Best Films of 2013


Here’s my ballot for Slant Magazine’s Best Films of 2013 (with a link to the list), for which I wrote up both the general introduction as well as the #2 film, my favorite of the last year:

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

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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