Films Watched in 2014 - September Update!

I certainly hope that the movies to come in 2014 will be as fantastic as they were last year. With Netflix and Redbox on the rise, as well as the popular shift from film stock to digital film, independent filmmakers have a bigger opportunity to distribute their art. The following list will be comprised of every single film I watch during the rest of this year, along with my personal rating for it. The list will be updated every month until the end of 2014. No films on this list will be rewatches from previous years. A * symbol next to the title denotes that it is a documentary.

Cries & Whispers  [1972]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
7 / 10

The Shawshank Redemption  [1994]
Directed by Frank Darabont
8.5 / 10

The Element of Crime  [1984]
Directed by Lars Von Trier
8 / 10

Perfect Sense  [2011]
Directed by David Mackenzie
7.2 / 10

Watermark*  [2013]
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky
6 / 10

The Killing of America*  [1981]
Directed by Sheldon Renan & Leonard Schrader
7 / 10

The Amazing Spider-Man 2  [2014]
Directed by Marc Webb
6.5 / 10

Munich  [2005]
Directed by Steven Spielberg
7.8 / 10

The Tempest  [2010]
Directed by Julie Taymor
8 / 10

Happiness  [1998]
Directed by Todd Solondz
7.2 / 10

Marketa Lazarová  [1967]
Directed by Frantisek Vlácil
7.5 / 10

Ratcatcher  [1999]
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
8 / 10

The Virgin Spring  [1960]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
8.2 / 10

Revanche  [2008]
Directed by Götz Spielmann
7.8 / 10

Night and Fog*  [1955]
Directed by Alain Resnais
10 / 10

The Double Life of Veronique  [1991]
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
7.8 / 10

Coherence  [2013]
Directed by James Ward Byrkit
6.5 / 10

Miller’s Crossing  [1990]
Directed by Joel & Ethan
6.5 / 10

Guardians of the Galaxy  [2014]
Directed by James Gunn
8.2 / 10

Boyhood  [2014]
Directed by Richard Linklater
7.8 / 10

Life After Beth  [2014]
Directed by Jeff Baena
7 / 10

Following  [1998]
Directed by Christopher Nolan
6.8 / 10

The Spirit of the Beehive  [1973]
Directed by Víctor Erice
7.8 / 10

Free Fall  [2013]
Directed by Stephan Lacant
7.5 / 10

Pain & Gain  [2013]
Directed by Michael Bay
7 / 10

Banshee Chapter  [2013]
Directed by Blair Erickson
6.8 / 10

Taking Woodstock  [2009]
Directed by Ang Lee
8.5 / 10

Elysium  [2013]
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
7.5 / 10

Ravenous  [1999]
Directed by Antonia Bird
6 / 10

Lilya 4-Ever  [2002]
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
7 / 10

Snowpiercer  [2013]
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
8.2 / 10

42 One Dream Rush  [2009]
Various Directors
7.2 / 10

Fanny and Alexander  [1982]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
8.5 / 10

Gladiator  [2000]
Directed by Ridley Scott
8 / 10

The Laramie Project  [2002]
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
8 / 10

Mauvais Sang  [1986]
Directed by Leos Carax
6.5 / 10

Bleeder  [1999]
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
7.5 / 10

In Secret  [2013]
Directed by Charlie Stratton
7.5 / 10

The Conspiracy  [2012]
Directed Christopher MacBride
8 / 10

Locke  [2014]
Directed by Steven Knight
7 / 10

Ida  [2013]
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
6.5 / 10

World War Z  [2013]
Directed by Marc Foster
7.8 / 10

Hellion  [2014]
Directed by Kat Candler
7 / 10

Little Children  [2006]
Directed by Todd Field
7.5 / 10

Primer  [2004]
Directed by Shane Carruth
6.5 / 10

The Rover  [2014]
Directed by David Michôd
7.8 / 10

The Signal  [2014]
Directed by William Eubank
8.5 / 10

Palo Alto  [2014]
Directed by Gia Coppola
7.5 / 10

Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca*  [2010]
Directed by Richard Meech
8.8 / 10

