My Top 20 and Bottom 10 Films of 2014

This has been an interesting year. On one hand, there have been 18 **** films–far more than last year, and a comparable number to 2012, which was rather incredible in its own right. And my bottom 10 is far better than any year since I’ve been keeping track; my 10th worst film wouldn’t come close…

European Film Awards Nominations

The European Film Awards recently announced their nominations. You can argue their relative prestige, but analyzing lists of nominees is so much fun that I don’t really care. European Film: Force Majeure Ida Leviathan Nymphomaniac – Director’s Cut Winter Sleep

Awards Season Commenceth: British Independent Film Awards Nominations

So it begins. And on a good note, too. I approve of most of these categories. I don’t think the BIFAs have a huge impact on other awards (it’s not like Tyrannosaur became widely known), but they appear to have excellent taste, and in any case, I’m ready to get down to business. (Nominees sourced from IndieWire.) British Independent Film:…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2014

Let’s go to it, shall we? Picture: Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Congress The Dance of Reality Enemy Ida The Lego Movie Locke Nymphomaniac Snowpiercer 22 Jump Street

IDA Review – ****

A great many films coming out of Poland these days deal with World War II and the persecution of the Jews in Poland at that time (In Darkness is another notable example), but Ida, while on the surface another entry in this genre, is much more universal than I initially guessed. An illustration of the various ways…

Predicting my 4th Annual Film Awards: First Round

As we’re edging towards my 6-Month Film Awards, it’s a good time to start theorizing on what the end of the year will bring. So, based on what looks good, what’s gotten good festival buzz, and what I’ve already seen, here are the first predictions. Obviously, there’s a great deal of guesswork here (last year…