ScreenAnarchy's Best of 2013 - Best Screenplay

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team ScreenAnarchy to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to those films that have made a particularly strong impact over the past twelve months.

Kicking off proceedings are our picks for Best Screenplay - those films that exemplified the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematic wordsmithery - and a few bon mots from our voting body as and when they felt compelled to qualify their selections.

Patryk Czekaj, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Ben Croll, Pierce Conran, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Joshua Chaplinsky, Peter Martin, Brian Clark, Todd Brown, Kurt Halfyard, Brian Clark, Dustin Chang, Jason Gorber, Ryland Aldrich, Niels Matthijs, Jim Tudor, Ernesto Zelaya MiƱano and Kwenton Bellette contributed to this story.

Before Midnight - screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Patryk Czekaj - Contributing writer
Highly anticipated ending to my favorite romantic trilogy far exceeded my expectations. It's both a beautiful and devastating story that shows how three-dimensional love can really be.

Eric Ortiz Garcia - Contributing writer
A beautiful film with tremendous dialog, Before Midnight says pretty much everything about life and love with just a few sequences.

Ben Croll - Contributing writer

Pierce Conran - Contributing writer
Despite some very long takes, every line feels like the result of past experience. Hawke and Delpy's words, from describing the minutiae of their surroundings to their personal anecdotes are essential to the tapestry of the film. I could have listened to their conversations for much, much longer.

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  • TheGhostOfGriffinMill

    A studio exec once said to me: "Every movie is somebody's favorite." I applaud you feeling this way on THE COUNSELOR, as there are plenty of films where I'm the outlier in my appreciation for them. That said, most of them -- much like THE COUNSELOR -- probably ARE the pieces of junk everyone else thinks they are.

    Good on ya, though.

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