The Silence  [1963]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
8 / 10

The Upper Footage  [2013]
Directed by Justin Cole
7.2 / 10

To Die For  [1995]
Directed by Gus Van Sant
7.5 / 10

Barton Fink  [1991]
Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
7.5 / 10


Nostalgia for the Light* 
[2010]
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
6 / 10


Absentia  
[2011]
Directed by Mike Flanagan
6.5 / 10


Willow Creek 
[2013]
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
7.5 / 10


The Grand Budapest Hotel 
[2014]
Directed by Wes Anderson
7.8 / 10


Freeway 
[1996]
Directed by Matthew Bright
7.2 / 10


Marfa Girl 
[2013]
Directed by Larry Clark
7.8 / 10



Polytechnique  [2009]
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
8.5 / 10



4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days  [2007]
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
6.8 / 10



Jodorowsky’s Dune*  [2014]
Directed by Frank Pavich
7.8 / 10



Tom at the Farm  [2013]
Directed by  Xavier Dolan
7.5 / 10



Antoine and Colette  [1962]
Directed by François Truffaut
6.8 / 10





Tar  [2012]
Directed by various NYU Film students
6 / 10



Stranger by the Lake  [2013]
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
6 / 10



Godzilla  [2014]
Directed by Gareth Edwards
7.5 / 10



The Immigrant  [2013]
Directed by James Gray
8 / 10



Shoot the Piano Player  [1960]
Directed by François Truffaut
7 / 10



The Idiots  [1998]
Directed by Lars Von Trier
7.5 / 10



Bent  [1997]
Directed by Sean Mathias
7.5 / 10



The 400 Blows  [1959]
Directed by François Truffaut
8.5 / 10



The Dirties  [2013]
Directed by Matt Johnson
6.8 / 10



Leviathan*  [2012]
Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel
7.8 / 10



Biutiful  [2010]
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
8 / 10



The Sacrament  [2014]
Directed by Ti West
8 / 10

In Your Eyes  [2014]
Directed by Brin Hill
7.5 / 10

Pola X  [1999]
Directed by Leos Carax
7.5 / 10

Devil’s Knot  [2013]
Directed by Atom Egoyan
6.8 / 10

Possession  [1981]
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski
6 / 10

Blue Ruin  [2014]
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
7.5 / 10

Proxy  [2013]
Directed by Zack Parker
5.8 / 10

Beneath the Harvest Sky  [2013]
Directed by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly
8 / 10

Under The Skin  [2014]
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
7.8 / 10

The Piano  [1993]
Directed by Jane Campion
7 / 10

A Serious Man  [2009]
Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
6.8 / 10

The Passion of Anna  [1969]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
7.8 / 10

A Field in England  [2013]
Directed by Ben Wheatley
8 / 10

Enemy  [2014]
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
8 / 10

Joe  [2014]
Directed by David Gordon Green
8.5 / 10

Silence of the Lambs  [1991]
Directed by Jonathan Demme
7.5 / 10

August: Osage County  [2013]
Directed by John Wells
7 / 10

Noah  [2014]
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
8.5 / 10

Afflicted  [2013]
Directed by Derek Lee & Clif Prowse
7.5 / 10

Birth  [2004]
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
7.8 / 10

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa  [2013]
Directed by Jeff Tremaine
7 / 10

The Departed  [2006]
Directed by Martin Scorsese
8 / 10

Filth  [2014]
Directed by Jon S. Baird
7.8 /  10

Doubt  [2008]
Directed by John Patrick Shanley
7.5 / 10

Hide Your Smiling Faces  [2013]
Directed by Daniel Patric Carbone
7 / 10



Deliverance  [1972]
Directed by John Boorman
7.5 / 10





The Science of Sleep  [2006]
Directed by Michel Gondry
7.5 / 10


Mr. Nobody 
[2009]
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
8.8 / 10


Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills* 
[1996]
Directed by Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
7.5 / 10


