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The lists donít lie: Park Chan-wookís Stoker was the best movie of 2013. Or, at the very least, it is the only movie that made it onto all four Year-End Top 10 lists mapped out by our movie contributors. But what would YOU say is the best film of 2013? Weigh in.
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.
Last year was a pretty fantastic one for movie music. Directors like David O. Russell, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Ben Affleck made not only fantastic films, but also beautifully crafted soundtracks that blended perfectly with the story and visuals on screen. As a result, 2013 had a lot to live up to, but looking back on the last twelve months reveals that this yearís crop of filmmakers were more than up for the task.
After premiering at Sundance-- where a special prize was created for Woodley and Teller-- and traveling to SXSW, The Spectacular Now is winning over audiences across the country, and arrives at a time of great change for its stars as well as its director, James Ponsoldt. Ponsoldt was at Sundance just last year with Smashed, and six years before that with Off the Black, but his career has accelerated significantly since January of this year
Following in the footsteps of The World's End cast, and Before Midnight's Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, among others, the latest actors to take an amusing stand against texting and cell phone chatting during movies are The Spectacular Now's Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.
Late last month I had the awesome opportunity to speak with the filmís two main stars, and with the movie expanding into more markets this past weekend the time is right to share. Watch our interview below in which Teller and Woodley discuss the honesty in the screenplay that attracted them to the script, what it was like working with director James Ponsoldt, and whether Sutter should be seen as a positive or a negative influence on Aimeeís life. Check it out!
This week we're tapping back into all those heavy high school emotions to review The Spectacular Now, the new teenage romance directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. To help us out, we bring in Slashfilm's own Angie Han. Was she as charmed by the movie as Katey and Patches were back at Sundance? Find out!
Miles Teller stars as party animal and general screw-up Sutter Keely; Shailene Woodley, who recently won widespread praise for her heartbreaking performance in The Descendants, co-stars as Aimee Finicky, a good girl who meets this bad boy when she finds him passed out on her lawn after a hard night of high school shenanigans.
Adaptations of big, famous Broadway musicals seem to be very big in Hollywood right now. The end of last year saw the release of Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, and we just learned that a Guys and Dolls remake is in the works, potentially starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum.
The Spectacular Now is a powerful film and a big reason itís able to maintain its emotional punch is by never being preachy or over-dramatic. In the hands of lesser filmmakers the story would focus on how the wayward youths find their way back to the straight and narrow...
Though newly formed financing and distribution company A24 hasnít released anything just yet, it already has four festival-traveled films in the pipeline for 2013. Both Harmony Korineís raunchy crime adventure Spring Breakers and Sally Potterís Cuban Missile Crisis-tinged drama Ginger and Rosa have had their March release dates for a little while now, though their more recent acquirements were sitting in limbo until now
The last film to win both the Audience Award and U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival was Precious in 2009, almost exactly a year before it went on to become a Best Picture Oscar nominee. Now history may be ready to repeat itself, with the intense drama Fruitvale
One of the earliest and most universally well-loved hits at this year's Sundance FIlm Festival was The Spectacular Now, which honestly, we all should have been coming. It's directed by James Ponsoldt, who made last year's very well-liked Smashed, and stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller
There's a myth about Sundance glamour, mostly based on red carpet photos of celebrities in fur hats, or maybe press releases about how much fun everyone had sipping complimentary cocktails at a party. And yes, there's plenty of that happening around here right now, but I'm seeing almost none of it
The most common of all Sundance Film Festival tropes, or at least the most exhausted, is the quirky romance between two attractive, young, mildly famous white people. It's easy to read that kind of plot description in the guide and roll your eyes, but then once in a while comes a movie like The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now focuses on Sutter Keely, a senior who lives in the moment and is the life of every party. After one massive blowout, he wakes up on a strange lawn and meets Aimee Finicky, a misfit who is clueless in the ways of popularity and is planning for her future. Intrigued by her outsider appeal, Sutter begins to date her as a sort of social experiment, but soon discovers he can have a real impact on her life, and possibly for the worse.
Larson will play Cassidy, described as one of the leads in the film. She held her own alongside some very funny actors in Jump Street, so Spectacular could go for humor and heart with this cast in place and likely hit itís targets
It sounds like some kind of She's All That knockoff, but reviews of the book seem to suggest it's much smarter and more believable than that, and Teller's previous performances suggest he could bring a lot of depth to even the stereotypical popular-high-school-dude role
You should prepare to hear a lot more about Shailene Woodley in the next few years. While she has been the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager for years now, last year she was given the chance to show her skills in more adult-oriented fare, starring as George Clooney's daughter in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, and she truly knocked it out of the park (and was totally robbed of an Academy Award nomination).