Top 10 of 2013 – The Editor’s Take on a Historic Year for Cinema

Highlighting the very ten films that made an impression…

BestPicture_2013What a fantastic year.  Just so much to be grateful for with family, friends, good health, and so on but one thing is just an amazing year at the movies.   Creating a top ten list has never felt so daunting.  At least 25 films made a play for my list, looking solid at one point, but moving over at the next to make way for something else.  I love the movies and one thing I am unashamed to admit is that my feelings on my movies change, as yours do I’m sure.  What may be your #1 today may not be your #1 ten years from now.  I don’t know if that will be the case but I’m excited to share them with you.  Down below you will find them, along with excerpts from (most of) my reviews.

Here’s to a great year.  Include your top ten films in the comment section.

nebraska_2#10 – NEBRASKA (Paramount Pictures)
Directed by: Alexander Payne

Bruce Dern is perfectly used and exquisitely raw presenting the actor’s best outing of his career.  As the co-anchor of the story, Dern is finally given a chance to show what Hollywood has missed out on for over fifty years.  Touchingly reserved through most of the narrative, Dern allows Woody to open up to the audience for the briefest of moments that works beautifully.  It’s an Oscar-worthy performance.

Taken from my review of it from the New York Film Festival.

Disney-Animated-Movie-Frozen#9 – FROZEN (Walt Disney Pictures)
Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Disney has truly outdone themselves this time.  Going back to their roots,  Disney has reinvented their signature storytelling abilities that made them great and the final result is one of the year’s most heartwarming motion pictures.  Frozen is an absolute dream and the year’s best animated film.  There are so many things to applaud in this inspired film from Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen.”  Accompanied with dazzling music by Christophe Beck and songs to simply gush over, this is destined to become a movie classic.

Taken from my review from early November. 

What do you think?

72 points
Film Lover

Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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