Herein constitute my favourite films for 2013 (in local and/or national release, that I first glimpsed this year from January 1st onward). I have eschewed the populist / fanboy compulsion to compile a “Top 10” list in a concerted effort to subvert the Structuralist canonising principle / twitchy-fingered listicle inclination, but if I had to explicate my choices I would qualify that the final three films revealed result in an almost-unanimous tie.
¶ Certain films screened and/or screening in Australia this year that I’m yet to watch which could potentially have made the cut are:
“Cutie and the Boxer” (dir. Zachary Heinzerling); “In a World…” (dir. Lake Bell); “Filth” (dir. Jon S. Baird); “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (dir. David Lowery); “The Darkside” (dir. Warwick Thornton); “Short Term 12” (dir. Destin Cretton); “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (dir. Felix Van Groeningen); “Gloria” (dir. Sebastián Lelio); “Vic + Flo Saw A Bear” (dir. Denis Côté); “Starlet” (dir. Sean Baker); “Like Father, Like Son” (dir. Hirokazu Kore-Eda); “Dallas Buyers Club” (dir. Jean-Marc Vallée).
¶ Addition to the following list not yet represented on MUBI: “Ekki Múkk” (dir. Nick Abrahams); “I Don’t Talk Service No More” (dir. Katrina Whalen).Read less