The 2014 Cinematic Retrospectivus

The 2014 Cinematic Retrospectivus

Posted in 2014 Watch-a-thon, Everybody Loves Lists by - January 12, 2015
The 2014 Cinematic Retrospectivus

2014 is thankfully dead and buried. May it rest in Hell, and long live 2015.

Anyway, here’s a bunch of lists.

So How Did I Do With Last Year’s Goals?

I vowed to watch 300 specific movies in order to fill in some of my blind spots of cinematic history. I ended up watching 67 of those movies. Womp wooooomp.

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

My Favorite Older Films That I First Watched in 2014

A Hard Day’s Night
Alphaville
Barton Fink

Black Girl
Boyz n the Hood
Candyman
Curse of the Demon
Daisies

El Topo

Forbidden Planet
Freaks

Godzilla (1954)
Johnny Guitar
Killer of Sheep
Lawrence of Arabia
Life of Brian

Make Way for Tomorrow

Repo Man

Safe
Stop Making Sense
Targets

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“Blue Ruin”

Titicut Follies
The Blair Witch Project
The Color of Pomegranates
The Innocents
The Last Detail
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Plague Dogs
The Thin Man
Safety Last!
Slacker
Son of the White Mare
Touch of Evil
Wattstax

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“We Come As Friends”

Movies From 2014 I Still Need to See

That’s a long list, so just look here if you care.

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“The Boy and the World”

2014 Movies That Aren’t Actually 2014 Movies (According to Me)

As you may or may not know, I count a movie’s year of release as whenever it hits theaters in its home country. It’s weird, but I’m weird, and it helps me keep things straight. Anyway, these are all very good. If I counted them as this year, some of them would be on my list. And you’ll see them on other best-of-2014 lists. But not on mine.

From 2012:

Elena
Ernest & Celestine

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“Actress”

From 2013:

A Field in England
Borgman
Closed Curtain
Gloria
Ida
Moebius
Nothing Bad Can Happen
Snowpiercer
Stranger by the Lake
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Venus in Fur
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
We Are the Best!
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

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“The Immigrant”

Honorable Mentions: The Movies That Are Pretty Good But Not My Favorites of 2014

Nonfiction

A Will for the Woods
Art and Craft
Bible Quiz
Finding Vivian Maier
Happy Valley
Harmontown
Keep On Keepin’ On
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
Private Violence
Tough Bond
Visitors

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“Coherence”

Fiction

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Most Wanted Man

Belle
Beyond the Lights
Birdman
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Frank
Girlhood

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“Concerning Violence”

Housebound
John Wick
Land Ho!
Love is Strange
Lyle
Nightcrawler
Obvious Child
The Double
The Raid 2: Berendal

The Tribe
Tokyo Tribe
Wild Tales

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“Two Days, One Night”

My Favorite Movies of 2014 – Nonfiction

12 O’Clock Boys
Actress
Charlie Victor Romeo

Citizenfour
Concerning Violence
Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Remote Area Medical
Rich Hill
Rocks in My Pockets
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
The Final Member
The Overnighters
The Salt of the Earth
The Unknown Known
We Come As Friends

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“Listen Up Philip”

My Favorite Movies of 2014 – Fiction

Blind
Blue Ruin

Boyhood
Clouds of Sils Maria
Coherence
Eden
Force Majeure
Inherent Vice
Listen Up Philip
Mr. Turner
Only Lovers Left Alive
Starred Up
Stations of the Cross
The Babadook
The Boy and the World
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Immigrant
Timbuktu
Two Days, One Night
Under the Skin
Zero Motivation

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“Citizenfour”

The Best Things I Wrote in 2014 (According to Me)

Concerning Violence Review 
300: Rise of an Empire
Review

“The Doc Option: Watch the Zeitgeist Trilogy After Captain America: The Winter Soldier 
Nymphomaniac and ‘Grey Rape’ in Entertainment”
 
“The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival: A Bridge Between Past and Present”

Godzilla Review
Stray Dog Review
“Revisiting Godzilla: The Japanese Original”
The Overnighters Review
“Death, Memory, and Really Great Movies: Roger Ebert Revealed in Life Itself

“The Human Touch – Or Lack Thereof – in The Congress

Rebirth is the Best 9/11 Film That You Haven’t Seen”
“Brace Yourself for the Gone Girl Thinkpieces”
 
“How the Wild, Untamed Energy of LA Inspired Nightcrawler

The Salt of the Earth Review

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“Rich Hill”

So What’s Dan Gonna Get Up to in 2015?

