I’ve been told by people in the biz that a best of 2013 list is irrelevant and less than garbage after January 3rd. Fuck that. Half the movies that end up winning awards in February and March either just came out or were in and out of theaters so fast you never had a chance to catch them. I missed two big films this year (and a bunch of foreign films) that I hope to catch up with soon: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Here’s the movies of 2013 that I did see that I thought were cool.
Brit Marling crafts herself another complex role as a woman who finds her belief systems challenged as her wardobe shifts from J.Crew to “Derelicte.” If you go in looking for political thriller chills, you might come out the other end half satisfied, but see this as an intimate character study that reveals the poisonous pathologies of civilized life and it hits all the right notes. It’s almost, and I mean this as a compliment, a super-charged Lifetime “one woman’s story” type of movie. I was just so pleased to see a film that wanted to take me somewhere fresh: corporate espionage, freegan anarchists and a female character ultimately more concerned about saving her soul than her romantic entanglements.