Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Year-End 2014 (Film)


Most of these lists have been published elsewhere—in which case a link is provided to the source. In a couple instances I expanded the lists for posterity's sake.

Best Theatrically Released Film:
01. Story of My Death / Albert Serra
02. Goodbye to Language / Jean-Luc Godard
03. Norte, the End of History / Lav Diaz
04. Stray Dogs / Tsai Ming-liang
05. Stranger by the Lake / Alain Guiraudie
06. Closed Curtain / Jafar Panahi
07. What Now? Remind Me / Joaquim Pinto
08. Life of Riley / Alain Resnais
09. The Last of the Unjust / Claude Lanzmann
10. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness / Ben Rivers and Ben Russell



Best Undistributed Film:
01. Episode of the Sea / Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Hann
02. The Kindergarten Teacher / Nadav Lapid
03. From What Is Before / Lav Diaz
04. The Second Game / Corneliu Porumboiu
05. Hill of Freedom / Hong Sang-soo
06. La Sapienza / Eugène Green
07. Los ausentes / Nicolás Pereda
08. The Iron Ministry / J.P. Sniadecki
09. Black Coal, Thin Ice / Diao Yinan
10. A Midsummer’s Fantasia / Jang Kun-jae

Others:
The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III / Heniz Emigholz; Alive / Jung-bum Park; Approaching the Elephant / Amanda Wilder; August Winds / Gabriel Mascaro; Le beau danger / René Frölke; The Creation of Meaning / Simone Rapisarda Casanova; In the Name of My Daughter / André Téchiné; For the Plasma / Bingham Bryant; Joy of Man’s Desiring / Denis Côté; L for Leisure / Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn; Letters to Max / Eric Baudelaire; Mange tes Morts / Jean-Charles Hue; The Owners / Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Pasolini / Abel Ferrara; Revivre / Im Kwon-taek; Sauerbruch Hutton Architects / Harun Farocki; Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait / Wiam Simav Bedirxan & Ossama Mohammed; Songs from the North / Soon-Mi Yoo; Tu Dors Nicole / Stéphane Lafleur; Two Shots Fired / Martin Rejtman




Best Avant-Garde Films:
01. Journey to the West / Tsai Ming-liang
02. Sea of Vapors / Sylvia Schedelbauer
03. Pan / Anton Ginzburg
04. Canopy / Ken Jacobs
05. brouillard – passage #14  / Alexandre Larose
06. The Innocents / Jean-Paul Kelly
07. Relief / Calum Walter
08. The Dragon Is the Frame / Mary Helena Clark
09. Things / Ben Rivers
10. Blanket Statement #2: It’s All or Nothing / Jodie Mack



Best DVDs/Blu-rays [link soon]:
01. The Complete Jacques Tati & The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion; R1)
02. For Ever Mozart & Hail Mary (Cohen Media Group; R1)
03. Providence (Jupiter Films; R2)
04. Love Streams (Criterion; R1)
05. Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery (Paramount/CBS Films; R2)
06. Late Ray (Criterion/Eclipse; R1)
07. Rock Hudson’s Home Movies [All That Heaven Allows Blu-ray] (Criterion; R1)
08. Kinoshita and World War II (Criterion/Eclipse; R1)
09. Boy Meets Girl & Mauvais Sang (Carlotta Films; R1)
10. The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (Arrow Academy; R2)



Best Repertory Screenings:
01. Laddie / George Stevens (1935)
02. Empire/Kiss/Blow Job/Chelsea Girls / Andy Warhol (1964-67)
03. Our Neighbor / Lee Hsing (1963)
04. Liebelei / Max Ophüls (1933)
05. Night Train & Mother Joan of the Angels / Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1959/1961)
06. Too Much Johnson / Orson Welles (1938)
07. The Sandwich Man / Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tseng Chuang-hsiang, & Wan Jen (1983)
08. Level Five / Chris Marker (1996)
09. River Without Buoys & The Old Well / Wu Tiangming (1984/1986)
10. Diamonds of the Night/Martyrs of Love/Oratorio for Prague / Jan Němec (64-68)

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