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Monday
Feb162015

2015 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

48 Films Screened | 32 Released
Title (Director) Grade Review 
(or view by Grades

buddy comedy

Theatrically Released 
'71 (Yann Demange) B+ Review 
Animals (Collin Schiffli) B+ 
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) B+ Review 
Avengers: Age of Ultron² (Joss Whedon) B- Review and Podcast 
Chocolate City (Jean-Claude La Marre)
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) B+ Review
Clouds of Sils Maria² (Olivier Assayas) B+ Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take
D Train, The (Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel) B/B- Review 
Dope (Rick Famuyiwa) B Capsule
Electric Slide (Tristan Patterson) C+ review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) C+ Review 
Ex Machina (Alex Garland) A- Review 
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) B 
Farewell Party, The (Tali Granit & Sharon Maymon) B+ Review
Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) C- Review
Futuro Beach 
(Karim Äinouz) B Review 
Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) B Review
Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) C-  
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski) C+ Podcast 
Last Five Years, The (Richard LaGravenese) B Review 
A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman) C+ Review 
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) A- 
Match (Stephen Belber) Review 
Of Horses & Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) B+ 
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch... (Roy Andersson) B+ Review 
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) B- 
Red Army (Gabel Polsky) B 
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) B- Review 
Seventh Son, The (Sergey Bodrov) C/C- Podcast
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) B- Capsule 
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) D capsule 

Coming Soon 
Brooklyn (John Crowley) B+ [Fox Searchlight] Review Opening in November
Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (Marielle Heller) B Michael's Review, Nathaniel's Take Opening in August
Grandma (Paul Weitz) B+/A- Review  Opening in August
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review Opening in July
Sleeping With Other People (Leslye Headland) B  [IFC Films] Opening in August
Tangerine (Sean Baker) B+/A- Review [Magnolia] Opening in July

Distributors But No Release Dates 
Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli) B+ Review  
New Girlfriend, The (François Ozon) B- Review 
Strangerland (Kim Farrant) C+ Review 

No Distributor Currently
Dark Horse (Louise Osmond) B- Capsule
Glassland (Gerard Barrett) B Review
I Am Michael (Justin Kelly) C+ Review
Nasty Baby (Sebastian Silva) B Capsule
Last Days in the Desert (Rodrigo Garcia) C+ Capsule  

Movies That Couldn't Pick an Official Year - Giving Me Grief!
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg) C+ Nathaniel's ReviewGlenn's Take 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) B+ Review 
by most accounts these two received their theatrical releases in 2015 but they were both nominated for major awards in 2014 and the former kept changing its mind about whether it would receive an awards qualifying run, making categorization and awardage impossible for TFE. We like clear lines of demarcation between calendar years. So sadly neither of these films will be eligible at TFE for either year's prizes. 

Monday
Feb162015

2015 Films, By Grade

THEATRICALLY RELEASED FILMS ONLY 
Title (Director)
Or View Alphabetically 

Appropriate Behavior

A/A-/B+
i.e. true favorites of the year

'71 (Yann Demange) Review 
Ex Machina (Alex Garland) Review 
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) Review 

B+/B

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Review  
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) Review
Clouds of Sils Maria² (Olivier Assayas) Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take 
Futuro Beach (Karim Äinouz) Review 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) Review 
Of Horses and Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) 
Red Army
 (Gabel Polsky)  

B/B-

Avengers: Age of Ultron² (Joss Whedon)  Review and Podcast 
D Train, The (Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel) Review 
Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) Review
Last Five Years, The (Richard LaGravenese) Review  
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) Review  

B-/C+

Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) Capsule  

C+/C

Electric Slide (Tristan Patterson) review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) Review 
Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski)  Podcast  
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg) Nathaniel's ReviewGlenn's Take 

C-/D+

Fifty Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson) Review 
Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher) Review
Seventh Son, The (Sergey Bodrov) Podcast 

D/D-/F

Chocolate City (Jean-Claude LaMarre) 
Match (Stephen Belber) Review  
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) Capsule  



 

