What We did in 2014: Part 2 The Movies

We saw a lot of good movies in 2014.  Here are our favorites. You can click the titles for info, the images for video clips.

do I have to do everything

On January 18th we went to the 2014 Nordic Lights Film Festival and saw four short Finnish films, including “Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?“, directed by Selma Vilhunen, which was very funny, and nominated for an Academy award.

the wind rises

February 22nd. “The Wind Rises,” a Japanese movie by Hayao Miyazaki. This was Miazaki’s last film before retiring. It was as beautiful and poetic as any Miyazaki film, and raised moral questions about the uses of technology. One of the most interesting aspects of the film was the sound design, which used human voices for non-human sounds, and gave the whole film an uncanny quality.


February 25th. “Like Father, Like Son,” a Japanese movie by Hirokazu Kore-eda. We love Kore-eda, and you should watch all his movies. They will break your heart. Kore-eda is an excellent writer and director. There is an interesting article and video essay on his work here.


May 27th. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” an American movie by Wes Anderson.


May 30th. “A Patriotic Man,” a Finnish movie by Arto Halonen. It’s about the doping scandal of the 2001 Nordic Ski Championships, which I’ve heard is a source of national shame for Finland.


July 21st. “Life Itself,” an American documentary by Steve James. We miss Roger Ebert.


August 6th. “Boyhood,” an American movie by Richard Linklater.  It’s extremely interesting to watch the cast over the 12 years it took to make this movie.


September 28th. “The Trip to Italy,” a British movie by Michael Winterbottom. It’s sort of a food movie, with scene after scene of scrumptious cuisine in fancy Italian restaurants. After the movie we went to Olive Garden.


December 28th. “Birdman,” an American movie by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I found myself wondering whether Inarritu was thinking of Michael Keaton while writing this. Except for a few seconds at the beginning and end, the entire film is shot to look like one continuous take. It’s not just a cool stunt, it also gives the story of a theater group preparing for opening night a very fitting hanging-by-your-fingernails tension.

I think 2014 was a very good year for us, film-wise.

Did you see any good movies this year?

~ by lolarusa on January 3, 2015.

One Response to “What We did in 2014: Part 2 The Movies”

  1. I’ve only seen two of these (Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel) but will be watching The Trip To Italy tonight and several of the others are now on my must see list.

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