Revealed! Your Best Films Of 2014 So Far

July 1, 2014 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 0 Comments

Last month I asked readers and Twitter followers to vote for your best films of the year so far.  The results are in!

Amazingly, despite what is – to my eyes – the most competitive field since I started his ‘halfway’ poll in 2011, the runaway winner comfortably outscored its opponents.  Better still, although I don’t vote so as not to prejudice the results, it’s my personal #1 too, which extends its hypothetical lead even further.  Congratulations to Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin: a deserving winner!

Hard luck on the film in second place, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was actually mentioned by more people but generally in lower positions and would have meant a second win in this poll for Wes Anderson after Moonrise Kingdom proved victorious in 2012.

The final top 10 looks like this.

1. Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
3= Her (Spike Jonze)
3= Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel & Ethan Coen)
5. 12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen)
6. The Wolf Of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
7. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh)
8. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier)
9. Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)
10. The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord & Chris Miller)

Bubbling under were A Touch Of Sin (the highest foreign-language entry), Locke, Exhibition, The Wind Rises and Only Lovers Left Alive.

Things to note:

– This represents a real triumph for auteur theory, with Jeremy Saulnier the highest debutant at #9. Most of the names leading the poll are real big-hitters.
– There was literally nothing to separate Her and Inside Llewyn Davis, in terms of total points, number of votes or number of first places.
Under The Skin is the second British winner after Submarine in 2011.
– Despite a glut of eligible blockbusters, nothing did especially well. X-Men: Days Of Future Past polled highest… but nowhere near high enough.
– Everybody who voted included at least one of the top 10, but nobody voted for Noah.

Thanks for voting. I’ve yet to see three of the top 10 so these are now on my priority list. Hopefully, there will be a discovery or two here for everybody.

See you back here same time next year to find the best films of 2015 so far!

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