The List 2014


I am rapidly approaching the 10 year anniversary of this List. It’s changed a bit over time (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). I added television series a few years ago, but this year definitely set a record. Doing a PhD seems to have increased my series viewing (watchable in shorter increments) and cinema viewings (more free evenings) but decreased film viewings. And while this list-keeping has prompted other friends to start posting their lists over the years, I’ve been influenced by them as well. This year for the first time, inspired by Jonathan and Ian, I kept track of my film-viewing partners. I wish I’d started this long ago; it’s a fun way to remember a year with friends. But before that, here’s a reminder of what this list represents.

Favorite” does not mean “Best Film”, but rather, what cinema viewing experiences left long-lasting impressions, were most visceral, exciting, thought-provoking, fun, magical, gripping. This year I had a ton of runner-up to best film experiences, but I stuck with my rules and kept to the ones that had me most agog as I sat in my seat. (I counted live stage broadcasts as film viewings but not for film favorites).

Most Disappointing” doesn’t usually mean worst, such as seeing a film I knew would be bad and was, but this year, one film definitely earns “Worst” and “Most Disappointing”. Because I knew The Hobbit would be terrible, I carried no hope with me into the theatre. It transcended my worst expectation by leaps and bounds; it was worse than I thought disappointing could be. The other three were films I thought were fine, but had anticipated would be brilliant, hilarious, or thrilling, and instead just left me flat. This category could also be called “Could Have Stayed Home”.

legoFavorites of 2014:
The LEGO Movie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
her
Maleficent
Noah

Most Disappointing of 2014:
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Mr Turner
Neighbors

Total Films: 192

[ ] Big Screen Viewings: 38

Most Watched Film of 2014: 4 Times
The LEGO Movie:

mockingjayWatched Thrice in 2014:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Wreck-It Ralph
Harry Potter 1: Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows Part 2

Watched Twice in 2014:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Muppets: Most Wanted
Noah
Maleficent
How to Train Your Dragon 2
22 Jump Street
Edge of Tomorrow
Before Sunset
Marie Antoinette
herThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Finding Nemo
Warm Bodies
The Princess Bride
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter 6: Half-Blood Prince

Total Series: 105

Favorite First-View Series:
Brooklyn 99
The Goldbergs
The Cosmos
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mr. Selfridge

Most Frequent Film Companion:
maleficentNoah 22 films; 1 cinema, 21 small screen.
This number could have been even higher but Noah departed Scotland in September. Still, with three extra months, Francois’s score of 19 films didn’t beat Noah. Fittingly, the last and 22nd movie Noah and I watched was “22 Jump Street”. Also point of interest, in our 3 years of watching movies, we only saw one in the theatre; a surprising amount of viewing happened in office spaces. In the Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology, we were the ones eating Dominoes and watching “Old School”.


The List 2014: Films

LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: Return of the King
Death Comes To Pemberley
noah_xlgHarry Potter 4: Goblet of Fire
Uncle Buck
Hot Tub Time Machine
[ ] American Hustle
The Bling Ring
Harry Potter 1: The Sorcerer’s Stone
21 Jump Street
High Fidelity
Our Idiot Brother
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Pt 1
Hearry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows Pt 2
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter 6: The Half-Blood Prince
The Piano
Hot Rod
[ ] 12 Years A Slave
[ ] National Theatre Live: Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse
Jesus Camp
How-to-Train-Your-Dragon-2-PosterHarry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
[ ] The Lego Movie 3D
Whale Rider
Wreck-It Ralph
Whisky Galore
Sense & Sensibility
The People vs. George Lucas
Broadcast News
[ ] The Lego Movie
[ ] National Theatre Live: War Horse
Cranford
The Hunger Games
Role Models
[ ] her
Harry Potter 6: The Half-Blood Prince
[ ] The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Avengers
Austenland
grand_budapest_hotel_ver2_xxlg[ ] The Grand Budapest Hotel
Thor: The Dark World
[ ] Muppets: Most Wanted
[ ] Noah
[ ] Muppets: Most Wanted
[ ] Noah
[ ] Amazing Spider-Man 2
Animal House
[ ] National Theatre Live: King Lear
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Rise of the Fellows Hip
[ ] X-Men: Days of Future Passed
Celestre & Jesse Forever
Finding Nemo
Tangled
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Dave
Wreck-It Ralph
Nanny McPhee
Warm Bodies
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony
A Bug’s Life
When Harry Met Sally
twelve_years_a_slave_xlgConfessions of a Shopaholic
Tarzan (1999)
Toy Story 3
Monsters Inc.
How To Train Your Dragon
The LEGO Movie
The Mummy
Quantum of Solace
Cars
[ ] Neighbors
[ ] 22 Jump Street
[ ] Edge of Tomorrow
[ ] Godzilla (2014)
The Holiday
The Princess Diaries
[ ] Maleficent 3D
The LEGO Movie
The Railway Children
Brief Encounter
Sleeping Beauty
boyhood-teaser-posterThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Pride & Prejudice (1995)
Atonement
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Pt 1
Harry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows Pt 2
How I Live Now
[ ] The Fault In Our Stars
[ ] How To Train Your Dragon 2 3D
Becoming Jane
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter 5: Order of the Phoenix
Jane Eyre (1970)
Tron: Legacy
Shakespeare In Love
Jane Eyre (2006)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Jane Eyre (2011)
Holes
A Royal Affair
The Young Victoria
guardiansStar Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi (Stupid Lucas Version)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
[ ] How To Train Your Dragon 2
Wide Sargasso Sea (2006)
Jane Eyre (1997)
Harry Potter 1: The Sorcerer’s Stone
[ ] Boyhood
Wreck-It Ralph
[ ] Le Planete des Singes: L’Affrontment
2 Days in Paris
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
[ ] Guardians of the Galaxy
L’Apollonide
Paris Je T’aime
Midnight in Paris
Marie Antoinette
Before Sunset
Amelie
edge_of_tomorrow_ver4_xlgFrench Kiss
Finding Nemo
Marie Antoinette
Before Midnight
Old School
[ ] A Most Wanted Man
22 Jump Street
Warm Bodies
[ ] Magic in the Moonlight
Everyone Says I Love You
Manhattan
[ ] ROH Live: Manon
[ ] The Maze Runner
Walk the Line
Afternoon Delight
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Enchanted
The Addams Family
Clue
22-jump-street-2014-04Lilo & Stich
Kung Fu Panda
King Fu Panda 2
Divergent
Harry Potter 1: The Sorcerer’s Stone
[ ] Interstellar
[ ] Mr Turner
Elf
[ ] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
[ ] The Imitation Game
[ ] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Arthur Christmas
Christmas in Connecticut
While You Were Sleeping
[ ] The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Harry Potter 2: Chamber of Secrets
The Princess Bride
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
interstellar-poster-1National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Funny Farm
Trading Places
Veronica Mars
Harry Potter 3: Prisoner of Azkaban
Santa Claus The Movie
[ ] The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Muppets Christmas Carol
The Santa Clause
Bad Santa
The Family Stone
Harry Potter 7: Deathly Hallows Pt 1
You’ve Got Mail
About A Boy
Jack the Giant Slayer
Rise of the Guardians
A Christmas Story
Cinderella
White Christmas
The Princess Bride
Little Women
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Murder By Death
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Maleficent
Edge of Tomorrow
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
What If
Harry Potter 8: Deathly Hallows Pt 2


