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As the year winds to a close, Soundtracking looks back at the ten best moments, songs and trends that made 2014 a great year for music on screen.
It’s the only way to kick off this list. If the 21st Century truly believed in cassettes, most copies of this soundtrack would be worn out by now. The first ever back catalogue-only soundtrack to hit Number One on the Billboard charts, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was a masterpiece in Am Radio curation. But you already knew that. Cue the Star-Lord strut:
9. The F Word
Michael Dowse’s rom-com wins the Canadiana Award for 2014 thanks in large part to an original score by New Pornographers founder A.C. Newman and a dappling of Patrick Watson throughout the film. Ironically, the most memorable track from the film comes courtesy of southern duo The Parting Gifts.
8. Tweedy gets out in front of »
- Shane McNeil
The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled… read the full article.
The year in TV: The rise of single-director television seasons »
Thanks to the continued popularity of superhero movies and Ya literature adaptations and now the reignited interest in monsters, the joined genres of science fiction and fantasy are giving us what seems to be more releases than ever. It helps that computer effects are cheaper and easier for the benefit of indies and that so many makers of shorts see simple yet impressively visualized stories involving robots, dystopias and alien invasions as the perfect calling card for Hollywood. The plethora of works dealing with the unreal and as yet impossible means that while last year a Hobbit movie made the cut, this year the final chapter did not. It means that a new sci-fi film from Terry Gilliam, my longtime favorite director, also fell below our limit of the top 14. And it also means there was just too much out there for me to get around to. Apologies to Space Station 76, The Hunger Games »
- Christopher Campbell
This week we sit down to discuss three of the most talked about genre offerings this year including A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, an accomplished debut feature from U.S.-based writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. But first we review Kevin Smith’s Tusk and What We Do in the Shadows, easily one of the most clever and genuinely funny spoof movies in quite some time.
Cloudboy – “Red Rubicon”
Federale – “Black Sunday”
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- Sordid Cinema Podcast
Looking over the big movie titles of 2014, there aren’t a whole bunch of trends to be found. The most noticeable has to be privacy/surveillance in the digital age, which is the subject of a major documentary (Citizenfour), one of the top-grossing hits of the year (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and one of the worst box office duds (Men, Women & Children). Also, there are other ties related to great scientific minds, such as with the oft-acknowledged pair The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, plus how those relate to films as different as The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Transcendence, Particle Fever and Interstellar. And there was the surprising trend in truly good vampire movies, namely Only Lovers Left Alive, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and What We Do in the Shadows, although that last one hasn’t officially been released yet. One »
- Christopher Campbell
"Birdman" has led with the most nominations from another critics group, this time the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. The film picked up nine nominations. A distant second was "Boyhood" with six. Most interesting tip of the hat? To Gene Jones, nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "The Sacrament." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced Dec. 14. And keep track of the season at The Circuit! Best Picture "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Imitation Game" "Under the Skin" "Whiplash" Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner" Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Timothy Spall, "Mr. Turner" Best Actress Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" Essie Davis, "The Babadook" Scarlett Johansson, "Under the Skin" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Reese Witherspoon, »
- Kristopher Tapley
It was not my intention to confuse anyone. When I published my Top Ten of 2014 yesterday, that was timed around a larger slate of other Top Ten stuff being published here, and it was timed around the delivery from the video team, and when it ran, I realized that it was going to be very odd to skip from #21, published in this piece, to the top ten, but it was also unavoidable. The truth is that, as with most years, I would have been just as happy with these ten movies as my picks for best of the year, and I am just as fond of everything on this list as I am of the films that made the top ten. Because, seriously, you don't really just have ten movies that sum up a year. For me, there are so many films that will be a huge part of 2014 for »
- Drew McWeeny
Partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute features.
20th Century Fox and Vice Media have entered into a partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute films under the Vice Films banner.
The label intends to produce at least two films internally a year.
