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Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Apex Predator » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:15 am

I appreciate those on Rotten Tomatoes who have helped me when I asked them about helping me with finishing the 2014 films that I need to see.

But thanks to RT's glitching and ultimate demise, that thread has been lost in the ethers. But maybe, just maybe, that could be a good thing.

I need your help in compiling a list of titles when completed will allow me to say, "Yeah, that's good enough" and start working on The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2014.

What I've seen:
13 Sins
3 Days to Kill
A Coffee in Berlin
A Five Star Life
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Haunted House 2
A Most Wanted Man
American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
And So It Goes
Annie (2014)
As Above/So Below
Ask Me Anything
B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Bad Words
Beyond the Lights
Big Eyes
Birdman
Blue Ruin
Born in Gaza B
Boyhood
Brick Mansions
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cinemanovels
Citizenfour
Dead of Winter
Dedh Ishqiya
Diplomacy
Edge of Tomorrow
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Elsa & Fred (2014)
Enemy
Ernest & Celestine
Force Majeure
Gambit (2012)
Girl on a Bicycle
Gloria (2014)
God's Not Dead
Godzilla (2014)
Gone Girl
Good People
Goodbye to Language
Hector And The Search For Happiness
Henry and Me
Horns C
Housebound
How to Train Your Dragon 2
I Am Ali
I, Frankenstein
Ida
Interior. Leather Bar.
Interstellar
Into The Storm
It Felt Like Love
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
John Wick
K2: Siren of the Himalayas
Left Behind (2014)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Life Itself
Life of Crime
Limited Partnership
Locke
Lucy
Mommy
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Nightcrawler
No Good Deed (2014)
Non-Stop
Not Cool
Oculus
Only Lovers Left Alive
Over the Garden Wall
Penguins of Madagascar
Persecuted
Pompeii
Postman Pat: The Movie
Redwood Highway
Revenge of the Green Dragons
Ride Along
Rio 2
RoboCop (2014)
Rosemary's Baby (2014)
Santa Quest
Schonefeld Boulevard
Selma
Snowpiercer B
Song of the Sea
St. Vincent
Starred Up
Stations of the Elevated
Tammy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
The Babadook
The Boxtrolls
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Guest (2014)
The Hornet's Nest
The Houses October Built
The Imitation Game
The Interview (2014)
The LEGO Movie
The Liberator
The Monuments Men
The Normal Heart
The November Man
The Nut Job
The Other Woman (2014)
The Price of Gold
The Quiet Ones
The Retrieval
The Taking of Deborah Logan B-
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
The Theory of Everything
The Trip to Italy
The Wind Rises
They Came Together
Tim's Vermeer
Top Five
Transcendence
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Two Days, One Night
Under the Skin (2014)
Viva La Liberta
War of the Worlds: Goliath
We Are The Best!
X-Men: Days of Future Past

A list of must see titles would be appreciated. Hoping to be done with this by early 2020.

Updated with my ratings for the films I've seen in the last few months.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by A Fake Account » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:40 am

Significant or noteworthy U.S. releases I don't see mentioned, just going by release date (and I may have overlooked some):

Noah
Obvious Child
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dear White People
Listen Up Philip
Foxcatcher
Inherent Vice
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by DaMU » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:27 am

You've got most of 'em...

Guardians of the Galaxy
The Raid 2


And while I wouldn't say they're must-see, I found the following passable to pretty good, in descending order of quality...

Stretch
The Interview
The Taking of Deborah Logan
Big Hero 6
Horns
Odd Thomas
The Sacrament
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The above-written is wholly and solely the perspective of DaMU and should not be taken as an effort to rile, malign, or diminish you, dummo.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Takoma1 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:39 am

DaMU wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:27 am

And while I wouldn't say they're must-see, I found the following passable to pretty good, in descending order of quality...

Horns
Odd Thomas
I think that both of these, while flawed, are certainly worth watching.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:03 am

What I've seen that I can verify as films worth seeing
Apex Predator wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:15 am
The Babadook
Beyond the Lights
Birdman
Blue Ruin
Boyhood
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Citizenfour
Dear White People
Edge of Tomorrow
Enemy
Force Majeure
Girl on a Bicycle
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Goodbye to Language
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Guest (2014)
I Am Ali
Ida
Inherent Vice
Interstellar
John Wick
The LEGO Movie
Locke
A Most Wanted Man
Nightcrawler
Only Lovers Left Alive
Selma
Song of the Sea
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tim's Vermeer
Top Five
Two Days, One Night
Under the Skin (2014)
The Wind Rises

And some random others....

What We Do in the Shadows
A Most Violent Year
Maps to the Stars
Leviathan
The Rover
Ex Machina (released 2015)
It Follows (released 2015)
Clouds of Silas Marner
The Drop
Rosewater
While We're Young
The Look of Silence
Tokyo Tribe
Electric Boogaloo
The Duke of Burgundy
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter

And many others I still need to see as well....
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:06 am

DaMU wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:27 am
The Raid 2
Ack! What was I thinking?

One of my better theater experiences that year was skipping Winter Soldier to see this instead.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Captain Terror » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:47 pm

So I went to Letterboxd and sorted all the films I've seen from 2014, and these are the films that I rated 4 stars or higher, and that haven't been mentioned yet:

Testament of Youth
Black Mountain Side
The Incident
Spring

Reality
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "The Island of Dr Moreau"
In Your Eyes
Chef
Starry Eyes
Late Phases
From the Dark
Cold In July
Frank
When Animals Dream

To be honest, I don't even remember some of these but the highlighted titles are some that I especially liked so I'd recommend those at least.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Shieldmaiden » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:57 pm

Here are the ones from my favorites list that haven't been mentioned yet. I'm not sure how many foreign films you want, but Güeros is a must see!

