Talkhouse Film Contributors’ Top Films of 2014

In the only end-of-year poll voted on solely by filmmakers, more than 40 Talkhouse Film contributors voiced their opinions on the best movies of 2014.

Talkhouse Film contributors and a select few friends of the site voted on their favorite theatrical releases of 2014. The results of the Talkhouse Film poll are below, showing all the titles that received multiple votes, along with each individual ballot. Ten points were awarded to first place films, 9 points were given to second place, etc.; for unranked lists, each selection was awarded 5.5 points, the average of 1 to 10, giving each equal weight. (N.B. As ballots were due on December 19, some awards season contenders released after that date do not figure heavily in these lists.)

1. Under the Skin   151
2. Boyhood   114.5
3. We are the Best!   82
4. Nightcrawler   81
5. Force Majeure   73
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel   69
=7. Birdman   61
=7Listen Up Philip   61
9. Ida   58
10. Whiplash   55

11. Stranger by the Lake   46
12. CITIZENFOUR   45.5
=13. Inherent Vice   45
=13. Only Lovers Left Alive   45
15. Foxcatcher   40
16. It Felt Like Love   38
17. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2   36
18. Blue Ruin   34
=19. Guardians of the Galaxy   32
=19. Manakamana   32

21. Gone Girl   30
22. Selma   25.5
=23. National Gallery   24
=23. The Overnighters   24
=25. Locke   23.5
=25. Love is Strange   23.5
=27. Happy Christmas   22
=27. The Immigrant   22
=29. Calvary   20
=29. Goodbye to Language   20
=29. Summer of Blood   20

32. Snowpiercer   19.5
33. The Strange Little Cat   19
34. 20,000 Days on Earth   18.5
=35. Joe   17
=35. Stop the Pounding Heart   17
37. Edge of Tomorrow   15
=38. A Field in England   14
=38. Tale of the Grimm Sleeper   14
40. Evolution of a Criminal   13.5

=41. Northern Light   13
=41. Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1   13
43. The Raid 2   12.5
=44. Cheap Thrills   12
=44. Obvious Child    12
=44. See You Next Tuesday   12
=47. A Most Violent Year   11.5
=47. The Babadook   11.5
=49. Actress   11
=49. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes   11
=49. Interstellar   11
=49. Story of My Death   11
=49. Two Days, One Night   11

=54. The Lego Movie   10
=54. Top Five   10
=56. Night Moves   9.5
=56. The Rover   9.5
=58. Butter on the Latch   9
=58. Frank   9
=58. Life Itself   9

=61. Abuse of Weakness   8
=61. I Origins   8
=61. Jodorowsky’s Dune   8
=61. The Trip to Italy   8
=65. Enemy   7
=65. Maidan   7
=65. The One I Love   7
68. Dear White People   6
=69. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night   5
=69. Borgman   5

71. What Now? Remind Me   3

Rodney Ascher
12 Movies I haven’t seen yet that I suspect would have made my top 10 list (in no order)
The Babadook
Goodbye to Language
The Purge: Anarchy
Inherent Vice
Force Majeure
The Dog
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
The Congress
20,000 Days on Earth
Space Station 76

11 movies I did that did (in no order)
Charlie Victor Romeo
The Double
The Lego Movie
Code Black
Edge of Tomorrow
When Animals Dream
Cheap Thrills
Blue Ruin
Guardians of the Galaxy
Under the Skin

Sean Baker
Force Majeure
Listen Up Philip
Blue Ruin
Coffee in Berlin (aka Oh Boy)
Edge of Tomorrow
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

So a few notes… I still have many films (i.e. Two Days, One Night or Winter Sleep) to see from 2014 so this list will probably change.

Also, these are only US releases so there were a few on my list that were festival or foreign releases that didn’t make it on this list (i.e. Bande de Filles, Mommy and Court).

Favorite scene of the year: The argument between Wade and Junior in David Gordon Green’s Joe. Doesn’t get better than that.

And lastly… they didn’t make it on my fave list but I must say, Low Down and Unbroken are incredibly shot and deserve recognition for cinematography.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Loved the Gareth Evans and Ben Wheatley talk… lots of great anecdotes.