Contracted  
[2013]
Directed by Eric England
6.5 / 10


Nymphomaniac: Vol. II 
[2013]
Directed by Lars Von Trier
7.8 / 10


Hour of the Wolf 
[1968]
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
7 / 10


Eyes Wide Shut  
[1999]
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
8 / 10


Picnic at Hanging Rock 
[1975]
Directed by Peter Weir
7.8 / 10


The Central Park Five* 
[2012]
Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon
8 / 10


The Burning Plain 
[2008]
Directed by Guillermo Arriaga
7 / 10


Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 
[2013]
Directed by Lars Von Trier
7.5 / 10


‣ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
[2013]
Directed by Francis Lawrence
8.5 / 10

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues  [2013]
Directed by Adam McKay
5 / 10



Kill Your Darlings  [2013]
Directed by John Krokidas
8.5 / 10



Boys Don’t Cry  [1999]
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
8 / 10



The Wait  [2013]
Directed by M. Blash
7.5 / 10



The Celebration  [1998]
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
7.8 / 10



Oldboy  [2013]
Directed by Spike Lee
7 / 10




El Topo  [1970]
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
6.8 / 10




Lessons of Darkness*  [1992]
Directed by Werner Herzog
7.5 / 10



Fantastic Mr. Fox  [2009]
Directed by Wes Anderson
7.5 / 10



Europa  [1991]
Directed by Lars Von Trier
7.8 / 10


The Talented Mr. Ripley  [1999]
Directed by Anthony Minghella
8 / 10



Nostalghia  [1983]
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
8 / 10



Full Metal Jacket  [1987]
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
8.5 / 10



Amélie  [2001]
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
7.5 / 10



Big Sur  [2013]
Directed by Michael Polish
7.8 / 10



American Hustle  [2013]
Directed by David O’ Russell
8 / 10


Blue Is the Warmest Color  [2013]
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
8 / 10


Carrie  [2013]
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
6.5 / 10




La Haine  [1995]
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
6.8 / 10




Dallas Buyers Club  [2013]
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
8.5 / 10




Her  [2013]
Directed by Spike Jonze
9 / 10



Short Term 12  [2013]
Directed by Destin Cretton
8 / 10




The Great Beauty  [2013]
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
7.5 / 10




The Wolf of Wall Street  [2013]
Directed by Martin Scorsese
7.8 / 10




The Act of Killing*  [2013]
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
6 / 10




Inside Llewyn Davis  [2013]
Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
8.5 / 10




Blue Jasmine  [2013]
Directed by Woody Allen
7 / 10




Devil’s Due  [2014]
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett
4.8 / 10




Cashback  [2006]
Directed by Sean Ellis
7.5 / 10



The Spectacular Now  [2013]
Directed by James Ponsoldt
8.5 / 10


Smashed  [2012]
Directed by James Ponsoldt
7.8 /  10




Once Upon a Time in Anatolia  [2011]
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
7.5 / 10




Home*  [2009]
Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
9 / 10




Here Comes the Devil  [2012]
Directed by Adrián García Bogliano
7.5 / 10




Electrick Children  [2012]
Directed by Rebecca Thomas
7 / 10




Candy  [2006]
Directed by Neil Armfield
7.8 / 10



Sightseers  [2012]
Directed by Ben Wheatley
5.5 / 10



The Attack  [2013]
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
7.5 / 10




The Elephant Man  [1980]
Directed by David Lynch
8 / 10




1408  [2007]
Directed by Mikael Håfström
6.5 / 10




Adaptation.  [2002]
Directed by Spike Jonze
7.8 / 10

Films Watched in 2014: August
The Shawshank Redemption | Frank Darabont | US | 1994
13
Films Watched in 2014: August
The Element of Crime | Lars Von Trier | Denmark | 1984
2

The Element of Crime, 1984 (dir. Lars von Trier)
43
Films Watched in 2014: August
Perfect Sense | David Mackenzie | UK | 2011
3

“I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to”
Donnie Darko (2001)
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