Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2014 Movies

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014

05 January 2015

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. A Most Violent YearJ.C. Chandor
  2. SelmaAva DuVernay
  3. BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu
  4. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  5. The Imitation GameMorten Tyldum
  6. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  7. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  8. IdaPawel Pawlikowski
  9. LockeSteven Knight
  10. NoahDarren Aronofsky
  11. FoxcatcherBennett Miller
  12. InterstellarChristopher Nolan

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014

04 January 2015

Miriam Bale: Top 9 Films of 2014, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012]

  1. Inherent VicePaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Maps to the StarsDavid Cronenberg
  3. The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata
  4. Gone GirlDavid Fincher
  5. BelleAmma Asante
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. Listen Up PhilipAlex Ross Perry
  8. Under the SkinJonathan Glazer
  9. JealousyPhilippe Garrel

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012]

  1. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  2. The Strange Little CatRamon Zürcher
  3. JealousyPhilippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of HistoryLav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  7. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  8. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the UnjustClaude Lanzmann
  10. Closed CurtainKambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Steve Erickson: 20 Best Films of 2014, as published by Gay City News

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

  1. BoyhoodRichard Linklater
  2. What Now? Remind MeJoaquim Pinto
  3. Night MovesKelly Reichardt
  4. ActressRobert Greene
  5. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang
  6. The King of EscapeAlain Guiraudie
  7. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  8. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  9. NightcrawlerDan Gilroy
  10. SelmaAva DuVernay

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014

31 December 2014

Brian Darr: 10 Best Feature Films of 2014, as published by Fandor’s Keyframe blog. See also this list of documentaries.

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013]

  1. Goodbye to Language 3DJean-Luc Godard
  2. CitizenfourLaura Poitras
  3. InterstellarChristopher Nolan
  4. Vic + Flo Saw a BearDenis Côté
  5. The ImmigrantJames Gray
  6. Abuse of WeaknessCatherine Breillat
  7. The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson
  8. The Dance of RealityAlejandro Jodorowsky
  9. MANAKAMANAStephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Stray DogsTsai Ming-liang