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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2013

See below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list of the best films of 2013, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots.

Slant's Top 25 Films of 2013

From Budd Wilkins’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2013: “Reports of cinema’s demise, as it turns out, have been greatly exaggerated. Granted, celluloid is about as dead as the dodo, and delivery systems are in flux (pretty soon, audiences will be as likely to catch the latest Hollywood tent pole streaming on their wristwatches as in a multiplex), but the century-old urge to dream another life within the four edges of a frame, to transmute image and sound into something more potent than either alone, remained refreshingly untrammeled. Given the precarious position of the medium, beholden to the ever-shifting tectonics of finance, it’s perhaps unsurprising that many films took the constituent building blocks of their own construction as their theme.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots. Happy reading.

26. Upstream Color
27. Nebraska
28. Post Tenebras Lux
29. The Last Time I Saw Macao
30. The Wind Rises
31. The Lords of Salem
32. The Unspeakable Act
33. No
34. Night Across the Street
35. Berberian Sound Studio
36. Blue Is the Warmest Color
37. Faust
38. Sightseers
39. Paradise: Love
40. Beyond the Hills
41. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
42. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
43. The Past
44. Passion
45. The Missing Picture
46. The Great Beauty
47. After Tiller
48. Mud
49. I Used to Be Darker
50. Only God Forgives

Ela Bittencourt
1. Paradise: Love
2. Laurence Anyways
3. Stories We Tell
4. Nebraska
5. Faust
6. Viola
7. The Gatekeepers
8. After Tiller
9. Exit Elena
10. The Unspeakable Act

Honorable Mention: Berberian Sound Studio, Beyond the Hills, Concussion, Ginger & Rosa, Hors Satan, In the Fog, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Leviathan, These Birds Walk, and A Touch of Sin

Chuck Bowen
1. Her
2. A Touch of Sin
3. At Berkeley
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Drug War
6. Like Someone in Love
7. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
8. The World’s End
9. Laurence Anyways
10. Leviathan

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, Bastards, Drinking Buddies, Frances Ha, Graceland, Gravity, The Lords of Salem, Mud, Museum Hours, and Upstream Color

Chris Cabin
1. Like Someone in Love
2. Her
3. A Touch of Sin
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. The Grandmaster
6. Upstream Color
7. Nebraska
8. Computer Chess
9. To the Wonder
10. Night Across the Street

Honorable Mention: At Berkeley, Drug War, Faust, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Lords of Salem, No, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Side Effects, Sun Don’t Shine, and Viola

Jesse Cataldo
1. Leviathan
2. Spring Breakers
3. Computer Chess
4. Museum Hours
5. Upstream Color
6. Frances Ha
7. The Wind Rises
8. To the Wonder
9. Inside Llewyn Davis
10. Her

Honorable Mention: At Berkeley, Bastards, The Bling Ring, Drug War, No, Post Tenebras Lux, Sightseers, The Unspeakable Act, Viola, and The We and the I

Diego Costa
1. The Act of Killing
2. Blue Is the Warmest Color
3. Frances Ha
4. Clip
5. August: Osage County
6. Museum Hours
7. The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
8. At Berkeley
9. No
10. My Brother the Devil

Honorable Mention: Call Me Kuchu, Leviathan, Dirty Wars, Faust, Her, The Last Time I Saw Macao, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Stories We Tell, and These Birds Walk

Fernando F. Croce
1. Viola
2. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. Bastards
5. Like Someone in Love
6. Leviathan
7. Her
8. The Wind Rises
9. A Touch of Sin
10. Drug War

Honorable Mention: The Act of Killing, At Berkeley, Berberian Sound Studio, Computer Chess, The Grandmaster, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Laurence Anyways, Museum Hours, Night Across the Street, and Passion

Jordan Cronk
1. Leviathan
2. Post Tenebras Lux
3. The Last Time I Saw Macao
4. Like Someone in Love
5. A Touch of Sin
6. Bastards
7. Beyond the Hills
8. Drug War
9. Night Across the Street
10. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, Faust, Frances Ha, Hors Satan, The Missing Picture, Passion, Spring Breakers, Student, Three Sisters, and The Wind Rises

Abhimanyu Das
1. Before Midnight
2. The Act of Killing
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. At Berkeley
5. Nebraska
6. The World’s End
7. A Touch of Sin
8. Frances Ha
9. 12 Years a Slave
10. Her

Honorable Mention: Blue Jasmine, Berberian Sound Studio, Byzantium, Gravity, The Lords of Salem, Mud, Museum Hours, The Past, The We and the I, and White Reindeer

Kenji Fujishima
1. Like Someone in Love
2. Before Midnight
3. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet
4. Computer Chess
5. The Grandmaster
6. Night Across the Street
7. Upstream Color
8. Leviathan
9. Museum Hours
10. To the Wonder

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, At Berkeley, The Act of Killing, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Laurence Anyways, No, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, These Birds Walk, and The World’s End

Ed Gonzalez
1. Her
2. Room 237
3. The We and the I
4. Laurence Anyways
5. Drug War
6. Inside Llewyn Davis
7. Bastards
8. Gravity
9. The Missing Picture
10. Before Midnight

Honorable Mention: At Berkeley, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, Maniac, Museum Hours, Sightseers, Three Sisters, The World’s End, and Yossi

Wes Greene
1. Computer Chess
2. Inside Llewyn Davis
3. Bastards
4. Her
5. Museum Hours
6. At Berkeley
7. Berberian Sound Studio
8. Viola
9. Leviathan
10. Spring Breakers

Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, The Counselor, Exit Elena, A Hijacking, The Last Time I Saw Macao, The Lords of Salem, Post Tenebras Lux, Room 237, Stories We Tell, and White Reindeer

