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‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Tops Film Comment’s Survey of Critics

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Tops Film Comment’s Survey of Critics

CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” topped Film Comment’s annual survey of 120 critics, journalists, film-section editors and the magazine’s staff and contributors, followed by Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Sony Pictures Classics’ “Before Midnight.”

The group’s list, in order: Joel & Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis”; Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”; Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”; Joshua Oppenheimer’s docu “The Act of Killing”; Jia Zhang-ke’s “A Touch of Sin”; Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan”; Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”; Andrew Bujalski’s “Computer Chess”; Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha”; and Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color.”

In making the announcement, the org also mentioned such titles and rankings as Spike Jonze’s “Her” (#17), Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” (#18), David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” (#19) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (#37).

The poll also scored films seen at festivals or special screenings that don’t yet have a U.S. distrib, with that roster led by Philippe Garrel’s “Jealousy,” Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs”; Joaquim Pinto’s “What Now? Remind Me” Hong Sang-soo’s “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon”; Catherine Breillat’s “Abuse of Weakness”; Hong Sang-soo’s “Our Sunhi”; Ramon Zurcher’s “The Strange Little Cat”; Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s “A Spell to Ward off the Darkness”; Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death”; and Fernando Eimbcke’s “Club Sandwich.”

The complete list of films:

1. Inside Llewyn Davis, Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen

2. 12 Years a Slave, Director: Steve McQueen

3. Before Midnight, Director: Richard Linklater

4. The Act of Killing, Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

5. A Touch of Sin, Director: Jia Zhang-ke

6. Leviathan, Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

7. Gravity, Director: Alfonso Cuarón

8. Computer Chess, Director: Andrew Bujalski

9. Frances Ha, Director: Noah Baumbach

10. Upstream Color, Director: Shane Carruth

11. Museum Hours, Director: Jem Cohen

12. Blue Is the Warmest Color, Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

13. Bastards, Director: Claire Denis

14. Spring Breakers, Director: Harmony Korine

15. Like Someone in Love, Director: Abbas Kiarostami

16. Stories We Tell, Director: Sarah Polley

17. Her, Director: Spike Jonze

18. Nebraska, Director: Alexander Payne

19. American Hustle, Director: David O. Russell

20. The Grandmaster, Director: Wong Kar Wai

21. At Berkeley, Director: Frederick Wiseman

22. Beyond the Hills, Director: Cristian Mungiu

23. No, Director: Pablo Larrain

24. The Great Beauty, Director: Paolo Sorrentino

25. Blue Jasmine, Director: Woody Allen

26. All Is Lost, Director: J.C. Chandor

27. Post Tenebras Lux, Director: Carlos Reygadas

28. Something in the Air, Director: Olivier Assayas

29. Viola, Director: Matías Piñeiro

30. Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler

31. To the Wonder, Director: Terrence Malick

32. Night Across the Street, Director: Raúl Ruiz

33. Room 237, Director: Rodney Ascher

34. Faust, Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

35. Let the Fire Burn, Director: Jason Osder

36. Le Pont du Nord, Director: Jacques Rivette

37. The Wolf of Wall Street, Director: Martin Scorsese

38. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, Director: Alain Resnais

39. The Last Time I Saw Macao, Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

40. The Past, Director: Asghar Farhadi

41. The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim

42. The Wind Rises, Director: Hayao Miyazaki

43. Drug War, Director: Johnnie To

44. Cousin Jules, Director: Dominique Benicheti

45. Much Ado About Nothing, Director: Joss Whedon

46. Passion, Director: Brian De Palma

47. Short Term 12, Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

48. Dallas Buyers Club, Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

49. Berberian Sound Studio, Director: Peter Strickland

50. Captain Phillips, Director: Paul Greengrass


1. Jealousy, Director: Philippe Garrel

2. Stray Dogs, Director: Tsai Ming-liang

3. What Now? Remind Me, Director: Joaquim Pinto

4. Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Director: Hong Sang-soo

5. Abuse of Weakness, Director: Catherine Breillat

6. Our Sunhi, Director: Hong Sang-soo

7. The Strange Little Cat, Director: Ramon Zurcher

8. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, Directors: Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

9. Story of My Death, Director: Albert Serra

10. Club Sandwich, Director: Fernando Eimbcke

11. Closed Curtain, Director: Jafar Panahi

12. Til Madness Do Us Part, Director: Wang Bing

13. Three Interpretation Exercises, Director: Cristi Puiu

14. Stemple Pass, Director: James Benning

15. People’s Park, Directors: Libbie D. Cohn & J. P. Sniadecki

16. The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, Directors: Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani

17. La Ultima Película, Directors: Raya Martin & Mark Peranson

18. Butter on the Latch, Director: Josephine Decker

19. Blind Detective, Director: Johnnie To

20. Coast of Death, Director: Lois Patino

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