Güeros
Lost River
Phoenix
Clouds of Sils Maria (Jinnistan sort of mentioned this one, haha)
Girlhood
Jauja
Horse Money
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Jinnistan » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:28 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:57 pm
(Jinnistan sort of mentioned this one, haha)
That book continues to torment me in the cruelest ways.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by LEAVES » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:17 am

The first thing you need help on is to stop watching so many awful films, of course.

But you can also watch:

Listen Up Philip
Beloved Sisters
Eden
The Wonders
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch...

That’s 4 of my top 5!
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by eri nitta » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:37 am

Some more not already mentioned:

Black Coal, Thin Ice
The Midnight After
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Mr. Turner
The Adventures of Bellring Girls Heart Across the 6D
Hit 2 Pass
A Midsummer’s Fantasia
Hill of Freedom
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Oxnard Montalvo » Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:51 am

Dinesh D’Souza's America
Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?

I dare ya
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Apex Predator » Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:18 pm

Oxnard Montalvo wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:51 am
Dinesh D’Souza's America
Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?

I dare ya
That's gonna be difficult.

I've already done D'Souza before in Hillary's America so I kind of know what to expect. An occasional point here and there mixed with a lot of speculation and poor logic.

As for Part 3 of Atlas Shrugged, I saw part 1 and I think I've been scared off that series.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Jinnistan » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:27 am

I still have not seen DaFoe in Ferrera's Pasolini. I can't imagine it being unwatchable.
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Post by Apex Predator » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:34 am

And thanks for all the suggestions so far. Keep them coming!
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Thief » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:35 pm

Trying to stay clear of the popular films or the ones you already have in your list...

Kill the Messenger, with Jeremy Renner, is probably on my Top 3 or Top 5 of the year. Based on the real life of reporter Gary Webb, and his discovery of CIA involvement in the Iran-Contras mess. Perhaps it might work better if you don't read much before hand, but I fully recommend it.

'71, a British film about a soldier trapped in Belfast during the "Troubles". Very tense and taut, well directed and acted. Nothing extremely groundbreaking, but worth a watch.

Glass Chin, with Corey Stoll and Billy Crudup, is a simple film about a former boxer that finds himself in a mess with the mob. However, the film does its best to stay clear of some of the clichés, and is more introspective, slow, and deliberate, than thrilling. The direction was particularly impressive with some cool, long takes, and solid framing.

Fury, with Brad Pitt, is not an excellent film but it's solid. However, I would fully recommend it based on a particular scene that, unfortunately, the film failed to equal afterwards. But it's a good film anyway.

The Two Faces of January, with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac, is another one that I don't think it's great, but still pretty solid. What impressed me most from this film was Isaac himself, who I don't think I had seen before. His performance is really good.

I also second other films like The Rover, Noah, Spring, and What We Do in the Shadows.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by topherH » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:21 pm

LEAVES wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:17 am
The first thing you need help on is to stop watching so many awful films, of course.
I found this helps quite a bit.

my picks from Letterboxd:

Ex Machina
Selma
American Sniper
HG: Mocking Jay
Interstellar
Big Hero 6
John Wick
Inherent Vice
Gone Girl
Birdman
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Guardians of the Galaxy
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
It Follows
How to train your Dragon 2
X-men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: Winter Soldier
Noah
Grand Budapest Hotel
The Lego Movie
The Raid 2
Boyhood
The Babadook
Whiplash
State of Siege |Gavras, 1972| +
Deadpool |Miller, 2016| +
Z |Gavras, 1969| -
The Confession |Gavras, 1970| +
Missing |Gavras, 1982| +
The Revenant |Inarritu, 2015| +
The Hateful Eight |Tarantino, 2015| +

+ Recommended
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Apex Predator » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:32 am

I got a game plan and I thought I'd get you caught up on the films I've seen since I posted this.

Snowpiercer B

It's a big risk to put out an action/science fiction/thriller set aboard a train and dealing with class rebellions and the Ice Age. But the fact that this mostly works is due to the direction of Bong Joon-Ho and a solid cast which finds room for some strong actors in some minor roles (Octavia Spencer, to name one). I do feel that some characters serve as cannon fodder, but the ebb and flow of a big battle involving our lower class heroes and a team of thugs armed with hatchets and spears has quite an epic feel to it. Plus, there are the little moments such as a photograph taken with a shoe on top of Tilda Swinton. It's the little things that count.

The Taking of Deborah Logan B-

Yeah, I can't believe I forgot about this one earlier. It's a found footage film where the characters are chronicling an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's. Or is she? The intelligence of the film and its characters and the solidness of the cast (particularly Jill Larson as the titular character) make up for a shaky third act that threatens to run the film off the rails. One of the better found footage horrors of recent vintage.

Horns C

Well, this was like the opposite of High Voltage in that the first two thirds is a bit of a hot mess and the last act kinda brings it together. The town pariah who is suspected of killing his longtime girlfriend ends up growing horns on his head one night and he finds they work as some sort of truth serum where people share their (often) darkest thoughts. The film one minute wants to be Alejandro Aja's Wonder Years as the relationship between Ig and Merrin starts to take hold and the next turning into a battle royale by reporters fighting for an exclusive. But the relationship ebbs and flows are captured well enough and things start to click towards the end. Radcliffe's performance is rock solid.
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Re: Help Me Finish 2014

Post by Apex Predator » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:46 am

Another documentary, but this one turns out to be pretty good.

Born in Gaza B

Documentary on kids who do their best to survive the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. It does a great job of showing the short-term and long-term effects on the conflict on their mental and physical health. This is one of those times where I need a good where are they now followup (full movie, short, blog post).
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