The 4th Annual Kinnemaniac ‘Halfway’ Poll To Find The Year’s Best Films So Far
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 www.launchingfilms.com 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:
Thanks for voting, and let’s celebrate the best films of 2014 so far.