2013 was Indiewire’s biggest year yet, so we thought we’d share with our readers the top ten stories that contributed to our banner performance. The results might surprise you. Click on story titles to access the full articles.
1. Review: ‘Blackfish’ Ensures You’ll Never Go to SeaWorld Again
Nobody from SeaWorld agreed to an interview for “Blackfish,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s searing take on the theme park’s mistreatment of killer whales and the dozens of deaths that have resulted from it. Instead, the majority of its subjects are ex-SeaWorld trainers frustrated by the negligence they witnessed up close and willing to speak out. Nevertheless, based on the evidence on display in “Blackfish,” Cowperthwaite’s case against SeaWorld would change little with an opposing point of view. The movie makes a strong case against the captivity of killer whales under sub-circus conditions, but the stance is made even more horrifying because so little has changed in the history…