Best Films of 2014

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

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LEVEL FIVE
This fictional documentary hybrid about a lonely female programmer attempting to reinterpret the World War II battle of Okinawa under the guise of a computer game is an extraordinary achievement. Chris Marker's strange, vaguely science-fiction experiment is an uncategorizable fusion of cerebral discourse, disturbing history lesson, and pre-Internet chat-room graphics that predicated the way technology would mold our perception of historical events. Filmed in 1997 and finally getting a US release in 2014, Level Five is powerfully singular cinema.
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