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Movies seen in 2014

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28.12.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Felix Herngren


The historical parts suck, I don't like the Forrest Gump type of alternative history approach at all. They felt pretty pointless and far too long, detracting a whole lot from the experience. It could've been a decent comedy.

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People who added this item 2217 Average listal rating (1430 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
26.12.
Digibox, 2nd viewing
DIRECTED BY Frank Capra


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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
25.12.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Arto Halonen


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People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.5
Veijarit (2010)
23.12.
Digibox, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Lauri Nurkse


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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
The Hypnotist (2012)
22.12.
Digibox, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Lasse Hallström


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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.4
Lauran huone (1988)
22.12.
Digibox, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Kaisa Rastimo
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People who added this item 850 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 4.9
18.12.
VHS, ?th viewing
DIRECTED BY Rod Daniel


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17.12.
VHS, ?th viewing
DIRECTED BY Bill Melendéz & Phil Roman


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People who added this item 1810 Average listal rating (1180 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
14.12.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Wes Anderson


At this point I'm pretty certain Wes Anderson isn't just my cup of tea. Well, the set decorations and overall visual style have always been brilliant: his films work best as eye-candy for me. But when it comes to the script and humor, I don't feel the guy's work.

Also - interestingly - I think something like Moonrise Kingdom could be a better kids' movie from Anderson's oeuvre than this. Despite being animated, this feels very much written for adult audiences to enjoy. I doubt many children would understand the jokes here or find them all that funny.

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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (407 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
13.12.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Jonathan Glazer


One of those rare, abstract films that have a mysteriously intense effect on me which I struggle to understand. Amazing images and a wonderful musical score. One of the best films of the decade - I wonder why no film festival in Helsinki showed it this autumn.

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11.12.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Rauni Mollberg


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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
02.12.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Lukas Moodysson


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People who added this item 812 Average listal rating (442 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.6
26.11.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Jean-Luc Godard


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People who added this item 156 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
24.11.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Luis Buñuel


One of those 1960s art films that feel completely detached to me as they seem to belong in an entirely different culture than mine. Here, some woman gets to work as a chambermaid in the country and ends up witnessing a series of eccentric behavior, sexual harassment and right-wing bigotry. Not much about it makes me care at all but good direction, some funny moments and cool ending make me give it a pretty generous 2.5.

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People who added this item 1058 Average listal rating (773 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Nightcrawler (2014)
17.11.
Cinema, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Dan Gilroy


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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Pickpocket (1959)
16.11.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Robert Bresson


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People who added this item 371 Average listal rating (195 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
15.11.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Mikhail Kalatozov


A few phenomenal scenes (Boris' death and especially the beautiful air-raid/piano one) and overall excellent camera work do not unfortunately render a drab story a very enjoyable film.

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People who added this item 1538 Average listal rating (1078 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gone Girl (2014)
09.11.
Cinema, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY David Fincher


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People who added this item 1369 Average listal rating (785 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Barry Lyndon (1975)
08.11.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Stanley Kubrick


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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (477 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
Showgirls (1995)
07.11.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Paul Verhoeven


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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Django (1966)
06.11.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Sergio Corbucci


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People who added this item 526 Average listal rating (298 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
01.11.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Jean-Luc Godard


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People who added this item 1849 Average listal rating (1192 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
31.10.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Tobe Hooper


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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
30.10.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Tommy Lee Jones


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People who added this item 345 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
27.10.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Preston Sturges


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People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Bleak Moments (1972)
26.10.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Mike Leigh


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23.10.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Irvin Kershner


Far better than the first part. This time the action scenes are actually pretty thrilling at best (compared to the bafflingly lazy sword fight between Obi-wan and Darth Vader in the first part, for example). It's also much better paced and feels like a more cohesive film.

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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.5
She Monkeys (2011)
19.10.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Lisa Aschan


The visual style and the manner of acting reminds me of the recent Greek films such as Dogtooth but, unfortunately, She Monkeys does not do anything interesting with this style. The story is pretty bland and the expressionless acting makes it even a bit annoying.

