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The Best Films of 2014

Welcome to the second annual Electric Shadows Top 10.

2014 has been a great year for movies. Here are just a few films that didn’t make our top 10 – Boyhood, 22 Jump Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Under the Skin, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Okay, 2014 also witnessed the unnecessary continuation/reboot of the Transformers franchise with Age of Extinction. We would love to say it was unwanted, but with $1bn at the global box office ($33m of that coming from the UK), it’s clear a soulless, mean-spirited THREE HOUR advert for toys, cars and Chinese milk can still earn its place in the world. We’re doomed…

But, with the good outstripping the bad, we’ll claim 2014 as a vintage year...

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Leviathan (2014)

Leviathan - posterDirector: Andrey Zvyangintsev

Writer: Andrey Zvyangintsev, Oleg Negin

Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Roman Madyanov, Sergey Pokhodaev

Cert: 15

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Best Film at the 2014 London Film Festival. Best Screenplay at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Best International Film the Munich Film Festival. And almost guaranteed a Best Foreign Film nomination at the 2015 Oscars. Leviathan crashes onto screens riding a wave of critical and festival acclaim. All of it thoroughly deserved, Andrey Zvyangintsev’s tale of one man being crushed by the forces of the Russian state being a film of remarkable power and humanity.

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The full verdict: Early on in Leviathan a municipal government judge reads aloud court verdicts on local mech...

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The Best Films of the 2014 London Film Festival

The Duke of Burgundy - D'Anna, Knudsen12 days. 50 cinemas. 248 movies and documentaries and 148 shorts from 70 countries. Over 700 guests. Over 160,000 audience turn-out.

But, there can be only one Electric Shadows London Film Festival 2014 Top 10.

Before we get to the all-important list there were some films that may have made the cut if we’d been able to catch them. So, in the spirit of full disclosure we were unable to check out amongst others German Concentration Camp Factual Survey, The Tribe, It Follows, White God, The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Wild.

But, if those films rival what is on the below list, we have some fine viewing ahead of us.

So, without further ado and in reverse order, we have:

10. DEAREST
An unbelievable true story is brought to the screen with sensitivity and storytelling bravura by director Pete...

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The 58th London Film Festival – So Far…

LFF So Far - DearestFollowing a stellar year will always be tough and 2013’s London Film Festival was one of the best. 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks and Philomena. Could 2014 compete?

So far the answer is yes. This year may be absent the big name big hitters (although lots of love is waiting for The Imitation Game, Mr Turner and The Wild come awards season) and certain movies are notable by their non-appearance: Inherent Vice, The Theory of Everything and Birdman, where art thou? But there’s been a rich diversity of cinema to enjoy.

The power of Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, about Sharia Law descending upon an African village, was astonishing, with a football sequence that is a perfect depiction of rebellion in the face of absurdity...

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