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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2014

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Slant’s Top 25 Films of 2014

From Clayton Dillard’s introduction to Slant Magazine’s Top 25 Films of 2014: ” In a year when The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game offer a most banal and repressive sort of historical biopic treatment for their respective subjects (and are being largely celebrated nonetheless), it becomes ever more important to draw lines in the cinematic sand to understand what we talk about when we talk about movies. Art historian Michael Fried once wrote of the burgeoning war between theater and modernist painting, and in many ways, contemporary filmmaking is rife with similarly antagonistic, fiery battles.” Click here to read the feature and see if your favorite films of the year made our list. And see below for a list of the films that just missed making it onto our list, followed by our contributors’ individual ballots. Happy reading.

26. Citizenfour
27. A Summer’s Tale
28. Winter Sleep
29. Night Moves
30. The Babadook
31. Tales of the Grim Sleeper
32. Love Is Strange
33. Fifi Howls from Happiness
34. Land Ho!
35. Gone Girl
36. Lucy
37. We Are the Best!
38. What Now? Remind Me
39. Life of Riley
40. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
41. Cheap Thrills
42. John Wick
43. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
44. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga
45. The Guest
46. Archipelago
47. See You Next Tuesday
48. It Felt Like Love
49. Young and Beautiful
50. The Homesman

Ela Bittencourt
1. Archipelago
2. Under the Skin
3. Stray Dogs
4. The Strange Little Cat
5. Exhibition
6. Rich Hill
7. Winter Sleep
8. Stop the Pounding Heart
9. Starred Up
10. Ida

Honorable Mention: Actress, Birdman, Force Majeure, Life of Riley, National Gallery, Nymphomaniac, Only Lovers Left Alive, See You Next Tuesday, Unrelated, and Wetlands

Chuck Bowen
1. Mr. Turner
2. The Immigrant
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Inherent Vice
5. Life of Riley
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Low Down
8. Stranger by the Lake
9. National Gallery
10. Under the skin

Honorable Mention: Closed Curtain, Goodbye to Language, Jimmy P., John Wick, Land Ho!, Leviathan, Night Moves, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Starred Up, and Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Chris Cabin
1. Inherent Vice
2. Goodbye to Language
3. Closed Curtain
4. National Gallery
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Boyhood
7. The Last of the Unjust
8. Under the Skin
9. The Immigrant
10. Gone Girl

Honorable Mention: American Sniper, Jimmy P., Life Itself, Life of Riley, Listen Up Philip, Thou Wast Mild & Lovely, Story of My Death, Stranger by the Lake, Stray Dogs, and Two Days, One Night

Jesse Cataldo
1. Under the Skin
2. Goodbye to Language
3. The Immigrant
4. Story of My Death
5. Listen Up Philip
6. The Strange Little Cat
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Closed Curtain
9. Dear White People
10. Winter Sleep

Honorable Mention: The Babadook, The Homesman, Inherent Vice, Level Five, The Naked Room, Nightcrawler, Stranger by the Lake, Stray Dogs, A Summer’s Tale, and The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Diego Costa
1. Stranger by the Lake
2. Level Five
3. Ida
4. Child’s Pose
5. What Now? Remind Me
6. The Naked Room
7. Fifi Howls from Happiness
8. Young and Beautiful
9. A Summer’s Tale
10. Starred Up

Honorable Mention: The Babadook, Boyhood, Closed Curtain, Force Majeure, The King of Escape, National Gallery, Omar, Stop the Pounding Heart, Two Days, One Night, and The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

David Lee Dallas
1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. The Immigrant
3. Boyhood
4. Two Days, One Night
5. Under the Skin
6. The Congress
7. Stranger by the Lake
8. Force Majeure
9. Young & Beautiful
10. Memphis

Honorable Mention: Beyond the Lights, Birdman, Enemy, Ida, Mr. Turner, Norte, the End of History, See You Next Tuesday, A Summer’s Tale, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, and Winter Sleep

 

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