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December 31, 2013 11:10 AM
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Indiewire's Top 10 Stories of 2013: 'Blackfish' and Madonna Enrage (For Very Different Reasons), 'Nymphomaniac' Shocks & More

"Blackfish," Madonna and "Nymphomaniac"

2013 was Indiewire's biggest year yet, so we thought we'd share with our readers the top ten stories that contributed to our banner performance. The results might surprise you. Click on story titles to access the full articles.

1. Review: 'Blackfish' Ensures You'll Never Go to SeaWorld Again

Nobody from SeaWorld agreed to an interview for "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite's searing take on the theme park's mistreatment of killer whales and the dozens of deaths that have resulted from it. Instead, the majority of its subjects are ex-SeaWorld trainers frustrated by the negligence they witnessed up close and willing to speak out. Nevertheless, based on the evidence on display in "Blackfish," Cowperthwaite's case against SeaWorld would change little with an opposing point of view. The movie makes a strong case against the captivity of killer whales under sub-circus conditions, but the stance is made even more horrifying because so little has changed in the history of the organization. "Blackfish" is less balanced investigation than full-on takedown of a broken system.

2. Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During '12 Years a Slave' NYFF Premiere

Always the one to court controversy and attention wherever she goes, Madonna could not help but express herself during the New York Film Festival premiere of "12 Years A Slave." Fresh off releasing her short film "secretprojectrevolution" and spearheading a global initiative to protect freedom of expression, she was spotted at the screening of Steve McQueen's slavery drama exhibiting less-than-stellar movie-going etiquette.

3. It's Here! Watch the First Full Trailer for Lars von Trier's Hotly Anticipated 'Nymphomaniac'

After months of teasing us via a slew of posters, stills and enticing clips, the marketing team behind Lars von Trier's hotly anticipated sexual epic "Nymphomaniac" have released the full trailer for the opus. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe and more star.

4. Queue It Up: 19 of 2012's Best Films Now Available on Netflix

With so many new movies flooding the theaters every week, it's understandable that a few noteworthy releases might have slipped under your radar within the past year. Thanks to the magic of online streaming, getting caught up on some of the best films of 2012 is just a click away. Below we have compiled a list of movies that made the cut of last year's Indiewire Year-End Critic's Poll List that are currently streaming on Netflix. So whether you have never heard of them before or want to watch them again, you can now have immediate access to  some of the most acclaimed recent films. No longer will you have to confusedly search through the broad and confusing array of categories and titles on Netflix, as you can rest assured in your viewing knowing that these come Criticwire-approved.

5. Watch: Shia LaBeouf in a Very NSFW Clip From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

The clip comes from the film's fifth chapter, titled "The Little Organ School."


  • Daniel Delago | January 2, 2014 7:45 AMReply

    When is Lars von Trier's porn movie, 'Nymphomaniac' hitting movie theaters?

  • name | January 1, 2014 11:19 PMReply

    you really like madonna, I see

  • Long Term Plans for Animals of Sea World? | January 1, 2014 6:16 PMReply

    While Blackfish affects the business of Seaworld is anyone thinking ahead to the next 6 months-to a year when they are required to cut back on staff and care for animals because of decrease in revenue? Hoping someone or a group that works with rehabbing wild animals reaches out to Seaworld to offer assistance in either restructuring their business for humane treatment or offers to find the animal homes. Loss in revenue will require cutbacks, cutbacks will affect animal care.

  • Teresa Wagner | December 31, 2013 7:48 PMReply

    Go Blackfish Go!

  • gerbil | December 31, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    After seeing 12 Years a Slave, I've forgiven Madonna for texting during it; it's a poor movie.

  • You're an idiot | December 31, 2013 1:09 PMReply

    Blackfish is a bunch of lies, learn the truth before you write such garbage!

  • PhoenixLake | January 4, 2014 10:19 AM

    Blackfish is not a one could make this up. No one at Blackfish is lying. All you have to do is think of the cement pool size and the Orca size. Anybody with a fair sense of justice and humanity can immediately see the cruelty involved. The ex-trainer have spoken, the whales have killed, the public has been brainwashed for fifty years that it is fun and healthy family entertainment. That is the lie. A simple search reveals $3,900,000 paid to lobbyists for political influence to support Sea World Entertainment. Empty The Tanks!

  • Teresa Wagner | December 31, 2013 7:52 PM

    Here you go, the facts: