Armando's Favorite 25 Films of 2014

Armando Rivera, the most even-keeled member of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST is a man with an uncanny knack for snoozing during pivotal moments of celebrated films and whose much-repeated refrain "Cool movie" became the catchphrase of the year. His list of 25 favorites from 2014 are bold, varied, and evocative; much like Mr. Rivera himself.

by Armando Rivera February 1, 2015

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SOFT IN THE HEAD
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Armando's Favorite 25 Films of 2014

Armando Rivera, the most even-keeled member of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST is a man with an uncanny knack for snoozing during pivotal moments of celebrated films and whose much-repeated refrain "Cool movie" became the catchphrase of the year. His list of 25 favorites from 2014 are bold, varied, and evocative; much like Mr. Rivera himself.

by Armando Rivera February 1, 2015

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25 DEAR WHITE PEOPLE


24 WRINKLES


23 THE DANCE OF REALITY


22 THE HOMESMAN


21 IT FELT LIKE LOVE


20 WETLANDS


19 THE RAID 2


18 THE WIND RISES


17 VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR


16 BORGMAN


15 WE ARE THE BEST!


14 INTERSTELLAR


13 A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT


12 STRANGER BY THE LAKE


11 A FIELD IN ENGLAND
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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UNDER THE SKIN

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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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THE MISSING PICTURE
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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INHERENT VICE
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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SELMA
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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LYLE
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

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THE DANCE OF REALITY
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Christian’s Favorite 25 Films of 2014

As the resident host of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian Estabrook went on a Herculean screening binge of epic proportions and this variety is reflected in his 25 favorite films of 2014. A proponent of strong female leads, independently-minded success stories, and cinematic racial tolerance, Mr. Estrabrook's list is guaranteed to make your eyeballs quiver with filmic ecstasy.

by Christian Estabrook February 1, 2015

FILMS 25-11 Next
25 VISITORS


24 THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY


23 IT FELT LIKE LOVE


22 INTERSTELLAR


21 THE WIND RISES


20 2 DAYS, 1 NIGHT


19 DEAR WHITE PEOPLE


18 CITIZENFOUR


17 FOXCATCHER


16 A FIELD IN ENGLAND


15 NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY


14 FORCE MAJEURE


13 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL


12 BORGMAN


11 A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
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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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UNDER THE SKIN
With Under The Skin, director Jonathan Glazer has crafted the year's most extraordinary cinematic experience. If one is looking for a story with identifiable characters; look elsewhere. If one hopes to hear interesting dialogue, then this won't be your bag. If one wishes to indulge in sexual imagery or violence, well, there’s a bit of that, but it’s never delivered in a way meant to titillate. Instead, Glazer's atmospheric sci-fi parable about an alien being (played in a revelatory performance by Scarlett Johansson) shows us things we’ve never seen before in a way that feels thrillingly vital and new. For that and many other reasons, Under The Skin is the best film of 2014.
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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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THE DANCE OF REALITY
Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's first film in 25 years is a revelatory, surreal, and surprisingly uplifting work of genius that reconfirms the master still has the goods. An autobiographical account of his own childhood living in the small town of Tocopilla during the early 1940s intercut with a dictator assassination plot, this is the director at his most humane. Clowns, amputees, a mother saying all of her lines in a soprano singing voice, and yes, even genital mutilation make the rounds in predictable Jodorowsky fashion. Filmmaking at it's most personal and transcendent.
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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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THE WIND RISES
Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece is haunting, sorrowful, and undeniably gorgeous; framed as both a love letter as well as a cautionary tale about the power of aeronautical engineering. Placing the dichotomy between idealized beauty and the horrors of technological advancement front and center, Miyazaki is wonderfully attuned to the careful rhythms of everyday life, imbuing everything with a sense of compassion and gracefulness. A fitting swan song for an artist working at the height of his creative powers.
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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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INHERENT VICE
Groovy, far out, and probably the closet cinematic equivalent of trying to have a sensible conversation while being stoned out of your gord, Inherent Vice uses the conventions of pulp, noir, and stoner comedy and gives us a narrative-defying plunge down the rabbit hole. Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel is hilarious, strange, confusing, and oddly enough, touching as a nostalgic ode to the death of 1960s drug-fueled optimism.
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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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MR. TURNER
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.
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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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THE MISSING PICTURE
Director Rithy Pranh's astonishing interpretation of the horrendous atrocities dictated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia during the 1970's is the year's most heartbreaking film. By representing his childhood memories living under the genocidal regime through a combination of newsreel footage and meticulously crafted dioramas populated by hand-crafted clay figurines, Pranh goes beyond mere documentary by looking directly into the face of horror. A indelible document of a historical tragedy.
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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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SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY
Drew Tobia's jet-black comedy follows a pregnant, socially maladjusted young women named Mona, who lives in a state of squalor with no clue what to do with her life. There's much more to this purposefully off-putting film, but the triumph here is just how much Tobia truly loves his damaged characters. Daringly abrasive, but also profanely hilarious; the biggest surprise is the fragile heart beating underneath all of the toxic dysfunction.
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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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A FIELD IN ENGLAND
Ben Wheatley's mid-17th century English Civil War film brings to mind a bizarre mixture of Stanley Kubrick, Monty Python and The Wicker Man; but more than anything, this insane free-for-all plunges us deep into psychedelic hell and then back again. Surreal, dreamlike, funny, and nasty as hell; A Field in England is independent cinema at it's most bracing. A work of mad genius.
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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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