Well, I’ve made a fresh list of movies to see this year by adding a couple to everything I swore to see last year but didn’t manage to. Best of luck to me, then. Onward and ever upward. Have a good 2015, y’all. Keep reading me, please.

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“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”

Every Movie I Watched in 2014

Key:
* = Rewatch

+ = One of the 300 movies I vowed to watch in 2014

  1. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
  2. Bronies
  3. Targets +
  4. Drew: The Man Behind the Poster
  5. Monsters University*
  6. Keane
  7. Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
  8. Velvet Goldmine +
  9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang*
  10. Grand Piano
  11. The Last Detail +
  12. The Selfish Giant
  13. Man of Steel*
  14. Monsters University*
  15. This is the End*
  16. Lone Survivor
  17. Big Bad Wolves
  18. The Lunchbox
  19. Death Proof +
  20. Stranger by the Lake
  21. Hellion
  22. Mitt
  23. Love Child
  24. The Girl from Nagasaki
  25. Last Days in Vietnam
  26. The Double
  27. We Come As Friends
  28. Dear White People
  29. I Origins
  30. Boyhood
  31. The Babadook
  32. Laggies
  33. Life Itself
  34. Private Violence
  35. Listen Up Philip
  36. Land Ho!
  37. The Voices
  38. Concerning Violence
  39. Web Junkie
  40. The Raid 2: Berandal
  41. Rich Hill
  42. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  43. Freedom Summer
  44. Imperial Dreams
  45. All the Beautiful Things
  46. They Came Together
  47. Rudderless
  48. Blind
  49. The Croods
  50. A Field in England

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    “Eden”

  51. Love and Air Sex
  52. Visitors
  53. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
  54. Enemy
  55. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  56. The LEGO Movie
  57. First Blood
  58. Hank: 5 Years from the Brink
  59. Doomsdays
  60. Congratulations!
  61. There is Light
  62. Robocop
  63. Cesar Chavez
  64. Fading Gigolo
  65. Bad Words
  66. Alan Partridge
  67. About Last Night
  68. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance +
  69. The Last of the Unjust
  70. Blackbird
  71. Day of the Dead +
  72. Bestiaire
  73. Airplane!*
  74. Jackie Brown*
  75. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  76. Birders: The Central Park Effect
  77. Smoke Signals
  78. The Woman Who Wasn’t There
  79. Candyman +
  80. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles +
  81. Finding Vivian Maier
  82. Unraveled
  83. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  84. Non-Stop
  85. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues*
  86. Bad Milo
  87. American Psycho +
  88. 300*
  89. 300: Rise of an Empire
  90. Only Lovers Left Alive
  91. Akira*
  92. Hackers
  93. Roman Holiday +
  94. Le Week-End
  95. Need for Speed
  96. On My Way
  97. Teenage
  98. Cape Fear +
  99. Himizu
  100. Guilty of Romance

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    “Rocks in My Pockets”

  101. Bible Quiz
  102. Repo Man +
  103. Shaft +
  104. Breathe In
  105. Veronica Mars
  106. Muppets Most Wanted*
  107. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  108. Adam’s Rib +
  109. Divergent
  110. Maladies
  111. Draft Day
  112. Too Late for Tears
  113. Walk Hard
  114. Nymphomaniac Volume I
  115. Don Hemingway
  116. The Life of Emile Zola +
  117. Joe
  118. The Philadelphia Story +
  119. The Raid*
  120. Noah
  121. Thelma & Louise
  122. The Ice Storm +
  123. Play It Again, Sam
  124. The Blair Witch Project +
  125. Young Mr. Lincoln
  126. Hellraiser-
  127. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  128. Arsenic and Old Lace +
  129. Under the Skin
  130. Too Sane For This World
  131. Rio 2
  132. White Heat +
  133. Rebel Without a Cause +
  134. Stop Making Sense +
  135. Duel +
  136. Ten from Your Show of Shows
  137. Captain America: The Winter Soldier*
  138. Bunny Lake is Missing +
  139. Locke
  140. Society +
  141. What’s Up, Doc? +
  142. Belle
  143. Elway to Marino
  144. Safe +
  145. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  146. Johnny Guitar
  147. The Thin Man +
  148. Make Way for Tomorrow +
  149. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore +
  150. Double Indemnity*

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    “Inherent Vice”

