Top 10 Films of 2013  
  1.   The Place Beyond The Pines   dir. Derek Cianfrance (pictured)  
 If it were a novel, it would have been one of the greatest American novels of the last decade. As a film it reaches for something few attempt, and even fewer succeed at: literary scope. 
 Thematically deeper, more structurally ambitious and more intertextually aware than any other film in 2013,  Pines  is a story of fathers and sons, of sin and forgiveness, of the legacy handed down between generations.  
 As cinema, it is breathtaking, haunting, and mesmerising. As art, it transcends its form, its subject, and its star power; and creates a truly affecting, profound experience that lasts well beyond the final frame. 
   2.   Blackfish   dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite  
 A shocking, upsetting documentary that examines our wilfill abuse of both majestic animal and fellow human for the sake of profit and entertainment. 
  3.   Gravity   dir. Alfonso Cuaron  
 There may be flaws, but  Gravity  is the technical masterpiece of our generation. One of the most unique, thrilling experiences I’ve had in a cinema. 
  4.   The Way Way Back   dir. Nat Faxon & Jim Rash  
 Charming, whimsical, hilarious, and moving,  The Way Way Back  is pitch perfect in every area, and more proof that God is a lot like Sam Rockwell. 
  5.   The Heat   dir. Paul Feig  
 Holy shit this film is hilarious. Comedy of the year, hands down. It’s a crime it didn’t make more top 10 lists. I hope they make a dozen sequels.  
  6.   Prisoners   dir. Denis Villeneuve  
 The best crime film since  Zodiac . Powerful, dark and gripping, with stand-out performances from Jackman, Dano and Gyllenhaal. 
  7.   Blue Jasmine   dir. Woody Allen  
 If  Place Beyond The Pines  is a novel,  Blue Jasmine  is a cinematic novella. Blanchett is a lock for the Oscar, and Bobby Canavale is fucking hilarious. 
  8.   Mud   dir. Jeff Nichols  
 Almost a counter-point to  The Way Way Back , opting for quiet drama instead of playing for laughs. Moving and understated. 
  9.   The Counselor   dir. Ridley Scott  
 Oh you hated this film? Cormac McCarthy does not give a fuck. Creeping, insidious, and unsettling, this is pure McCarthy. Crime doesn’t pay, kids. 
  10.   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug   dir. Peter Jackson  
 Nothing short of epic, a hundred-fold improvement over the first instalment, and I loved the first one. Smaug needs an Oscar.

Top 10 Films of 2013

1. The Place Beyond The Pines dir. Derek Cianfrance (pictured)

If it were a novel, it would have been one of the greatest American novels of the last decade. As a film it reaches for something few attempt, and even fewer succeed at: literary scope.

Thematically deeper, more structurally ambitious and more intertextually aware than any other film in 2013, Pines is a story of fathers and sons, of sin and forgiveness, of the legacy handed down between generations. 

As cinema, it is breathtaking, haunting, and mesmerising. As art, it transcends its form, its subject, and its star power; and creates a truly affecting, profound experience that lasts well beyond the final frame.

2. Blackfish dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite

A shocking, upsetting documentary that examines our wilfill abuse of both majestic animal and fellow human for the sake of profit and entertainment.

3. Gravity dir. Alfonso Cuaron

There may be flaws, but Gravity is the technical masterpiece of our generation. One of the most unique, thrilling experiences I’ve had in a cinema.

4. The Way Way Back dir. Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Charming, whimsical, hilarious, and moving, The Way Way Back is pitch perfect in every area, and more proof that God is a lot like Sam Rockwell.

5. The Heat dir. Paul Feig

Holy shit this film is hilarious. Comedy of the year, hands down. It’s a crime it didn’t make more top 10 lists. I hope they make a dozen sequels. 

6. Prisoners dir. Denis Villeneuve

The best crime film since Zodiac. Powerful, dark and gripping, with stand-out performances from Jackman, Dano and Gyllenhaal.

7. Blue Jasmine dir. Woody Allen

If Place Beyond The Pines is a novel, Blue Jasmine is a cinematic novella. Blanchett is a lock for the Oscar, and Bobby Canavale is fucking hilarious.

8. Mud dir. Jeff Nichols

Almost a counter-point to The Way Way Back, opting for quiet drama instead of playing for laughs. Moving and understated.

9. The Counselor dir. Ridley Scott

Oh you hated this film? Cormac McCarthy does not give a fuck. Creeping, insidious, and unsettling, this is pure McCarthy. Crime doesn’t pay, kids.

10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug dir. Peter Jackson

Nothing short of epic, a hundred-fold improvement over the first instalment, and I loved the first one. Smaug needs an Oscar.