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MY FAVORITE FILMS OF 2014

30 Dec

For your viewing pleasure: my favorite films of 2014. I only counted films that had a theatrical or VOD release this year, so some stuff I saw at festivals (like Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter & Infinitely Polar Bear) and late Oscar films (like Foxcatcher & Inherent Vice) will be saved for next year.  Enjoy!

EDIT – unfortunately, Vimeo took down my video, so here is a direct link to view it from my Google Drive (thanks Google!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ugyZi0NsQmZGwwVkt0bmVMREk/view?usp=sharing

I want to hear your thoughts. Anything you think I missed?

THE BEST DOCS OF 2014 – A VIDEO COUNTDOWN

22 Dec

2014 was another solid year for non-fiction film. We had docs about everything from our food system (Fed Up), to the ongoing same-sex marriage battle (The Case Against 8) to Internet Addiction (Web Junkie) to celebrating the life of arguably the most well-known film critic in the history of the medium (Life Itself).

Here are my picks for the top ten documentaries of 2014:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/115217619″>BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2014</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user32932173″>Tyler Belk</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Best Film Scores of 2014

22 Dec

Sorry, I have been inactive as of late. As tradition, I have been editing a year’s worth of film viewing into my annual “Best of” video series. Today, I’m happy to present my top 10 film scores of the year which you can check out below (headphones highly suggested!).

2014 film scores from Tyler Belk on Vimeo.

I also plan to have my Top 10 Documentaries video out tomorrow, so stay tuned ūüôā

The best of 2014 (so far)

23 Jun

With June winding down, the year is nearly reaching its halfway point. Now it’s time to sort through the good, the bad, and the ugly, and take a look at my favorite 15 films of the year so far. Keep in mind there are a few films released with a lot of good buzz I have yet to see (Ida, Tom at the Farm, Hellion, Cold in July, Night Moves, Obvious Child and Snowpiercer). Note I am also using the word¬†favorite¬†as opposed to¬†best¬†or¬†greatest –¬†these are simply the ones I enjoyed most. So without further delay:

 

15 РEdge of Tomorrow 

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Why? РI was pleasantly surprised by how tight and free-flowing this film was. It has a great time with the whole time-loop ting but still manages to be kickass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 – Grand Piano

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Why? It’s so refreshing to see a “concept horror” that actually knows how to have a good time and not suck. Plus Elijah Wood playing a non-hobbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 РThe Grand Budapest Hotel 

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 Why? Wes Anderson has outdone himself again and created an enchanting film with an all-star cast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 РX-Men: Days of Future Past 

Why? –¬†¬†The action is playful and fun and character dynamic between Magneto, Prof. X, and Mystique is great stuff. Plus – time travel.¬†What could have been a TOTAL mess-up ended up becoming my favorite summer blockbuster.

11 РThe Immigrant 

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Why? Great performances all around, but Marion Cotillard absolutely steals the show and gives her finest performance to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 РJoe 

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          Why? Because Nic Cage is still a total badass (seriously).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 РThe Babadook 

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Why? Australian horror gets a makeover with a genuinely terrifying film that satisfies with smarts as well as scares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8-  Infinitely Polar Bear 

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Why? This heartfelt film shows the ups and downs of mental illness and boasts some of the best child acting I have seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 РWhiplash 

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Why? With great performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller  make this is an absolute must see for music fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 РThe Double 

Why? A clever, dark comedy from Richard Ayode brings an introspective examination of identity, corporatism, and fate.\

5 – Borgman

Why? This¬†weird, surreal tale¬†about a mysterious vagabond probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s still an incredibly bold exercise in filmmaking.

 4 РBlue Ruin            

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  Why? A new arthouse take on the homestyle revenge thriller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Enemy

Why? Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this trippy, Freudian story of the dual nature of sexuality and manipulation.

2 РUnder The Skin 

Why? A beautifully creepy film featuring aliens, sexual tension, and jaw-dropping cinematography. Oh Рand that haunting score by Mica Levi is genius.

1 РBoyhood 

Why? Richard Linklater delivers the year’s best emotional high with his 12-year film which lets us follow a child who literally grows up right before our eyes.

So there ya go. Let me know in the comments of via email what films you think deserve a spot here, as well as any titles I might have missed out on.