- her, A Spike Jonze Love Story || Annapurna Pictures
- American Hustle || Annapurna Pictures
- Much Ado About Nothing || Bellwether Pictures
- Before Midnight || Castle Rock Entertainment
- Rush || Imagine Entertainment (among others)
These aren’t necessarily the Films I Loved The Most from 2013, but rather the films that were actually the best: acting, directing, script, cinematography, production design, sound design, etc. While I enjoyed other films more than the last two on the list (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World), I can set aside my adoration and recognize the better films I’ve seen this year. Overall, her was still the most well-rounded, captivating, and even inspiring film of the year. If you don’t watch it, I’ll break your fingers or something.
- Yeezus, Kanye West
- Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
- The Bones of What You Believe, CHVRCHES
- Hearththrob, Tegan and Sara
- Pure Heroine, Lorde
Jams, jams, jams. This list is based a bit on ubiquitous air play, cohesiveness, and whatever that other undefinable thing is that makes a good album. Yeezus is polarizing. It’s a declaration. It’s everything that Kanye wants it to be and that’s really what matters. From the haunting and surprising Blood on the Leaves to the melancholy drone of Hold My Liquor there’s nothing expected about this album. Daft Punk provided an aural and oral history that sold insanely well because it was crafted from the click of gods. Between the the breezy Doin’ It Right to Giorgio by Moroder, Random Access Memories manages to straddle the line of nostalgia and innovation. Finally, pop has returned with CHVRCHES. Synths, forward motion, and the ability to pack a room is all this band needs, and it shows on The Bones of What You Believe.
- Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarksy (Image)
- Hawkeye, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth (Marvel)
- Lazarus, Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (Image)
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Bendis, Epting, Pichelli (Marvel)
- Satellite Sam, Fraction & Chaykin (Image)
Don’t even look at me.