This was the year of the cinematic marathon, as I plunged deep into every filmic nook and cranny I could crawl inside, coming out with a whopping total of 200 films viewed that were released in 2014. Lest you consider me utterly insane (which I probably am), somehow I was able to condense that number down to my 25; a task, ultimately, which feels at least partially irrelevant given how many strong films got left out. Still, I am very proud of the flicks that made the cut. So, without further ado, here are my favorite 25 films of 2014!
by Jericho Cerrona January 31, 2015
|Mike Leigh's sprawling semi-biopic about British painter J.M.W. Turner is determinedly "un-middlebrow"; structured as a series of seemingly meandering vignettes following Turner's travels, his artistic drive, and the quirky aristocratic patrons he comes in contact with. Gorgeously shot and free of the standard biopic formula, Mr. Tuner hits the stratosphere with a galvanizing performance from Timothy Spall (played mostly as a series of grunts, grimaces, and odd facial expressions), that also gets at layers of emotion buried within a very complex personality.|