… And I’m not even halfway through 2014.

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FAVORITES: director Xavier Dolan (Mommy)  and actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

I haven’t posted in my blog since April. What a shame. It was the painful combination of demanding film school, exhausting internship, and my thesis – a short film, to be exact – that has led to the dormancy of this blog.

I love this blog, I love watching films, I love writing about films, but I just cannot simultaneously watch and make films at the same time. I tend to pick only one at the time, and I give my (almost) entire energy for that. And I don’t know to other film students, but it’s I lose my drive to watch films because it is so demanding to make films.

That’s why I haven’t seen a lot recently, though I have seen 72 films last July.
That’s why I haven’t posted recently, though I am always online.
That’s why I haven’t written posts, though I always write.

Meanwhile, I have already seen 127 films from 2014 (I watch films per year, by the way). Those films are:

  •  ’71 – Dir. Yann Demange
  • 22 Jump Street – Dirs. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
  • American Sniper – Dir. Clint Eastwood
  • Annie – Dir. Will Gluck
  • Art and Craft – Dirs. Sam Cullman & Jennifer Grausman
  • The Babadook – Dir. Jennifer Kent
  • Begin Again – Dir. John Carney
  • Beyond the Lights – Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Big Eyes – Dir. Richard Burton
  • Big Hero 6 – Dirs. Don Hall & Chris Williams
  • Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Dir. Alejandro G. Iñarritu
  • The Book of Life – Dir. Jorge R. Gutierrez
  • The Boxtrolls – Dirs. Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi
  • The Boy and the World – Dir. Ale Abreu
  • Boyhood – Dir. Richard Linklater
  • Bro’s Before Ho’s – Dir. Steffen Haars
  • Broken Hill Blues – Dir. Sofia Norlin
  • Cake – Dir. Daniel Barnz
  • Calvary – Dir. John Michael McDonagh
  • Camp X-Ray – Dir. Peter Sattler
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dirs. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
  • Chef – Dir. Jon Favreau
  • The Circle – Dir. Stefan Haupt
  • Citizenfour – Dir. Laura Poitras
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Dir. Matt Reeves
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them – Dir. Ned Benson
  • The Double – Dir. Richard Ayoade
  • The Drop – Dir. Michael R. Roskam
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Dir. Doug Liman
  • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – Dir. Chiemi Karasawa
  • Enemy – Dir. Denis Villeneuve
  • An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker – Dir. Danis Tanovic
  • Fading Gigolo – Dir. John Turturro
  • The Fault in Our Stars – Dir. Josh Boone
  • Finding Vivian Maier – Dirs. John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
  • Floating Skyscrapers – Dir. Tomasz Wasilewski
  • Force Majeure – Dir. Ruben Ostlund
  • Foxcatcher – Dir. Bennett Miller
  • Fury – Dir. David Ayer
  • Get On Up – Dir. Tate Taylor
  • Gloria – Dir. Sebastian Lelio
  • Godzilla – Dir. Gareth Edwards
  • Gone Girl – Dir. David Fincher
  • The Good Lie – Dir. Philippe Falardeau
  • Grace of Monaco – Dir. Olivier Dahan
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Dir. Wes Anderson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Dir. James Gunn
  • The Guest – Dir. Adam Wingard
  • Happy Christmas – Dir. Joe Swanberg
  • Hide Your Smiling Faces – Dir. Daniel Patrick Carbone
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Dir. Peter Jackson
  • The Homesman – Dir. Tommy Lee Jones
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Dir. Dean DeBlois
  • The Humbling – Dir. Barry Levinson
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey – Dir. Lasse Hallstrom
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Dir. Francis Lawrence
  • Ida – Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
  • The Imitation Game – Dir. Morten Tyldum
  • The Immigrant – Dir. James Gray
  • In Secret – Dir. Charlie Stratton
