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2014 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

90 films screened (51 released)  listed alphabetically
Title (Director) Grade #of times seen if more than 1 
or by grade if you'd prefer 

22 Jump Street (Phil Lord, Chris Miller) B-  podcast
Bachelor Weekend, The(John Butler) C+ review
Begin Again (John Carney) B+ podcast
Belle (Amma Asante) C review
Boyhood (Richard Linklater) A- Review
Captain America: The Winter Soldier ² (Anthony & Joe Russo) B+ review 
Chef (Jon Favreau) C
Child's Pose (Calin Peter Netzer) B+ capsule
Cold Lands, The (Tom Gilroy) C- brief note 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves) podcast & reviewish
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
GBF (Darren Stein)
Get On Up
() C
Guardians of the Galaxy
() C+
 (Gareth Edwards) B+ review
Grand Budapest Hotel, The (Wes Anderson) B- podcast
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) B/B+ capsule
Hellion (Kat Candler) B- capsule
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dean DeBlois) B podcast & list
Ida (Pawel Pawlikoswki) B+ top ten thus far
Immigrant, The (James Gray) B- Marion's performance
Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood) D 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
Love is Strange (Ira Sachs) A- Review 
Lucy (Luc Besson) TBA
(Robert Stromberg) C+ podcast
Missing Picture, The (Rithy Panh) A-
Muppets Most Wanted
(James Bobin) B
(Nicholas Stoller) B Review & podcast
Noah (Darren Aronofsky) B- podcast
Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre) B podcastMichael's Review 
The One I Love () B-
Railway Man, The (Jonathan Teplitzky) C+ brief note
Rover, The (David Michôd) C podcast & Diana's review
Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho) B+ Initial Thoughts & podcast
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie) A- Review   
Tammy (Ben Falcone) C- Review
Test (Chris Mason Johnson) B+ capsule & interview & Glenn's take
That Awkward Moment (Tom Gormican) D 
Under the Skin² (Jonathan Glazer) A-  podcast & best shot 
War Story (Mark Jackson) D capsule
Web Junkie (Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam) C+ capsule
X-Men Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer) X review
Young and Beautiful (François Ozon) B Capsule  

1001 Grams (Bent Hamer) B-
Appropriate Behavior
(Desiree Akhavan) B+ Review 
Bad Hair (Mariana Rondón) A- Review
Blind (Eskil Vogt) A-/B+ Review
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) C Review 
Charlies Country (Rolf de Beer) C+ Review
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) C+ Glenn's Review 
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her, The (Ned Benson) B+ notespremiere
Electric Slide (Tristan Patterson) C+ review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) C+ Review 
Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund) A- Review
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller) B review
Futuro Beach (Karim Äinouz) B Review
Gerontophilia (Bruce LaBruce) B+ Review 
The Imitation Game () B/B+
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes) C- Review 
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness () B Review
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) B+ Review 
Labyrinth of Lies () B
The Last Five Years
(Richard LaGravenese) B Review
Life in a Fishbowl () B Review
Lilting (Hong Khaou) B capsule
Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry) B Glenn's Review 
Loitering With Intent (Adam Rapp) C Review
Match (Stephen Belber) D Review 
Mommy (Xavier Dolan) A- Review
Out of Nature () B- Review
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence (Roy Andersson) A-/B+ Review
Der Samurai (Till Kleinert) B- Review 
Sand Dollars () B-
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) B+ capsule
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) B- capsule 
Theory of Everything (James Marsh) B
Tom at the Farm
(Xavier Dolan) B+ Review
Vara: A Blessing (Khyentse Norbu) B/B- Review
Voices, The (Marjane Satrapi) D capsule
White Shadow (Noaz Deshe) B capsule 
Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée) B+  
Wild Tales (Damian Szifron) A-/B+ Review


2014 Films, By Grade Only 

48 Films Screened Thus Far (not all of them released)
Or alphabetically if you prefer
Title | (Director) | Writing About them | #of times seen (if more than 1)
Last Year's Films Here

Q: Why are they in groups?
A: The grade groups are to show that films take a while to settle and some improve or degrade as the year goes on. So this is the "tiers" so to speak.

