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by Indiewire Staff
December 25, 2013 9:03 AM
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Indiewire's Editors and Bloggers Pick Their Top 10 Films (and In Some Cases TV Shows) of 2013

Brie Larson in "Short Term 12." Cinedigm

While "12 Years a Slave" took the top spot in Indiewire's recent 2013 poll of more than 230 critics, journalists and tastemakers of the film world, this smaller grouping of picks from Indiewire staffers and bloggers highlights a wide range of movies large and small (but mostly small) from this year's release calendar. "12 Years," "The Act of Killing," "Gravity" and "Her" received plenty of expected mentions, but there are a slew of solo votes below equally worth consideration. Participants were invited to include films released theatrically this year. Please share your own Top 10 list for 2013 in the comments section at the end of this article (and don't forget to include your name).

Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief and General Manager

Alphabetical order:

"12 Years a Slave"
"The Act of Killing"
"American Hustle"
"Short Term 12"
"Stories We Tell"
"Sun Don’t Shine"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Eric Kohn, Chief Film Critic and Senior Editor

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Top 10 Documentaries of 2013 -- Click HERE
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Top 10 That Deserved More Attention -- Click HERE

Nigel M. Smith, Managing Editor

1. "Prisoners," Denis Villeneuve
2. "Spring Breakers," Harmony Korine
3. "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron
4. "Her," Spike Jonze
5. "Frances Ha," Noah Baumbach
6. "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel & Ethan Coen
7. "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen
8. "Simon Killer," Antonio Campos
9. "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt
10. "The Past," Asghar Farhadi

My favorite film that still has yet to come out: "The Immigrant"

Honorable Mentions (in order of preference): "The Place Beyond the Pines," "This is the End," "Sightseers," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Captain Phillips," "Sun Don't Shine," "Before Midnight," "Blue Jasmine," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Enough Said," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Conjuring," "Laurence Anyways," "The Act of Killing," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "Labor Day," "Drinking Buddies," "20 Feet From Stardom," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Fruitvale Station."

Favorite Performances (in no particular order): Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Joaquin Phoenix ("Her"), Olivia Wilde ("Drinking Buddies"), Scarlett Johansson ("Don Jon"), Jake Gyllenhaal ("Prisoners"), Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Robert Redford ("All is Lost"), Brady Corbet ("Simon Killer"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue is the Warmest Color"), Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), James Franco ("Spring Breakers" and "This is the End"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street").

My top 7 favorite TV shows that aired this past year (I watch what I can...)

1. "Breaking Bad"
2. "Top of the Lake"
3. "House of Cards"
4. "Hannibal"
5. "Scandal"
6. "American Horror Story"
7. "Orange is the New Black"

Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Peter Knegt, Senior Writer

My 10 Best Films of 2013:

1. "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel & Ethan Coen
2. "Her," Spike Jonze
3. "Before Midnight," Richard Linklater
4. "Frances Ha," Noah Baumbach
5. "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron
6. "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
7. "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen
8. "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer
9. "This is the End," Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
10. "Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche

Honorable Mentions (in order of preference): "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Great Beauty," "Mud," "Computer Chess," "The Hunt," "Laurence Anyways," "The Past," "Wadjda," "Short Term 12" and "Enough Said"

If They'd Been Released In 2013, They'd Be On Here: "Stranger By The Lake," "Gloria," "What Now, Remind Me" and "Only Lovers Left Alive"

10 Television Shows I Watched and Loved In 2013 (Though I Don't Watch Enough Television):

"The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards"
"House of Cards"
"Masters of Sex"
"Orange is the New Black"
"Orphan Black"
"The Outs"
"Trophy Wife"

"12 Years a Slave." Fox Searchlight

Paula Bernstein, Technology/Filmmaker Toolkit Editor

10 Best Films of 2013 (disclaimer: I haven't seen "Prisoners," "Wolf of Wall Street," "Prisoners," "Fruitvale Station," "Wadja" "Short Term 12" or many more of the best reviewed films of the year)

1. "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen
2. "Her," Spike Jonze
3. "American Hustle," David O. Russell
4. "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer
5. "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
6. "Blue is the Warmest Color," Abdellatif Kechiche
7. "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel & Ethan Coen
8. "Enough Said," Nicole Holofcener
9. "Cutie and the Boxer," Zachary Heinzerling
10. "Frances Ha," Noam Baumbach

