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10 Best Films 2014

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I usually add a Japanese film or two to my list, as that’s what I write about. However this year, I found nary a single Japanese film that was worth adding to the list. Not a one! The inclusion of 2013 films, Nebraska and Inside Llewyin Davis, is because they finally played Tokyo in 2014. The films below are submitted in order. El Futuro’s structuralist strategies and political savvy, coupled with one of the an amazing sound/visual design, shows Luis López Carrasco’s a complete original. Asaf Korman’s Next to Her also has one of the best sound designs of any film ever, plus amazing performances by his 3 leads, particularly Dana Ivgy, in a hugely moving story about the more destructive aspects of love. The Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas’s hommage to Juliette Binoch and the art of the actor was magical. The one oddball of the bunch is Survival is Not Virtue. It’s actually a music video of a song by Jordan O’Jordan done entirely with appropriated footage from Norman Jewison’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Not only is it an amazing short film – you’ll never look at Josh Mostel’s Herod the same way again – but I’ve added it as a bit of a testament to the whole project known as Clyde Petersen, which includes film, music, installations and so much more. Francis Xavier Pasion’s Bwaya is part ethnographic study, part mythic storytelling and totally fascinating. Are the two Brits, who bring up the batch, at the forefront of a new trend of strangely distant and cold storytelling that end up with heartbreaking results?

El Futuro (Luis Luis López Carrasco, 2013)


Next to Her (Asaf Asaf Korman, 2014)


The Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)


Survival is Not Virtue (Clyde Petersen, 2014)


Nebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013)


Les jours venus (The Days Come, Romain Goupil, 2014)


Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan and Joel Coen, 2013)


Bwaya (Crocodile, Francis Xavier Pasion, 2014)


Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)


Exhibition (Joanna Hogg, 2013)


Written by Nicholas Vroman

January 8, 2015 at 2:23 am

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