Michael M. Bilandic
1. Maps to the Stars
2. Foxcatcher
3. Boyhood
4. The Raid 2
5. Goodbye to Language
6. Agnès Varda: From Here to There
7. Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1
8. Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
9. Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You
10. Birdman

Didn’t include movies made by friends, but so many excellent ones this year (Listen Up Philip, Heaven Knows What, Soft in the Head, Actress, Marvin, Seth & Stanley, Wild Canaries, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Person to Person, etc.). Special prize to Discovery Channel’s Eaten Alive for being most ridiculous thing on TV and the Lincoln Center’s “Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist” series for being the true cinematic high point.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Sophia Takal (Green) Talks Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3
Jim Hemphill (The Trouble with the Truth) on Oliver Stone’s Alexander: The Ultimate Cut

Sheldon Candis
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tale of The Grimm Sleeper
Life Itself
Keep On Keepin’ On
The Theory of Everything
Big Hero 6

Kat Candler
Love is Strange
Rich Hill
Before You Know It
Night Moves
The Rover
Force Majeure
The Drop
20,000 Days on Earth
The Babadook

These aren’t in any particular order. They’re just movies I couldn’t shake after I left the theater and I still think about.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
I think I read Sophia Takal’s piece on Magic in the Moonlight several times because it made me giggle.

Zach Clark
1. You & The Night
2. Louie, Season 4, “Elevator” Parts 1-6
3. Listen Up Philip
4. See You Next Tuesday
5. We Are The Best!
6. Person To Person
7. It Felt Like Love
8. Abuse of Weakness
9. Only Lovers Left Alive
10. Story Of My Death

Haven’t seen: Force Majeure, Inherent Vice, Nightcrawler, Birdman, Insterstellar, Selma, The Hobbit, Beyond the Lights

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
David Lowery on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Brandon Colvin
1. Under the Skin
2. The Strange Little Cat
3. Ida
4. Northern Light
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
6. See You Next Tuesday
7. Stranger by the Lake
8. The Rover
9. Butter on the Latch
10. It Felt Like Love

The Wind Rises would be my #1, but that’s technically a 2013 release according to NYC theatrical rules. Some films I love did not receive an NYC commercial theatrical run (which, to me, is becoming a more and more outdated way of qualifying films for this sort of thing). They include: You Make Me Feel So Young (dir. Zach Weintraub), Approaching the Elephant (dir. Amanda Rose Wilder), When Evening Falls on Bucharest, Or Metabolism (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu), and MMXIII (dir. Ian Clark). All four of those would have made by top ten, along with The Wind Rises. Hawaiian Punch (dir. Nandan Rao) and Tom at the Farm (dir. Xavier Dolan) would also appear ahead of other films that made the above list, but they also don’t qualify.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Everything written by Kentucker Audley.

Alex Cox
A Field in England

Don’t know if it got US distrib or not. That’s it.

Dean Craig
1. Whiplash
2. Locke
3. Frank
4. Mistaken for Strangers
5. Two Days, One Night
6. The Trip to Italy
7. Dom Hemingway
8. Foxcatcher
9. Nightcrawler
10. Birdman

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Sophia Takal (Green) Talks Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You

Josephine Decker
Under the Skin
Violet (by Bas Devos — not yet released in US)
Summer of Blood
Evolution of a Criminal
Kuzu (Turkish film, not yet released in US)
White Shadow (by Noaz Deshe, not yet released in US)

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Onur Tukel’s amazing confused rant about Jon Favreau.

Bret Easton Ellis
1. Boyhood
2. Leviathan (Russia)
3. Force Majeure (Sweden)
4. Birdman
5. The Last of the Unjust (France)
6. Nymphomaniac
7. Listen Up Phillip
8. Stranger By the Lake (France)
9. Omar (Palestine)
10. Gone Girl

Vincent Grashaw
Blue Ruin
The Babadook
Cheap Thrills
Land Ho!
Force Majeure

I still haven’t seen many films that very well could have made it on this list. My favorite film would’ve been Imperial Dreams, starring John Boyega. It premiered at Sundance but has yet to be released (most likely waiting for Star Wars and piggyback that marketing beast).

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Whiplash. Very unique way for us filmmakers to express just how we feel when we watch a movie. It tackled personal feelings filmmakers may have about one another. Jealousy, pride, joy, adrenaline.

