Favorite older films watched during 2014

Watched for the first time in 2014. All rated 4.5/5 (9 out of 10) on letterboxd. In case you’re wondering, I’m excluding films from the 2010s, and I’m not including rewatches or short films.

Upon reflection, I changed some scores from 8/10 to 9/10. So in a few cases, the scores are wrong in the reviews I link to. In random order:

Das Boot (1981) (director’s cut) (Wolfgang Petersen) (review)

Stop Making Sense (1984) (Jonathan Demme) (mini-review)

The Hill (1965) (Sidney Lumet) (mini-review)

The Holy Mountain (1973) (Alejandro Jodorowsky) (mini-review) (notes from A Story of Film)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) (Cristian Mungiu) (mini-review)

Malcolm X (1992) (Spike Lee) (review)

The Firemen’s Ball (1967) (Milos Forman) (review)

Strangers on a Train (1951) (Alfred Hitchcock) (mini-review)

The Circus (1928) (Charles Chaplin) (mini-review)

Christiane F. (1981) (Uli Edel) (mini-review)

Come and See (1985) (Elem Klimov) (review)

Wake in Fright (1971) (Ted Kotcheff) (mini-review)

The Princess Bride (1987) (Rob Reiner) (mini-review)

Duck Soup (1933) (Leo McCarey) (review)

A Night at The Opera (1935) (Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding) (mini-review)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) (Robert Zemeckis) (mini-review)

Bottle Rocket (1996) (Wes Anderson) (mini-review)

Insomnia (2002) (Christopher Nolan) (mini-review)

La Cérémonie (1995) (Claude Chabrol)

Seen any of these? Agree or disagree? Which films did you give a 9/10 or 10/10 score in 2014? Thoughts are welcome in the comments

18 thoughts on “Favorite older films watched during 2014

  1. I dug The Holy Mountain. It was awesome. I wanna do more Jodorowsky next year. Actually, I mentioned him in my blog plans for 2015 yesterday. I will totally do more of his work. He's fantastic.


  2. @Wendell Ottley: Thanks, and those are indeed two great films. I need to check out others from the Romanian new wave(short films too), and from Spike Lee.


  3. So many great movies here! 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days crippled me…such a powerful and heartbreaking film. The Fireman's Ball is a great little underseen gem, and Das Boot is brilliant.


  4. Big agreements on Das Boot, The Princess Bride and Stop Making Sense. On the other end of the spectrum I just saw The Holy Mountain a week or so ago and I'm afraid I can't agree on that one. I was left with the impression that Jodorowsky felt he had been too subtle and understated with El Topo so he decided to go all out on this one.


  5. @Fisti: Great films, each for different reasons! I saw a bunch of Czech New Wave films during a short space of time earlier in the year, and Fireman’s Ball was my favorite of them.


  6. @Chip Lary: Glad we agree on those ones! Holy Mountain is not for everyone. I read your letterboxd review, agree J went all out, and a very unique experience, but I don’t see it as a joke. Asking him to cut back on his ideas and style would be a sin I think. His films do have allegorical meaning, if you check notes I linked to above. Jodorowsky’s not just being controversial for the sake of shock value.


  7. Eric @ The Warning Sign: I had a running letterboxd list I updated throughout the year with all my 9/10 and 10/10 films, so that made it easier to compile this list.
    Indeed, 4 Months and Wake in Fright linger in the mind for a long time.


  8. Wonderful list! I'm a big fan of Das Boot, Insomnia, Come and See, Malcolm X, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Also, I just watched The Firemen's Ball, and it was terrific.


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