Until this year, I’ve led with the ChristianityToday.com Critics Choice and Most Redeeming top 10 lists, in which I’ve voted each year. For 2013, though, ChristianityToday.com took a different approach, asking regular critics to come up with personal movie picks (and, as it happens, I didn’t review any movies for CT.com this past year, so I didn’t do a list). Unfortunately, the new site layout offers no good way to link to these pieces. Google to the rescue: all 2013 Movie Picks at ChristianityToday.com.
It also looks like not all my friends and peers who have done best film lists in the past have done so for 2013, at least not yet. But with the Oscars coming on Sunday, this is pretty much the deadline for revisiting the films of last year, at least for now. So here we go.
A few notes:
Jeff and I both have This Is Martin Bonner at #1, and Nick Olson has it at #2. Hooray! This is an amazing little film. Don’t miss it. (Now streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant.)
Only one of my top 5 films, Fill the Void, is unique to my list; 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and The Past are all picked by two or more of my friends. (Jeff has Fill the Void at #23 on his extended list; Victor includes it in unranked runners-up.)
Of all my friends, Nick Olson’s picks are closest to mine. There are five matches in our top 10 films, including three matches in our top 4 films (though not in the same order).
Most of my friends love The Wolf of Wall Street. (I…don’t.) And Before Midnight. (More sympathy there.)
Jeff Overstreet has a top 20 list, but as always he gets much more in-depth than that, with multiple longer lists. Here’s his 2013 top 10; dig further at your leisure.