THIRTY-NINE (OR MORE) FAVORITE FILMS (AND NOT) OF 2014

THIRTY-NINE OR MORE FAVORITE FILMS (AND NOT) OF 2014

LATE 2013 RELEASES THAT I ONLY SAW THIS YEAR BUT ARE REALLY QUITE SOMETHING:
THE PAST
THE GREAT BEAUTY

BEST BACKDROP BUT MOST UNIMAGINATIVE SELF-NEGATING RESOLUTION:
MALEFICENT/GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY/THE DROP

BEST PREMISE BUT MOST UNIMAGINATIVE SELF-NEGATING RESOLUTION:
LUCY

FILM ATTEMPTING TO BE AN ACTION FILM WITH A BRAIN WHICH WRECKS ITSELF WITH 40 MINUTES TOO MUCH OF UNFOLLOWABLE SCENES OF INSANE DESTRUCTION:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

FILM THAT BROKE MY HEART BY BEING SO BORING I LEFT HALFWAY THROUGH DESPITE BEING DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD:
JERSEY BOYS (Though it’s not as bad as LEFT BEHIND)

FILM I’M NERVOUS ABOUT BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A REIFICATION OF THE MYTH OF REDEMPTIVE VIOLENCE DESPITE BEING DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD:
AMERICAN SNIPER

FILMS I HAVEN’T SEEN YET BECAUSE THE HOBBIT/THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE COLONIZED TWO THIRDS OF THE LOCAL SCREENS SO IT SOMETIMES TAKES FOREVER FOR DECENT STUFF TO GET TO WHERE I LIVE OR THE DECENT STUFF HAS TO LEAVE EARLY TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE HOBBITS:
INHERENT VICE
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
SELMA
THE IMITATION GAME
WILD
TOP FIVE
MR TURNER
ROSEWATER

BIGGEST GENUINE WASTE OF TIME AND TALENT:
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

SADDEST LESS THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS COULDA BEEN A CONTENDER BUT SOMETHING INEFFABLE WENT WRONG:
MONUMENTS MEN/TRANSCENDENCE/THE JUDGE/THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING/EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

SURPRISINGLY OK:
ROBOCOP

FUN AND SWEET BUT NOT SURE WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT:
CHEF

SURPRISINGLY PRETTY GREAT:
GODZILLA

MOST EXCITING RE-RELEASE:
SORCERER (seen at the magnificent and marvelously slightly ruined Cinefamily, with sound that was almost threatening)

FILM THAT I LOVED WHEN I SAW IT ON A SCREENER BUT REALLY NEED TO WATCH IN A CINEMA TO BE SURE:
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

TOP FORTY
40: THE OVERNIGHTERS
39: THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
38: NIGHT MOVES
37: UNDER THE SKIN (and yes I did enjoy Muppets Most Wanted more)
36: MUPPETS MOST WANTED
35: ENEMY
34: JODOROWSKY’S DUNE
33: THE WIND RISES
32: OMAR
31: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
30:ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
29: BAD WORDS
28: THE DOG
27: MOOD INDIGO
26: BIG HERO SIX
25: LAND HO!
24: GONE GIRL
23: SNOWPIERCER
22: A MOST WANTED MAN
21: NOAH

TOP 20 COMING SOON – but if you want to see great movies and talk about them in person, why not come to Movies and Meaning next May! www.moviesandmeaning.com for info and tickets…

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