Bad Hair (Mariana Rondón) Review
(Eskil Vogt) Review
Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Review 
Captain America: Winter Soldier (Anthony & Joe Russo)
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Chiemi Karasawa)  review
The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord, Chris Miller) Review
Love is Strange (Ira Sachs) Review
Missing Picture, The (Rithy Panh)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie) review   
Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan) Review 

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Review
Child's Pose (Calin Peter Netzer) capsule
Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & Her, The (Ned Benson) notespremiere
Godzilla (Gareth Edwards) review
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) capsule
Enemy (Denis Villeneuve)  capsule 
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner)  Review
X-Men Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer)  review
Young and Beautiful (François Ozon) Capsule 

Grand Budapest Hotel, The (Wes Anderson)
Hellion (Kat Candler)  capsule 
Immigrant, The (James Gray)  Marion's performance 
Land Ho! (Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens)Glenn's Review
Lilting (Hong Khaou) capsule
Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry)  Glenn's Review
Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin)
Noah (Darren Aronofsky)
Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre)  Michael's Review
Vara: A Blessing (Khyentse Norbu) Review
White Shadow (Noaz Deshe) capsule 

The Bachelor Weekend (John Butler) Review
Cooties (Jonathan Milott) Glenn's Review
Der Samurai (Till Kleinert) Review
Electric Slide (Tristan Patterson)  review
Every Secret Thing (Amy Berg) Review
Railway Man, The (Jonathan Teplitzky) brief note
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland)  capsule 
Web Junkie (Hilla Medalia & Shosh Shlam)  capsule 

Belle (Amma Asante) review
Boulevard (Dito Montiel) Review
Cold Lands, The (Tom Gilroy)
Divergent (Neil Burger) review
Face of Love, The (Arie Posen)
Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes)  Review
Loitering With Intent (Adam Rapp) Review

Match (Stephen Belber) Review
That Awkward Moment (Tom Gormican) 
The Voices (Marjane Satrapi) capsule
War Story (Mark Jackson)  capsule 



2013 Films, Alphabetically (With Grades)

103 films screened (which received theatrical release)
Title (Director) Grade #of times seen if more than 1 
or by grade if you'd prefer 

did not end up seeing: (sad face) Lawrence Anyways, Museum Hours, Fill the Void, Black Nativity, Much Ado About Nothing, Out of the Furnace, Aint Them Bodies Saints, Pacific Rim,


Alpha Order

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) A² brief note, Podcast, top ten list
20 Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville) B  

All Is Lost (JC Chandor) B- Podcast, David's Review
All The Light in the Sky (Joe Swanberg) B+ notes 
American Hustle (David O. Russell) B+ Podcast,  top ten list
August: Osage County (John Wells) B-² Toronto ReactionsAFI Capsule ²

Bastards (Claire Denis) D+ Brief Note
Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravenese) F Worst of...
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater) A- podcast Julie Delpy interviewtop ten list
Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh) B+ Review
Best Man Holiday, The (Malcolm D Lee) not so surprise hit 
Blancanieves (Pablo Berger) B+ capsule 
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen) B+ review podcast,top ten list
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche) B review podcast, dream i had
Bling Ring, The (Sofia Coppola) B notes 
Breakfast with Curtis (Laura Colella) B notes 
Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix Van Groeningen) B- ²

Caesar Must Die
 (Vitorrio & Paolo Taviani) B Capsule 
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass) B+ Podcast, honorable mentions
Charlie Victor Romeo (Berger, Daniels, Michelson) D
Conjuring, The (James Wan) C+ Sound, Art Direction
Counselor, The (Ridley Scott) F Podcast, Worst of...
Croods, The (Chris Sanders & Kirk DeMicco) B-  

Dallas Buyer's Club (Jean Marc Valle) B Review, Podcast
Diana (Oliver Hirschbeigel) D- Glenn's Take
Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) B- Podcast

East, The (Zal Batmamglij) B Review 
Elysium (Neill Blomkamp) C+ Review Podcast 
Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener) B+² Brief Note, top ten listPodcast, Interview ²
Ernest & Celestine (Aubier, Patar & Renner) B+ Tim's Review

Family, The (Luc Besson) D+ Capsule
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) CapsuleMichael's Review, on Greta Gerwig, Interview, top ten list
Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee) B+ Previous Snow Queens,  Oscar Chances?, Interview
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) B- Review Podcast
Futuro, Il (Alicia Scherson) B

Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer) D Michael's Review
Gloria (Sebastián Lelio) B+ honorable mentions
Good Day To Die Hard, A (John Moore) F Posterized, Worst of...
Grand Master, The (Wong Kar Wai) B- Daniel's Review
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron) B-² Review, first impression
Great Beauty, The (Paolo Sorrentino) B- 
Great Gatsby, The (Baz Luhrmann) C+ ReviewDream I Had, Song

Heat, The (Paul Feig) Review 
Her (Spike Jonze) B+ Podcast, Cinematography
History of Future Folk, The (John Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker) C-  
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
(Frances Lawrence) B Podcast
Hunt, The (Thomas Vinterberg) B Brief Note

I Am Divine (Jeffrey Schwartz) B
I Give It A Year (Dan Mazer) D+
I Used to Be Darker 
(Matthew Porterfield) D+
Identity Thief (Seth Gordon) D- Capsule, Worst of...
I'm So Excited (Pedro Almodóvar) B Review
In a World... (Lake Bell) B- Screenplay
Inside Llewyn Davis (The Coen Bros) B- Podcast, Ulysses the Cat
The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes) C
Iron Man Three
(Shane Black) B+ Review Panel Culture

Jack the Giant Slayer (Bryan Singer) C- Review 

Kill Your Darlings (John Krokidas) B-
Kiss of the Damned
(Xan Cassavettes) C
Kon-Tiki (Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg) C+ capsule  

Labor Day (Jason Reitman) Review 
Lee Daniels' The Butler (Lee Daniels) B- Review Podcast
Lone Ranger, The (Gore Verbinski) C- Review Blockbuster Broken 
Lone Survivor (Peter Berg) C-
Lovelace (Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) C+ Podcast

Man of Steel (Zach Snyder) C Panel Culture 
Missing Picture, The (Rithy Panh) B+
Monsters University (Dan Scanlon) C- Review ²
Mud (Jeff Nichols) Capsule 

Nebraska (Alexander Payne) A-² Podcast, Classic Comparison, top ten list
No (Pablo Larrain) Review, best foreign film, Nathaniel on CNNi , top ten list

Oblivion (Joseph Kozinski) D Worst of..., David's Review
Only God Forgives (Nicholas Winding Refn) D Michael's Review
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi) C Review 

Past, The (Asghar Farhadi) C Review, Interview
Philomena (Stephen Frears) B- Podcast
Place Beyond the Pines, The (Derek Cianfrance) B- ReviewPodcast
Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green)
Prisoners (Dennis Villeneuve) B Review, Podcast 

Rush (Ron Howard) C David's Review

Saving Mr Banks (John Lee Hancock) B Cocktails with Colin, Emma & Her Shoes
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (Ben Stiller) C+ Review
Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh) Interview, Podcast, Posterized 
Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton) Review, Interview, top ten list
Simon Killer (Antonio Campos) C- 
Some Girl(s) (Daisy von Scherler Mayer) C- notes 
Spectacular Now, The (James Ponsoldt) B Podcast, Michael's Review
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) B+ top ten list
Stoker (Park Chan Wook) C+ Review 
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) B+ Editing

Teacher, A (Hannah Fidell) D-
This is Martin Bonner
 (Chad Hartigan) B notes 
Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor) D+

Upstream Color (Shane Carruth) C

Valentine Road () B- Amir's Review

Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine) B- on the makeup
What Maisie Knew (Scott McGehee & David Siegel) B- Review 
Wind Rises, The (Hayao Miyazaki) B- 
Wolf of Wall Street, The (Martin Scorsese) B- Review
The Wolverine (James Mangold) D+ Review
World War Z (Marc Forster) Review, Sound
The World's End (Edgar Wright) C+ Michael's Take

Yossi (Eytan Fox) C Capsule 

 12 screened (without distribution or did not arrive as scheduled)

3 (Pablo Stoll) B- 
Abuse of Weakness (Catherine Breillat) C capsule
Deep, The (Baltasar Kormakuv) B  capsule 
Honeymoon (Jan Hrebejk) capsule
The Land of Eb (Andrew Williamson) B
The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On (Drew Denny)
Of Horses & Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) B+
Pit Stop
(Yen Tan) B interview, notes, Glenn's Review
Pioneer (Erik Skjoldbaerg) B+ Capsule
Sma Citroner Gula (Teresa Fabik) B 
The Sunshine Boys (Kim Tae-gon) C- 
Unbeatable (Dante Lam) B Review