Tomas Hachard
1. Before Midnight
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Her
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Spring Breakers
6. Viola
7. No
8. Stories We Tell
9. A Touch of Sin
10. Laurence Anyways

Honorable Mention: The Act of Killing, At Berkeley, Bastards, Fruitvale Station, Leviathan, The Missing Picture, Mud, The Selfish Giant, Sun Don’t Shine, and The We and the I

Tina Hassannia
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Leviathan
3. Inside Llewyn Davis
4. Her
5. Spring Breakers
6. The Unspeakable Act
7. At Berkeley
8. Museum Hours
9. A Touch of Sin
10. Bastards

Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, Computer Chess, The Counselor, Drug War, Frances Ha, Like Someone in Love, Short Term 12, Viola, The Wind Rises, and The World’s End

Glenn Heath Jr.
1. Like Someone in Love
2. Museum Hours
3. Drug War
4. Leviathan
5. Before Midnight
6. To the Wonder
7. At Berkeley
8. The Wind Rises
9. Bastards
10. The Lone Ranger

Honorable Mention: Blue Is the Warmest Color, Blue Jasmine, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Spring Breakers, Stories We Tell, This Is Martin Bonner, A Touch of Sin, The Unspeakable Act, and Viola

Eric Henderson
1. Her
2. Spring Breakers
3. Leviathan
4. Gravity
5. Museum Hours
6. Room 237
7. Computer Chess
8. Post Tenebras Lux
9. Bastards
10. A Touch of Sin

Honorable Mention: The Act of Killing, Before Midnight, Faust, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Last Time I Saw Macao, The Lords of Salem, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Passion, and Upstream Color

Kalvin Henely
1. Bastards
2. Computer Chess
3. Her
4. Room 237
5. Laurence Anyways
6. Drug War
7. A Touch of Sin
8. The World’s End
9. The Act of Killing
10. The We and the I

Honorable Mention: At Berkeley, Before Midnight, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Concussion, Frances Ha, Leviathan, Mud, Paradise: Love, Reality, and To the Wonder

Rob Humanick
1. Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Her
3. Museum Hours
4. Gravity
5. Leviathan
6. The World’s End
7. The Lords of Salem
8. Frances Ha
9. The Wind Rises
10. To the Wonder

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, Before Midnight, Computer Chess, Drug War, The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear, Man of Steel, Pain & Gain, Pavilion, Post Tenebras Lux, and Vanishing Waves

Drew Hunt
1. Leviathan
2. Computer Chess
3. The Unspeakable Act
4. The Lords of Salem
5. Viola
6. The Bling Ring
7. I Used to Be Darker
8. Pavilion
9. Nebraska
10. Laurence Anyways

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, Beyond the Hills, Drug War, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Post Tenebras Lux, Side Effects, Spring Breakers, and The World’s End

Steve Macfarlane
1. Drug War
2. The Law in These Parts
3. Like Someone in Love
4. The Square
5. The Grandmaster
6. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
7. Bastards
8. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
9. The Act of Killing
10. The Great Gatsby

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, Beyond the Hills, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Call Me Kuchu, From Up on Poppy Hill, Gravity, Her, I Used to Be Darker, Leviathan, and These Birds Walk

Calum Marsh
1. Her
2. Leviathan
3. Museum Hours
4. The World’s End
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. 12 Years a Slave
7. Spring Breakers
8. Drug War
9. At Berkeley
10. Like Someone in Love

Honorable Mention: Bastards, Computer Chess, The Counselor, The Grandmaster, The Last Time I Saw Macao, Laurence Anyways, Side Effects, A Touch of Sin, Viola, and White Reindeer

Nick McCarthy
1. Computer Chess
2. Museum Hours
3. Stories We Tell
4. No
5. The Act of Killing
6. Leviathan
7. Inside Llewyn Davis
8. Bastards
9. Before Midnight
10. After Tiller

Honorable Mention: Her, Like Someone in Love, Paradise: Love, This Is Martin Bonner, To the Wonder, A Touch of Sin, The Unspeakable Act, Viola, The We and the I, and White Reindeer

R. Kurt Osenlund
1. Laurence Anyways
2. Her
3. The Great Beauty
4. Spring Breakers
5. Museum Hours
6. Stories We Tell
7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
8. Sightseers
9. American Hustle
10. You’re Next

Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, Concussion, Gravity, I’m So Excited, Mother of George, Only God Forgives, Passion, Prince Avalanche, A Touch of Sin, and The We and the I

Nick Schager
1. The Act of Killing
2. Before Midnight
3. The Past
4. The Invisible Woman
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. The World’s End
7. Post Tenebras Lux
8. Room 237
9. At Berkeley
10. The Lords of Salem

Honorable Mention: 12 Years a Slave, Beyond the Hills, The Great Beauty, Her, A Hijacking, Leviathan, No, Mud, Resolution, and Tim’s Vermeer

Andrew Schenker

1. Like Someone in Love
2. At Berkeley
3. Laurence Anyways
4. A Touch of Sin
5. Before Midnight
6. The Act of Killing
7. The Grandmaster
8. Museum Hours
9. The We and the I
10. The Last Time I Saw Macao

Honorable Mention: Computer Chess, Dirty Wars, Enough Said, Frances Ha, Fruitvale Station, Ginger & Rosa, I Used to Be Darker, The Last Stand, Leviathan, and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Budd Wilkins
1. Inside Llewyn Davis
2. Her
3. Bastards
4. Computer Chess
5. Only God Forgives
6. The World’s End
7. Spring Breakers
8. Frances Ha
9. Upstream Color
10. Sightseers

Honorable Mention: Before Midnight, Berberian Sound Studio, Drug War, Like Someone in Love, The Lords of Salem, Room 237, Passion, Reality, To the Wonder, and Vanishing Waves

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