This is a list of films I watched and rewatched in 2014. I started the year with Nora Ephron in my head: “You are not going to be you, fixed and immutable you, forever.” I ended it working on my poems and eating nachos. Decided to gather a list and see what happened in between.
The year that was
It wasn’t that an exceptional year of movies for me, probably because I watched more TV. And those were damn good TV shows, compared to a lot of drivel I’ve seen, which begs the question why I watched them in the first place.
• Machete Kills (Rodriguez, 2013). I haven’t seen the first one, and maybe I should have, if only to warn myself of what to expect. I liked Rodriguez’s work in Sin City (2005), Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003), Desperado (1995), and El Mariachi (1992). And yeah, even Spy Kids (2001) was tolerable. As much as I love Danny Trejo though, this was a sad waste of my time.
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Liebesman, 2014). I was firmly in the camp of keeping the memories of TMNT as beloved 2D animation characters. But because I enjoyed Battle: Los Angeles (2011), I thought I should give this a chance. It was a mistake, shall I say.
• Into the Storm (Quale, 2014). Why, Richard Armitage, why?
• Series 3 of Sherlock (Moffat & Gatiss, 2014). It was everything I wanted. Maximum recovery time for feels: 2-3 years.
• Season 1 of Fargo (Hawley, 2014).
• Season 1 of True Detective (Pizzolatto, 2015).
• 13 Assassins (Miike, 2010).
• Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn, 2014). Pure awesome, and the first soundtrack I loved in a long time and played in continuous repeat.
• The Raid: Redemption (Evans, 2011). Reignited my love for martial arts films.
• Like Father, Like Son (Kore-eda, 2013). It had me weeping one afternoon while preparing spaghetti.
• Chef (Favreau, 2014). Kept me hungry for weeks.
• Her (Jonze, 2013). Another piece of myself falling into place.
• John Wick (Stahelski, 2014). It was simple and so, so, satisfying—everything I want from a Keannu Reeves movie.
• Interstellar (Nolan, 2014). This film broke me open, and kept me broken.
Others I watched which doesn’t seem to be in the database: Sherlock: Many Happy Returns (Moffat & Gatiss, 2013) and Wikileaks: The Secret Life of A Superpower (BBC, 2012).
Notable things I’ve seen elsewhere
Without Stars/There We Have Been by the James Cousins Company, a two-part contemporary dance interpretation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood; Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability via TED Talks; “The Battle for Middle Earth Begins”, “The War of the Ring” and “The Passing of An Age” — Parts Four, Five and Six of the appendices to The Lord of the Rings; and the Every Frame A Painting channel on YouTube, which features video essays on various films (truly fantastic).
Films on this list arranged in order that I’ve watched (or rewatched) them within twelve months. List created purely for my own curiosity.Read less