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) ***

+AIM  HIGH IN CREATION! (Anna Broinowski, Australia) **1/2

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE (Andreas Johnsen, Denmark) ***

+ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY (Joe Swanberg) ***

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

+APE (Joel Potrykus) ***

THE BABADOOK (Jennifer Kent, Australia) ***

BELLE (Amma Asante, UK) **

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

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

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

BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater) ****

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

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Anthony & Joe Russo) ***

+CASTANHA (Davi Pretto, Brazil) ***

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

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

+CLOSED CURTAIN (Jafar Panahi/Kambozia Partovi, Iran) ***

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

COLD IN JULY (Jim Mickle) **

CONFUSION NA WA (Kenneth Gyang, Nigeria) ***

THE DANCE OF REALITY (Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile/France) ***

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (Matt Reeves) ***

THE DOG (Allison Berg/Frank Kerarden) ***

THE DOUBLE (Richard Ayoade, UK) **

DOUBLE PLAY (Gabe Klinger) ***

ELENA (Petra Costa, USA/Brazil) **1/2

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

FADING GIGOLO (John Turturro) **1/2

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

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Josh Boone) **1/2

FINDING FELA (Alex Gibney) **1/2

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (John Maloof & Charlie Siskel) ***

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

THE GERMAN DOCTOR (Lucia Puenzo, Argentina) **1/2

GERONTOPHILIA (Bruce LaBruce, Canada) **1/2

GLORIA (Sebastian Lelio, Chile) **

+GOLDEN CHICKENSSS (Matt Chow, Hong Kong) ***

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

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

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

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (James Gunn) **1/2

+HOPE (Lee Joon-ik, South Korea) ***

IDA (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland) ***

THE IMMIGRANT (James Gray) ***1/2

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

THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY (Brian Knappenberger) ***

+JEALOUSY (Philippe Garrel, France) ***

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

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich) ***

JOE (David Gordon Green) ***

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

KORENGAL (Sebastian Junger) **

LAND HO! (Martha Stephens/Aaron Katz) ***

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

THE LIFE & CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE (Matthew Pond/Kirk Marcolina) ***

LIFE ITSELF (Steve James) ***

LOCKE (Steven Knight, UK) ***

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

+LOUDER THAN WORDS (Anthony Fabian) **

LOVING (Slawomir Fabicki, Poland) **1/2

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

LUCY (Luc Besson, France) ***

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

THE LUNCHBOX (Ritesh Batra, India) ***

MAIDENTRIP (Jillian Schlesinger) ***

+MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN (Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran) ***

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (Marc Bauder, Germany/Austria) ***

MILLION DOLLAR ARM (Craig Gillespie) ***

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

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

+THE MONUMENTS MEN (George Clooney) **1/2

MOOD INDIGO (Michel Gondry, France) ***

+MOBIUS (Eric Rochant, France) **1/2

A MOST WANTED MAN (Anton Corbijn, USA/UK/Germany) ***

MY STRAIGHT SON (Miguel Ferrari, Venezuela) **1/2

THE NAKED ROOM (Nuria Ibañez, Mexico)  {M} ***

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

NEIGHBORS (Nicholas Stoller) **1/2

A NEW PRODUCT (Harun Farocki, Germany) {M} **1/2

NIGHTFALL (James Benning, 2011)  0

NIGHT MOVES (Kelly Reichardt) ***1/2

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

NOAH (Darren Aronofsky) **

+NON-STOP (Jaume Collet-Serra, USA/France) ***

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

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

OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre) **1/2

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

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

+PALO ALTO (Gia Coppola) ***

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

+PARTICLE FEVER (Mark Levinson) ***

THE PURGE: ANARCHY (James DeMonaco) **1/2

+RABINDRANATH TAGORE: THE POET OF ETERNITY (Partha S. Bhattacharya) {M} *1/2

THE RETRIEVAL (Chris Eska) ***

ROBOCOP (José Padilha) **1/2

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

THE ROVER (David Michod, Australia) **1/2

RUMSTICK ROAD (Elizabeth LeCompte & Ken Kobland) ***

THE SECOND GAME (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania) ***

SEVENTH CODE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan) {M} ***

+A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY (Michael Maren) **1/2

+SILENT WITNESS (Fei Xing, China) **1/2

SNOWPIERCER (Bong Joon-ho, USA/South Korea) **1/2

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

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Ramon Zürcher, Germany) ***

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

A THOUSAND SUNS (Mati Diop, France) {M} ***

+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) ***

22 JUMP STREET (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller) ***

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

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (Errol Morris) **1/2

VENUS IN FUR (Roman Polanski, France/Poland) **1/2

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

VISITORS (Godfrey Reggio) *1/2

WE ARE THE BEST! (Lukas Moodysson, Sweden) ***

+/WHAT NOW? REMIND ME/ (Joaquim Pinto, Portugal) ***1/2

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Martin Scorsese) **

A WORLD NOT OURS (Mahdi Fleifel, Lebanon/Denmark) ***

YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (Francois Ozon, France) **1/2

