Favorites of 2014 December 31, 2014

I didn’t publish my list last year and I’m not sure if I will in the future. I had to get in on the listmaking action this time because this may be the closest I’ll ever come to being caught up with everything at the end of any year. As of today, December 31st, I’ve seen 80 out of the 100 movies I wanted to see from 2014.

Feb. 15 update: I’ve now seen all the essentials. There are still a handful I wish I could have watched before updating this list, but nothing major.

1. Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz | Philippines)
2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater | U.S.)
3. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard | Switzerland, France)
4. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang | Taiwan)
5. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne | Belgium)
6. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs | U.S.)
7. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer | U.K.)
8. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Josephine Decker | U.S.)
9. Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie | France)
10. Nymphomaniac (Lars von Trier | Denmark)
11. Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu | U.S.)
12. Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi | Iran)
13. Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho | South Korea, U.S., Czech Republic)
14. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent | Australia)
15. The Immigrant (James Gray | U.S.)
16. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski | Poland)
17. Story of My Death (Albert Serra | Spain)
18. Himizu (Sono Sion | Japan)
19. Palo Alto (Gia Coppola | U.S.)
20. Policeman (Nadav Lapid | Israel)

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