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Monday
Feb162015

2015 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

62 Films Screened | 46 Released 
Title (Director) Grade Review 
(or view by Grades

Pixar gets its groove back

Theatrically Released (through July 10th included)
'71 (Yann Demange) B+ Review 
Animals (Collin Schiffli) B+ Making of
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) B+ Review 
Avengers: Age of Ultron² (Joss Whedon) B- Review and Podcast 
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) C Review 
Chocolate City (Jean-Claude La Marre) D Review
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- 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 Review
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-  Review
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
I'll See You In My Dreams (Brett Haley) B
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen) A- 
Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski) C+ Podcast 
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow) C
Last Five Years, The (Richard LaGravenese) B Review 
Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad) B
A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman) C+ Review 
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) A- Review 
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) B
Match (Stephen Belber) Review 
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) C- Michael's Review
Of Horses & Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) B+ 
Paddington (Paul King) B- Brief Comment & Jose's Take
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson) B+ Review 
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks) B- Review
Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro) B Capsulepodcast
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 
Spy (Paul Feig) B+
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review 
Tangerine (Sean Baker) B+/A- Review
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird) B- Review
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) D capsule 

Coming Soon 
Brooklyn (John Crowley) B+ Review 
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) C+ Glenn's Review (from 2014's unreleased batch) 
Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (Marielle Heller) B Michael's Review, Nathaniel's Take 
Grandma (Paul Weitz) B+/A- Nathaniel's Review, Joe's Review 
Sleeping With Other People (Leslye Headland) B  Review
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan) B+ Review (from 2013's unreleased batch)

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

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 last two received their theatrical releases in 2015 but the latter two were both nominated for major awards in 2014 (Globe & Indie Spirit respectively) so did they have "qualifying releases"? "Maps" at least kept changing its mind about whether it would receive an awards qualifying run, making tracking, categorization and awardage impossible for TFE. We like clear lines of demarcation between calendar years. 

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 
Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen)
Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller) Review 
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch... (Roy Andersson) Review 
Tangerine (Sean Baker)Review 

B+/B

Animals  (Collin Schiffli) Making of
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Review  
Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh) Review
Clouds of Sils Maria² (Olivier Assayas) Jason's ReviewMargaret's Take 
Dope (Rick Famuyiwa)  Capsule
Farewell Party, The (Tali Granit & Sharon Maymon) Review 
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg) Review
Futuro Beach (Karim Äinouz) Review 
I'll See You In My Dreams (Brett Haley) 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) Review 
Of Horses and Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) 
Red Army
 (Gabel Polsky)  
Spy (Paul Feig) B+ 

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  
Magic Mike XXL (Gregory Jacobs) Review
Paddington (Paul King) Brief Comment & Jose's Take
Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks)  Review
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello) Review  
Stanford Prison Experiment, The (Kyle Patrick Alvarez)  Review  

B-/C+

A Little Chaos  (Alan Rickman) Review 
Song One
 (Kate Barker-Froyland) Capsule  
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird) Review 

C+/C

Boulevard (Dito Montiel)  Review 
Electric Slide
 (Tristan Patterson) review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) Review 
Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski)  Podcast  
Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow)
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
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
Seventh Son, The (Sergey Bodrov) Podcast 

D/D-/F

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


Wednesday
May072014

2014 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

113 released + 18 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 ² (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 ² (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
Charlies Country (Rolf de Beer) C+ 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
Der Samurai (Till Kleinert) B- Review 
Sand Dollars (Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán) B- Review 
Sea Fog (Shim Sung-bo) B-
Vara: A Blessing (Khyentse Norbu) B/B- Review
White Shadow (Noaz Deshe) B capsule