Brady’s Top 25 Films of 2014, Haiku-Style!

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Hello loyal readers, most likely huddled together in a small basement for fear of persecution by other, more powerful film blogging communities. We appreciate your continued support. Also, do you have enough blankets down there?

Anyway, our Top Ten podcast has been pushed back a few weeks due to some scheduling issues. 2015 is already well under way, so I figured I’d at least tease out my top films of the year. In haiku form. Just so the most riddle-inclined of you might know what they are. I won’t be changing the reviews of my #20-11 films on the site. Those will remain a snapshot of how I felt at the time I wrote them. That said, the ordering has changed, so the numbers of these haikus won’t completely match the film review numbers. One fine, exceedingly noble film has even fallen out of the Top 20.

So yeah, we’ll still bring you our Top Tens soon, but here’s a little film hor d’oeuvre for you. Guess the films in the comments or on our Facebook page. Whoever guesses the most right will have a chance to be on the podcast or have their own Top Ten read on the show. Thank you for reading, whoever you are!

And my film is one of those, right? Right?!
And my film is one of those, right? Right?!


Brady’s Top 25 Films of 2014:


Standup keeps crashing

Film’s party. A great comic

Makes his best work yet.




Great filmmaking yarn.

Cult of personality’s

An understatement.




Hand-carved history.

Sad, expressive diorama

Of despotism.




It’s not long-winded.

Just too aghast to tell its

“Hero” to shut up.




Civics with a soul.

I remove my skeptic’s hat.

A good man’s walking.





Too lovingly critical.

Clear-eyed, like he was.




Even good choices

Cannot protect us from change.

Drive out to meet it.




The American Dream

Is a useful hypocrisy.

Flogged by our bootstraps.




Dredges up buried

Hatred until the hateful

Are buried with it.

Gazes serenely

And curiously at Time.

Time gazes right back.





And constraint kiss and make up.

I can’t stop laughing!




Woody’s NYC

Is rekindled and reborn,

With less cynicism.




Tense and immediate.

The best spy movie ever.

It’s bigger than film.




Great movie star makes

Neorealism sing.

We need each other.




The literary

World rendered with acid wit

And great tenderness.




Female friendship and

Punk in 80’s Sweden make

A darling “fuck you”.



Unspeakably cool!

To live forever is to

Become a hipster.



Icy and tender.

Kubrick just made Predator

And it’s beautiful.




Captured through sound and acting.

Ambition deafens.



An old fairytale.

Psychorealistic myth.

Humane and gutting.



The family unit

Climbs naked and embarrassed

From an avalanche.



A perfect horror,

Not because it stabs and shrieks,

But because it weeps.



A period piece

With character and insight

Beneath each brushstroke.



Once upon a time

A great many souls were lost.

And so I create.



Loves narrative,

Yet sees it for what it is.

All just passing time.


Guess as many as you can! Stay tuned for our podcast!

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