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


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.

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