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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ray Pride

Movie City News 1. Boyhood 2. Gone Girl 3. The Immigrant 4. The Grand Budapest Hotel 5. Love Is Strange 6. We Are The Best! 7. Ida 8. Calvary 9. Winter Sleep 10. Actress

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Moira Macdonald

Seattle Post Birdman Boyhood Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel Life Itself Like Father, Like Son Love is Strange Mood Indigo Selma

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Christopher Haskell

MoviePilot Whiplash Breathe In The Drop Joe Captain America: Winter Soldier Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Snowpiercer The Rover Interstellar Transformers 4  

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Donald Shanahan

Chicago Examiner Whiplash Selma Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Gone GIrl American Sniper The One I Love Birdman The Imitation Game Dawn of the Planet of the Apes      

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kristen Page-Kirby

1. ‘Whiplash’: Essentially a 107-minute anxiety attack. That’s a compliment.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Bob Leeper

To be certain, with the near killing of The Interview at the end of the year, there was plenty to get angry about, but overall 2014 was a pretty darn good year at the movie theater, especially for the genre films that are our primary focus here at Nerdvana.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ryan Beltram

There were certainly some surprises in 2014 and kicking off my list is one that had everyone shouting “Everything is awesome.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Mal Vincent

Choosing a top 10 as the curtain falls is not as easy as you might think. This year’s list includes science-fiction (a rare occurrence) and two semi-musicals (even more rare). Sadly, it includes few box office bonanzas. We always love it when we find a commercial hit that is also a gem – a “Forrest Gump” or “Titanic.” It makes me feel less like a jerk. “Gone Girl” is perhaps the closest

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Mike Noyes

There were some pretty amazing films released and some train-wrecks, and a whole lot in-between. Presented here are my ten favorite films of this year. Though, it must be noted that I really wanted to see Inherent Vice and it really annoys me that it’s not getting a wide release until next year, being in limited release just so it can get award nominations.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Germain Lussier

Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michelle Douvris

Guardians of the Galaxy was easily one of the most unexpected successes of 2014. At this point it’s easy to expect a particular level of quality from Marvel, but few people were able to predict just how thrilling this space adventure would be.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jim Brunzell

Twin Cities Daily Planet 1. Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (USA) 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson (USA/Germany/UK) 3. Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA) 4. CITIZENFOUR, directed by Laura Poitras (Germany/USA) 5, Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulnier (USA/France) 6. The Overnighters, directed by Jesse Moss (USA) 7. Tales…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Scott Kurland

I think my favorite part of this job is making this list every year. So here it is — my top 10 best films of 2014. You may have heard of some of these film…you might not know any of them. This is it, the best films of the year … (in my opinion). – See more at:

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: David Poland

I didn’t find bringing this list down to ten to be terribly difficult. I don’t quite know why. There are some films in the other 32 “runners-up” that could have moved into this list. But there was no movie gnawing at me that I feel terrible about not including. It was a good year for films, but it was a year of relative subtlety.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jeff Grantz

“If there’s a certain number of viewings at which this film ceases to delight, I haven’t reached it yet. The jokes are still hilarious and get me laughing every time.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Nick Schager

1. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) 2. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) 3. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 4. Gone Girl (David Fincher) 5. A Field in England (Ben Wheatley) 6. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) 7. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 8. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) 9. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michael Tully

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater) 2. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund) 3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) 4. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski) 5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 6. Manakamana (Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez) 7. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) 8. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) 9. The Immigrant (James Gray) 10. Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Shade Rupe

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 2. The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet) 3. John Wick (Chad Stahelski) 4. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs) 5. The Dance of Reality (Alejandro Jodorowsky) 6. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) 7. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu) 8. Queen & Country (John Boorman) Via Fandor.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michael Pattison

1. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang) 2. Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev) 3. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 4. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) 5. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) 6. Starred Up (David Mackenzie) 7. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney) 8. Story of My Death (Albert Serra) 9. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) 10. Exhibition (Joanna Hogg) Via Fandor.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kevin B. Lee

1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard) 2. The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher) 3. What Now? Remind Me (Joaquim Pinto) 4. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh) 5. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) 6. Dear White People (Justin Simien) 7. Policeman (Nadav Lapid) 8. The Dance of Reality (Alejandro Jodorowsky) 9. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Denis…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon