Best 30 Films of 2014

This top 30 consists of films that managed to differentiate themselves in 2014 through a very unique and consistent vision, a high level of overall quality, impeccable writing, choices that showcased courage and assumed creative risks, emotion, surprising choices and an interesting structure/concept. The order is not that relevant. I tried not to include titles that are predictable or emulate overused formulas created to please at all costs/artistic compromises. And I’ve left aside films like “Theory of Everything” and “The Imitation Game” because the screenwriting is often mediocre, boring, playing safe all the time. Both of them were made after the “awards (Academy) snatching recipe” and for me are forgettable and disappointing. An earlier version of this top was published in filmreporter.ro¬†among other lists made by Romanian film critics.

  1. Birdman
  2. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  3. Ida
  4. Starred Up
  5. Force Majeure
  6. Boyhood
  7. Hide Your Smiling Faces
  8. Jauja
  9. Winter Sleep
  10. Leviathan
  11. Foxcatcher
  12. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  13. Locke
  14. Two Days, One Night
  15. Rover
  16. Abuse of Weakness
  17. Calvary
  18. Whiplash
  19. The Double
  20. 71
  21. La Danza dela realidad
  22. Goodbye to Language 3D
  23. Love is Strange
  24. Under the Skin
  25. Frank
  26. Nightcrawler
  27. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
  28. Mood Indigo
  29. Clouds of Sils Maria
  30. QED (Quot Erat Demonstrandum)

 

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