Month: December 2014

My 14 Favorite Films of 2014

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2014 in filmAs I said in another list, this year was slightly different, not only in that I wrote a heck of a lot more, but also in that I just saw more, at least as far as new releases went. My journey to making these lists was a fun one. Finals were already happening and I thought, oh, I have a couple of weeks to finish the seven or so lists I had to make, I have plenty of time. And then I realized I had just over a week. So I crammed in as many 2014 films as I could, and voila!

So, here it is, folks, my final, locked in list of my favorite 14 films that I saw in 2014 (I’m not worrying about US release date or anything, just counting what I saw.)

You can also find my ranked 2014 list on Letterboxd, my top 20 performances at Under the Radar, some capsules I contributed to Under the Radar’s best films of 2014, and to Sound on Sight (my individual ballot here), and my favorite musical moments in film from 2014. And, also, my superlative year in film. And also, my complete list of all the new releases I saw in 2014. Yes, I made a lot of lists this year.

Thanks for taking this cinematic journey with me! I hope 2015 to be as fruitful and fun! Have a safe and very Happy New Year, folks! Read the rest of this entry »

Writer’s Regret: My Favorite Articles from 2014

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My writing really took off this year, for which I thank so many people (Justine Smith, Sam Fragoso, Austin Trunick, Scott Beggs, Jill Blake, Peter Knegt, et al.). I’m very excited for the year to come.

In the meantime, here are some things that I wrote that I didn’t hate.  Read the rest of this entry »

My Superlative Year in Film: 2014 Edition

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This year was a little different from last year. It was the year I really started writing. I’ve had this blog for, like, eight or so years and maintained it. I’ve written intermittently for VeryAware.com for a while, as well as TheBlackMaria.org. But this is the year that I really pushed my writing, so that my audience grew and I made more friends and engaged with more people than ever. I was fortunate to have my work featured on Movie Mezzanine (of which I am now Assistant Editor), Under the Radar Magazine, Film School Rejects, IndieWire’s /Bent, Sound on Sight, and elsewhere (you can find all of my work here). I got to go to two film festivals for the first time ever, and attend as press for them, which was amazing. I actually got to meet the writers I so much admire in person, in the flesh, and pick the brains and hang out with them. And this time, I actually got to watch a bunch of movies from 2014, which almost never happens. At the time of this writing, on Christmas Eve, I’ve seen 96 new releases, and 423 new to me films in general (a step down from last year, but whatever). So, here was my superlative year in film, 2014 edition.   Read the rest of this entry »

Follow Forever – The Master List 2014

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Happy Christmas Eve Eve, y’all, and happy other holidays and such,

I don’t really do #FollowFriday on Twitter because, if you’ve known me for even a day or two, I am nothing if not incredibly lazy. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love you folks. This year in particular has meant a lot to me, as it’s when I really pushed my writing and made new and exciting friendships and dynamics with people, and strengthened ones with old friends. So, I thank you so much for your kindness and warmth and humor and tolerance. They/you’ve taught me a lot. I’m really honored to have any connection with you people. You truly mean a lot to me. It took me three and a half hours to compile, but here’s a list of my favorite people I follow on Twitter. They are amazing and any combination of funny, witty, strong, brave, intelligent, incisive, stylish, attractive, beautiful, influential, and wonderful. You should follow every one of them. Have a safe and warm holiday!

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