what i watched last week
music friday: miami vice, "in the air tonight"

what i watched last year

A summary, sorted by my ratings. I tend to save the 10/10 ratings for older classics, so a more recent film that gets 9/10 is very good indeed. Movies that are just shy of greatness will get 8/10. I waste more time than is necessary trying to distinguish 7/10 from 6/10 … both ratings signify slightly better-than-average movies, where if I like them I’ll pop for a 7 and if I don’t, I’ll lay out a 6. I save 5/10 for movies I don’t like, and anything lower than 5 for crud. This explanation comes after the fact … I don’t really think it through when I give the ratings. They skew high because I try very hard to avoid movies I won’t like … if I saw every movie ever made, my average might be 5/10, but I skip the ones that would bring the average down. Thus, the average for the 127 movies I rated in 2014 is 7.4 out of 10.

 

10:

The Earrings of Madame de ...
The Gold Rush
The Great Dictator
A Hard Day's Night
The Road Warrior
Smiles of a Summer Night
The Square
Strangers on a Train
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

9:

12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing
Caché
The Exterminating Angel
The Golden Coach
Gomorrah
The Heiress
Lawrence of Arabia
Make Way for Tomorrow
Mysteries of Lisbon
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Past
Persona
Schindler's List
Shoah
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Through a Glass Darkly
Viridiana

8:

All Is Lost
American Hustle
The Anniversary Party
Big Night
Blackfish
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
East of Eden
Eyes Without a Face
Fruitvale Station
Godzilla
Groundhog Day
Happy-Go-Lucky
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
L'Age d'Or
Le Havre
Life Itself
Man Bites Dog
Midnight Run
Night of the Living Dead
Ninotchka
Now, Voyager
Our Hospitality
The Raid: Redemption
The Raid 2
Ruggles of Red Gap
Sans Soleil
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
They Were Expendable
Tristana
Wild Strawberries
The Woman in the Window

7:

Akira
Baby Boy
Certified Copy
Days of Being Wild
The Descendants
Dirty Wars
Drinking Buddies
Exiled
Frances Ha
Gilda
The Great Gatsby
Hausu
The Heroic Trio
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunt
Kuroneko
The Lady
The Lego Movie
Locke
The Master
The Naked Spur
Nebraska
Oranges and Sunshine
Prisoners
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Shock Corridor
Silver Linings Playbook
Summer of Sam
The Tingler
The Verdict
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
You Only Live Twice

6:

The Bad and the Beautiful
Brazil
Captain Phillips
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Executioners
The Garment Jungle
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Interview
Invasion of the Bee Girls
John Wick
The Killer Shrews
Little Miss Marker
Move Over, Darling
The Music Room
Saving Mr. Banks
Sexy Evil Genius
The Siege
Spider Baby, or, The Maddest Story Ever Told
They Died with Their Boots On
This Is the End
Thunder Road
Vampyr
The Werewolf
A Woman Is a Woman
Zelig

5:

13 Ghosts
Bad Santa
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Mister Lonely
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Seven Psychopaths
The Sound of Music
World Without End

4:

The Fountainhead

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