Robert Greene
Top 10 nonfiction films released in the US in 2014:
1. National Gallery (Wiseman)
2. Manakamana (Spray/Velez)
3. The Overnighters (Moss)
4. Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (Broomfield)
5. Stop The Pounding Heart (Minervini)
6. Big Men (Boynton)
7. 20,000 Days On Earth (Forsyth/Pollard)
8. CITIZENFOUR (Poitras)
9. Maidan (Loznitsa)
10. Waiting For August (Mihai)
(t). What Now? Remind Me (Pinto)

Ian Harnarine
I couldn’t come up with a ranking (it was messing with my brain!), so I’ve decided to list them alphabetically:
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
CITIZENFOUR (Laura Poitras)
Evolution of a Criminal (Darius Clark Monroe)
Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund)
The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra)
A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor)
The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans)
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
Snowpiercer (Bong Joon Ho)
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Sam Fleischner)

Maybe not the best film of the year, but The Raid 2 by Gareth Evans was definitely the most fun. With outstanding fight scenes, editing and cinematography this film raised the bar for action films.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) Talks with Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR) for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

Chad Hartigan
1. We Are the Best!
2. Under the Skin
3. Stranger by the Lake
4. The Immigrant
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Two Days, One Night
7. Enemy
8. Force Majeure
9. Listen Up Philip
10. Nightcrawler

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Joe Swanberg on Sex Tape

Jim Hemphill
Without having seen anywhere near enough movies to make a truly informed judgment as to the ten “best,” here are my ten favorite movies of 2014:
1) Inherent Vice
2) Gone Girl
3) Nymphomaniac
4) Interstellar
5) A Most Violent Year
6) Calvary
7) Boyhood
8) Nightcrawler
9) The Fault in Our Stars
10) Foxcatcher

Honorable Mention: Birdman, Drive Hard, The Drop, Endless Love, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Homesman, Jersey Boys, John Wick, Late Phases, Life of Crime, Locke, Magic in the Moonlight, A Most Wanted Man, The One I Love, The Other Woman, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Trip to Italy, Tusk, Walk Of Shame

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Loved Richard Kelly’s riff on Gone Girl and Eyes Wide Shut

Lou Howe
Force Majeure
Under the Skin
We Are The Best!
The Immigrant
It Felt Like Love
Only Lovers Left Alive
Blue Ruin

I haven’t seen Inherent Vice or Mr. Turner, which I feel like have a pretty good shot of getting into my top 10.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Terence Nance on Exodus!
Rian Johnson & Terry Gilliam Podcast

Ben York Jones
1.) We Are The Best! (Loved this film with all my heart. Simple as that. “Hate the Sport” for best original song!)
2.) Listen Up Philip
3.) Foxcatcher (Directors seem to most often be awarded for highly conceptual (or) technical achievements these days. Without any such splashiness, I think this was the best directed film of the year.)
4.) Nightcrawler (My pick for best original screenplay of the year.)
5.) Whiplash
6.) It Felt Like Love (The idea of naivety getting someone into a dangerous situation is such a troubling concept to me. Brave and restrained, a seriously unique coming of age snapshot.)
7.) Only Lovers Left Alive (“Awe, little Jack White…” )
8.) Inherent Vice (And among other things, my pick for best production design. I’d be happy to live in this world.)
9.) Obvious Child
10.) They Came Together (Just the funniest people in the world in their prime in a movie together…)
Honorable mention: Blue Ruin

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Daniel Schechter’s Whiplash talk. All of Mike Mohan‘s talks. David Lowery’s TMNT talk. And Joe Swanberg’s Sex Tape talk.

Aaron Katz
1. Listen Up Philip
2. We Are the Best!
3. Under the Skin
4. Nightcrawler
5. Ida
6. Gone Girl
7. The One I Love
8. The Trip to Italy
9. Neighbors
10. Top Five

Lloyd Kaufman
Guardians of the Galaxy
Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1
Dead Snow 2
Only Lovers Left Alive
Grand Budapest Hotel
Witching and Bitching

We took a poll at Troma Entertainment and among all of those taking part (about 10 Tromites) The above is our list of top ten.

Braden King
1. Singer’s Grave a Sea of Teeth (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)
2. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
3. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)
4. Butter on the Latch (Josephine Decker)
5. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier)
6. The Measures (Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin)
7. Who is Dayani Cristal? (Marc Silver)
8. A Spell to Ward off the Darkness (Ben Rivers and Ben Russell)
9. Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 (Lars Von Trier)
10. “0 – 100 / The Catch-Up” (Drake) – while on my bike

Adam Leon
1. Under The Skin
2. We Are the Best!
3. Manakamana
4. Inherent Vice
5. Love Is Strange
6. The Lego Movie
7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
8. Enemy
9. Obvious Child
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes/Guardians of the Galaxy/Edge Of Tomorrow

I’m cheating at the end here, hoping Nick and the Talkhouse team will buy this as a single “summer blockbuster” pick.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Sophia Takal’s Expendables piece. Really all of her pieces. But that one made me want to call all of my friends and tell them I love them. And also ask them fight in a vigilante army with me. Again.

