Top 10 of 2014

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This list will be updated each time I see a film which had its world premiere in 2014 that is better than at least one of the films already on the list.

  1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
  3. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
  4. Journey to the West (Tsai Ming-liang)
  5. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)
  6. Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
  7. Approaching the Elephant (Amanda Rose Wilder)
  8. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman)
  9. Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
  10. natural history (James Benning)

 

Polls Top 10 (eligible titles appear/will appear here)

  1. Goodbye to Language (2014, Jean-Luc Godard)
  2. The Strange Little Cat (2013, Ramon Zürcher)
  3. Boyhood (2014, Richard Linklater)
  4. MANAKAMANA (2013, Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez)
  5. Norte, the End of History (2013, Lav Diaz)
  6. Stranger by the Lake (2013, Alain Guiraudie)
  7. Stray Dogs (2013, Tsai Ming-liang)
  8. National Gallery (2014, Frederick Wiseman)
  9. Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013, Lars von Trier)
  10. Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher)

 

My Top 10 Discoveries During 2014 (only first-time viewings of films made before 2000 are eligible)

  1. The Marquise of O (1976, Eric Rohmer)
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, Orson Welles)
  3. Sorcerer (1977, William Friedkin)
  4. Je t’aime je t’aime (1968, Alain Resnais)
  5. The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
  6. King Lear (1987, Jean-Luc Godard)
  7. My Darling Clementine (1946, John Ford)
  8. The Clock (1945, Vincente Minnelli)
  9. Far from Vietnam (1967, Alain Resnais, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, & Chris Marker)
  10. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)

 

