We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list but no others) and a wild-card category of the writer’s choosing. Did we forget something essential? Set the record straight in the comments section, and head over to the results of the readers’ poll to see if this indisputable masterpiece got its due there. Advertisement A.A. Dowd 1. BoyhoodWhiplashThe Strange Little CatTwo Days, One NightStray DogsUnder The SkinForce MajeureBlue RuinGone GirlThe Missing PictureNightcrawlerThe BabadookIdaThe ImmigrantInherent Vice Advertisement Outlier: Stray Dogs Advertisement For almost 30 of its 138 minutes, Stray Dogs depicts two of its characters staring at a mural in complete silence. That should give readers some sense of the patience Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang demands of his audience—and why, perhaps, his potential swan song failed to make much of a splash when it opened in a couple of American theaters earlier this year. There is, however, a political and even moral dimension to the film’s (very)… Read full this story
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