Each year I select my “Top 10 Films,” which is fairly easy since I see about 10 films a year. (The big trick is getting the order right. These are in order.) In 2014 I saw nine films, so I added one music video.
“Green Without Black & Red” (Director: Stephen Graves) An underground documentary about graduation week at Oberlin College.
“The Last Time You Had Fun” (Director: Mo Perkins) A film about four people who meet by chance one night in LA.
“Ida” (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski) A glorious tale about a young Polish nun.
“Patrick’s Day” (Director: Terry McMahon) An Irish story about a schizophrenic named Patrick.
“All Night” by Icona Pop (Official Video Edit) (Director: Dori Oskowitz) A multi-gender fashion show fantasy.
“Killswitch” (Director: Ali Akbarzadeh) A “pamphlet film” about keeping the Internet free.
“Citizenfour” (Director: Laura Poitras) A historic documentary about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.
“Why I’m Not on Facebook” (Director: Brant Pinvidic) A happy “essay film” about the evils of Facebook.
“Tim’s Vermeer” (Director: Teller) A weird documentary about a rich guy who decides to perfectly replicate a Vermeer although he doesn’t know how to paint.
“The Imitation Game” (Director: Morten Tyldum) A lifeless evocation of brilliant British codebreaker Alan Turing.
[I saw these films at the Woodstock Film Festival: “Killswitch,” “The Last Time You Had Fun,” “Patrick’s Day,” “Why I’m Not on Facebook.”]