According to Jesse Walker, THE BIRDS was the best movie of 1963.
Most Americans still have a couple of days of "Christmas vacation" left, and if you need some ideas for a movie watch, Jesse Walker has you covered. He's been following his usual end-of-the year tradition of listing the best movies of 10 years ago, 20 years ago etc. at his website.
Also, he has a new article up. "Earlier this year I visited Zora Neale Hurston's hometown of Eatonville,Florida, and used that as a launching pad for a long story on the forgotten history of the self-governing black towns that emerged after Reconstruction."