Best of 2013

Films/TV released last year

I think it’s clear that television is sometimes as visually rich as cinema though, of course, it cannot compete with picture quality and size (I see most films on television anyway). The growth of cable television in America (AMC, HBO, Showtime), that doesn’t need to pander to advertisers, has enabled long form narrative to thrive and there is no longer, from actors’ perspectives, the idea that TV is inferior and symptom of a declining career. In combining the media I’ve decided to double the length of this list.

  1. Borgen – series 3
  2. Borgen – series 2
  3. Gravity
  4. Before Midnight
  5. Broadchurch (tv)
  6. The Hour – series 2
  7. Philomena
  8. McCullin
  9. Lore
  10. Spiral (Engrenages) – series 4
  11. The Returned (Les Revenants) (tv)
  12. The Fall (tv)
  13. The Impossible
  14. Silver Linings Playbook
  15. Stories We Tell
  16. Compliance
  17. A Hijacking
  18. Stoker
  19. The Challenger (tv)
  20. Blackout (tv)

Films seen last year

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Bringing Up Baby
  3. The Hunt
  4. Gravity
  5. Before Midnight
  6. We Need to Talk About Kevin
  7. Battle for Haditha
  8. Even the Rain
  9. The Reckless Moment
  10. I Saw the Devil

Books of the Year

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, Mark Fisher
A Kind of Loving, Stan Barstow
The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Conductor, Sarah Quigley
Nod, Adrian Barnes
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Granta 120 – Medicine
Sleepless in Hollywood, Lynda Obst
Clampdown: Pop-cultural wars on class and gender, Rhian Jones
The Status Civilization, Robert Sheckley

Albums of the Year

  1. Josephine, Portrait
  2. Dan Deacon, America
  3. Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight
  4. Monoswezi, The Village
  5. Warsaw Village Band, Nord
  6. Goat, World Music
  7. Vine: Symphonies (BiS)
  8. Oddarrang, In Cinema
  9. Empirical, Tabula Rasa
  10. KT Tunstall, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon

Live Events

  1. Light Show, Hayward Gallery
  2. Rokia Traore, Howard Assembly Rooms – Leeds
  3. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Alan Janes – Victoria Theatre, Halifax
  4. The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall – Alhambra, Bradford
  5. Cabaret – Alhambra, Bradford
  6. Chagall, Modern Master – Tate, Liverpool
  7. Visions of the Universe – National Maritime Museum
  8. Mark Thomas, People’s Manifesto – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
  9. Glam! The Performance of Style – Tate Liverpool
  10. Stornoway, Trades Club – Hebden Bridge


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