Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Top Ten Films in 2014
Here are the top ten best feature films I saw in 2014.
(USA 2014 | 164 min. | My review)
The renowned writer/director Richard Linklater unprecedentedly created an insightful and delightful epic over twelve years.
(USA 2014 | 134 min. | My
Bauyr (Little Brother)
(Бауыр | Kazakhstan 2013 |
in Kazakh| 97 min. | My review)
With an observant and affectionate lens, Kazakh writer/director Serik Aprimov (Серік Апрымовтың) humorously tells a heartbroken story about an innocent boy's survival and his longing for love.
(USA 2014 | 100 min. | Documentary | My capsule)
In this director Jesse Moss's compelling documentary, charismatic Pastor Jay Reinke opens his church's door to migrant workers, newcomers, and anyone in need to stay overnight. In return, he pays a heavy price.
Fault in Our Stars (USA 2014
| 126 min. | My
While the film is not shy away for being sentimental about its subject matter of dying young, it does surprises us with its uplifting life-affirming attitude toward the love journey traveled briefly by its protagonists that are fantastically played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
The Way He Looks
(Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho | Brazil
2014 | in Portuguese | 95
min. | My
Brazilian writer/director Daniel Ribeiro beautifully captures his adolescent protagonist's subtle feelings in dealing with love and friendship.
(USA 2013 | 244 min. | Documentary)
Captivating, thought provoking and eye-opening.
(Club sándwich | Mexico 2013 | in Spanish | 82 min. | My review)
The director Fernando Eimbcke pitch perfectly positions his lens to capture the subtlety among a trio's intriguing relationship.
(USA 2014 | in Russian/English | 85 min. |
Documentary | My review)
Just like a fast moving ice-hockey game, the directory Gabe Polsky sleekly tells an engrossing story about charismatic formal Soviet Union's hockey players.
| Kazakhstan/Germany/France 2013 |
114 min. | My
The director Emir Baigazin confidently crafts his film with memorable characters and striking images.
Until next year...