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2014: A Fine Time to Go To The Movies

Our guest writer, CJ Johnson, movie reviewer and host of ABC Radio's Movieland, gives us his take on the past year of cinema.

2014 has some time left, and there are undoubtedly some seriously good movies still to be released. Thanks to Harvey Weinstein, it is now a truth universally acknowledged that the closer a film is released to the close of voting for the Academy Awards, the more likely it is to win Academy Awards, which means that the very best (or at least, the ones the studios and distributors think are the very best) get released deep into December. That said, there have been some terrific releases this year that have already cleaned up some major awards, some that haven’t but are still worth investigating, and, of course, some serious disappointments.

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, which won Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, is probably my favourite film thus far, which is far from saying it’s the film that made me feel the best. This devastating look at how fragile family life can be is truly (and opposed to superficially) referential of Kubrick and Haneke - indeed,  Östlund stated to me in an interview that Haneke was a major influence on him at film school. It’s a major work from a filmmaker on the cusp of major status. Watch him start to win the big ones over the next decade.

Working in another vein but also examining marriage with deadly and brutal invasion, David Fincher’s Gone Girl took a nearly-good novel and made a nearly-great film out of it. It’s not as incisive as Force Majeure, but it’s even more cynical about that most singular institution we pretend to hold dear. Marriage in Gone Girl is a pinàta, and by the time the film is over, it’s been beaten to death.
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