  • Inherent Vice – Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Internet’s Own Boy – Dir. Brian Knappenberger
  • Interstellar – Dir. Christopher Nolan
  • Into the Woods – Dir. Rob Marshall
  • It Felt Like Love – Dir. Eliza Hittman
  • Joe – Dir. David Gordon Green
  • The Judge – Dir. David Dobkin
  • Kill the Messenger – Dir. Michael Cuesta
  • Laggies – Dir. Lynn Shelton
  • Last Days in Vietnam – Dir. Rory Kennedy
  • The Lego Movie – Dirs. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
  • Life Itself – Dir. Steve James
  • Lilting – Dir. Hong Khaou
  • Locke – Dir. Steven Night
  • Love is Strange – Dir. Ira Sachs
  • The Lunchbox – Dir. Ritesh Batra
  • The Mafia Kills Only in Summer – Dir. Pierfrancesco Diliberto
  • Magic in the Moonlight – Dir. Woody Allen
  • Maleficent – Dir. Robert Stromberg
  • Maps to the Stars – Dir. David Cronenberg
  • Men, Women & Children – Dir. Jason Reitman
  • Miss Julie – Dir. Liv Ullmann
  • Mommy – Dir. Xavier Dolan
  • The Monuments Men – Dir. George Clooney
  • A Most Violent Year – Dir. JC Chandor
  • A Most Wanted Man – Dir. Anton Corbijn
  • Mr. Turner – Dir. Mike Leigh
  • Neighbors – Dir. Nicholas Stoller
  • Nightcrawler – Dir. Dan Gilroy
  • Noah – Dir. Darren Aronofsky
  • Obvious Child – Dir. Gillian Robespierre
  • Of Horses and Men – Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson
  • The One I Love – Dir. Charlie McDowell
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Dir. Jim Jarmusch
  • Paddington – Dir. Paul King
  • Pride – Dir. Matthew Warchus
  • The Railway Man – Dir. Jonathan Tepetzky
  • Refuge – Dir. Jessica Goldberg
  • The Rover – Dir. David Michod
  • Rudderless – Dir. William H. Macy
  • Selma – Dir. Ava DuVernay
  • Sex Tape – Dir. Jake Kasdan
  • The Skeleton Twins – Dir. Craig Johnson
  • Snowpiercer – Dir. Bong Joon-Ho
  • Song of the Sea – Dir. Tomm Moore
  • St. Vincent – Dir. Theodore Melfi
  • Still Alice – Dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
  • Stranger by the Lake – Dir. Alain Guiraudie
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Dir. Isao Takahata
  • Tangerines – Dir. Zaza Urushadze
  • The Theory of Everything – Dir. James Marsh
  • Timbuktu – Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako
  • To Kill a Man – Dir. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras
  • Two Days, One Night – Dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
  • The Two Faces of January – Dir. Hossein Amini
  • Unbroken – Dir. Angelina Jolie
  • Under the Skin – Dir. Jonathan Glazer
  • Venus in Fur – Dir. Roman Polanski
  • Virunga – Dir. Orlando von Einsiedel
  • The Way He Looks – Dir. Daniel Ribeiro
  • What If – Dir. Michael Dowse
  • Whiplash – Dir. Damien Chazelle
  • White Bird in a Blizzard – Dir. Gregg Araki
  • Wild – Dir. Jean-Marc Vallee
  • Wild Tales – Dir. Damian Szifron
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – Dir. Bryan Singer
  • You’re Not You – Dir. George C. Wolfe

It might seem a lot, but I’m still about to see 219 films, more or less o_o.

Yeah.

So far, this year is remarkable – with the 127 films that I have seen, I have given 8 of them the grade of A. Most of the time, in a year, I only give 5, maximum is 6. That reveals how intensely good films of 2014 are. And I still have 219 films to watch.

Anyway, those 8 are:

birdman

Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu

double

The Double
Directed by Richard Ayoade

gone girl

Gone Girl
Directed by David Fincher

grand budapest

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by Wes Anderson

interstellar

Interstellar
Directed by Christopher Nolan

mommy

Mommy
Directed by Xavier Dolan

Selma
Directed by Ava DuVernay

whiplas

Whiplash
Directed by Damien Chazelle

.

I hope I could catch up soon. What’s your favorite film of 2014?

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Xavier Dolan photo, courtesy of Last.fm, Rosamund Pike photo, courtesy of Variety
No copyright infringement intended on film screenshots.

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