TOP FILMS OF 2013: A year in cinema to write about

This list is accurate as of post-date. So many films and not enough time to see them all-222 features seen this year-the potential for future change is inevitable, but as of today here are the best … 2013 has been a banner year for cinema with a slew of quality pictures that makes you wonder how only nine got enough first place votes to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Most of my favorites could have filled that elusive tenth spot for some added acclaim—whether having a chance to win or not. I hadn’t even seen a good chunk of these until the calendar flipped to 2014, the sheer amount of winners was too vast. And after only awarding three films a 10/10 rating last year, I’m glad to bestow the honor to six and counting so far. I have a feeling one or two more may join them before long. Films not seen yet that have potential of creeping into the top 10: 20 Feet From Stardom; The East; I’m So Excited!; The Lords of Salem; Quartet; Dead Man Down; Europa Report; John Dies at the End; Simon Killer; After Tiller; Kaze Tachinu [The Wind Rises]; Museum Hours; Oldboy; Omar; La Vénus à la fourrure [Venus in Fur] Honorable Mention: 15. Before Midnight, review: It’s…