My top 10 movies of 2013

These were my 10 favorite movies of 2013:

1. "The Way Way Back" -- The title could refer to filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash looking back at their childhoods in the 1980s or to the rear-facing station wagon seat where Liam James is relegated on family trips. James breaks out among a talented cast just with a moody look, but if put-upon teens aren't your cup of tea, check out the always-great Sam Rockwell as the kid's makeshift father figure during his summer job at a water park.


My top 10 TV shows of 2013

These were my 10 favorite shows of 2013:

1. "Bunheads" (Season 1, ABC Family) -- I know "Bunheads" was the best show on TV in 2013 because it appealed to both the heart and the mind. And also because -- with its dance numbers that attempted to illustrate the mood of the story -- it was a daring work of art unlike anything else. Even Amy-Sherman Palladino's trademark show, "Gilmore Girls" -- to which "Bunheads' " quirky small town and obscure references owe a debt -- wasn't this ambitious. I also know "Bunheads" was the best show of the year because it hurts like hell that we aren't getting new episodes or even a DVD release.