Wednesday
May072014

2014 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

113 released + 22 unreleased
Title (Director) Grade #of times seen if more than 1 
Alpha Order


THEATRICAL RELEASE

22 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Chris Miller) B-  Podcast 

Abuse of Weakness
 (Catherine Breillat) Capsule 
American Sniper (Clint Eastwood) B-/C+ Brief Thoughts

Babadook, The 
²  (Jennifer Kent) B+ Interview, TOP TEN LIST
Bachelor Weekend, The (John Butler) C+ Review 
Bad Hair (Mariana Rondón) B+ Review, Honorable Mention
Begin Again ² (John Carney) B+ Podcast, Interview, Honorable Mention
Belle (Amma Asante) C Capsule 
Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf) B Review 
Beyond the Lights (Gina Prince-Blywood) B
Big Eyes (Tim Burton) C Open Thread
Big Hero 6 ²(Don Hall & Chris Williams) B- Review, Nathaniel's take 
Birdman ² (Alejandro G Innaritu) A Review, podcast, interview, TOP TEN LIST 
Book of Life, The (Jorge R Guttierez) C  
Boxtrolls, The (Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi) B+  Reviewish, Laika's rise
Boyhood ² (Richard Linklater) A Reviewpodcast,  TOP TEN LIST

Cake (Daniel Barnz) B- FYC Surprise?, Best Actress Battle
Captain America: The Winter Soldier ³ (Anthony & Joe Russo) B+ Review, TOP TEN LIST
Chef (Jon Favreau) C
Child's Pose (Calin Peter Netzer) B+ Capsule  
Circle, The (Stefan Haupt) B Capsuleinterview
Cold Lands, The (Tom Gilroy) C- Brief note 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
(Matt Reeves) Podcast, reviewish, Interview
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her, The (Ned Benson) B+ Review, premiere
Divergent (Neil Burger) C Review

Edge of Tomorrow
(Doug Liman) B+ Capsule
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Chiemi Karasawa) B+ Review
Enemy (Denis Villeneuve) B Capsule
 

Face of Love, The (Arie Posen) C-
Fault in Our Stars, The (Josh Boone) C+ Review
Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund) B+ Review,  Honorable Mention
Foxcatcher
 (Bennett Miller) B Review, 2nd Take, podcast 
Fury (David Ayer) B-

Gambler, The
(Rupert Wyatt) C Review
GBF (Darren Stein)
Get On Up
(Tate Taylor) C Review, Viola's cameoInterview
Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A (Ana Lily Amirpour) B+ 
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) C+ Reviewlist, interview
Godzilla (Gareth Edwards) B+ Review 
Gone Girl &sup4; (David Fincher) B+ Review, podcast, Honorable Mention, InterviewGuest Blog
Grand Budapest Hotel, The ²(Wes Anderson) B+ podcast, 2nd viewingHonorable Mention

Happy Christmas
 (Joe Swanberg) B/B+ capsule
Hellion (Kat Candler) B- capsule
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois) B podcast & list 
Homesman, The (Tommy Lee Jones) B  Review, 2nd take, FYC cinematography
Humbling, The (Barry Levinson) C+

I Am Happiness on Earth (Julián Hernández) D+ Worst of Year
Ida ²(Pawel Pawlikoswki) A- TOP TEN LIST
Imitation Game, The (Morten Tyldum) B+ Review, 2nd take, podcast, party
Immigrant, The (James Gray) B- Marion's performance
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) C- Conversation, FYC Josh Brolin
Interior. Leather Bar (James Franco & Travis Mathews) D- 
Interstellar (Christopher Nolan) B Review, podcast
Into the Woods ² (Rob Marshall) B- Open Thread, Review, 2nd take

Jersey Boys
(Clint Eastwood) D Review,  Worst of Year
Judge, The (David Dobkin) F Worst of Year

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
 (Mami Sunada) B Review 

Land Ho! (Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens) Glenn's Review
La Bare (Joe Manganiello) B-/C+ Review
LEGO Movie, The (Phil Lord, Chris Miller) B+ Review
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) B+
Lilting (Hong Khaou) Capsuleinterview, monologue 
Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry) B Review 
Loitering With Intent (Adam Rapp) C Review
Love is Strange ² (Ira Sachs) A- ReviewTOP TEN LIST
Lucy (Luc Besson) C+ Podcast
 

