FILM: Best of 2013

Amy Taubin

Jia Zhang-ke, A Touch of Sin, 2013, digital video, color, sound, 133 minutes. Xiao Yu (Zhao Tao).

1 “JEAN-LUC GODARD: THE SPIRIT OF THE FORMS” (Film Society of Lincoln Center) Hitched to the back end of the New York Film Festival and organized by Kent Jones and Jacob Perlin, this staggering retrospective of the work of the greatest and most innovative postwar maker of moving images lacked only Godard’s recent forays into 3-D. Ever a showman, JLG knows how to keep us coming back for more.

2 A TOUCH OF SIN (Jia Zhang-ke) The most powerful film yet from the most surprising and serious contemporary Chinese filmmaker finds echoes of classic wuxia tales of injustice and revenge in Internet headlines about violence erupting all over China. The historical dimension only adds to the urgency, grief, and anger suffusing the narrative.

3 SPRING BREAKERS (Harmony Korine) A cautionary tale that never moralizes, this Skittles-colored delirium of young women, intoxicated with power and absolute

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