The Movies of 2014: The Year of Seeing Fewer Movies

As I keep saying, partly to remind myself to go back to working on it, 2014 is the year I finish the progressive rock history that I’ve wanted to write since I was 20 or so. And 2013 was the year I should have done more work on this, the year I took a bunch of international flights, the year I decided (not sure why) to break my movies-per-year record. No such ambitions this time. My Netflix queue is half old movies, half new. I’ll probably end up seeing 40 or so movies this year, catching up a bunch once the book is handed in, but no longer feeling like it’s worth it to rent crappy movies because they count toward a goal that maybe six people on the Internet care about. I can live and die without ever watching that goddamn Transformers movie.

Anyway! Here’s what I’ve seen so far, taking into account that I need to see Boyhood. Should Snowpiercer count as a pre-2014 release, as that’s when Korea got it? Should Nymphomaniac count as two movies? Whatever, I’ll figure this out, but need a placeholder.

1. Boyhood
2. Jodorowsky’s Dune
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Selma
5. Snowpiercer
6. Nymphomaniac Vol. I
7. Guardians of the Galaxy
8. Blue Ruin
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Under the Skin
11. Starred Up
12. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13. The LEGO Movie
14. The Babadook
15. Rich Hill
16. Coherence
17. Nightcrawler
18. Life Itself
19. Ida
20. 22 Jump Street
21. Still Alice
22. The Lunchbox
23. Frank
24. Gone Girl
25. Obvious Child
26. Only Lovers Left Alive
27. Gloria
28. The Immigrant
29. The Congress
30. Interstellar
31. The Unknown Known
32. Begin Again
33. We Are the Best!
34. Joe
35. Edge of Tomorrow
36. Nymphomaniac Vol. II
37. The One I Love
38. Birdman
39. Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi
40. The Fault in Our Stars
41. Borgman
42. Willow Creek
43. Magic in the Moonlight
44. The Double
45. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
46. Neighbors
47. The Normal Heart
48. Locke
49. The Rover
50. Jimi: All is By My Side
51. Rosewater
52. Palo Alto
53. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
54. Let’s Be Cops
55. Zero Theorem
56. Veronica Mars
57. Tusk
58. Life After Beth
59. Wish I Was Here
60. Winter’s Tale A fascinating failure, exemplifying for some future film school class what studios can do when they really want to option some material but don’t realize that what made it work was un-filmable. Oh, and when they’re unwilling to hand it to a weirdo. It’s like a Jodorowsky movie but filmed by Ron Howard; aka, an Akiva Goldsman film.

Still to see: Hey, I’m in no danger of thinking for myself, and I will want cinematic rewards after turning in the manuscript. I suppose I should see Whiplash, Bird People, Strangers by the Lake, Two Days One Night, Force Majeure, Life Itself, Inherent Vice, and The Missing Picture.