Lisa Marie Picks The Best 26 Films of 2013


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2o13 was an unusually good year in film.  While there was never any doubt what my number one film would be, it took me considerably longer to narrow down my other favorites to just 25 movies.

Also complicating matters is that a film that I’m very much looking forward to, Spike Jonze’s Her, is not going to be opening here until next weekend.  Because I haven’t seen it, I could not consider it for this list.  If, after I do see it, I feel that it belongs in the top 26, I will add it.

(Update: I have since seen Her and I have modified my original list. — LMB, 1/1o/14)

You may be asking, “Why 26 films?”  Lisa doesn’t do odd numbers, that’s why.

Without further ado, here’s the list!

  1. Upstream Color
  2. American Hustle
  3. Frances Ha
  4. Her
  5. Before Midnight
  6. Blue Is The Warmest Color
  7. Spring Breakers
  8. 12 Years A Slave
  9. Fruitvale Station
  10. Inside Llewyn Davis
  11. The Wolf of Wall Street
  12. Warm Bodies
  13. The Counselor 
  14. Gravity
  15. Blue Jasmine
  16. The Spectacular Now
  17. Much Ado About Nothing
  18. Dallas Buyers Club
  19. The Conjuring
  20. Drinking Buddies
  21. Iron Man 3
  22. Nebraska
  23. The Place Beyond The Pines
  24. At Any Price
  25. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  26. All Is Lost
  27. The Iceman
  28. Frozen

Upstream Color

(Now that you’ve seen my favorites of 2013, check out my picks for 2010, 2011, and 2012!)

Other Entries In TSL’s Look Back At 2013:

  1. Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Novels of 2013
  2. Lisa Marie’s 12 Favorite Non-Fiction Books of 2013
  3. Semtex Skittle’s 2013: The Year in Video Games
  4. 20 Good Things Lisa Marie Saw On Television in 2013
  5. 10 0f Lisa Marie’s Favorite Songs of 2013
  6. Lisa Marie’s 16 Worst Films of 2013
  7. Necromoonyeti’s Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013
  8. Things That Dork Geekus Dug In 2013
  9. Lisa Marie’s Best of 2o13 SyFy
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2 responses to “Lisa Marie Picks The Best 26 Films of 2013

  1. Excellent and very interesting list. You are right, it was a very good year.
    And of course I agree with your top pick!
    We need more Upstream Color, not to mention more cowbell

    Let us know about Her!
    :)

  2. I didn’t see any of these films in 2013–not even “Iron Man 3″! And yes, I saw the first two “Iron Man” films at the cinema.

    I saw only a very small number of films from the year 2013, but of course that will change with the Festival of German Film this March. It’s such a pity that distributors don’t give foreign language pictures more exposure. I’ve never believed that “people just won’t see subtitled films”. I mean, surely at one time, nobody thought that anyone would be interested in watching television shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Morgan Spurlock, but the line from “Field of Dreams” rings true–“if you build it, they will come”–whether the product is good or bad. At the very least, “the good” deserves a chance. The “American-ness” of the above list is less indicative of the taste of the reviewer, more indicative of the fact that non-American films are finding it increasingly difficult to find a foothold in theatres around the world.

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