Sunday, January 4, 2015

Books of Note in 2014

Another great year for books.

Some of my favorites.

Suehiro Maruo's Tomino Jigoku

Toshio Saeki's Yumenozoki

Best Blu-Rays and DVD's of 2014

Another amazing year for DVD's and Blu-Rays.

Hollywood may be kissing off media you can hold in your hand, but many enterprising disk companies are keeping cinema history alive, and fueling what can only be described as a Golden Age for collectors and the cinematically passionate.

This round-up is by no means definitive, but I hope it directs you to some treasures  you might have missed.

The Very Best and Worst of 2014

My Favorite Films of 2014

Every year is a good year for cinema... if you're prepared to look high and low for the best.

For me, cinema inspires adventure (physically and mentally), and provides a myriad of surprises, joys, and disappointments.

Some of these were seen at the theater, and some were seen for the first time on DVD, BluRay, or VOD.

A feature is a feature whether it is experienced with the public or at home.

The list is alphabetical:

Avant L'Hiver (France)

Black Coal, Thin Ice (China) 

Blue Ruin (US)

Calvary (UK)

Citizenfour (US)

Corn Island (Georgia)

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (US)

Goodnight Mommy (Austria)

Tales of the Grim Sleeper (US)

Ida (Polish)

Jodorowsky's Dune (USA/France)

The Bastards (France)

Leviathan (Russia)

Lost Soul (US) 

Moebius (South Korea)

Nightcrawler (US)

Only Lovers Left Alive (US)

Pieces of Talent (US)

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (France))

The Drop (US)

The Immigrant (France)

The Overnighters (US)

The Search for Weng Weng (Australia)

The Wind Rises (Japan)

The Guest (US)

Under The Skin (UK)

Whiplash (US)

The World of Kanako (Japan)

Least Enjoyed

Admired, but didn't quite get there for me...