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|
Greta Gerwig lays claim to the year's most enduring character in Noah Baumbach's terrific ode to French New Wave cinema and the travails of twenty-something aimlessness. Shot in pristine black and white with liberal borrowing of music from French composer Georges Delerue (of Truffaut and Godard fame), the film has the feeling of a nostalgic artifact while still resonating a modern sensibility. Gerwig's combination of physical comedy and wide-eyed awkwardness is beyond praise, and the the way the film renders the complications of female friendship makes it deeper than expected. A complete marvel from start to finish.