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People who added this item 4649 Average listal rating (3282 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Alien (1979)
16.10.
Blu-ray, 2nd viewing
DIRECTED BY Ridley Scott


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People who added this item 1046 Average listal rating (664 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)
12.10.
Cinema, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Richard Linklater


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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
Happy Endings (2005)
07.10.
DVD, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Don Roos


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06.10.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY George Lucas


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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Coherence (2014)
02.10.
PC, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY James Ward Byrkit


Lots of silly fun but I'd appreciate the thought experiment more if the director chose to spend his energy to getting most out of the actors and their delivery of lines such as "how many Hugh and Amirs are wandering out there", instead of shaking the camera like a Polaroid picture.

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01.10.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Jörn Donner, Jaakko Talaskivi & Erkki Seiro


Very entertaining zeitgeist-capturing documentary shot all around Finland in the beginning of the 1970s. The cringe-worthy leftist political songs on the soundtrack (M.A. Numminen being the only exception as he's just awesome) made it kind of jarring; listening to the actual people talk is, after all, a lot more interesting than basically anything Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki ever did.

I especially loved the interviews with bums and drunkards and the hilarious one with a theatre actor.

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People who added this item 1945 Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
30.09.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Fritz Lang


Corny politics, dullish story and some lousy overacting aside (yes, I do know it's expressionism but still), it's obviously a good film with great editing, jaw-dropping set design and brilliant use of lights and shadows. Fritz Lang did better films with same skills, though.

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People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Winter Sleep (2014)
27.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Nuri Bilge Ceylan


A magnificently written, visually gorgeous film that despite its 190-minute runtime feels like it flies by. Thanks to the meditative, immaculate pacing and carefully composed conversational scenes that are always interesting. I've never seen a film capture the feel of old Russian literature so lively and exquisitely. Perhaps even more catharsis in a few selected moments would've made this an absolute masterpiece.

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People who added this item 355 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Ida (2013)
25.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Paweł Pawlikowski


Pretty much what its trailer set it out to be: a very basic "finding one's faith" story with extremely beautiful camera work. For once, a modern film puts black and white images and 4:3 aspect ratio to good use: every shot is composed with beautiful precision. Love the Dreyer-esque, simplified decor as well.

But yeah, the story is pretty predictable - even distractingly so. Unfortunate for such a visual masterpiece.

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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
25.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Alejandro Jodorowsky


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24.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Guillaume Nicloux


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People who added this item 341 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Short Term 12 (2013)
24.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Destin Daniel Cretton


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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
23.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY J.-P. Valkeapää


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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Blind (2014)
22.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Eskil Vogt


Beautifully shot, cleverly edited drama about a woman who's become blind and is afraid to venture outside her apartment, instead imagining what kinds of goings-on her husband might be having that she's not able to see. From the cinematographer of Dogtooth and screenwriter of Oslo, 31. august (one of my favorite films of the decade) I could expect a gorgeous film - what Blind mostly is. I was just kind of disappointed with the way the characters of Ingrid's book were so over-the-top as I initially found Elin and Einar the most interesting characters here.

Good drama, nevertheless, and I'm interested in what the director Eskil Vogt might still have in him.

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People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (157 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Force Majeure (2014)
21.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Ruben Östlund


After seeing Östlund's very promising previous two films and reading some exciting things (a huge simulated avalanche caught on film!) about Force Majeure, AKA Turist, it ended up being probably one of my most expected films of this year's Love & Anarchy film festival.

To my delight, it succeeded to surpass my expectations. Firstly, Turist is one of the funniest films I've seen in theater: quite a feat for what is basically a marriage drama. Familiarly to Östlund's style, Turist makes the viewer witness painfully awkward moments that are simultaneously side-splittingly hilarious. Although he uses his brand of static shots to establish these moments of inescapable awkwardness, the characters do not feel distant here. After all, the film revolves around a family's traumatizing experience involving the said avalanche. Östlund seems to explore a new, more psychological territory here - yet manages to stay faithful to his original style.

