Brent McKnight’s Best Films of 2013

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Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color (2013) Movie Image

9. “Upstream Color”

It took nine years for fans of Shane Carruth’s indie time-travel mind-fuck “Primer” to get a follow up, but it was worth every single day. Oblique, metaphorical, and methodically paced, “Upstream Color” is the story of two broken, wounded people who find each other in strange, dire circumstances. To be honest, I’m still not sure what the hell is going on in this movie, but I love it. Beautiful and discordant, the mystery is most of the pleasure, and “Upstream Color” may be best consumed as a puzzle viewed in pieces, where the edges don’t necessarily match up, yet still form a stunning whole.

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