by MATTHEW LIBBY
At first glance, the summer of 2013, cinema-wise, could be defined by its flops. The Lone Ranger, White House Down, R.I.P.D.: all colossal and historic bombs with audiences and critics. Though these films might be the only ones written about in tabloids and industry analysts’ reports, they don’t paint a full picture of the summer as a whole. While, like every summer, there are blockbusters that stood out from the pack in terms of quality (some that didn’t make my list here, like Pacific Rim, World War Z, and Star Trek Into Darkness), the independent films will always be the glitter in the rough. In this year’s case, the balance of the two (there were just as many great indie films as great blockbusters, just as many bad indie films as bad blockbusters) is what made this summer one of the more intriguing in a while.