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

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

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.”

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

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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