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My Ten Best Films Of The Year - Part 1

Friday 1 August 2014, 18:14

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

We are half way through 2014 and here is the first half of my top ten of the year from January to June.

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    Comment number 1.

    I really liked Godzilla as it delivered on the promise Gareth Edwards showed with Monsters.

    Wasn't too impressed with Transcendence as I found it to be a recycling of ideas from much better scifi movies.

    Looking forward to Dr K's Worst of list for the year so far. If Transformers: Age of Excrement is not on there I shall eat my baroque chapeau!!!

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    Comment number 2.

    A small request, could everyone include a line or two with each of their choices as it makes for a more interesting blog to hear why people like or dislike a particular film.

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    Comment number 3.

    I'm obviously going soft as all those dark violent films like Blue Ruin, Heli and even 12 Years a Slave left no lasting impression on me. All the films i've liked this year have had more brighter outlooks. So here goes.......

    10: Little Fugitive. Although this movie was made back in the 50's, i saw it as part of the Mark Cousins 'Children on Film' retrospective and it was an absolute gem, so i want to use this forum to urge everyone to seek it out. Francois Truffaut cited it as the primary inspiration for the nouvelle vague, and it's not hard to see why.

    9: Labor Day. Cynics be Damned!. I've seen so many critically lauded films where i just couldn't give a tinker's toss about the characters. So it's refreshing to have characters i do care about and want to be happy.

    8: Arthur and Mike (aka Arthur Newman). Critics were pretty dismissive of this and i'm the first to admit it's far from perfect. But something about these two characters and the films' melancholic tone made me want to sit right to the end of the credits and drew me back a week later to see it again, and will keep drawing me back for years to come.

    7: The Golden Dream. Metro Manila has become something of yard stick for judging films like this and whilst it may not quite as good as 'Metro' it's still a tough, harsh yet compassionate look at people the world doesn't even notice.

    6: Concussion. This is a rare thing in cinema, a film about prostitution written and directed by someone who seems to know what they're talking about. And the insights feel less like research than experience.

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    Comment number 4.

    Aaaaaaarrrggghhhhh!!!! Cliffhanger.

    I don't have a ten favourite films of the year... I'd have to check a list of release dates to do that since I have difficulties being able to pin down when I have seen a film. Also, I watch most films upon disk release rather than cinema release.

    I loved "Under the Skin" (and I also loved "Noah" - which was a relief having been disappointed by the overrated "Black Swan" - the only Aronofsky film I have not liked). "Noah" can be summed up as being as mad as a duck in a sack of cats - I can understand why Fundamentalist Christians did not appreciate it... though perhaps they ought to have looked deeper, because there are details indicating research behind the film that I doubt any other film of "Noah" would have bothered with - and I loved the way the appendix of Ham seeing Noah naked when drunk, has been both neatly tied in with the more well-known narrative and included - which I thought was quite something. As also the fountains of the deep breaking up as well as the rain coming down - and other things I noticed while watching the film which I cannot draw out of my head at the moment.

    I love your countdowns of films Mark and, whilst I have seldom seen all the films, I always thoroughly enjoy learning your choices.

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    Comment number 5.

    The Wind Rises was incredible.

    Starred Up is one that has stuck with me. Affecting, intense, complex, and beautiful film about a dad/son relationship set in a prison. Jack O'Connell deserves awards.

    Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel will for sure be in Kermode's Top 5, loved the hell out of those two.

    I'm surprised Kermode hasn't seen Raid 2, best action movie this year and then best comedy goes to 22 Jump Street.

    I have still yet to see Norte, The End of History. Might see it this Sunday.


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