Film Comment Readers' Poll 2014
The ballots came thundering in for Boyhood over Birdman (among other 2014 films), with Godard’s Goodbye to Language—the runner-up in our Critics’ Poll—shunted to lucky #13. Readers also went their own way in plumping for the dastardly doings of Gone Girl (#9), Nightcrawler (#10), and Foxcatcher (#17), as well as the nobler impulses of Selma (#14) and Interstellar (#19). Note: numbers in parentheses refer to the film’s ranking in the Critics’ Poll (Jan/Feb 2015). For each ballot, a first-place choice was allotted 20 points, 19 for second, and so on. Congratulations to the winners selected randomly from this year’s poll participants to receive Criterion Collection DVDs of their choice! And many thanks to The Criterion Collection for its generous donation of DVDs.
1. Boyhood Richard Linklater, U.S.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, U.S.
3. Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, U.K.
4. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance Alejandro G. Iñárritu, U.S.
5. Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland
6. Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, U.S.
7. Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson, U.S.
8. Whiplash Damien Chazelle, U.S
9. Gone Girl David Fincher, U.S.
10. Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy, U.S.
11. Two Days, One Night Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium
12. Snowpiercer Bong Joon-ho, South Korea
13. Goodbye to Language Jean-Luc Godard, France
14. Selma Ava DuVernay, U.S.
15. The Immigrant James Gray, U.S.
16. Force Majeure Ruben Östlund, Sweden
17. Foxcatcher Bennett Miller, U.S.
18. Mr. Turner Mike Leigh, U.K.
19. Interstellar Christopher Nolan, U.S.
20. Stranger by the Lake Alain Guiraudie, France