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Top 20 Discoveries of 2013

Posted by martinteller on January 1, 2014

As I have done previously, I am not considering recent releases as “discoveries”.

1. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
“Life-affirming, moving, energetic, and lovely, lovely, lovely.”


2. Girl Walk // All Day
“The world needs more things like this.”

3. A Tale of the Wind
“A free-associating mix of essay film, tone poem, ethnography and autobiography.”
4. Peacock
“Each person sees life through a different prism, trying to find their own happiness, redefining their dreams.”

5. The Organizer
“With exceptionally good period recreation in the art direction and costuming, nothing about it feels artificial.”

6. Two Living, One Dead
“The film explores human frailty and foibles in a manner that would make Bergman himself proud.”
7. The Doll
“Funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time.”
8. A Fugitive from the Past
“Compelling, beautifully executed and just damn good.”
9. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
“Giant figures of American political history made real and human.”

10. The Scarlet Letter
“One of Sjostrom’s most finely realized works.”
11. Lucky Star
“Borzage uses light like nobody’s business, people and objects have a warm, luminescent haze around them.”
12. Le Roman de Renard
“The animation is truly visionary and charming, with beautiful attention to detail and impressionist touches.”
13. Leila
“A film that eloquently comments on unfair gender roles in their society, and also the kind of romantic pitfalls that could happen to any of us.”
14. Wild Reeds
“The heart yearns to be kind.  Now that’s a sentiment I can get behind.”
15. Sepet
“The splendid performances give the film a lot of heart and humor.”
16. Flamenco, Flamenco
“Guaranteed to get your toes tapping, your mind humming and heart pounding.”
17. The Man With the Balloons
“A simple film that can be unboxed a number of ways.”
18. Time Table
“Tight, compelling and firing on the right cylinders.”
19. Return to Me
“Disarmingly sweet and remarkably unfussy.”
20. Postriziny
“A warm, nostalgic, joyful and funny little movie.”
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Honorable mentions:
Peppermint Frappé
In Vanda’s Room
The Mortal Storm
Anzukko
West of the Tracks
The Way to the Stars
Sundays and Cybele
Philadelphia
Offside
The Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors
A Casa
To Live and Die in L.A.
Riffraff
Chicago Calling
Our Song

And then there’s the bottom 10 of the year, starting with the worst…

1. The Apple
2. A Christmas Puppy
3. From the Clouds to the Resistance
4. Sudden Danger
5. Nouvelle Vague
6. Le roi et l’oiseau
7. Sicilia!
8. Thousands Cheer
9. Empire
10. Criminal Lawyer

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