Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Eric's List

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-12-30 12:16:55discussion comments
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Iron Man 3
8. Iron Man 3
As Iíve written about before, I have what I believe is a unique holiday tradition. Every year I sit down on Christmas day for a marathon of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. All four titles are linked simply by being action movies set during the Christmas season, but the more important connection is the guy who wrote the screenplays: Shane Black. The filmmakerís neo-noir stylings, quick witty dialogue and fun characters have made me a fan of his work for a long time, and this year I got a Christmas present in May when I watched Blackís talent come together with another one of my film passions: comic book movies.

Once again demonstrating a keen skill for matching up filmmakers and projects, Marvel Studios knocked it out of the park hiring Shane Black to both direct and co-write Iron Man 3, and the result was the best blockbuster of the summer season. The film features better action than weíve seen from any of the other Marvel solo films so far, and Black and Downey Jr. once again prove to be a perfect director/actor pair, the star speaking the filmmakerís language fluently. Itís a more than welcomed addition to the Shane Black Christmas tradition. (Read my full review here.)
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