Best Seen in 2014
















So working my way through classics has given me the opportunity to see a whole lot of awesome movies. How do I pick just ten? To qualify, the film must be seen for the first time. Repeats don't count. Leggoo....

30. Body Heat (1981)
Lawrence Kasdan's directorial debut is a sexy thriller. The best of its kind.

29. Four Lions (2010)
The worst kind of comedy and the best kind of comedy. What other movie can joke about suicide bombers?

28. Incendies (2010)
A nasty war movie; but beautiful in its calmer spots.

27. No Man's Land (2001)
Another war movie, unlike any others. About the pointless system that breeds violence.

26. Videodrome (1983)
David Cronenberg with a torture meets sexual fantasy, apocalypse movie. It's just as screwed up and glorious as it sounds.

25. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Guillermo del Toro's best movie. End of story.

24. The Big Chill (1983)
Lawrence Kasdan again with a different genre; but still original, still magnificent.

23.  (1963)
Ah, Fellini. You knew it had to happen. But why so soon? Who knows? Is that a cow?

22. Vampyr (1932)
Vampire movie? Surreal death scenes? Yes please!

21. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
So what's so special about watching a woman making housework for three house plus? Well, Akerman gives her audience power of observation. It's amazing!

20. Dead Man (1995)
I'm not a big fan of Jim Jarmusch; but Johnny Depp and the insane antics of cross-dressing meeting rock-n-roll is hugely successful.

19. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Claustrophobia, governmental control, hilariously awesome. Frank Sinatra? Yeah, why not?

18. Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
The most original WWII movie you'll see.

17. Mean Streets (1973) 
Martin Scorsese's breakthrough movie is his most haunting. Religious imagery, Robert de Niro being young, and the origin of everything Scorsese.

16. High Plains Drifter (1973)
Clint Eastwood is the only one who could have turned a western into a ghost story.

15. Gallipoli (1981)
Peter Weir is a genius and his war movie makes Mel Gibson relatable and brings the tears.

14. Chungking Express (1994)
A Tarantino-like thriller/meets romance.

13. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
Perhaps the movie that had the most influence on me this year; but a great documentary past that.

12. The Last Wave (1977)
Peter Weir again and with the most bizarre apocalypse movie.

11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
So it's not just because I watched this like five bazillion times this year; but I really love the quirky, self-aware, sci-fi mockery that is this movie.

10. Weekend (2011)
The most heart-breaking and romantic gay movie in a billion years.

9. City of God (2002)
Just watch it.

8. The Lives of Others (2006)
Just watch it 2.0.

7. In the Mood for Love (2000)
Romantic and reserved.

6. La Dolce Vita (1960)
Fellini again. Is that a cow?

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Wes Anderson and claymation go together like...well, Wes Anderson and claymation.

4. Paradise Now (2005)
Here we get the darkest with the antithesis to "Four Lions".

3. The Exorcist (1973)
William Friedkin's movie about doubt and religion...not exactly about demons.

2. Papillon (1973)
Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman being insane prisoners? Yes please!

1. All That Jazz (1979)
So Bob Fosse's scathing love/hate relationship with theater and film is far and beyond the best thing I've seen all year. And now for a musical number...


Honorable Mentions:
Underground
Brokeback Mountain

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