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The Loft Staff’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Here are the individual lists of our favorite films that screened in 2014…

Bella Vanek, Floor Staff

1. The Skeleton Twins
2. Birdman
3. Her
4. Obvious Child
5. Nymphomaniac (1 And 2) [does That Count As Two??]
6. Nebraska
7. Dallas Buyer’s Club
8. Mood Indigo
9. Beetle Juice
10. Hot Rod? Does That Count? It Counts.


Trent Castillo, Floor Staff

1. Birdman
2. The Zero Theorem
3. Snowpiercer
4. The Babadook
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
7. The Dance Of Reality
8. Edge Of Tomorrow
9. Guardians Of The Galaxy
10. The Equalizer


Kate Willow Inman, Floor Staff

1. Skeleton Twins
2. Obvious Child
3. Only Lovers Left Alive
4. Frank
5. Birdman
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
7. Happy Christmas
8. Jodorowsky’s Dune
9. Grand Budapest Hotel Staff
10. The Final Member


Keisha Richardson, Floor Staff

My Top Ten Is Only Top 4 Haha
1. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
2. Birdman
3. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
4. Gone Girl


Jason Denholm, Director Of Theatre Operations

1. Goodbye To Language 3D
2. The Strange Little Cat
3. Borgman
4. The Unknown Known
5. Visitors
6. The Blue Room
7. Only Lovers Left Alive
8. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
9. The One I Love
10. Force Majeure


Brooke Hartnett, Floor Staff

1. Birdman
2. Obvious Child
3. Hateship Loveship
4. Nightcrawler
5. The One I Love
6. They Came Together
7. Frank
8. Cold In July
9. The Double
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

I haven’t seen Wild, St. Vincent, The Skeleton Twins, or Foxcatcher
so I feel like the list is a little tainted by my lack of movie-seeing but it’s fine.


J.J. Giddings, Marketing Director

1. Borgman
2. Blue Ruin
3. Only Lovers Left Alive
4. The Strange Little Cat
5. Memphis
6. Hellaware
7. The Dog
8. The Guest
9. Cheap Thrills
10. Summer Of Blood


Brenda Rodriguez, Assistant Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

1. Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Only Lovers Left Alive
3. The Congress
4. Mood Indigo
5. God Help The Girl
6. The Lego Movie
7. Finding Vivian Maier
8. Visitors
9. The Overnighters
10. Chef

Just Missed The Top 10: (in No Order) The Strange Little Cat, The Punk Singer, St. Vincent, Tim’s Vermeer, The Double, Dear White People, Boyhood, Obvious Child, Venus In Fur, & The Final Member.

Wish I had seen before this list (next year make time to see what intrigues me!): Goodbye To Language 3d, Her, The Wind Rises, Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Babadook, Nightcrawler, Force Majeure, Zero Motivation, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, I Origins, Whiplash, The Book Of Life, Why Don’t You Play In Hell, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead, Rich Hill, & Art & Craft.

Will make sure I don’t miss: Inherent Vice, Selma, Mommy, Big Eyes, Leviathan, Into The Woods, Mr. Turner, Song Of The Sea.


Ray Borboa, Projectionist

A Field In England
Jodorowksy’s Dune
Under The Skin
Frog Walks
The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears
Blue Ruin

No particular order, I suppose.


Pedro Robles, Assistant Manager & Projectionist

1. Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2
2. Birdman
3. Borgman
4. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
5. Only Lovers Left Alive
6. The One I Love
7. Skeleton Twins
8. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
9. Frank
10. Live. Die. Repeat: Edge Of Tomorrow


Maryellen Whitmoyer, Floor Staff

I can’t really give any of these a 100% yes for #1. They basically all tie for 5th place. Do with it what you will.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nymphomaniac Vol 1&2
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Mood Indigo


Amber Kleefeld, Membership Coordinator

1. Only Lovers Left Alive
2. Boyhood
3. We Are The Best!
4. Snowpiercer
5. Zero Motivation
6. Obvious Child
7. Her
8. Mood Indigo
9. This Is Where I Leave You
10. Veronica Mars


Dave Paiz, Facilities Manager

1. The Zero Theorem
2. The Congress
3. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
4. Birdman
5. Snowpiercer
6. Only Lovers Left Alive
7. The Dance Of Reality
8. Life Itself
9. Coherence
10. The Sacrament


Ben Mackey, Floor Staff

1) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: My friend noticed there is a shot where our vampire heroine is lighted and framed to look just like the Virgin Mary in an old painting… This sort of attention to detail (among many other things) cements this as my number one. #B&W4EVR

2) Only Lovers Left Alive: Lethargic vampires, Tilda Swinton, Loki, Hellboy’s adoptive father…This film has everything it needs to be my number two.

