FILMS SEEN IN 2014:

Titles will be added when they fall off "the last 10 films I've seen." Slashes indicate repeat viewings. Titles prefaced by a plus sign were seen on home video. The new release section includes  2013  releases that I caught up with this year. All titles are American unless otherwise indicated. Films under 30 minutes will be labelled {S} and those between 30 and 70 minutes {M}. Only films over 30 minutes are rated.


WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN


**** Masterpiece

***1/2 Excellent

*** Pretty good but highly flawed

**1/2 Mediocre but not without merit

** Pretty bad

*1/2 Awful

* A superhuman amount of patience was required to sit through it

0 Walked out

NEW RELEASES

ACTRESS (Robert Greene) ***

APACHES (Thierry de Peretti, France) **1/2

+APE (Joel Potrykus) ***

THE BABADOOK (Jennifer Kent, Australia) ***

BETHLEHEM (Yuval Adler, Israel) **1/2

BEYOND OUTRAGE (Takeshi Kitano, Japan) **1/2

+BLOODY BEANS (Narimane Mari, Algeria/France) ***1/2

BREAKING THE FRAME (Marielle Nitoslawska, Canada) **1/2

+CASTANHA (Davi Pretto, Brazil) ***

CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO (Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels & Karlyn Michelson) ***

+CHILD'S POSE (Cĺlin Peter Netzer, Romania) ***

CODE BLUE (Urszula Antoniak, the Netherlands/Denmark, 2011) **1/2

ENEMY (Denis Villeneuve, Canada/Spain) **1/2

+FATAL ASSISTANCE (Raoul Peck, Haiti) ***

THE FRENCH MINISTER (Bertrand Tavernier, France) **1/2

GLORIA (Sebastian Lelio, Chile) **

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson) **1/2

GRAND CENTRAL (Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Austria) ***

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison) **1/2

IN BLOOM (Nana Ekvitimishvili & Simon Gross, Georgia/Germany/France) ***

JIMMY P.: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN (Arnaud Desplechin, France) ***

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich) ***

+/THE KING OF ESCAPE/ (Alain Guiraudie, France, 2009) ***1/2

THE LEGO MOVIE (Phil Lord/Chris Miller) ***

+THE LORDS OF SALEM (Rob Zombie) ***

+LOVE IS IN THE AIR (Alexandre Castagnetti, France) **

+LUKAS THE STRANGE (John Torres, the Philippines) **

THE LUNCHBOX (Ritesh Batra, India) ***

MAIDENTRIP (Jillian Schlesinger) ***

+THE MISSING PICTURE (Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France) ***

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS (Tom Berninger) **1/2

+NATAN (David Cairns/Paul Duane, Ireland) {M}  ***1/2

NIGHTFALL (James Benning, 2011)  0

+NINJA II: SHADOW OF A TEAR (Isaac Florentine) ***

NOAH (Darren Aronofsky) **

THE NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME ONE (Lars von Trier, Denmark) ***1/2

THE NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME TWO (Lars von Trier, Denmark) **

OMAR (Hany Abu-Assad, Palentine) ***

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Jim Jarmusch, USA/UK/Germany/France) ***

PAPIROSEN (Gaston Solnicki, Argentina, 2011) **1/2

+PARTICLE FEVER (Mark Levinson) ***

THE RETRIEVAL (Chris Eska) ***

ROBOCOP (José Padilha) **1/2

+ROHMER IN PARIS (Richard Misek, UK) {M} ***

THE STRANGE CASE OF WILHELM REICH (Antonin Svoboda, Austria) **1/2

TEENAGE (Matt Wolf, USA/Germany) ***

+TIME GOES BY LIKE A ROARING LION (Philipp Hartmann, Germany) **1/2

TIM'S VERMEER (Teller) **1/2

+TIP TOP (Serge Bozon, France/Luxembourg) **

+/A TOUCH OF SIN/ (Jia Zhang-ke, China) ***1/2

12 O'CLOCK BOYS (Lotfy Nathan) ***

UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer, UK) ***1/2

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR (Denis Coté, Canada) ***1/2

VISITORS (Godfrey Reggio) *1/2

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Martin Scorsese) **
OLD FILMS

BHOWANI JUNCTION (George Cukor, 1956)

THE BIGAMIST (Ida Lupino, 1953)

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (Frank Capra, 1933)

BLACKMAIL (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1929)

BLIND CHANCE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, 1981)

/BOY/ (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1969)

LA CAMERA: I (Babette Mangolte, 1977)

CAMOUFLAGE (Krzyztof Zanussi, Poland, 1976)

CHAMPAGNE (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1928)

CHANGE OF LIFE (Paulo Rocha, Portugal, 1966)

CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS (Francois Truffaut, France, 1983)

LETTER TO JANE (Jean-Luc Godard/Jean-Pierre Gorin, France, 1972) {M}

THE LODGER (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1927)

/MY DARLING CLEMENTINE/ (John Ford, 1946)

/POSSESSION/ (Andrzej Zulawski, France/West Germany, 1981)

SEE NO EVIL (Richard Fleischer, 1971)

SHORT EYES (Robert M. Young, 1977)

TIME HAS COME (Alain Guiraudie, France, 2005)

TORTURED DUST (Stan Brakhage, 1984)

/2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY/ (Stanley Kubrick, USA/UK, 1968)

UP! (Russ Meyer, 1976)

VIOLENT SATURDAY (Richard Fleischer, 1955)

WOLFSBURG (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2003)
SHORTS

ANDY WARHOL (Marie Menken, 1965)

BAGATELLE FOR WILLARD MAAS (Marie Menken, 1961)

CHARLIE AHEARN: ARTIST PORTRAIT VIDEOS (MARTIN WONG) (Charlie Ahearn, 1998)

DWIGHTIANA (Marie Menken, 1959)

EYE MUSIC IN RED MAJOR (Marie Menken, 1961)

GLIMPSE OF THE GARDEN (Marie Menken, 1957)

HURRY! HURRY! (Marie Menken, 1957)

LBJ (Santiago Alvarez, Cuba, 1968)

THE MEANING OF VARIOUS NEWS PHOTOS TO ED HENDERSON (John Baldessari, 1973)

MOOD MONDRIAN (Marie Menken, 1961)

NOTEBOOK (Marie Menken, 1962-63)

TWO CABINS (James Benning, 2009) 

VISUAL VARIATIONS ON NOGUCHI (Marie Menken, 1955)