The 4th Annual Kinnemaniac ‘Halfway’ Poll To Find The Year’s Best Films So Far

June 17, 2014 by Simon Kinnear in Features, Opinion with 21 Comments

A year is a long time… which is why, for the past four Junes, we’ve conducted a poll of film critics, bloggers and fans to determine the best film at the halfway point of the year.

It’s a chance to take stock and celebrate films that might not survive the full 12 months, given the dual onslaught of blockbuster season and pre-Oscar hype.

This year, it is even more imperative given the frankly astonishing strength in depth showcased on UK screens between January and June. 2014 is already shaping up to the best year in a long time.

Partly, that’s the inevitable hangover from last year, as late-running Oscar challengers only emerge in Britain.  But in 2014 proper, we’ve been inundated with quality.

Interestingly, two past winners – Richard Ayoade (Submarine in 2011) and Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom in 2012) – are in contention with new films, while 12 Years A Slave could compete an unusual double of slavery-themed films after Django Unchained won in 2013.

But it’s hard to call, and this could be the tightest field yet.

Voting is open until the end of June.  It’s an especially good time to run the poll this year, because at this precise moment there aren’t a lot of new films emerging due to the World Cup – effectively, a holiday from films.  So it’s a great chance to take stock.

Usual rules of voting apply. Reply to this post, listing your five favourites in order of preference, with 5 points going to 1st place and a single point to your fifth choice.  Eligible films can be found by browsing the release dates at but people always vote for films beyond those boundaries anyway, so it’s not a hard and fast rule.

Results will be posted in early July, but to be honest half the fun is discovering films you’ve overlooked or never heard of in respondents’ individual choices, so please browse the replies below.

Last but not least, the roll of honour:

The Best Films Of 2013 So Far
The Best Films Of 2012 So Far
The Best Films Of 2011 So Far

Thanks for voting, and let’s celebrate the best films of 2014 so far.

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  1. Neil AlcockJun 17, 2014 at 11:13 amReply

    1. 12 Years A Slave
    2. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Under The Skin
    5. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

    (I’d have The Rover at 5 but it’s not out till August)

  2. Ethan BarrJun 17, 2014 at 11:27 amReply

    1 Her
    2 Frank
    3 Wolf of Wall Street
    4 LEGO Movie
    5 Calvary

  3. Elab49Jun 17, 2014 at 11:29 amReply

    1. Calvary
    2. The Lunch Box
    3. Workers
    4. The Wind Rises
    5. Snowpiercer
    6. Blue Ruin
    7 The Borderlands

    A couple are festival so I’m not sure if all are eligible (eg Workers). So I’ve added a couple below to move up just in case

  4. Joe CunninghamJun 17, 2014 at 11:32 amReply

    1. Under The Skin
    2. The Lego Movie
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    5. Blue Ruin

  5. Sam TurnerJun 17, 2014 at 11:36 amReply

    1 – Inside Llewyn Davis
    2- 12 Years A Slave
    3 – X-Men: Days Of Future Past
    4 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
    5 – Dallas Buyers Club

  6. Mark HarrisonJun 17, 2014 at 12:02 pmReply

    1. Calvary
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Muppets Most Wanted
    4. Blue Ruin
    5. Under The Skin

    Bubbling under… Locke, Cheap Thrills, Edge of Tomorrow

  7. LJJun 17, 2014 at 1:34 pmReply

    1. 12 Years A Slave
    2. Frank
    3. Her
    4. Blue Ruin
    5. American Hustle

  8. Shafi MalikJun 17, 2014 at 1:38 pmReply

    1. Her
    2. Under The Skin
    3. Locke
    4. Grand Budapest Hotel
    5. The Raid 2

    Films released that will probably make the list but I haven’t seen them yet: Cheap Thrills, The Double.

  9. Peter ShipleyJun 17, 2014 at 5:06 pmReply

    1 Under the Skin
    2 The Wolf of Wall Street
    3 The Grand Budapest Hotel
    4 Nymphomaniac
    5 Exhibition

  10. Julien AllenJun 18, 2014 at 9:48 pmReply

    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. The Raid 2
    3. Exhibition
    4. The Wolf of Wall Street
    5. Bastards

    There have also been some great re-releases (Roma, Citta Aperta; Le roi et l’oiseau; Ascenseur pour l’echafaud…)

    • Julien AllenJun 19, 2014 at 8:19 amReply

      Can you please replace Bastards with A Touch of Sin? Hadn’t realized it was a 2014 release.

  11. Russell FordJun 21, 2014 at 11:56 amReply

    1. Her
    2. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    4. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. 12 Years A Slave

  12. Ashley ClarkJun 25, 2014 at 9:24 amReply

    1. Under The Skin
    2. We Are The Best!
    3. A Touch of Sin
    4. Locke
    5. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

  13. Daniel GreenJun 25, 2014 at 10:03 amReply

    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. Under the Skin
    3. 12 Years a Slave
    4. A Touch of Sin
    5. Nymphomaniac

  14. RebeccaJun 25, 2014 at 11:27 amReply

    1. Blue Ruin
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Locke
    4. Starred Up
    5. Bastards
    My two favourite films of the year so far are outside of the rules – Costa da Morte / Coast of Death (Lois Patiño, 2013) (which I saw at the Bradford film fest) and the re-release of Long Live the Republic (Karel Kachyna, 1965).

  15. Chris BlohmJun 28, 2014 at 11:01 pmReply

    1. Frank
    2. The Wind Rises
    3. Only Lovers Left Alive
    4. Starred Up
    5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

  16. David HuntJun 29, 2014 at 3:35 pmReply

    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2. 12 Years A Slave
    3. Only Lovers Left Alive
    4. Blue Ruin
    5. Godzilla

  17. Ivan RadfordJun 29, 2014 at 5:38 pmReply

    Under the Skin
    The LEGO Movie
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    12 Years a Slave

  18. Patrick GambleJun 30, 2014 at 1:25 pmReply

    1) Under the Skin
    2) A Touch of Sin
    3) Exhibition
    4) Stranger by the Lake
    5) Nymphomaniac

    ‘Stray Dogs’ ‘Til Mandess do us Part’ & ‘Snowpiercer would all be in there, but alas, no UK release date.

  19. Jon LyusJun 30, 2014 at 1:26 pmReply

    Under the Skin
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Lego Movie
    Grace of Monaco – just kidding – Calvary

  20. Nathanael SmithJun 30, 2014 at 1:48 pmReply

    1. How To Train Your Dragon 2
    2. Grand Budapest Hotel
    3. Calvary
    4. Her
    5. 12 Years A Slave

    Putting these in order is silly. I love them equally.

    Ineligible: Snowpiercer, Stations of the Cross

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