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MEDALS FOR THE FILMS OF 2014

by Sandy Connell
F – O – E – C Late though it may be, here’s my own list praising the films of 2014 (based on US release schedule). The consensus among journalists, critics and podcasters is that the list of releases in 2014 was so strong that ranking a list of top ten films is an arbitrary exercise. This list is divided or ranked by Medals – explained here – which, in a nutshell, represent levels of excellence within these two generous handfuls of exciting films. PLATINUM MEDAL Under the Skin (UK, dir. Jonathan Glazer) GOLD MEDALS The Babadook (Australia, dir. Jennifer Kent) - read my review here Blue Ruin (USA, dir. Jeremy Saulnier) The Grand Budapest… Read more

F – O – E – C
Late though it may be, here’s my own list praising the films of 2014 (based on US release schedule). The consensus among journalists, critics and podcasters is that the list of releases in 2014 was so strong that ranking a list of top ten films is an arbitrary exercise.

This list is divided or ranked by Medals – explained here – which, in a nutshell, represent levels of excellence within these two generous handfuls of exciting films.

PLATINUM MEDAL
Under the Skin (UK, dir. Jonathan Glazer)

GOLD MEDALS
The Babadook (Australia, dir. Jennifer Kent) - read my review here
Blue Ruin (USA, dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (USA, dir. Wes Anderson)
Only Lovers Left Alive (UK / Germany, dir. Jim Jarmusch)

SILVER MEDALS
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (USA, dir. The Russo Bros) - read my review here
Guardians of the Galaxy (USA, dir. James Gunn) - read my review here
Jodorowsky’s Dune (USA, dir. Frank Pavich)

BRONZE MEDALS
The Raid 2 (UK / Indonesia, dir Gareth Evans)
Snowpiercer (South Korea / France, dir. Bong Joon-ho)

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (USA, dir. Matt Reeves)
The Double (UK, dir. Richard Ayoade)
Edge of Tomorrow (USA / UK, dir. Doug Lyman)
Interstellar (USA, dir. Christopher Nolan) - read my review here

STILL ON MY WATCH LIST FROM 2014
’71 – Bethlehem – Boyhood – Calvary – Gone Girl – Force Majeur – Ida – Kingdom of Dreams and Madness – The LEGO Movie – Mr Turner – Selma – Starred Up – Stranger by the Lake – Watermark – Whiplash – Winter Sleep

I WOULD BUY A BEER FOR
Jonathan Glazer (BEST DIRECTOR – Under the Skin)
Jeremy Saulnier (BEST SCREENWRITER – Blue Ruin)
Daniel Landin (BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER – Under the Skin)
Jozef van Wissem and SQÜRL (BEST SCORE – Only Lovers Left Alive)
Ralph Feinnes (BEST ACTOR – Grand Budapest Hotel)
Tilda Swinton (BEST ACTOR – Snowpiercer, Only Lovers Left Alive)
Alex Holmes (BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNER – The Babadook)
Gareth Evans (BEST EDITOR – The Raid 2)

ANTICIPATION!
Read about my 15 most anticipated British films of 2015 on FOEC

OTHER FILMS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FOR 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron (USA, dir. Joss Whedon)
Crimson Peak (USA, dir. Guillermo Del Toro)
In the Heart of the Sea (USA, dir. Ron Howard)
The Look of Silence (UK/Denmark/USA, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
Mad Max: Fury Road (USA/Australia, dir. George Miler)
Queen of the Desert (USA, dir. Werner Herzog)
Relatos Salvajes “Wild Tales” (Argentina, dir. Damián Szifrón
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (USA, dir. J.J. Abrams)

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