2014 in Films: A 365 New-To-Me Films Year-End Recap

While I watched less films this year than I have in several years, I saw so many films this year that I truly loved (and a few dogs!). I also watched a lot of television (Hannibal, The Leftovers, Outlander, You’re the Worst, Boardwalk Empire (RIP!), The Knick, Louieblack-ish and Jane The Virgin are all worth your time!) and read 60 books! I also added a new feature to the site: Female Filmmaker Friday. You can read all of those pieces here. After the cut is my list of 365 new-to-me films I watched in 2014 (46 of which were directed by women), as well as a few highlights.
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  1. Seems Like Old Times
  2. Number, Please? (1920)
  3. I Do (1921)
  4. Haunted Spooks
  5. August: Osage County
  6. Short Term 12
  7. Impulse
  8. Bumping Into Broadway
  9. Captain Phillips
  10. All Is Lost (2013)
  11. Rush
  12. Philomena
  13. The Butler
  14. Primrose Path
  15. Grand Central Murder
  16. Saving Mr. Banks
  17. All My Life
  18. Mothlight
  19. Trade Tattoo
  20. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  21. The Virginian (1946)
  22. Just Like a Woman
  23. That’s What She Said
  24. News from Home
  25. Desperately Seeking Susan
  26. Reckless
  27. And The Oscar Goes To. . .
  28. Making Mr. Right
  29. Cookie (1989)
  30. Gun Fight
  31. Electric Dreams
  32. Smithereens
  33. Ritual in Transfigured Time
  34. The Invisible Woman (2013)
  35. Monte Carlo (1930)
  36. Nights in Rodanthe
  37. (February) Amour & turbulences (Love is in the Air)
  38. Dots
  39. C’est l’aviron
  40. Symphonie diagonale
  41. Presenting Lily Mars
  42. Freebie and the Bean
  43. Dear John
  44. Gloria (2014)
  45. Il mio nome è Nessuno (My Name is Nobody)
  46. Starstruck (1982)
  47. Seven Sweethearts
  48. Winter’s Tale
  49. B.F.’s Daughter
  50. The Comancheros
  51. She-Devil
  52. Pretty Maids All in a Row
  53. About Last Night (2014)
  54. Cutie and the Boxer
  55. The Pretty One
  56. Canyon Crossroads
  57. Big Top Pee-Wee
  58. Orlando
  59. Safe Haven
  60. (March) Airborne
  61. Ladies They Talk About
  62. The Lucky One
  63. Lady of the Night
  64. The Circle (1925)
  65. Spring Fever (1927)
  66. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  67. Lost in America
  68. Only Lovers Left Alive
  69. The Lunchbox
  70. Mauvais sang
  71. West Point
  72. Corvette Summer
  73. Shirin In Love
  74. Miele (Honey)
  75. Across to Singapore
  76. If Looks Could Kill
  77. The Twelve Chairs
  78. Paid
  79. Possessed (1931)
  80. This Modern Age
  81. Larceny
  82. Laughing Sinners
  83. Ivy
  84. The Gambler Wore a Gun
  85. Today We Live
  86. Lust in the Dust
  87. Le week-end
  88. Sadie McKee
  89. Teenage
  90. Chained
  91. An Unmarried Woman
  92. The Old Maid
  93. (April) Forsaking All Others
  94. No More Ladies
  95. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
  96. Montana
  97. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  98. 5th Ave Girl (TCMFF)
  99. Bachelor Mother (TCMFF)
  100. On Approval (TCMFF)
  101. The World of Henry Orient (TCMFF)
  102. The Innocents (TCMFF)
  103. I Never Sang For My Father (TCMFF)
  104. Stormy Weather (TCMFF)
  105. The Stranger’s Return (TCMFF)
  106. Hat Check Girl (TCMFF)
  107. Her Sister’s Secret (TCMFF)
  108. Hobson’s Choice (TCMFF)
  109. Midnight Lace
  110. Sorcerer
  111. Love on the Run
  112. The Decline of Western Civilization
  113. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III
  114. Mannequin (1937)
  115. Wholly Moses!
  116. History of the World: Part I
  117. Terraces
  118. Finding Vivian Maier
  119. The Milky Way (1940)
  120. The Yankee Doodle Mouse
  121. Mouse Trouble
  122. Quiet, Please!
  123. The Final Member
  124. (May) White Teeth
  125. Too Much Johnson
  126. Belle
  127. The Shining Hour
  128. The Bride Wore Red
  129. Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)
  130. 89 mm od Europy (89mm From Europe)
  131. Pociag (Night Train)
  132. Locke
  133. Neighbors
  134. Susan and God
  135. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
  136. The Man with a Cloak
  137. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
  138. Décalage horaire (Jet Lag)
  139. Tall in the Saddle
  140. Godzilla (2014)
  141. Palo Alto
  142. Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree)
  143. Our Blushing Brides
  144. Przypadek (Blind Chance)
  145. Krótki film o zabijaniu (A Short Film About Killing)
  146. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  147. The Immigrant (2014)
  148. Fading Gigolo
  149. Montana Moon
  150. Cold in July
  151. (June) Vi är bäst! (We Are The Best!)
  152. Maleficent
  153. Love in the Rough
  154. Obvious Child
  155. Donnie Brasco
  156. Green Dolphin Street
  157. Fearless (1993)
  158. The Best of Everything
  159. Bella addormentata (Dormant Beauty)
  160. They All Kissed the Bride
  161. Design for Scandal
  162. Susan Slade
  163. Too Much, Too Soon
  164. Used People
  165. The Grasshopper
  166. Los insólitos peces gato (The Amazing Catfish)
  167. One Sunday Afternoon (1933)
  168. Sweetie
  169. A Woman Possessed
  170. Le mélomane
  171. Puce Moment