3) Snowpiercer: leaving the vampires behind and moving on to the world’s foremost ice train (eat your heart out coors light), Snowpiercer convinced me eating crickets is the way of the future. Also, I barely recognized Chris Evans under all that beard. So that’s a plus.

4) Birdman: I just wanted to kiss Michael Keaton throughout the entirety of the film.

5) The Grand Budapest Hotel: charming and beautiful. Perhaps my favorite Wes Anderson film to date. Have you seen the Lego version of the hotel that got made? Pretty cool.

6) The Lego Movie: Speaking of which…Everything is awesome. Actually not really. The world is full of hate and cruelty… But You certainly forget that while watching Christ Pratt run around and build things as a little plastic man!

7) Nymphomaniac I & II: it’s no meloncholia, but you get to see Even Stevens have sex.

8) Under The Skin: Don’t trust Scarlet Johansson.

9) Godzilla: I know…Kind of trashy… but I grew up on the old Toho Godzilla. The moment 2014 breathed his first atomic breath I swooned and practically passed out in my seat.

10) Journey To The West: Conquering Demons: Silly, silly, silly… a real enjoyable romp.

Honorable Mentions

11) Elsa & Fred: She looked so beautiful in that black dress.


Daniela Ontiveros, Administrative Coordinator

1. The Great Beauty (I know this is an older one, but I loved it.)
2. Citizen Four
3. Whiplash
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Maleficent


Matt Mccoy, Deputy Marketing Director

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Interstellar
3. Birdman
4. Jodorowsky’s Dune
5. Snowpiercer
6. Only Lovers Left Alive
7. Art And Craft
8. The Lego Movie
9. Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist
10. X-Men: Days Of Future Past


Ana Humphrey, Projectionist

This isn’t a top ten but it’s what I narrowed it down to!

1. Wetlands
2. Obvious Child
3. Birdman
4. Afternoon Delight
5. Gone Girl
6. Skeleton Twins
7. The One I Love


Peggy Johnson, Executive Director

1. Boyhood
2. Locke
3. Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
4. Strange Little Cat
5. Citizenfour / The Internet’s Own Boy
6. We Are The Best
7. Blue Room / Borgman
8. Nymphomaniac Part I
9. Goodbye To Language 3D
10. Love Is Strange/Only Lovers Left Alive


Jeff Yanc, Program Director

And so it goes:

1. Birdman
2. Under The Skin
3. Boyhood
4. Ida
5. The Babadook
6. Only Lovers Left Alive
7. Force Majeure
8. Strange Little Cat
9. Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter
10. We Are The Best!


Kyle Canfield, House Manager

1. Locke
2. Finding Vivian Maier
3. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
4. The Wind Rises
5. Starred Up
6. Big Bad Wolves
7. Rich Hill
8. Only Lovers Left Alive
9. Frank
10. Tim’s Vermeer


Shawna Dacosta, Director Of Education & Engagement

1. Her
2. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
3. Boyhood
4. Chef
5. Watermark
6. Particle Fever
7. The Lego Movie


Adam Bucholz, Floor Staff

1. Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
2. Pride
3. Letter To Momo
4. Wetlands
5. Snowpiercer
6. I Origins


A.J. Simon, Floor Staff

1. Why Don’t You Play In Hell
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
3. Dear White People
4. 22 Jump Street
5. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
6. Godzilla
7. Babadook


Zach Breneman, Deputy Director

1. Her
2. Boyhood
3. The Strange Little Cat
4. We Are The Best!
5. Whiplash
6. Under The Skin
7. Ida
8. The Babadook
9. