2014 in Review

January 4, 2015


Number of films seen, excluding shorts: 272
Number of films seen for the first time, excluding shorts: 225

Pre-1920s: 0
1920s: 2 (2 first time viewings)
1930s: 10 (9)
1940s: 9 (8)
1950s: 11 (7)
1960s: 14 (8)
1970s: 17 (8)
1980s: 14 (8)
1990s: 17 (13)
2000s: 12 (6)
2010s: 166 (153)

75 best first time viewings of 2014, in alphabetical order

Much of a tentative selection of my favourite 2014 films can be found within. Podcast episodes and relevant writing of mine, where available, are linked.

Age-of-ConsentThe Age of Consent (Gregory La Cava, 1932, USA)

Andrei-RublevAndrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966, Soviet Union)

Autumn-Afternoon-1An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujirô Ozu, 1962, Japan)

The-Babadook-1The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014, Australia)

Bag-of-RiceBag of Rice (Mohammad-Ali Talebi, 1998, Iran/Japan)

Bastards-1Bastards (Claire Denis, 2013, France/Germany)

Birth-1Birth (Jonathan Glazer, 2004, USA/UK/Germany)

Le-Bonheur-2Le Bonheur (Agnès Varda, 1965, France)

The-BootThe Boot (Mohammad-Ali Talebi, 1993, Iran)

CRI_127101Born in Flames (Lizzie Borden, 1983, USA)

Boyhood-2Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014, USA)
Sound On Sight ‘Best of 2014’ capsule

Cape-FearCape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962, USA)

Cross-of-Iron-2Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah, 1977, UK/West Germany)

Cul-de-sac-1Cul-de-sac (Roman Polanski, 1966, UK)

Dead-ManDead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995, USA/Germany/Japan)

dead-pigeon-on-beethoven-streetDead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (Samuel Fuller, 1974, West Germany)

Destry-Rides-Again-3Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939, USA)

Doom-GenerationThe Doom Generation (Gregg Araki, 1995, USA/France)

Edge-of-Tomorrow-5Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014, USA/Australia)

Equinox-Flower-2Equinox Flower (Yasujirô Ozu, 1958, Japan)

FearlessFearless (Peter Weir, 1993, USA)

Fort-Apache-2Fort Apache (John Ford, 1948, USA)

Giovanni's-Island-1Giovanni’s Island (Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014, Japan)

GodzillaGodzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014, USA/Japan)
The Skinny ‘Best of 2014’ capsule

Gone-Girl-1Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014, USA)

Goodbye-to-LanguageGoodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014, France/Switzerland)

Grand-Budapest-HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014, USA/Germany/UK)
Wes Cravin’

The-Heartbreak-KidThe Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972, USA)

HerHer (Spike Jonze, 2013, USA)

Unicorns-4I Believe in Unicorns (Leah Meyerhoff, 2014, USA)

I Know Where I'm Going!‘I Know Where I’m Going!’ (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1945, UK)

Immigrant-TheThe Immigrant (James Gray, 2013, USA)

Inside-Llewyn-Davis-1Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen/Ethan Coen, 2013, USA/France)

Lift-to-the-ScaffoldLift to the Scaffold (Louis Malle, 1958, France)

Love-AffairLove Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (Dusan Makavejev, 1967, Yugoslavia)

Manakamana-4Manakamana (Stephanie Spray/Pacho Velez, 2013, Nepal/USA)

Man's-CastleMan’s Castle (Frank Borzage, 1933, USA)

Miami-Vice-1Miami Vice (Michael Mann, 2006, USA/Germany/Paraguay/Uruguay)

The-Miracle-of-Morgan's-CreThe Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (Preston Sturges, 1944, USA)

Mistaken-for-StrangersMistaken for Strangers (Tom Berninger, 2013, USA)

Mr-Turner-2Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014, UK)

The-Muppet-MovieThe Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979, USA/UK)

Nightcrawler-2Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014, USA)

Mauvais-sang-3The Night Is Young (Leos Carax, 1986, France/Switzerland)

Only Lovers Left AliveOnly Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013, UK/Germany/France/Greece/Cyprus)

Paddington-2Paddington (Paul King, 2014, UK/France)

Pickpocket-1Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959, France)

Playtime-1967Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967, France/Italy)

Record-of-a-TenementRecord of a Tenement Gentleman (Yasujirô Ozu, 1947, Japan)

Remember-the-NightRemember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1940, USA)

SatantangoSátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994, Hungary/Germany/Switzerland)

Scandal-SheetScandal Sheet (Phil Karlson, 1952, USA)

SnowpiercerSnowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho, 2013, South Korea/USA/France/Czech Republic)

SorcererSorcerer (William Friedkin, 1977, USA)

StagecoachStagecoach (John Ford, 1939, USA)

Starred-Up-1Starred Up (David Mackenzie, 2013, UK)

Stations of the Cross 1Stations of the Cross (Dietrich Brüggemann, 2014, Germany)

Stranger-Than-ParadiseStranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984, USA/West Germany)

Stray-Dogs-2Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013, Taiwan/France)

These-Birds-WalkThese Birds Walk (Omar Mullick/Bassam Tariq, 2013, Pakistan/USA)

35-Shots-of-Rhum35 Shots of Rhum (Claire Denis, 2008, France/Germany)

A-Time-to-Love-and-a-Time-tA Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk, 1958, USA)

Tokyo-Tribe-1Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono, 2014, Japan)
LFF capsule

Tom-at-the-FarmTom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, 2013, Canada/France)

Touch-of-SinA Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013, China/Japan/France)

Touki-Bouki-1Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973, Senegal)

22-Jump-Street22 Jump Street (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, 2014, USA)

Two-Days-One-NightTwo Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne, 2014, Belgium/France/Italy)

Under the SkinUnder the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013, UK)

We-Are-the-BestWe Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson, 2013, Sweden)

What's-Up-DocWhat’s Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972, USA)

WhiplashWhiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014, USA)

Willow-and-WindWillow and Wind (Mohammad-Ali Talebi, 2000, Iran/Japan)

The-Wind-RisesThe Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013, Japan)

WingsWings (William A. Wellman, 1927, USA)

The-Wolf-of-Wall-StreetThe Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013, USA)
The Skinny ‘Best of 2014’ capsule


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