Last week I listed the films that I am most looking forward to this year. A lot of you responded with the titles you are eagerly awaiting - here are just some of them.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by I_am_I

    on 21 Jan 2014 19:25

    To be honest I'm starting to wonder why I bother coming here. I haven't even been to the cinema since 1996. Every film I have seen since has been on DVD. Do they count? Apparently not. Judging by the growing displeasure with cinema audiences, it sounds like I have the right idea anyway. It's coming to something when a Codes of Conduct even has be to dreamt up to redress bad behaviour! Incidentally, did anyone else see the story from the States about an elderly man who shot dead another man in a cinema over an argument about texting? I think Yanks need to take their self-satisfied smugness regarding their own cinema etiquette elsewhere...

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by WSV

    on 21 Jan 2014 15:39

    @23 mike b

    I understand what you're saying about films portraying scenes that are uncomfortable to watch, but I would like to put it in to some sort of context if I may.

    With 12 Years a Slave the scenes of actual brutality are very few in comparison to the source text. The majority of the scenes depict a general dehumanisation instead, whereby the script has been very selective as to what violence it actual shows. In many ways the film portrays the mental anguish of slavery more than the physical. Surviving slavery is shown as mind over matter; something that Chiwetel Ejiofor performs brilliantly. Primarily I suppose this makes the film more palatable for a general audience, but it also serves to focus the audience's mind when the violent scenes do arrive - continuous scenes of violence would have run the risk of desensitising the audience. The theme of hope over despair is never lost and carries the film. In fact, the film isn't really about violence, but about the stoic nature of humanity. To this end the film has handled it's content intelligently. (The Railway Man also appears to tread this line.) 12 Years a Slave is also beautifully shot.

    In conclusion I would highly recommend going to see this extraordinary film - if not in the cinema then maybe on DVD where you have more control. Hope this helps. WSV

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by noodle

    on 21 Jan 2014 00:05

    For me it has to be The Wind Rises. The final film by Hayao Miyazaki, arguably the greatest film-maker of the last twenty last years.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by mike b

    on 20 Jan 2014 21:18

    12 Years a Slave - I know it's probably the best movie of the year but I'm not keen to see it. I don't think I'm alone in this. I admired Shame and Hunger, but don't really want to watch them again, it was like being tortured, slowly. McQueen's new movie sounds like more of the same. Convince me/us otherwise Mark...

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by miss sophie

    on 19 Jan 2014 23:04

    Inside Llewyn Davis: I already watched and loved it. But I'm sure many (or most?) people will find it boring. Not much of a story und slowly paced. But I was fascinated watching LLewyn Davis drift around New York. Good cast and of course wonderful folk music, too!

    My most anticipated movie for 2014 is definitely 12 years a slave. I was waiting for it ever since I watched Shame in 2012 and looked on the imdb for Steve McQueens next project. I'll watch it tomorrow. I hope there's more good films to come this year.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Josh Silvani

    on 19 Jan 2014 16:03

    Ha ha can't believe I didn't see the resemblance between Kermode and Up; and that Bay joke was just mean! Having said that, T4 is probably going to be awful.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Seymour Love

    on 19 Jan 2014 13:20

    INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR is an interesting experiment, but falls short of enhancing any of the enigmas and ambiguities of CRUISING. I think one of the main problems is the focus upon the missing footage from CRUISING consisting exclusively of images of sexual encounters in the club scenes. The first time I heard Friedkin put any kind of timeframe upon the missing CRUISING sequences was in the interview he did with Mark for Sight and Sound in the late 90s (which corresponded with an NFT screening of a new print of his (superior) 1980 release version). Friedkin is notorious for spreading little bits of cheeky misinformation here and there, and I doubt that there was a full 40 minutes of footage that consisted exclusively of sexually explicit material. Those who have followed CRUISING over the years would be just as excited by the discovery of the missing sequences between Mike Starr and Joe Spinell (also alluded to in Mark's interview - 'Kansas City here I come'!!!) and more of the Al Pacino/Karen Allen relationship (I've heard that there was a sequence in which she sees him on the streets in his leather garb). There was never going to be a release version of CRUISING featuring extended hardcore sex (except, perhaps, for exclusive Hollywood parties), so INTERIOR: LEATHER BAR in some ways does CRUISING a disservice by diverting attention away from some of the more interesting lost material. That said, anything that encourages interest in locating the missing footage (whatever it consists of), is okay by me.

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by CasseroleWorshipper

    on 19 Jan 2014 11:27

    1. Mud
    2. Blue Jasmine
    3. Before Midnight
    4. Dallas Buyers Club
    5. Breathe In
    6. Gloria
    7. Evil Dead
    8. Behind the Candelabra
    9. Only God Forgives
    10. Filth

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by hmobius

    on 18 Jan 2014 23:31

    Harking back to Transformers, film 3 had beyond doubt the best first half of a trailer for a few years. Watch the first 1.40mins of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h3S12-lKm8 and wonder what sort of amazing space conspiracy film this could have been if not spoiled by everything in the actual film and remaining 48 seconds of the trailer. There's a lost art to trailers. Grand Budapest Hotel has a cracker. Here's hoping Transformers 4 at least manages 1.50mins of trailer goodness

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Jack Sadler

    on 18 Jan 2014 20:08

    I have seen Interior. Leather Bar. and I have to say it was a massive disappointment. It was more of a James Franco vanity project than a Cruising documentary - all in all, a wasted opportunity.

    At the moment, the film I'm most looking forward to is Her. Massive fan of Spike Jonze, great cast and a fantastic soundtrack from Arcade Fire and Karen O. I hope it does really well.

    By the way, I think you mean 'renaissance' instead of 'reconnaissance', Dr. Kermode.

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