Other 2014 films I’ve seen

  • A Midsummer’s Fantasia (Jang Kun-jae) – 7.2
  • Amour fou (Jessica Hausner) – 7.1
  • Not My Type (Lucas Belvaux) – 7.1
  • Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara) – 7.0
  • Gone Girl (David Fincher) – 7.0
  • Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo) – 6.9
  • Lucy (Luc Besson) – 6.8
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson) – 6.8
  • Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) – 6.8
  • Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg) – 6.7
  • Bird People (Pascale Ferran) – 6.7
  • Jauja (Lisandro Alonso) – 6.6
  • Heaven Knows What (Joshua & Benny Safdie) – 6.6
  • Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf) – 6.6
  • Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve) – 6.6
  • The Mend (John Magary) – 6.5
  • Rules of the Game (Claudine Bories & Patrice Chagnard) – 6.5
  • The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid) – 6.5
  • Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) – 6.4
  • Gabriel (Lou Howe) – 6.4
  • Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) – 6.4
  • Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) – 6.4
  • Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman) – 6.4
  • Court (Chaitanya Tamhane) – 6.3
  • Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur) – 6.3
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) – 6.3
  • Hypnosis Display (Paul Clipson) – 6.3
  • Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre) – 6.3
  • Noah (Darren Aronofsky) – 6.3
  • Félix & Meira (Maxime Giroux) – 6.3
  • Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) – 6.2
  • Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas) – 6.2
  • The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher) – 6.2
  • Love is Strange (Ira Sachs) – 6.2
  • Life of Riley (Alain Resnais) – 6.2
  • This Afternoon (Stephen Cone) – 6.2
  • In the Name of My Daughter (André Téchiné) – 6.2
  • Alleluia (Fabrice Du Welz) – 6.1
  • La Sapienza (Eugène Green) – 6.1
  • Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ossama Mohammed) – 6.1
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Nick Broomfield) – 6.1
  • Eat Your Bones (Jean-Charles Hue) – 6.1
  • Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund) – 6.0
  • Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz) – 6.0
  • Actress (Robert Greene) – 6.0
  • What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) – 6.0
  • CITIZENFOUR (Laura Poitras) – 6.0
  • Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako) – 6.0
  • Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) – 6.0
  • Maïdan (Sergei Loznitsa) – 5.9
  • It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) – 5.9
  • Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) – 5.9
  • Ellie Lumme (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky) – 5.9
  • The Lies of the Victors (Christoph Hochhäusler) – 5.9
  • See No Evil (Jos de Putter) – 5.9
  • The Possibilities Are Endless (James Hall & Edward Lovelace) – 5.9
  • Episode of the Sea (Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, & the inhabitants of Urk) – 5.8
  • Ned Rifle (Hal Hartley)
 – 5.8
  • Christmas, Again (Charles Poekel) – 5.8
  • Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry) – 5.8
  • The Iron Ministry (J.P. Sniadecki) – 5.8
  • When Marnie Was There (Hiromasa Yonebayashi) – 5.8
  • The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones) – 5.8
  • Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air (Phillip Warnell) – 5.8
  • Rich Hill (Andrew Droz Palermo & Tracy Droz Tragos) – 5.8
  • August Winds (Gabriel Mascaro) – 5.7
  • The Overnighters (Jesse Moss) – 5.7
  • Manglehorn (David Gordon Green) – 5.7
  • Hit 2 Pass (Kurt Walker) – 5.6
  • I Am the People (Anna Roussillon) – 5.6
  • Something, Anything (Paul Harrill) – 5.6
  • A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor) – 5.6
  • Joy of Man’s Desiring (Denis Côté) – 5.6
  • The Mystery of Life (Stephen Cone) – 5.6
  • The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (Jessica Oreck) – 5.6
  • Happy Valley (Amir Bar-Lev) – 5.6
  • While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) – 5.5
  • Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) – 5.5
  • L for Leisure (Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn) – 5.5
  • Mar (Dominga Sotomayor) – 5.5
  • Sand Dollars (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) – 5.5
  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Johnnie To) – 5.5
  • Angels of Revolution (Aleksei Fedorchenko) – 5.5
  • (Be)Longing (João Pedro Plácido) – 5.5
  • Queen and Country (John Boorman) – 5.5
  • She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich) – 5.4
  • The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller) – 5.4
  • Spartacus & Cassandra (Ioanis Nuguet) – 5.4
  • Wild (Jean- Marc Vallée) – 5.4
  • Art and Craft (Jennifer Grausman & Sam Cullman) – 5.4
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) – 5.4
  • The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) – 5.4
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) – 5.4
  • Pasolini (Abel Ferrara) – 5.3
  • The Second Game (Corneliu Porumboiu) – 5.3
  • The Blue Room (Mathieu Amalric) – 5.3
  • The Guests (Ken Jacobs) – 5.3
  • The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (Guillaume Nicloux) – 5.3
  • Breathe (Mélanie Laurent) – 5.3
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao Yinan) – 5.3
  • The Interview (Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen) – 5.3
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) – 5.3
  • Wild Tales (Damián Szifron) – 5.3
  • Misunderstood (Asia Argento) – 5.3
  • The Songs of Rice (Uruphong Raksasad) – 5.3
  • Futuro Beach (Karim Aïnouz) – 5.2
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata) – 5.2
  • Still Alice (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland) – 5.2
  • Here’s to the Future! (Gina Telaroli) – 5.2
  • 1001 Grams (Bent Hamer) – 5.2
  • The Salvation (Kristian Levring) – 5.2
  • Jimmy’s Hall (Ken Loach) – 5.1
  • The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer) – 5.1
  • Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy) – 5.1
  • Last Days in Vietnam (Rory Kennedy) – 5.1
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) – 5.1
  • Party Girl (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, & Samuel Theis) – 5.1
  • Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze) – 5.0
  • White Nights on the Pier (Paul Vecchiali) – 5.0
  • Letters to Max (Eric Baudelaire)
 – 5.0
  • Tokyo Tribe (Sion Sono)
 – 5.0
  • Mercuriales (Virgil Vernier) – 5.0
  • Non-Stop (Jaume Collet-Serra) – 5.0
  • Dumb and Dumber To (Bobby & Peter Farrelly) – 5.0
  • Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman) – 5.0
  • Guidelines (Jean-François Caissy) – 5.0
  • Of Men and War (Laurent Bécue-Renard) – 5.0
  • The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro) – 4.9
  • Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller) – 4.9
  • From What is Before (Lav Diaz) – 4.9
  • ’71 (Yann Demange) – 4.9
  • A Hard Day (Kim Seong-hun) – 4.9
  • Run (Philippe Lacôte) – 4.9
  • Mommy (Xavier Dolan) – 4.8
  • Beautiful Youth (Jaime Rosales) – 4.8
  • Cathedrals of Culture (Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, & Karim Aïnouz) – 4.8
  • Iris (Albert Maysles) – 4.8
  • Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad) – 4.8
  • Los Hongos (Oscar Ruiz Navia) – 4.8
  • Storm Children: Book One (Lav Diaz) – 4.7
  • The Captive (Atom Egoyan) – 4.7
  • Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Diep Hoang Nguyen) – 4.7
  • The Theory of Everything (James Marsh) – 4.7
  • The Immortalists (David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg) – 4.7
  • Androids Dream (Ion De Sosa) – 4.6
  • A Girl at My Door (July Jung) – 4.6
  • Far from Men (David Oelhoffen)
 – 4.6
  • The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum) – 4.6
  • 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller) – 4.5
  • Girlhood (Celine Sciamma) – 4.5
  • Fort Buchanan (Benjamin Crotty) – 4.5
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) – 4.4
  • In the Basement (Ulrich Seidl) – 4.4
  • Elephant Song (Charles Binamé) – 4.4
  • Snow in Paradise (Andrew Hulme) – 4.4
  • Darker Than Midnight (Sebastiano Riso) – 4.3
  • Violet (Bas Devos) – 4.3
  • Get on Up (Tate Taylor) – 4.3
  • The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado) – 4.3
  • Time Out of Mind (Oren Moverman) – 4.2
  • The Search (Michel Hazanavicius) – 4.2
  • Red Army (Polsky Gabe) – 4.2
  • When Animals Dream (Jonas Alexander Arnby) – 4.1
  • The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) – 4.1
  • Living Stars (Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat) – 4.1
  • A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn) – 4.1
  • Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev) – 4.0
  • The Corral and the Wind (Miguel Hilari) – 4.0
  • Concerning Violence (Göran Olsson) – 3.9
  • Lost River (Ryan Gosling) – 3.9
  • Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (Spike Lee) – 3.8
  • An Eye for Beauty (Denys Arcand) – 3.8
  • Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) – 3.6
  • Hippocrates (Thomas Lilti) – 3.6
  • The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland) – 3.5
  • Coming Home (Zhang Yimou) – 3.5
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone (Ana Lily Amirpour) – 3.4
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller) – 3.3
  • Calvary (John Michael McDonagh) – 3.3
  • White God (Kornél Mundruczó) – 3.2
  • The New Girlfriend (François Ozon) – 3.2
  • Fires on the Plain (Shinya Tsukamoto) – 3.1
  • Return to Ithaca (Laurent Cantet) – 3.0
  • The Girl and the River (Aurélia Georges) – 3.0
  • Le beau danger (René Frölke) – 2.9
  • Grace of Monaco (Olivier Dahan) – 2.9
  • The Cobbler (Thomas McCarthy) – 2.7