Lawrence Michael Levine
1. The Mend
2. It Felt Like Love
3. Hellaware
4. Buzzard
5. Actress
6. Art and Craft
7. Happy Christmas
8. Appropriate Behavior
9. Summer of Blood
10. Obvious Child

Feel I should mention that my list is qualified not only by the fact that I have probably since less than a fifth of the films that were released this year, but also by the fact that I chose to focus on movies that I assume cost half-a-million dollars or less to make. There were many excellent films this year that were above that price point obviously, but I figure these films with less exposure could benefit more from the mention here.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
I’m excluding my wife’s very funny piece on Magic in the Moonlight from the running, so I can’t be accused of favoritism. I loved Swanberg’s piece on Sex Tape. His salient critique of the often retrograde attitude studio films display toward sex was a pleasure to read.

Jonathan Lisecki
1. Selma
3. Love is Strange
4. Obvious Child
5. It Felt Like Love
6. Dear White People
7. Stranger by the Lake
8. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
9. The Skeleton Twins
10. Beyond the Lights

11-20 in alphabetical order:
Actress, Blue Ruin, Boyhood, Guardians of the Galaxy, Life Itself, Nightcrawler, Snowpiercer, The Foxy Merkins, The Great Invisible, Under the Skin, and all the other films I would like to include but chose to leave off because my friends and/or colleagues were creatively involved.

I chose to have my top ten consist entirely of films made by women, people of color and LGBT filmmakers. We should constantly strive for more diversity in the film community and in the ranks of people who write about film.

I took the directive to not add any TV but there is nothing in film currently quite like Transparent, Jane the Virgin, The Comeback, and the virtuoso performance Lorraine Toussaint gave in this past season of Orange is the New Black.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
The two pieces that stand out in my memory are Anna Martemucci on Happy Valley and Sophia Takal on Magic in the Moonlight.

Mynette Louie
1. Under the Skin
2. Whiplash
3. Snowpiercer
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. I Origins
6. Kelly & Cal
7. The Great Museum
8. Ida
9. Edge of Tomorrow
10. Belle

I am WAY behind on my movie-watching (haven’t seen A Most Violent Year, Beyond the Lights, Birdman, CITIZENFOUR, Force Majeure, Gone Girl, Inherent Vice, Selma, Top Five, and many more), but the above is my top 10 to date.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Hands down the best was Terence Nance’s “review” of Exodus. An incredible manifesto that should be required reading for everyone who makes film and TV.

Charlie Lyne
1. Under the Skin
2. Nymphomaniac
4. Force Majeure
5. Boyhood
6. Actress
7. Happy Christmas
8. Whiplash
9. Stranger by the Lake
10. The Overnighters

James Marsh
1/ Ida – Pawel Pawlikovski
2/ Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
3/ Boyhood – Richard Linklater
4/ Birdman – Alejandro Innaritu
5/ CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras
6/ Foxcatcher – Bennet Miller
7/ National Gallery – Frederick Wiseman
8/ Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraude
9/ Force Majeure – Ruben Ostlund
10/ Frank – Lenny Abrahamson

Travis Mathews
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
Hellion (Kat Candler)
Abuse of Weakness (Catherine Breillat)
Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs)
The Foxy Merkins (Madeleine Olnek)
Top Five (Chris Rock)
CITIZENFOUR (Laura Poitras)

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Isabelle Huppert Talks with Kim Cattrall for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

Michael Mohan
1. Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
2. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter – David Zellner
3. We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson
4. Girls (Season 3) – Lena Dunham
5. Interesting Ball – Daniels
6. Happy Christmas – Joe Swanberg
7. Faults – Riley Stearns
8. The One I Love – Charlie McDowell
9. Grand Piano – Eugenio Mira
10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves

So rather than make a list where I put obvious choices like Birdman, Grand Budapest Hotel, Foxcatcher, and Whiplash in a different order than my fellow filmmakers, I figured I’d make a list of truly great pieces of cinema that otherwise might have been overlooked in these sorts of articles.

However, regardless of this fact I honestly do think that Listen Up Philip is very much the best film of the year, and if it had been released in the mid-90’s, it would have been instantly added to the annals of independent film history alongside Welcome to the Dollhouse, Metropolitan, Clerks, and Reservoir Dogs. It has the strongest voice out of any film made this year, stylistically handled with a perfect balance of looseness and precision.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
I think Craig Zobel’s piece on God Help The Girl was so thoughtful. I wish more people watched movies through such an optimistic lens.

