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

ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Catherine Breillat, France) ***

ACTRESS (Robert Greene) ***1/2

+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) ***

ANNABELLE (John R. Leonetti) *1/2

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

+APE (Joel Potrykus) ***

THE BABADOOK (Jennifer Kent, Australia) ***

+BAD HAIR (Mariana Rondon, Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Germany) ***

BELLE (Amma Asante, UK) **

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

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

BIRDMAN (Alejandro G. Iñarritu) **

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

THE BLUE ROOM (Mathieu Amalric, France) **1/2

BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY (Catherine Gund) ***

BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater) ****

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

CALVARY (John Michael McDonagh, Ireland/UK) ***

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) ***

CITIZENFOUR (Laura Poitras) ***

+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 CONGRESS (Ari Folman, Israel/half of Europe) ***

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

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

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE  (Justin Simien) ***

+DIPLOMACY (Volker Schlondorff, France/Germany) ***

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

THE DOUBLE (Richard Ayoade, UK) **

DOUBLE PLAY (Gabe Klinger) ***

THE DROP (Michael R. Roskam) ***

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

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

+E-TEAM (Katy Chevigny/Ross Kauffman) ***

EXPEDITIONS TO THE END OF THE WORLD (Daniel Dencik, Denmark) ***

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) ***

FORCE MAJEURE (Ruben Ostlund, Sweden/Norway/Denmark) **

FOXCATCHER (Bennett Miller) **1/2

FRANK (Lenny Abrahamson, UK/Ireland) **1/2

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

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

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

+A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Ana Lily Amirpour) ***

GLORIA (Sebastian Lelio, Chile) **

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

GONE GIRL (David Fincher) **1/2

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard, France) ***1/2

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

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

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

THE GREEN PRINCE (Nadav Schirman, Germany/Israel/UK) ***

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

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT (Josh and Benny Safdie) **1/2

+HELLAWARE (Michael M. Bilandic) **

+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) ***

+INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. (James Franco/Travis Mathews) {M} **

THE IRON MINISTRY (J. P. Sniadecki) ***1/2

+JEALOUSY (Philippe Garrel, France) ***

JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE (John Ridley) ***

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

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich) ***

JOE (David Gordon Green) ***

JOHN WICK (Chad Stahelski) ***

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

KORENGAL (Sebastian Junger) **

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

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (Rory Kennedy) **1/2

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

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

LIFE ITSELF (Steve James) ***

LIFE'S A BREEZE (Lance Daly, Ireland) **

A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES (Wiktor Ericsson, Sweden) ***

LIFE OF RILEY (Alain Resnais, France) ***

LISTEN UP PHILIP (Alex Ross Perry) ***

LOCKE (Steven Knight, UK) ***

THE LOOK OF SILENCE (Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Indonesia/Norway/Finland/UK) ***1/2

+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) **

LOVE IS STRANGE (Ira Sachs) ***

LUCY (Luc Besson, France) ***

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

THE LUNCHBOX (Ritesh Batra, India) ***

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (Woody Allen) **1/2

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) ***

MR. X: A VISION OF LEOS CARAX (Tessa Louise-Salomé, France) ***

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

NAKED OPERA (Angela Christlieb, Luxembourg/Germany) **

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

NIGHTCRAWLER (Dan Gilroy) ***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-FICTION DIARY (Jung Yoon-suk, South Korea) ***

+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

+OCULUS (Mike Flanagan) ***

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

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

+THE OVERNIGHTERS (Jesse Moss) ***

+PALO ALTO (Gia Coppola) ***

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

+PARTICLE FEVER (Mark Levinson) ***

POINT AND SHOOT (Marshall Curry) **1/2

PRIDE (Matthew Warchus, UK) ***

THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (Matias Piñeiro, Argentina) **1/2

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

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

RED ARMY (Gabe Polsky) ***

THE RETRIEVAL (Chris Eska) ***

REVENGE OF THE MEKONS (Joe Angio) ***

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} ***

'71 (Yann Demange, UK) ***

+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

STARRED UP (David Mackenzie, UK) **1/2

STORY OF MY DEATH (Albert Serra, Spain) **

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

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

+STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan) ***1/2

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) ***

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH (Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard, UK) ***

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

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France) ***1/2

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY (Hossein Amini, USA/UK/France) **1/2

