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Best Movies of 2014

March 30, 2015

Though most critics have already announced this list months ago, my delayed announcement is due to the fact that I have the advantage of spreading out my movie-viewing schedule in the first few months of the beginning of the calendar year.  This includes the best movies of the previous year which were mostly released in December to qualify for the grand awards season.

My merit system is different.  Instead of guaranteeing a winner in each category, I only give praise to those who truly deserve it.  Some categories have ties.

The films of 2014 are rated using the Olympic medal systems, depending on how much I liked them.

For the list below, the movies in each category are listed in the chronological order in which I saw them:

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Best Movies

 

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Gold Medals:

none

 

Silver Medals:

Stranger by the Lake  (France)   *

Mommy  (Canada/Quebec)

Two Days, One Night  (Belgium)

Selma  (U.S. Independent)

 

Bronze Medals:

Liv and Ingmar  (Norway/Sweden/U.K. – Documentary)

Finding Vivian Maier  (U.S. – Documentary)

The Case Against 8  (U.S. – Documentary)   *

Love is Strange  (U.S. Independent)   *

Force Majeure  (Sweden)

Wild Tales  (Argentina)

 

* = LGBT content

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Best Achievements

 

Directing:

Alain Guiraudie  (Stranger by the Lake)

Ava DuVernay  (Selma)

 

Screenplay:

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne  (Two Days, One Night)

 

Acting:

Anne Dorval  (Mommy)

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Great Old Movies Seen for the First Time in 2014

 

Soldier of Orange  (1977 – Netherlands)

Distant Thunder  (1973 – India)

Hello Dolly  (1969 – U.S.)

The Wars  (1983 – Canada)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance  (1962 – U.S.)

Polytechnique  (2009 – Canada/Quebec)

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Great Old Movies Seen Again in 2014

 

Tootsie  (1982 – U.S.)

Vertigo  (1958 – U.S.)

A Short Film About Killing  (1988 – Poland)

Pather Panchali  (1955 – India)

The Godfather Part II  (1974 – U.S.)

Nashville  (1975 – U.S.)

2001: A Space Odyssey  (1968 – U.S./U.K.)

A Place in the Sun  (1951 – U.S.)

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On the other hand, possibly the most over-rated “classic” ever:

M*A*S*H  (1970 – U.S.)

 

Dennis Bowman

 

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