  172. Rabbit’s Moon
  173. Neighbours (1952)
  174. Trances
  175. Picnic at Hanging Rock
  176. The Man from Snowy River
  177. Magnificent Obsession (1935)
  178. Same Time, Next Year
  179. (July) Black Market Babies
  180. Life Itself
  181. The Dog Who Saved Christmas
  182. The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
  183. The Dog Who Saved the Holidays
  184. The Tall T
  185. Silver Lode
  186. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
  187. Tammy
  188. The Station Agent
  189. The Very Eye of Night
  190. Meditation on Violence
  191. The Cheat (1931)
  192. Boyhood
  193. A Safe Place (1971)
  194. La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur)
  195. Witch’s Cradle
  196. A Study in Choreography for Camera
  197. Ensemble for Somnambulists
  198. The Gazebo
  199. The Prince of Tides
  200. The Stalking Moon
  201. Snowpiercer
  202. Las horas muertas (The Empty Hours)
  203. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
  204. Guardians of the Galaxy
  205. (August) A Guy Named Joe
  206. Evening
  207. Daniel Deronda (2002)
  208. Border River (1954)
  209. Devil in a Blue Dress
  210. Night Catches Us
  211. Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
  212. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  213. Bound for Glory
  214. Lady By Choice
  215. Twentieth Century
  216. What If
  217. Saboteur
  218. Klovn: The Movie
  219. Battleground
  220. Lifeboat
  221. Tomorrow Is Forever
  222. Rage in Heaven
  223. Middle of Nowhere
  224. Pillow Talk
  225. Love Is a Racket
  226. Two Smart People
  227. Los Angeles Plays Itself
  228. Across the Wide Missouri
  229. Colleen
  230. Dames
  231. Night of the Comet
  232. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
  233. Wildcat Bus
  234. (September) El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive)
  235. Serious Moonlight
  236. Hester Street
  237. Female
  238. Frisco Jenny
  239. Virtue
  240. Coal Miner’s Daughter
  241. Frank
  242. An Officer and a Gentleman
  243. Something New
  244. Advanced Style
  245. Off Ground
  246. One Day Pina Asked
  247. The One I Love
  248. Old Acquaintance
  249. The Skeleton Twins
  250. Enough Said
  251. Mary Stevens, M.D.
  252. For the Defense
  253. Jewel Robbery
  254. Fort Bliss
  255. The Single Standard
  256. The Office Wife
  257. The House of Rothschild
  258. Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)
  259. Edge of Tomorrow
  260. Strait-Jacket
  261. Homicidal
  262. Love & Basketball
  263. Semi-Tough
  264. This Must Be the Place
  265. (October) The Blair Witch Project
  266. Surf Nazis Must Die
  267. Gone Girl
  268. House of Wax (1953)
  269. Lilting
  270. Brown Sugar
  271. Mystery of the Wax Museum
  272. Hellraiser
  273. Pharaoh’s Curse
  274. Carrie (2013)
  275. Fright Night (1985)
  276. Love Hate
  277. Ecologia del delitto / Reazione a catena (A Bay of Blood / Twitch of the Death Nerve / Blood Bath)
  278. The Serpent and the Rainbow
  279. Brain Dead (1990)
  280. The Legend of Hell House
  281. Fog Island
  282. Grave Secrets / Secret Screams
  283. Ida
  284. The Man from Planet X
  285. Transylvania 6-5000
  286. The Old Dark House (1932)
  287. The Ghost Walks
  288. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  289. Night of the Creeps
  290. The Death Kiss
  291. Dracula (1974)
  292. Midnight Matinee
  293. Invaders From Mars (1953)
  294. Laggies
  295. Invaders from Mars (1986)
  296. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
  297. Village of the Damned (1960)
  298. Mark of the Vampire
  299. The Raven (1935)
  300. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave
  301. Isle of the Dead
  302. (Noirvember) Act of Violence
  303. T-Men
  304. Shed No Tears
  305. Behind Locked Doors aka Human Gorilla
  306. The Dark Corner
  307. A Life at Stake
  308. The Man Who Cheated Himself
  309. Pitfall
  310. Dear White People
  311. Monkey Rag
  312. Nightcrawler
  313. Repeat Performance
  314. Framed
  315. The Young Savages
  316. Black Tuesday
  317. The Blackboard Jungle
  318. Trapped
  319. Torch Song
  320. Crime Against Joe
  321. Chicken Run
  322. Murder by Contract
  323. Beyond the Lights
  324. Dark Waters
  325. Convicted
  326. The House on 92nd Street
  327. Woman on the Run
  328. Reunion in France
  329. Good-Time Girl
  330. Highway Dragnet
  331. The Thief
  332. Sunday in New York
  333. Guilty Bystander
  334. Johnny O’Clock
  335. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  336. I Love Trouble (1948)
  337. The Bigamist
  338. Secret Beyond the Door…
  339. I, the Jury
  340. The Chase (1946)
  341. Murder is My Beat
  342. The Unfaithful
  343. (December) Sólo con tu pareja
  344. Truly Madly Deeply
  345. Elle s’en va
  346. The Theory of Everything
  347. Zero Motivation
  348. Lonesome
  349. The Last Performance
  350. Broadway
  351. Maps to the Stars
  352. Whiplash
  353. The Merry Widow (1925)
  354. The Babadook
  355. Inherent Vice
  356. The Hudsucker Proxy
  357. Still Alice
  358. Wild
  359. Big Eyes
  360. Violette
  361. Selma
  362. Seconds
  363. The Imitation Game
  364. Riptide
  365. A Most Violent Year