Terence Nance
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Top Five
Death Metal Angola
It Felt Like love
Evolution of a Criminal

Gavin O’Connor
Force Majeure
I Origins / Tracks
Under the Skin

I haven’t seen Foxcatcher or Interstellar yet.

Zack Parker
1. Under the Skin
2. Gone Girl
3. Nightcrawler
4. Nymphomaniac
5. Only Lovers Left Alive
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. A Field in England
8. Cheap Thrills
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10. Jodorowsky’s Dune

I will preface this list by stating that given my current geographic location, and its severe lack of theaters outside of multiplexes, I typically do not have access to a lot of great films until they reach Blu/VOD. That said, some titles I missed that would most likely influence an alteration in my selections below are as follows: Birdman, Inherent Vice, Big Eyes, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Foxcatcher.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Bret Easton Ellis on Inherent Vice
Sophia Takal on This is Where I Leave You
Richard Kelly on Gone Girl/Eyes Wide Shut
Onur Tukel on Wetlands
Stewart Thorndike on Lady Horror

Alex Ross Perry
1. Story of My Death
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. Happy Christmas
4. Inherent Vice
5. Nightcrawler
6. Godzilla
7. Interstellar
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
9. Fury
10. The Rover

Sierra Pettengill
1- National Gallery
2- Stop the Pounding Heart
3- The Overnighters
4- Stranger by the Lake
5- Northern Light
6- Manakamana
7- Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
8- Citizenfour
9- What Now? Remind Me
10- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Charlie Lyne on Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself

Calvin Lee Reeder
Under the Skin
Tim’s Vermeer
We Are the Best!
The Dance Of Reality
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice

Don’t mistake my inclusion of Inherent Vice as an endorsement for hippie feet. That stuff is gross.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Chad Hartigan’s 22 Jump Street

Jeff Reichert
1. Stray Dogs
2. Mr. Turner
3. Boyhood
4. Only Lovers Left Alive
5. Goodbye to Language
6. Maidan
7. Stranger by the Lake
8. The Strange Little Cat
9. The Immigrant
10. Exhibition

Todd Rohal
We Are the Best!
Summer of Blood
Under the Skin
The Overnighters
Blue Ruin
The Immigrant
Bad Grandpa

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Calvin Lee Reeder (The Rambler) Talks Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality

Randy Russell
20,000 Days On Earth
Listen Up Philip
The Strange Little Cat
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Tip Top
Life Itself
Summer of Blood
Only Lovers Left Alive

I strongly suspect that several I haven’t seen yet will make it to top ten.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Daniel Schechter on Whiplash

Daniel Schechter
1. Nightcrawler
2. Locke
3. Calvary
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5. Gone Girl
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. Edge of Tomorrow
8. Listen Up Philip
9. Force Majeure
10. Dear White People

Special Mentions:
Meet the Patels
Love is Strange
Camp X-Ray
Summer of Blood
The Lego Movie
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Alan Partridge
Life Itself
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Movies I missed but think I’ll like:
Mr Turner
Two Days, One Night
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Blue Ruin
Starred Up
Two Faces of January

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
A tie of the Tukels:
Onur Tukel (Richard’s Wedding) Talks Jon Favreau’s Chef
Onur Tukel (Summer of Blood) Talks David Wnendt’s Wetlands

Riley Stearns
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
We Are the Best!
Only Lovers Left Alive
Under The Skin
Force Majeure

Whiplash had me more tense and nervous than any film ever has. As much as I loved it there was also a sense of jealousy that seeped into my viewing experience because it’s a film I wish I could make but know that I couldn’t.

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Joe Swanberg’s Sex Tape piece

Michael Tully
1. Boyhood
2. Force Majeure
3. Inherent Vice
4. Ida
5. Under the Skin
6. Manakamana
7. The Immigrant
8. Only Lovers Left Alive
9. Stop The Pounding Heart
10. Stranger by the Lake

Favorite Talkhouse Film piece(s) of 2014
Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) Talks Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings
Clay Liford (Wuss) Talks Stiles White’s Ouija
Sophia Takal (Green) Talks Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You

Caveh Zahedi
1. Boyhood
2. Goodbye to Language
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Under the Skin
5. It Felt Like Love
6. Fifi Howls From Happiness
7. Night Moves
8. Alan Partridge
9. Soft in the Head
10. Happy Christmas

I thought Boyhood was the best film of the century.