For those of you keeping meticulous notes in the year-to-year operations of this publication, you are correct, this year we are beginning our most beloved feature early. In past years we have kicked off our Year in Review the day after Christmas and bombarded our readers with list upon joyous list for the week leading up to January, when we’d end with our list of the most anticipated movies of the upcoming year. Our 2010 Year in Review, 2011 Year in Review and 2012 Year in Review each saw some of the most discussion-driving pieces we’ve ever written on this site. It’s my personal favorite time of year and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store for 2013.
This year we’re giving the celebration a little bit of room to breathe, as it’s grown to be something that is too big to be contained in one week at the very end of the year. So in 2013, we begin in the middle of December (today, in fact) and will run all the way up to the start of 2014. Over the course of the next 20 days, our staff will give you, our beloved readers, almost 40 features that celebrate the wonderful year of movies that was 2013. Around 99% of these features will feature the word “best” in the title, as we love nothing more than to celebrate the great moments given to us by cinema this year. One article, which per tradition, kicks off our Year in Review later today, will discuss the Worst Films of 2013. Because we feel that exploring the entire spectrum of film — the good, the bad and the otherwise notable — is as important as championing the good stuff.
With that in mind, we’d like to welcome you to the 2013 Year in Review. Enjoy the look back, the best and worst, and the discussions that will surely rage on into next year.