1880s: 0
1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 1
1910s: 1
1920s: 13
1930s: 50
1940s: 59
1950s: 38
1960s: 18
1970s: 22
1980s: 36
1990s: 16
2000s: 17
2010s: 94

One thing I really focused on in 2014 was Joan Crawford. God, I love Joan Crawford.

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I watched 28 Joan Crawford films in 2014; that means 13% of the films I watched in 2014 had Joan Crawford in them. She is the Queen. I’ve seen 67 of her 85 movies. Most of what I have left are silent films that have never been on home video. But I will keep trying!

There were also two films that I watched in 2014 for the first time, and then subsequently rewatched multiple times:

An Unmarried Woman, 1978 (dir. Paul Mazursky)

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My mom brought this movie up in almost every phone call we ever had for years and then finally one day last spring the Cinefamily showed a 35mm print of the film and I finally got to see it! And boy, oh boy, was it worth the wait. What a film! What a performance from Jill Clayburgh! One for the ages. It’s on Netflix and you should just stop everything and watch it right now. Best two hours you can spend, I promise.

Something New, 2006 (dir. Sanaa Hamri)

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This is a rom-com from almost ten years ago, but it’s also packed with social commentary. I watched it randomly on MaxGo (the Cinemax streaming service) and then rewatched it a few days later and then bought the DVD and I don’t even know how many times I’ve watched it since September. It’s a great film and Sanaa Lathan just proves again and again that Hollywood really doesn’t know what to do with its talented women. Also, the female gaze as it rests on Simon Baker throughout the film is quiet delectable. This film is a real treat waiting to be discovered.

So that was 2014 in films. Like I’ve said, starting today and for the rest of 2015, all the movies I watch (in theaters or at home) will be either directed by or written by women (with the exception of TCMFF and Noirvember). I’m excited to see what comes out of this year. I will be chronicling the films I watch daily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr and will update the site monthly, as usual.

Happy watching, 2015!

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About cinemafanatic

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on January 1, 2015, in 2014 in Films and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. An Unmarried Woman looks very good. I’ll have to watch it. Thank you for the list! I don’t think I’ve seen any films on your list, except for Gone Girl, Nosferatu and Desperately Seeking Susan. All good films!

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