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

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 31, 2013 at 11:10AM

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.
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6. The 50 Indie Films We Want to See in 2013

From the work of Steve McQueen, Lars Von Trier and Sofia Coppola to the inspirations of Julian Assange, Linda Lovelace and David Sedaris (not to mention double doses of on-screen magic from Tilda Swinton and Ryan Gosling), here are the 50 films from 2013 that Indiewire's staff was most excited to see.

7. Gender Inequality in Film: In Infographic Form

Following the record-breaking opening of the female-led (although not female-directed) "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any advancements women are making in film both onscreen and behind-the-scenes-- and create an infographic based on their findings.

8. Queue It Up: 24 Oscar Nominated Documentaries Now Streaming on Netflix

We recently highlighted the 11 Best Picture Oscar Winners now streaming on Netflix, but we decided that documentaries deserved a list of their own.

9. SeaWorld Unleashes 8 Assertions About 'Blackfish' and Filmmakers Respond

Here are SeaWorld's eight assertions and the filmmakers' response to them. Though the situation is clearly complicated, the filmmakers rightly point out that the film often does portray some of the perspectives addressed in SeaWorld's assertions.

10. Critic's Pick: The Top 10 Films of 2013 According to Indiewire's Film Critic

The following titles made the cut not only because they're each outstanding achievements on many levels, but also because of their collective balance. As a whole, they paint a vivid picture of the movies in all their transformative capabilities: Whether dealing with major historical issues or intimate ones, blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction, assuming traditional narrative structures or demolishing them, conveying sadness or humor or some combination of both, they're never less than thoughtful, engaging works of art.

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