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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IN THE HOUSE

Francois Ozon's adaptation of Juan Mayorga's play meshes the mood of a Hichcockian thriller with the playful zip of a grand melodrama to hypnotic effect. Centering on a bored French Literature teacher who takes a keen interest in a sixteen-year-old student's writings concerning his infiltration of a classmate's family, this ingenious gem interweaves fact, fiction, and voyeurism into a rich tapestry that upends expectations at nearly every turn. An amusingly dense film that never dips into winking farce, but instead deepens it's character's flaws and emerges as a rather provocative deconstruction of the art of storytelling.

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