Magic in the Moonlight (Woody Allen) D Capsule, Worst of Year
Maleficent
(Robert Stromberg)podcast 
Maze Runner, The (Wes Ball) C- Review, preview party
Miss Julie (Liv Ullman) C- Review, podcast, Interview
Missing Picture, The (Rithy Panh) A- 
Mommy (Xavier Dolan) A- Review, Glenn's takeTOP TEN LIST
Most Violent Year, A (JC Chandor) B Premiere, podcast, interview
Mr Turner
(Mike Leigh) B Review, press conference, Interview
Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin) B

Neighbors
(Nicholas Stoller) B Review & podcast 
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy) B Review, podcast
Noah (Darren Aronofsky) B- podcastinterview
Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 (Lars von Trier) B- Michael's Review
Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 (Lars von Trier) C- Michael's Review

Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre) B podcastreview, Interview
One I Love, The (Charlie McDowell) B- 
Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) B+  Honorable Mention

Pioneer 
(Erik Skjoldbaerg) B+ Capsule 
Pride² (Matthew Warchus) Review, interview, podcastTOP TEN LIST

Railway Man, The
 (Jonathan Teplitzky) C+ brief note
Rover, The (David Michôd) C Podcast & Diana's review

Selma (Ava DuVernay) A- Podcast, premiere, party, TOP TEN LIST
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Arthur Allen Seidelman) C
Skeleton Twins, The (Craig Johnson) B Brief thoughts
Snowpiercer ²(Bong Joon-ho) B+ Thoughts,  podcast,  Honorable Mention
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) B capsule, Margaret's Take
St. Vincent (Theodore Melfi) C+ Michael's Review
Still Alice (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland) Review, podcast
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie) B+ Review,  Honorable Mention

Tale of Princess Kaguya, The
 (Isao Takahata) B, Ghibli docTakahata appreciation
Tammy (Ben Falcone) C- Review
Test (Chris Mason Johnson) B capsule & interview & Glenn's take
That Awkward Moment (Tom Gormican) D 
Theory of Everything (James Marsh) B Review, podcast, Interview
Top Five (Chris Rock) C+ Brief thoughts
Two Days One Night (Dardenne Bros) B+ Review, marion's work 

Unbroken (Angelina Jolie) C+ FYC, interview
Under the Skin² (Jonathan Glazer) podcastbest shot, TOP TEN LIST

War Story
 (Mark Jackson) D capsule,  Worst of Year
Way He Looks, The (Daniel Ribeiro) B+ Capsule, interview 
We Are the Best (Lukas Moodyson) B+ Honorable Mention
Web Junkie (Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam) C+ capsule 
Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) B- Michael's Review, podcast, JK Simmons
Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée) B+ Review, interview, Honorable Mention
Wild Tales (Damian Szifron) A-/B+ Review  

X-Men Days of Future Past
(Bryan Singer) B review

Young and Beautiful
 (François Ozon) B Capsule  

 

NO US DISTRIBUTION
1001 Grams (Bent Hamer) B- Review
Behavior (Ernesto Daranas) B+ Review 
Blind (Eskil Vogt) B+ Review
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) C Review 
Charlies Country (Rolf de Beer) C+ Review 
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) C+ Glenn's Review 
Cub (Jonas Govaerts) C- capsule
Gate, The (Regis Wargnier) B Review
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo) C+ Review
Life in a Fishbowl (Baldvin Zophoníasson) B Review
Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air (Phillip Warnell) C+ Review
Out of Nature (Ole Giaever) B- Review
Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro) B Capsule, podcast
Der Samurai (Till Kleinert) B- Review 
Sand Dollars (Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán) B- Review 
Sea Fog (Shim Sung-bo) B-
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan) B+ Review
Vara: A Blessing (Khyentse Norbu) B/B- Review
White Shadow (Noaz Deshe) B capsule