This is the first year I’m making a yearly retrospect, as never before had I watched enough movies to actually list my favourites. Well in the beginning of 2014 I made a list of 30 new releases to watch, and though I ended up removing some (Transcendence and Exodus, not even touching those) and adding others (ending up with a list of one hundred movies), the essential core was always of about 40 films, and I thankfully managed to watch all of them by now, apart from Wild, Blue Ruin, Force Majeure, Inherent Vice and Leviathan.
So at last I am capable of making these grand lists that I always enjoy reading on other blogs so much – starting with the best movie posters from last year, including teasers and alternative posters released in specific countries. And what a year it’s been for the creative departments. From daring minimalism to intricate drawings, from provocative concepts to stark surrealism, and even a spin on the traditional face poster, 2014 had a lot to offer.
Though the forty posters that follow are not ranked, I’d like to point out two of them. First and foremost, if I had to rank them, the black Nymphomaniac poster featured above would be my absolute favourite: it’s provocative yet sleek, with great use of a pitch-black background and lightning. Another one that stood out for me was the trio poster for Foxcatcher – I guess its old-fashioness spoke to me. The torn-paper version is frequently preferred, but something about that background that reminds me of stuffed animals and old rich families (and I wrote this before even knowing), together with the mean-looking trio of Tatum, Ruffalo and Carell, makes this a strangely imposing poster.