Runners Up: "Bastards," "Blue Jasmine," "Blackfish," "Spring Breakers"

7 Television Shows (disclaimer: I don't watch that much television)

1. "The Americans"
2. "Orange is the New Black"
3. "Breaking Bad"
4. "Mad Men"
5. "Orphan Black"
6. "Scandal"
7. "Rectify"

"Cutie and the Boxer"

Bryce Renninger, Toolkit Assistant Editor

1. "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen
2. "Her," Spike Jonze
3. "Gasland Part II," Josh Fox
4. "Cutie and the Boxer," Zachary Heinzerling
5. "After Tiller," Lana Wilson & Martha Shane
6. "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen
7. "Leviathan," Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
8. "The Act of Killing," Joshua Oppenheimer
9. "Frances Ha," Noah Baumbach
10. "Enough Said," Nicole Holofcener

Performances of the Year: John Goodman, "Inside Llewyn Davis;" Lupita N'yongo, "12 Years a Slave;" Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"


  • michael reeves | December 31, 2013 11:04 PMReply

    top 8 in no particular order (still need to see a few that might make the top 10)

    1. Spring Breakers
    2. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. The Bling Ring
    4. Only God Forgives
    5. Frances Ha
    6. Blue is the Warmest Color
    7. The Counselor
    8. American Hustle

  • Indie Film Minute | December 27, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    We take issue with the oft spoken "this was a bad year for films". It was hard for us to winnow down this list and there is still more than ten. BTW, our one nod to Hollywood Machine art, Captain Phillips (which grabbed us from beginning to end but doesn't meet our unique criteria for consideration), ultimately was left off the list.

    In no particular order, consider . . .

    Blue Jasmin (Woody's on a roll), Fruitvale Station (important and so much more relevant than "12 years", Short Term 12 (surprisingly rewarding), Dallas Buyers Club (who would have thought we would live in positive anticipation of the next MM film?), American Hustle (OK not perfectly rewarding but virtuoso film making for sure and perfect performances all . . .), Before Midnight (has to be mentioned for the acting showcase - what nuance!), Place Beyond the Pines (tonally perfect and two good films for the price of one), Enough Said (good laughs and a sentimental goodbye), 20 Feet From Stardom (so entertaining and informative), Mud (there's that MM again!), The Attack (an example of how film can be so important in understanding the world), The Past (life's complexities respected in film), What Maisie Knew (I know - no one saw it. Too simple and sentimental to gain great respect, but overall worthy we argue).

    Come on. Not a bad year right?

  • Chris L. | December 26, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    What, no Bogdanovich?!

  • Kendra | December 26, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Top tv dramas I watched this year in no particular order: The Americans, Nikita, Suits, Scandal, Reign, The Originals, Emily Owens Md, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, Nashville. Honorable mentions: Shameless, Glee, Elementary, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice.

    Comedies: Mindy Project, Neighbors, Awkward., Ben and Kate, New Girl, Happy Endings, Parks and Rec, Community. Honorable mentions: The Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family, The Middle.

  • Kendra | December 26, 2013 12:05 PMReply

    Since I only watched two films that were theatrically released this year I am going to pull a Stephen King, in Ew, and put the top films I have watched in 2013. They may also have been the only films I watched this year. In no particular order: Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Frances Ha, American Hustle. Honorable mentions: Womb (or Clone) and Pitch Perfect.

  • Helen | December 26, 2013 11:18 AMReply

    My Top 10
    1. Before Midnight
    2. Blue Jasmine
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    4. Her
    5. Frances Ha
    6. The Great Beauty
    7. Fill the Void
    8. No
    9. The Selfish Giant
    10. Stoker

  • Ed Kargir | December 25, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    My top 10
    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Inside Llewelyn Davis
    3. Gravity
    4. Her
    5. Before Midnight
    6. Fruitville Station
    7. Blackfish
    8. Nebraska
    9. American Hustle
    10. Short Term 12

  • PF | December 25, 2013 10:12 AMReply

    Final assessment: 2013 was one sucky year for movies.

  • Bucky O'Hare | December 25, 2013 3:53 PM

    Great comment! Insightful. Can you direct me to an RSS feed for all your comments? I'd hate to feel like I was missing out.