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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2013

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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

 

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