“Afterlife” – Arcade Fire (live directed by Spike Jonze, starring Greta Gerwig)

Double-feature with: Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

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2013 saw no shortage of great work being done in the realm of the music video, and while the mode itself continues to be a somewhat marginalized art form in general culture, filmmakers are harnessing the opportunities offered by music video projects to craft stunning works of short-form cinema. We shared a number of noteworthy pieces during the course of last year (Cartography’s “Rasputin”, Phoenix’s “Entertainment”, Editors’ “Formaldehyde”, Barn Owl’s “Void Redux”, Biting Elbows’ “Bad Motherfucker”), but it only seems fitting—now that the year has come to a close—to highlight a collection of other particularly exceptional music videos produced since last January.

“Hot Knife” – Fiona Apple (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)

Double-feature with: See next video.

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“Tennis Court” – Lorde (directed by Joel Kefali)

Double-feature with: Kefali’s international cut of his video for Lorde’s “Royals”

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“Numbers On The Boards” – Pusha T (directed by So Me)

Double-feature with: The Lords Of Salem (Rob Zombie)

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“Thor’s Stone” – Forest Swords (directed by Dave Ma)

Double-feature with: Bastards (Claire Denis)

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“Wishes” – Beach House (directed by Eric Wareheim)

Double-feature with: Behind The Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)

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“Pursuit” – Gesaffelstein (directed by Fleur & Manu)

Double-feature with: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)

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“Girl Like Me” – Slava (directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko)

Double-feature with: The Unspeakable Act (Dan Sallitt)

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“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake (directed by David Fincher)

Double-feature with: Fincher’s Downtown ad for Calvin Klein, starring Rooney Mara

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