Many of us here still have many 2013 majors to see or catch up on, some of us far more than others. Justin Jagoe’s seen just 57 films so far while I’ve seen… er, 171. I know, I’m an asshole. A very broke asshole. But for however long it takes us to comfortably put out our Best of 2013 lists, many of the professionals are well at work or already finished with their own. David Ehrlich’s slyly made it first out of the gate with Film.com’s 25 Best Films of 2013: A Video Countdown.
You might recall me expressing my incredible thanks for the site’s startlingly insightful work this year as part of our Thanksgiving Q&A, but I truly believe none of that would’ve been possible without Ehrlich operating as senior editor. He’s done a really extraordinary job this year, but I’ve been transfixed on his work before. The Top 25 lists he published in 2012 and 2011 made less fuss over release dates and allowed for many unreleased films to slip in. Maybe it’s the startling quality of this year’s slate of films that made him finally acquiesce to US calendar of releases, something I’m quite ready to believe if Frances Ha only kicks off the list at #25.
Ordering and content aside, it’s an awesome watch, filled with unconventional pairings of movies to music. Dying to see The Great Beauty matched up to Skrillex? How about seeing A Touch of Sin played to the beat of Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”? My personal favorite may well be “Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)” from Inside Llewyn Davis cuing in 12 Years a Slave, though it’s just as perfect a match against The Wind Rises and Before Midnight. And in case you’re fussing over your lists not matching up perfectly with your previously stated opinions, know David was originally disappointed with The Great Gatsby, now his #16 film of the year. Check out the list below, or see it here if the link fails us.