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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Hands down, the most confounding film of the year. Carlos Reygadas's esoteric tone poem calls to mind seemingly transportive mind-fucks by the likes of Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr, and in a similar way, seeks to evoke a primal kind of sensation akin to looking at an impressionistic painting. Often shot with a strange coke-bottle lens and featuring audacious sequences involving a red-tailed devil and a disturbing bathhouse sex club, Reygadas's unclassifiable masterwork moves by its own rhythms and renders the viewer speechless.