As part of this joint venture Vice will have a first-look production deal with 20th Century Fox giving the brand the opportunity to develop larger budgeted films as well. In addition, Fox will have an opportunity to develop material based on Vice’s library of stories for potential feature films.
Moretti will serve as the head of Vice Films. Vice executive creative director Danny Gabai will head up development and oversee creative on production and marketing.
Sanford Panitch, the president »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
We here at Sound On Sight believe horror transcends explicit gore, jump scares or supernatural content, which is why you’ll soon notice our list ranges from independent art films to psychological thrillers to parodies, satire and more. Surprisingly, vampires lead the pack this year, along with found footage flicks, but there are a few comedies, one remake and even some strange love stories as well.
Every other year, I’ve published the list of best horror films based solely on my picks, but this year, Sound On Sight editor Justine Smith and Sos contributor Felix Vasquez Jr. also participated. Since we couldn’t agree with what is the best horror film of 2014, we decided to publish the list in alphabetical order. That said, here are our individual picks:
Ricky D- Under the Skin
Justine Smith – Cybernatural
Felix Vasquez Jr. - The Babadook
This list is in alphabetical order
Fox and Vice Media want to take some stories to the big screen. The network and media company have partnered to create a film-making venture called Vice Films. Fox will be responsible for production and distribution of all movies under the deal. Vice will provide creative content pulled from its own slate of ideas and initiatives (the media company already has experience producing documentaries and award-winning films like its recent Sundance-favorite Fishing Without Nets). Vice Films plans to release projects for both theatrical and digital release. “Vice Films is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Vice,” said Vice’s Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti. “The success of Fishing Without Nets, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and All This Mayhem showed us that we can play a vital role supporting exciting, bold, and visionary filmmaking… We will build a new global home for cinematic creativity, supporting filmmakers from development to distribution, »
- Bree Brouwer
Vice Media and 20th Century Fox are teaming on Vice Films as a joint venture film label for movies from emerging directors.
The new venture will develop, produce, finance, market, acquire and distribute at least two films a year.
Vice announced in June that it had agreed to a digital distribution deal with Fox’s home entertainment arm for its Sundance pic “Fishing Without Nets,” which tells the story of a young Somali lured into the world of piracy to support the family he loves.
Fox parent 21st Century Fox invested $70 million last year »
- Dave McNary
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir of a life-changing hike, blazed a trail into solid box office territory, opening in 21 theaters over the weekend with a $630K gross. The feature, which Witherspoon also produced under her Pacific Standard label, was easily the weekend’s biggest newcomer with a $30K per-theater average. Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, meanwhile, once again took the weekend’s highest PTA numbers as it added locations in its second week.
The Searchlight title opened in New York and L.A. Wednesday, expanding for the weekend to 21 theaters in 7 markets. Director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, opened in November 2013 with a nearly $29K PTA, and went on to cume nearly $27.3M and three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Searchlight said it plans to keep Wild hiking through theaters for a lengthy period to come. »
- Brian Brooks
It has been a very good year for horror fans tired of pointless remakes and low-budget found footage flicks. Away from the studio system we've seen the Aussie horror "The Babadook" earn major acclaim, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a future cult classic in the making, and David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows" created major buzz at Cannes Critics' Week, where it premiered, and at Fantastic Fest, where it picked up Next Wave awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. And now, the first international teaser trailer is here and it's great stuff. Starring the breakthrough Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe, the film comes loaded with a clever concept: after a romantic date, a teenage girl gets infected by a sexually transmitted haunting. By daylight, she is terrorized by phantoms only she can see, and whose sole mission is to kill her. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Since its debut in the Next section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the self-proclaimed first Iranian vampire Western “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” has received a lot of positive buzz from genre fans. The film was shot in black-and-white, with California posing as Iran, and the actors speaking Farsi. It’s been hailed as confident and fresh—proof that vampires can still be strikingly seductive post- “Twilight” and “True Blood.” The best thing about the film is that it heralds the arrival of a young and powerful new female director, the formidable Ana Lily Amirpour (featured on our Best Of 2014: The 20 Breakthrough Directors Of The Year list), whose magnetic personality is on display in a new Vice documentary on the making of ‘Girl,’ her feature debut. Amirpour, who is of Iranian descent, was born in England and grew up in Bakersfield, Calif. She cites influences from David Lynch »
- Tess Hofmann
Back in August, I released a mix tape consisting of the best tracks, from the best movie soundtracks and best scores of the first half of 2014. This here, is the entire mix consisting of the best songs heard in movies all year long.
