create something that feels like a self-confessional scrapbook. Nance himself appears in the film, and his ruminations center on his ever-changing relationships throughout the years (currently embodied by Namik Minter, herself an artist and filmmaker). An exhausting hybrid of animation, documentary, and nonlinear shifts in time and space, Nance has created something wholly unique regarding the confusion and exhilaration of love and the amorphous unknowability of the opposite sex.

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