  151. The Innocents
  152. Godzilla (1954)+
  153. How Green Was My Valley +
  154. A Hard Day’s Night +
  155. The Naked City +
  156. Freaks +
  157. The Adventures of Robin Hood +
  158. On Approval
  159. Employees’ Entrance
  160. Bears
  161. Cold in July
  162. Baby Face +
  163. Transcendent Man
  164. The Insider +
  165. Obvious Child
  166. Palo Alto
  167. The Last Waltz +
  168. The Fifth Element
  169. Devil’s Knot
  170. Cesar’s Last Fast
  171. Cool Hand Luke +
  172. Ida
  173. Words and Pictures
  174. Alphaville+
  175. Torque*
  176. Near Dark
  177. Iron Man Three*
  178. The Bridge on the River Kwai*
  179. Fight Church
  180. For No Good Reason
  181. The Protector 2
  182. Documented
  183. Godzilla (2014)
  184. Korengal
  185. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  186. A Fragile Trust
  187. Tough Bond
  188. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  189. Million Dollar Arm
  190. Boyz n the Hood +
  191. Bound +
  192. 10 Things I Hate About You
  193. Chef
  194. Neighbors
  195. The Starving Games
  196. Radio Days +
  197. Night Moves
  198. Life of Brian +
  199. Gladiator
  200. Rebecca +

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    “The Babadook”

  201. Godzilla (2014)*
  202. Unhung Hero
  203. Forbidden Planet +
  204. The Immigrant
  205. The Bride of Frankenstein +
  206. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  207. Barton Fink
  208. Restrepo*
  209. The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne
  210. Before You Know It
  211. 2-Headed Shark Attack
  212. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
  213. A Million Ways to Die in the West
  214. Gods and Monsters
  215. Maleficent
  216. We Always Lie to Strangers
  217. Borgman
  218. The Fault in Our Stars
  219. Begin Again
  220. Away from Her
  221. 22 Jump Street
  222. The Signal
  223. Elena
  224. Manuscripts Don’t Burn
  225. Edge of Tomorrow
  226. The Rover
  227. Love is Strange
  228. I Am Big Bird
  229. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  230. Uncertain Terms
  231. Frank
  232. Stray Dog
  233. The Overnighters
  234. The Young Kieslowski
  235. Evolution of a Criminal
  236. The Life and Mind of Mark Defriest
  237. Out in the Night
  238. Limited Partnership
  239. All This and World War II
  240. The Great Muppet Caper
  241. What If
  242. Venus in Fur
  243. 112 Weddings
  244. Close Encounters of the Third Kind*
  245. Coherence
  246. Mimic
  247. Jaws*
  248. Snowpiercer
  249. Cheap Thrills
  250. Escape from the Planet of the Apes

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    “Only Lovers Left Alive”

  251. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
  252. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  253. Our Hospitality +
  254. Boys
  255. Salvation Army
  256. Mood Indigo
  257. Sex Tape
  258. Happy Christmas
  259. A Most Wanted Man
  260. Slacker +
  261. Last Weekend
  262. The Foxy Merkins
  263. Tom at the Farm
  264. Lyle
  265. Magic in the Moonlight
  266. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? +
  267. Ravenous
  268. Hercules
  269. Manhunter
  270. Jack Reacher*
  271. Fallen City
  272. Brother Outsider
  273. Guardians of the Galaxy
  274. Child of God
  275. Calvary
  276. The Giver
  277. Guardians of the Galaxy*
  278. Lucy
  279. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia +
  280. First Position
  281. The Battered Bastards of Baseball
  282. Anatomy of a Murder +
  283. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter*
  284. Listen Up Philip*
  285. Pumping Iron
  286. The Guest
  287. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
  288. A Will for the Woods
  289. Dinosaur 13
  290. Adventures in Babysitting
  291. Electrick Children
  292. Blood Brother
  293. Let the Fire Burn
  294. The Birdcage
  295. Gideon’s Army
  296. Stargate
  297. Heavenly Creatures
  298. The Swimmer
  299. Touch of Evil +
  300. Predator*

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    “Boyhood”

  301. Exam
  302. The Dirties
  303. Jumanji
  304. It Felt Like Love
  305. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  306. The Bay
  307. Mean Creek
  308. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
  309. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  310. The Boxtrolls
  311. The Normal Heart
  312. Starred Up
  313. The Skeleton Twins
  314. Blue Ruin*
  315. Popeye
  316. God Help the Girl
  317. The Apartment*
  318. Rocks in My Pockets
  319. Time Zero
  320. The Big Chill
  321. The Unbelievers
  322. I Know That Voice!
  323. Mortified Nation
  324. School of Rock
  325. Harmontown
  326. Particle Fever
  327. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
  328. Honeymoon
  329. The Green Prince
  330. Rebirth
  331. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
  332. Revenge of the Green Dragons
  333. Red State
  334. Tusk
  335. The Drop
  336. Three Colors: Blue*
  337. Three Colors: White
  338. Star Trek Into Darkness*
  339. Primal Fear
  340. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  341. Whirlpool
  342. The Blue Gardenia
  343. Art and Craft
  344. Keep On Keepin’ On
  345. Pride
  346. The Equalizer
  347. Dogma
  348. The Two Faces of January
  349. The Color of Pomegranates
  350. Death Wish

