The films I watched in 2014

A simple list of the films I watched in 2014.

Top 5

Ida 2013

Pawel Pawlikowski

Ida is a film set in Poland in the 1960's, at which time it would have been referred to as Polish Peoples Republic and would have still been a satellite state of the Soviet Union. The film follows a young nun Anna, an orphan who having being raised in a convent knows little of her parents. She is asked by her Aunt, Wanda to visit her. This begins a journey where they try to find out what happened to Anna’s parents. It’s not an easy film to watch with much heartache and turmoil but deeply rewarding as you watch a young girl stumble upon what could be an encapsulation of 40 years worth of thorny Polish history summed up by course of actions that happen over a week. It’s perhaps one of the beautiful films ever shot, every single frame could be considered a stunning photograph in it’s own right. It’s my film of the year.

The silence of Lorna 2008

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

See the below review.

Two days one night 2014

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

There needs to more films like to two above. Marion Cotillard in Two Days , One Night get’s a lot of acclaim from this film and other’s like Rust and Bone but it’s not just her flawless depiction of her character but the questions this film as asks it’s audience and lingers on your mind for sometime. Both great films go watch them.

We Are the Best 2013

This was a pure joy to watch. Three thirteen year old girls form a punk band in Sweeden in 1982. It’s very sweet but presented in such a way that it does not come across as naive or twee, which is a miracle for coming of age films.

Blue is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche

This film has been talked about far too much. There is not much I can offer that’s not already been said. It’s still good though.

Honourable mentions to:

If you enjoyed Fish Tank you will enjoy this.

Utterly impenetrable on first watch. There is more going on than I can comprehend because it’s so cryptic and completely tangled mess. It’s worth more time but unlike Primer I’m somewhat unsure if it’s supposed to be solved rather just experienced as a stream of consciousness?

The rest:

A collection of shorts I watched as part of Cambridge film festival:

  • Bridges go round — Shirley Clarke
  • Lights — Marie Menken
  • Mechanics of love — Willard Maas and Ben Moore
  • Fireworks — Kenneth Anger
  • Fragment of seeking — Curtis Harrington
  • Drips in strips — Marie Menken
  • Reflections on black — Stan Brakhage

I probably should not have watched:

It was something that will stay in my memory for a long time. It’s shocking and a horrific film, it delved into the depths of human depravity. I’m much wiser to have watched it but like most people it sometimes easier to live a life of naivety than to have the recurring nightmares this film has given me.

I can’t even be bothered to link the below:

  • Brave — Pixar being boring…
  • The Hunger Games — (Catching fire)

I actually quite enjoyed it but needlessly violent. If you want to write a thrilling film I guess violence as a way to heighten the intensity but it’s so cheap and pointless it just puts me off a lot of films.

  • Cloud Atlas — Yawn.
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