New Releases, Television and Comic-Con: July 2014 in Films
I honestly can’t believe how fast July just disappeared! I guess it probably didn’t help that I spent the long 4th of July weekend sick and last weekend at Comic-Con (where time flies by super fast, but also feels like a month instead of five days). I didn’t watch the equivalent of a movie a day again this month, but I did re-watch about 15 episodes of Gilmore Girls (I just really need to watch all the major Rory/Jess episodes!), finished the last four episodes of FX’s Fargo, watched all of season 1 on Hannibal in two nights and started watching HBO’s The Leftovers (though I am two episodes behind). Also, during those five days at Comic-Con I didn’t watch any movies, but I did see the pilot episodes of The Flash and Constantine. I imagine August will just as full of television, as I hope to get my hands on season 2 of Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire comes back and I want to watch Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick. I think I’ll add my television escapades into this wrap-up every month from now on as well. As for movies, I watched a lot of 2014 releases that I highly recommend.
- Black Market Babies
- Life Itself
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
- The Dog Who Saved the Holidays
- The Tall T
- Silver Lode
- Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
- The Station Agent
- The Very Eye of Night
- Meditation on Violence
- The Cheat (1931)
- A Safe Place (1971)
- La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur)
- Witch’s Cradle
- A Study in Choreography for Camera
- Ensemble for Somnambulists
- The Gazebo
- The Prince of Tides
- The Stalking Moon
- Las horas muertas (The Empty Hours)
- Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
- Guardians of the Galaxy
Like I said, most of the 2014 releases I saw in July were really wonderful and you should definitely seek them out. There’s a lot of talk about how crappy movies are lately, but it’s a load of bullshit. There’s a lot of great films if you’re willing to seek them out. It’s a shame some of the best stuff isn’t more available, but it’s there for some of us and we owe to everyone else to go see it!
Life Itself, 2014 (dir. Steve James)
I always love Roger Ebert, but this movie painted an even more wonderful portrait of him as a man and lover of films than I could have imagined. It also didn’t shy away from his faults, or pant him as a saint. I wrote a lot more about it here.
Boyhood, 2014 (dir. Richard Linklater)
The longest movie that feels too short that you will ever see. Shot over 12 years, it tells a simple story in an extraordinary way. You gotta hand it to Linklater for casting a kid when he was 6 who would grow up to be an amazing performer. That’s quite the gamble to make, and boy did it pay off. After I saw this with two of my friends, we went and had coffee and talked about it for hours. I really hope when the inevitable awards come its way, that Patricia Arquette in particular gets herself a nod; she’s phenomenal.
Snowpiercer, 2014 (dir. Bong Joon-Ho)
I almost didn’t see this because I didn’t think it would be my kind of film. I’m so glad a good friend convinced me to go see it because goddamn was it totally my thing. It’s available on VOD as well as in theaters, so you have no excuse for not seeing it!
Hannibal: Season 1 (creator: Bryan Fuller)
Yeah, I’m highlighting Hannibal over some of the movies I watched. It was so good. SO GOOD. I wish I had started watching it when it first aired. I covered the Hannibal panel (Pannibal) during Comic-Con and it convinced me I was missing out on something really good. It really is sort of a mix of David Lynch and David Cronenberg and yet it’s on primetime network tv and I just don’t understand how they get away with what they get away with. All I know is, I can’t WAIT to watch season 2!
Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014 (dir. James Gunn)
Holy shit! I just saw this last night and I really want to see it again. I might like it more than the first Captain America film, and that’s saying a lot. It’s just such a perfect, funny, sweet, action-packed piece of cinema. Go see it right now!
So that was July. Here’s hoping August is just as great. Goodbye for now, and I’ll see you at the movies!