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    “Stations of the Cross”

  351. The Late Shift
  352. Bachelorette
  353. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  354. Moonstruck
  355. The Keep
  356. Heavy Metal
  357. King of New York
  358. Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
  359. The ABCs of Death 2
  360. Black Girl +
  361. Starry Eyes
  362. Possession +
  363. Gone Girl
  364. The Staircase
  365. Whiplash
  366. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
  367. Dear White People*
  368. From Up on Poppy Hill
  369. Tokyo Tribe
  370. Safety Last! +
  371. The Pleasure Garden
  372. Suspicion
  373. Mudbloods
  374. St. Vincent
  375. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  376. Carrie
  377. Force Majeure
  378. Kundun
  379. Margaret +
  380. Chicken Run*
  381. Margaret*
  382. Wattstax
  383. Open Windows
  384. Her Master’s Voice
  385. The Plague Dogs
  386. Killer of Sheep +
  387. Universal Soldier: Regeneration
  388. My Darling Clementine
  389. El Topo +
  390. Birdman
  391. Sleeper
  392. Pretty Ugly People
  393. Milius
  394. Conan the Barbarian
  395. The Theory of Everything
  396. Citizenfour
  397. Titicut Follies +
  398. The Exorcist III
  399. Decasia
  400. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire*

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    “The Unknown Known”

  401. The Book of Life
  402. Two Days, One Night
  403. John Wick
  404. A Brief History of Time
  405. Fury
  406. Daisies +
  407. Hiroshima mon amour +
  408. Red Army
  409. Suicide Club
  410. Nightcrawler
  411. Showrunners
  412. Mr. Turner
  413. Wild
  414. Witchfinder General
  415. Big Hero 6
  416. Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
  417. Life is Sweet
  418. Songs from the Second Floor
  419. Saint Laurent
  420. Interstellar
  421. Housebound
  422. The Rocketeer
  423. Sex, Lies, and Videotape +
  424. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  425. Foxcatcher
  426. Vera Drake +
  427. Felt
  428. The Iron Ministry
  429. The Tribe
  430. Eden
  431. Wild Tales
  432. Song of the Sea
  433. The Salt of the Earth
  434. Faults
  435. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
  436. Happy Valley
  437. Girlhood
  438. V/H/S: Viral
  439. The Absent
  440. Selma
  441. The Duke of Burgundy
  442. Clouds of Sils Maria
  443. Stations of the Cross
  444. Mommy
  445. Beyond the Lights
  446. Dumb and Dumber To
  447. Night of the Demon
  448. Rainy Dog
  449. Interstellar*
  450. Addams Family Values

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    “The Overnighters”

  451. Four Rooms
  452. Nuts in May
  453. Hotline
  454. Black Sea
  455. Son of the White Mare
  456. The Boy and the World
  457. Seth’s Dominion
  458. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  459. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
  460. Tombstone
  461. The Stuff
  462. The Believers
  463. Ishtar
  464. Chaplin
  465. The Talented Mr. Ripley
  466. Reds
  467. The Immortalists
  468. Little Hope Was Arson
  469. Contact
  470. The Paper Chase
  471. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
  472. The Chronicles of Riddick
  473. Singin’ in the Rain*
  474. Lawrence of Arabia +
  475. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
  476. Remote Area Medical
  477. Zero Motivation
  478. The One I Love
  479. Difret
  480. Almost Famous
  481. Still Alice
  482. The Crow
  483. Putney Swope*
  484. The Farmer’s Wife
  485. Notorious
  486. Actress
  487. A Knight’s Tale
  488. The Imitation Game
  489. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  490. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
  491. Top Five
  492. Inherent Vice
  493. General Orders No. 9
  494. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  495. Rocky III
  496. The Gambler
  497. Rocky IV
  498. A Most Violent Year
  499. The Last Five Years
  500. Dear Pyongyang

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    “The Salt of the Earth”

  501. Last Action Hero
  502. Hitchcock
  503. Non-Stop*
  504. The Raid 2*
  505. Into the Woods
  506. Unbroken
  507. Edge of Tomorrow*
  508. 22 Jump Street*
  509. They Came Together*
  510. Inside Llewyn Davis*
  511. Big Eyes
  512. The Grand Budapest Hotel*
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“Zero Motivation”

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