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

VIRUNGA (Orlando von Einsiedel, UK) ***

VISITORS (Godfrey Reggio) *1/2

WE ARE MARI PEPA (Samuel Kishi  Leopo, Mexico) ***1/2

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

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

WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle) **1/2

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD (Gregg Araki) **1/2

+WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (Marc Silver, UK/Mexico) **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) **

THE ZERO THEOREM (Terry Gilliam, UK/Romania/France) **1/2
OLD FILMS

ABBY (William Girdler, 1974)

ABIGAIL LESLEY IS BACK IN TOWN (Joe Sarno, 1975)

ALL IS FORGIVEN (Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2007)

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 CAESAR (Larry Cohen, 1973)

+BLACK JACK (Ken Loach, UK, 1979)

BLACKMAIL (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1929)

BLIND CHANCE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, 1981)

BLOOD AND ROSES (Roger Vadim, France, 1960)

/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)

CARNIVAL OF SOULS (Herk Harvey, 1962)

CECILE IS DEAD! (Maurice Tourneur, France, 1944)

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)

THE DAY IS LONGER THAN THE NIGHT (Lana Gogoberidze, USSR, 1984)

/DAZED AND CONFUSED/ (Richard Linklater, 1993)

+DEJA VU (Tony Scott, 2006)

THE DEVIL'S RAIN (Robert Fuest, 1975)

/DOUBLE INDEMNITY/ (Billy Wilder, 1944)

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

EVERYTHING TOGETHER (Federico Leon, Argentina, 2002)

+FAKE IT SO REAL (Robert Greene, 2012)

FATHER OF A SOLDIER (Reza Chkheidze, USSR, 1965)

52 PICK-UP (John Frankenheimer, 1986)

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

+FUEGO (Armando Bo, Argentina, 1968)

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)

THE IMAGE (Radley Metzger, 1975)

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)

JUAN MOREIRA (Leonardo Favio, Argentina, 1973)

+KATI WITH AN I (Robert Greene, 2011)

THE KIDNAPPER (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina, 1958)

THE LAWLESS BREED (Raoul Walsh, 1953)

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)

+/LOVE STREAMS/ (John Cassavetes, 1984)

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

/MY DARLING CLEMENTINE/ (John Ford, 1946)

THE MYSTERIES (Gregory J. Markopolous, 1968)

NIAGARA (Henry Hathaway, 1953)

NIGHT GAMES (Mai Zetterling, Sweden, 1966)

NOTHING BUT A MAN (Michael Roemer, 1964)

/ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS/ (Howard Hawks, 1939)

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

OUTRAGEOUS! (Richard Benner, Canada, 1977)

PAGANINI (Klaus Kinski, Italy/France, 1989)

THE PLAYERS VS. ANGELES CAIDOS (Alberto Fischerman, Argentina, 1969)

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

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

PRONTO (Jim McBride, 1997)

THE QUEEN (Frank Simon, 1968) {M}

THE QUIET AMERICAN (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1958)

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

SEE NO EVIL (Richard Fleischer, 1971)

SHORT EYES (Robert M. Young, 1977)

+/SHOWGIRLS/ (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)

THE SIDEWALKS OF SATURN (Hugo Santiago, Argentina/France, 1986)

+A SIMPLE LIFE (Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 2011)

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

SIN IN THE SUBURBS (Joe Sarno, 1964)

THE SINISTER URGE (Ed Wood, 1961)

SPRING (Marcel Hanoun, France, 1970)

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

TIME HAS COME (Alain Guiraudie, France, 2005)

TOM, DICK AND HARRY (Garson Kanin, 1941)

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)

THE WHITE REINDEER (Erik  Blomberg, Finland, 1952)

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)

FINAL CURTAIN (Ed Wood, 1957) 

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)

+LESSONS OF WAR (Peggy Ahwesh) 

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

MOOD MONDRIAN (Marie Menken, 1961)

NONE FOR THE ROAD (Herk Harvey, 1957)

NOTEBOOK (Marie Menken, 1962-63)

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

PLEASE KILL MR. KINSKI (David Schmoeller, 1999) 

SORROWS (Gregory J. Markopolous, 1969)

THE SUN WAS SETTING (Ed Wood, 1951) 

TWO CABINS (James Benning, 2009)

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

VISUAL VARIATIONS ON NOGUCHI (Marie Menken, 1955)