YVES SAINT LAURENT (Jalil Lespert, France) **
OLD FILMS


ALMOST HUMAN (Umberto Lenzi, Italy, 1974)

THE AUTHENTIC TRIAL OF CARL EMMANUEL JUNG (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1967) {M}

+BALLAD OF THE LITTLE SOLDIER (Werner Herzog/Denis Reichle, West Germany, 1984) {M}

BHOWANI JUNCTION (George Cukor, 1956)

THE BIGAMIST (Ida Lupino, 1953)

BIG TROUBLE (John Cassavetes, 1986)

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

+BLACK JACK (Ken Loach, UK, 1979)

BLACKMAIL (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1929)

BLIND CHANCE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, 1981)

/BOY/ (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1969)

A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL (Damiano Damiani, Italy, 1966) 

LA CAMERA: I (Babette Mangolte, 1977)

CAMOUFLAGE (Krzyztof Zanussi, Poland, 1976)

CHAMPAGNE (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1928)

CHANGE OF LIFE (Paulo Rocha, Portugal, 1966)

CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN (Damiano Damiani, Italy, 1971)

CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS (Francois Truffaut, France, 1983)

CRAWLSPACE (David Schmoeller, USA/Italy, 1986)

/DAZED AND CONFUSED/ (Richard Linklater, 1993)

+DEJA VU (Tony Scott, 2006)

/DOUBLE INDEMNITY/ (Billy Wilder, 1944)

/EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, ZOOPRAXOGRAPHER/ (Thom Andersen, 1975) {M}

+FAKE IT SO REAL (Robert Greene, 2012)

52 PICK-UP (John Frankenheimer, 1986)

+FORT MCCOY (Kate Connor/Michael Worth, 2010)

THE GAZE (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1977) {M}

GREAT EXPECTATIONS (David Lean, UK, 1946)

/A HARD DAY'S NIGHT/ (Richard Lester, UK, 1964)

HARDLY WORKING (Jerry Lewis, 1980)

HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (Benjamin Christensen, Sweden, 1922/68)

INFRA-MAN (Hua-Shan, Hong Kong, 1976)

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS (Richard Linklater, 1988)

JESUS CHRIST SAVIOUR (Peter Geyer, Germany, 1971/2008)

JOE KIDD (John Sturges, 1972)

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

THE LODGER (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1927)

LOVE ON THE RUN (Francois Truffaut, France, 1979)

THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Alexander Mackendrick, UK, 1951)

/MY DARLING CLEMENTINE/ (John Ford, 1946)

NIAGARA (Henry Hathaway, 1953)

/OTHELLO/ (Orson Welles, USA/France/Morocco/Italy, 1952)

OUTRAGEOUS! (Richard Benner, Canada, 1977)

PAGANINI (Klaus Kinski, Italy/France, 1989)

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

PROMISE OF THE FLESH (Kim Ki-young, South Korea, 1975)

PRONTO (Jim McBride, 1997)

+RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 (Don Siegel, 1954)

SEE NO EVIL (Richard Fleischer, 1971)

SHORT EYES (Robert M. Young, 1977)

A SIMPLE STORY (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1958) {M}

SPRING (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1970)

/THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN/ (Lau Kar-leung, Hong Kong, 1978)

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)

VENUS IN FURS (Jess Franco, UK/West Germany/Italy, 1969)

THE VIOLENT FOUR (Carlo Lizzani, Italy, 1968)

VIOLENT SATURDAY (Richard Fleischer, 1955)

WE STILL KILL THE OLD WAY (Elio Petri, Italy, 1967)

WOLFSBURG (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2003)
SHORTS

ANDY WARHOL (Marie Menken, 1965)

ATLANTIQUES (Mati Diop, France/Senegal, 2009) 

BAGATELLE FOR WILLARD MAAS (Marie Menken, 1961)

BEAUTIFUL NEW BAY AREA PROJECT (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)

+CAROL ANNE IS DEAD (Michael Robinson, 2008)

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

CHICAGO LOOP (James Benning, 1976) 

DWIGHTIANA (Marie Menken, 1959)

EYE MUSIC IN RED MAJOR (Marie Menken, 1961)

FORMER MODELS (Benjamin Pearson)

GERARD DE LA NUIT (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1955) 

GLIMPSE OF THE GARDEN (Marie Menken, 1957)

HURRY! HURRY! (Marie Menken, 1957)

JUST LIKE US (Jesse McLean)

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)

OLIVIA'S PLACE (Thom Andersen, 1966/74) 

PLEASE KILL MR. KINSKI (David Schmoeller, 1999) 

TWO CABINS (James Benning, 2009)

+VERY NICE, VERY NICE (Arthur Lipsett, Canada, 1961) 

VISUAL VARIATIONS ON NOGUCHI (Marie Menken, 1955)