Editor’s note: 2014 brought us a barrage of great UK-produced films – there was Oscar-nominated biopics such as The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, but also more challenging, less-seen gems such as Under the Skin and Frank. We asked our resident UK-based critic Jess Brooman to look ahead at what she’s most excited about […]
Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences names a single film as the Best Picture of the year. Most film nerds and critics don’t take The Oscars too seriously, but for some reason, every Oscars ceremony feels like The Super Bowl for us. Odds are calculated, lists are made, and one film […]
With the door barely closed on 2014, we’ve wasted no time looking ahead to the onslaught of major productions opening in the new year. We had a handful of our writers throw out a few upcoming films that they’re excited about. This list is in no way exhaustive, in fact, it’s likely we’re missing one of your […]
With over fifty films in his canon (and, to much confusion, similarly titled) delving into the director dubbed “too Japanese” for the world can be a daunting task. Ozu has long since been regarded as the most prolific of Asian directors and his work has been discussed by scholars and fans alike.
My challenge with this list is to compare what I’ve found to be the best made films of the year – the most technically brilliant, confidently directed, or otherwise prestigiously produced – with, well, my favorites. Part of the great discussion spurred by criticism is that these two superlatives, “best” and “favorite,” don’t always align. The […]
No end-of-year coverage is complete without celebrating some of the best scenes of the year. This list offers films that may not have made our Best Films of the Year a chance to grab the spotlight. We polled over a dozen of our contributing writers and editors to produce this aggregated list that represents the sharp opinions […]
2014 was a huge year for cinema. With releases from heavy hitting veterans such as Richard Linklater, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Jim Jarmusch, it can be hard to find the time to seek out work from talented new directors. That’s where this list comes in. As a starting point for some of the very best films […]