Top 10 Movies Of 2013: Eric's List

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-12-30 12:16:55discussion comments
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2013 has been a great year for movies, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As Cinema Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in film, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 10 lists of the best movies of 2013. You've read both Sean and Kristy's lists, but now it's Eric's turn to rank the best blockbusters, indies and prestige films that came to us this past year.

The Spectacular Now
10. The Spectacular Now
There are some - both those who write about movies and read about them - that believe that film festival reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, the big titles that premiere at places like Sundance or Toronto are usually at the center of a good deal of fanfare, and itís not hard to get sucked up in all of the excitement of the event and let it have an effect. The true test of a festival film is the second viewing, where the volume is turned down on the presentation element and a high degree of expectation is introduced. I knew I loved James Ponsoldtís The Spectacular Now when I first saw it at SXSW in March, but I found out just how much when I saw it again in August.

Enough canít be said about the performances of leads Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, who truly get the chance to shine after fantastic turns in movies like Rabbit Hole and The Descendants. And following up on last yearís Smashed, Ponsoldt once again proves a deft ability with tone and emotional storytelling. In a few years I hope that The Spectacular Now is looked back upon not just as an amazing film, but also for launching three great careers. (Read my full SXSW review here).
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