Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ten Best Films' 2014 Mini-Poll

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
109 points (AZ, KW, LB, MA, MS, RS, SB) 
2. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
92 points (AZ, MA, ML, MS, SB)
3. Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard)
57 points (AZ, ML, RS)
4. Gone Girl (David Fincher)
52 points (AZ, ML, RS, SB)
5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
41 points (LB, MS, SB)
6. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
37 points (MA, ML)
6. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
37 points (MA, ML)
8. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
36 points (AZ, LB)
9. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
34 points (KW, SB)
10. A Spell to Ward off to Darkness (Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, 2013)
31 points (AZ, LB)

Notes: The Grand Budapest Hotel's victory over second place Boyhood prevents 2013 winner Richard Linklater (Before Midnight) from becoming the first ever two-time winner or back-to-back champion of the Mini-Poll. Third place finisher Goodbye to Language 3D (still unavailable in certain areas of the country at the time of survey, including yours truly's Oklahoma City) was the only film to earn more than one citation as the best film of 2014. And fourth place Gone Girl joins The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood as the only films to be cited by at least half of the Mini-Poll's respondents. 

Alberto Zambenedetti (AZ): Goodbye to Language 3D, Boyhood, Torneranno i prati (Ermanno Olmi), Only Lovers Left Alive, Citizenfour (Laura Poitras), Nymph()maniac: Vols. 1 & 2 (Lars von Trier), A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre), Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Karen Wang (KW): Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013), Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller), Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho, 2013), We Are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson, 2013), Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, 2013), The Trip to Italy (Michael Winterbottom, 2013), Breathe In (Drake Doremus, 2013), Fading Gigolo (John Turturro, 2013).
Lisa K. Broad (LB): Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013), Only Lovers Left Alive, Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz, 2013), Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi & Kambuzia Partovi, 2013), Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013), A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Exhibition (Joanna Hogg, 2013), The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher, 2013), Under the Skin.
Matt Singer (MS): Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash (Damien Chazelle), Under the Skin, Jodorosky’s Dune (Frank Pavich, 2013), Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund), Selma (Ava DuVernay), The Trip to Italy, We are the Best!, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves).
Michael J. Anderson (MA): Li'l QuinquinThe Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky), Winter SleepBoyhood, Maïdan (Sergei Loznitsa), National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Life of Riley (Alain Resnais), Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh), Force Majeure.
Mike Lyon (ML): Goodbye to Language 3D, Winter Sleep, Still the Water (Naomi Kawase), Li'l Quinquin, The Midnight After (Fruit Chan), Boyhood, The Babadook (Jennifer Kent), Gone Girl, To Kill a Man (Alejandro Fernández Almendras), Map to the Stars (David Cronenberg).
R. Emmet Sweeney (RS): Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo), Step Up: All In (Trish Sie), Pompeii (Paul W.S. Anderson), Goodbye to Language 3D, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dumb and Dumber To (Bobby & Peter Farrelly), Heaven Knows What (the Safdie Brothers), Gone Girl, Non-Stop (Jaume Collet-Serra), Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Johnnie To).
Soren Bailey (SB): Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013), Boyhood, The Rover (David Michôd, 2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman), Birdman, Gone Girl, Under the Skin, Interstellar (Christopher Nolan), Snowpiercer.

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