Note: If you’ve already heard the first half, simply skip ahead one hour in. Enjoy!
The Band – “The Weight” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Superhuman – “Where It Ends” (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
James Brown – “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” (Get On Up: The James Brown Story)
Get On Up Movie Clip
Elvis Presley – “You’re the Devil in Disquise »
- Sordid Cinema Podcast
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" tops the Gotham Independent Awards winning Best Picture and Best Actor for Michael Keaton. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," my favorite film of the year, took home the Audience Award.
Gotham Award Tributes were given to Tilda Swinton, Netflix.s Ted Sarandos, and "Foxcatcher" director Bennett Miller. Much like the Independent Spirit Awards, "Foxcatcher's" Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum were given a special Gotham Jury Award.
Here's the full list of winners for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards:
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
The 2014 Gotham Awards took place in New York City last night, with director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s acclaimed drama Birdman scooping Best Feature, along with Best Actor for Michael Keaton. Julianne Moore claimed Best Actress for Still Alice, while Richard Linklater’s Boyhood claimed the Audience Award.
Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlighted in red…
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
- Gary Collinson
As we head into December, awards season is well under way, and though we’ll have to wait until the spring for really big fish like the Oscars and the Golden Globes, this month has a respectable number of ceremonies of its own. Last night, celebrities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street in New York for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards.
It was a long, casual ceremony for those in attendance, but when the night finally wrapped up, few could argue with the results. Birdman spread its wings and took home Best Feature, while Michael Keaton nabbed Best Actor for his revelatory role in the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed film. Meanwhile, Julianne Moore continued her unstoppable march to the Oscars, receiving Best Actress for her devastating work as an Alzheimer’s-afflicted linguistics professor in Still Alice. And Laura Poitras was awarded Best Documentary Feature for her eye-opening Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour.
- Isaac Feldberg
Aimlessly wandering around Cipriani Wall Street, the lavish home of New York City’s Gotham Awards, I wondered if anyone knew the awards season was in full swing. That morning, a critics group handed out the first batch of accolades. Present company would soon receive statues swaying the race towards buzzed about thespian thoroughbreds. It was "on." Yet, this crowd didn’t have that awareness. This was way too chill. I was the only one wondering if "Under the Skin" could upset "Birdman," weighing options in anticipation of the question mark-filled Breakthrough Actor category. Somehow, a run-in with "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltrane ended with us wondering out loud, "What does it all mean?" in the existential sense. So this is why everyone was downing bellinis. The Gotham Awards owns its quiet-before-the-storm identity. The show isn’t the Golden Globes drunken circus, nor is it top tier enough to warrant an intense competitive edge. »
- Matt Patches
Award season is officially underway. In November, the Hollywood Film Awards kicked things off with a televised event honoring Gone Girl, Michael Keaton, and Julianne Moore among others. And during a ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards handed the first competitive trophies of the season.
Hollywood Film Awards: A Complete List of Winners
Birdman took the top prize for Best Feature beating out Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love is Strange, and Under the Skin. The dark comedy, with Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood superhero, also earned the 63-year-old star the award for Best Actor.
Taking home the Audience Award was Boyhood. Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused, Before Midnight), the film is a coming-of-age drama that literally tracks 12 years of newcomer Ellar Coltrane’s life and has been celebrated for its ambitious achievement development. The movie was also named Best Film by the »
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