Friday, 12 December 2014


Film Comment's annual points-based poll on the best films of 2014 has been unveiled on their website. Richard Linklater's Boyhood was, perhaps, not the runaway frontrunner for this honour, unlike so many others lately, but it took the top award nonetheless. They also have a list for films that went unreleased this year in the U.S., which Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes Jury Prize winner The Wonders bagged. Both films fought off seriously fierce competition to top these lists, so well done to each of them individually, and to all of the films that feature herein. Personally, I'm delighted to see Lav Diaz's Norte, the End of History at #15 on their main list, and his latest narrative feature, From What Is Before, at #5 on their unreleased list. Take a look:

Best Films of 2014
  1. Boyhood
  2. Goodbye to Language 3D
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Ida
  5. Under the Skin
  6. Stranger by the Lake
  7. Citizenfour
  8. Birdman
  9. Inherent Vice
  10. The Immigrant
  11. Two Days, One Night
  12. Only Lovers Left Alive
  13. Mr. Turner
  14. Force Majeure
  15. Norte, the End of History
  16. Whiplash
  17. Stray Dogs
  18. National Gallery
  19. Manakamana
  20. Snowpiercer

Best Unreleased Films of 2014

  1. The Wonders
  2. Hill of Freedom
  3. Pasolini
  4. The Iron Ministry
  5. From What Is Before
  6. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
  7. Approaching the Elephant
  8. The Kindergarten Teacher
  9. Stray Dog
  10. Socialism
  11. The Harvest
  12. Journey to the West
  13. Young Bodies Heal Quickly
  14. We Come as Friends
  15. The Japanese Dog
  16. History of Fear
  17. For the Plasma
  18. August Winds
  19. A Girl at My Door
  20. Fort Buchanan