The List 2014: Series

MV5BNDkzNjkwMDk2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDMyMDczMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Wilfred (USA): 1
Girls: 1
Girls: 2
Star Trek Enterprise: 4
Wilfred (USA): 2
Homeland: 1
Star Trek: 1
Homeland: 2
Star Trek: 2
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 7
Homeland: 3
30 Rock: 7
Star Trek: 3
Bob’s Burgers: 1
Episodes: 1
Black Books: 1
Quantum Leap: 1
Black Books: 2
Black Books: 3
goldbergs_xxlgGame of Thrones: 2
Castle: 1
Castle: 2
Castle: 3
Bob’s Burgers: 2
Castle: 4
Castle: 5
Game of Thrones: 3
Brooklyn 99: 1
Parks & Recreation: 6
Bob’s Burgers: 3
Warehouse 13: 4
Vikings: 1
Arrested Development: 1
Arrested Development: 2
Warehouse 13: 5
Castle: 6
Arrested Development: 3
66316238Arrested Development: 4
Modern Family: 5
Bob’s Burgers: 4
The Goldbergs: 1
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends: 1
Game of Thrones: 4
Scrubs: 1
Scrubs: 2
Scrubs: 3
Orange is the New Black: 2
Scrubs: 4
Scrubs: 5
My Little Pony—Friendship is Magic: 1
Trophy Wife: 1
Scrubs: 6
Episodes: 2
Episodes: 3
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 8
Playing House: 1
Agents-of-SHIELD-Season-2-posterIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 9
Pramface: 1
Eureka: 1
Eureka: 2
Happy Endings: 1
Eureka: 3
Masters of Sex: 1
Eureka: 4
My Little Pony—Friendship is Magic: 2
Eureka: 5
Star Trek Next Generation: 1
Northern Exposure: 1
Northern Exposure: 2
Star Trek Next Generation: 2
Northern Exposure: 3
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 1
Star Trek Next Generation: 3
Star Trek Next Generation: 4
The Cosmos (2014)
MV5BMTY4NTMwNDYzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjY1NzQxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_Buffy The Vampire Slayer: 2
Star Trek Next Generation: 5
Masters of Sex: 2
The Cosmos (2014)
Girls: 3
Star Trek Next Generation: 6
Star Trek Next Generation: 7
Mr Selfridge: 1
Veronica Mars: 1
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: 1
Veronica Mars: 2
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1
Burning Love: 1
Mr Selfridge: 2
Burning Love: 2
The Bletchley Circle: 1
Veronica Mars: 3
Burning Love: 3
The Bletchley Circle: 2
Call the Midwife: 2

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Posted on Fri, Jan 2nd, 2015 at 10:41 pm
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  1. 1 | Jonathan Edmund

    January 3rd, 2015 at 12:52 am

    We have such different experiences of The Hobbit!! Ah well, doesn’t change my love for you – or your list – in the slightest. Mwah!

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