2014 Ten Best Movies (and etc.)

L'Air de Panache: Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel

L’Air de Panache: Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Links to my reviews published this week in the Herald and Seattle Weekly, and etc.

Winter Sleep. “How small incidents can open up an entire world.” (In case of Herald paywall, Weekly version here.)

Rocks in My Pockets. “It’s a rare movie that makes you want to check in on how the filmmaker is doing since completing the project.” (Weekly version here.)

And a top-ten list for 2014, for Seattle Weekly. For the Herald, there’s also a ten worst. Click on the links for details, but here’s the ten:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)

3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

4. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

6. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) and The Rover (David Michôd)

8. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

9. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)

10. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)

There’s more Top Ten excavation at the 2014 Critics Wrap, where the discussion involves Jim Emerson, Richard T. Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and me. It has one more broadcast on the Seattle Channel on Saturday January 3 at 9 p.m., and is watchable online here.

At the Overlook Podcast, Steve Scher and I talk about The Interview, does have some laughs and some political satire, layered in amid the raunch. Listen here.

I dropped by KIRO radio’s “Mark Rahner Show” again last week, where we talked about The Gambler and Into the Woods and other stuff. Listen here.

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Need for Grand Budapest Fever (Weekly Links)

Larry Pine, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson: At the helm of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Larry Pine, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson: At the helm of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Links to reviews I wrote this week for the Herald and Seattle Weekly, etc.

The Grand Budapest Hotel. “A project so steeped in Anderson’s velvet-trimmed bric-a-brac we might not notice how rare a movie like this is.”

Need for Speed. “About as good as a really dumb movie can get.”

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear. “Sustains the sense that – even in its most mundane moments – something extremely odd is about to happen.”

Particle Fever. “Contains real suspense and some tantalizing glimpses into the future.”

The Overlook Podcast should have a conversation about The Grand Budapest Hotel going up soon; I’ll set a link to it ASAP. In the meantime, check our post-Oscar thoughts here.