Even without the interesting family drama, the film is a treat on a purely aesthetic level. The Alps make a wonderful setting, feeling dangerous and romantic at the same time. Also love the little visual jokes abound. Very close to five stars but I need to see it again.

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
20.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Benjamín Naishtat


A bunch of expressionless Argentine people looking bored and vaguely anxious about a restless neighborhood or whatever. I guess there's kind of interesting ideas buried here but the film ends up being unfortunately half-baked, light in atmosphere and basically very meh.

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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Reunion (2013)
20.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Anna Odell


Festen at a class reunion turns into a one-of-a-kind meta-film and exploration of school bullying, subjective perception, guilt and former bullies' defence mechanisms. An absolutely brilliant concept with fascinating observations about the hardships of coming to terms with one's shameful past.

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19.09.
Festival, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Pekka Lehto


A very intriguing documentary about one of the most bizarre murder mysteries and trials ever in Finland. Takes a sharp look at the ridiculous way both our judicial system and crime investigators have handled the case.

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13.09.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Dario Argento


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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2
13.09.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Peter Strickland


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People who added this item 551 Average listal rating (366 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Nebraska (2013)
06.09.
TV, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Alexander Payne


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30.08.
Blu-ray, 1st viewing
DIRECTED BY Aki Kaurismäki


Similarly to Inside Llewyn Davis, I feel like this is a sort of underrated film within its director's very consistently good filmography. Charming little depiction of the Finnish man.

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Comments mostly in English although I make exceptions especially with bad Finnish films.

Short films included in a separate section at the end of the list. They're not included in the following stats.

EDIT: I don't add shorts anymore!

Number of films per decade:

1910s:
0
1920s: 1
1930s: 2
1940s: 5
1950s: 12
1960s: 12
1970s: 27
1980s: 13
1990s: 19
2000s: 19
2010s: 43

Most watched directors:

Jean-Luc Godard: 4 films

Richard Linklater: 3

Wes Anderson: 2
Robert Bresson: 2
Luis Buñuel: 2
Joel & Ethan Coen: 2
Gareth Evans: 2
Michael Haneke: 2
Howard Hawks: 2
Alejandro Jodorowsky: 2
Aki Kaurismäki: 2
Mike Leigh: 2
Martin Scorsese: 2
Andrei Tarkovsky: 2
J.-P. Valkeapää: 2

Rating distribution:

5.0 2
4.5 21
4.0 34
3.5 35
3.0 28
2.5 19
2.0 10
1.5 4
1.0 1
0.5 1

Films seen per month:

January: 16
February: 16
March: 15
April: 19
May: 14
June: 9
July: 11
August: 9
September: 15
October: 11
November: 9
December: 9

Films seen in cinema: 22

Best discoveries each month:

January:




1. Umberto D. (1952)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
3. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

February:



1. A Man Escaped (1956)
2. Network (1976)
3. The Rules of the Game (1939)

March:



1. 3 Women (1977)
2. Ghost World (2001)
3. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

April:



1. The Raid 2 (2014)
2. Diabolique (1955)
3. L.A. Confidential (1997)

May:



1. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
2. Cría cuervos (1976)
3. Primer (2004)

June:



1. The Color Wheel (2011)
2. His Girl Friday (1940)
3. The Big Sleep (1946)

July:



1. Castaway on the Moon (2009)
2. The Eclipse (1962)
3. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

August:



1. The Holy Mountain (1973)
2. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
3. The Piano Teacher (2001)

September:



1. Force Majeure (2014)
2. The Reunion (2013)
3. Winter Sleep (2014)

October:



1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
2. Boyhood (2014)
3. Sullivan's Travels (1941)

November:



1. Barry Lyndon (1975)
2. Pickpocket (1959)
3. Nightcrawler (2014)

December:



1. Under the Skin (2013)
2. We Are the Best! (2013)

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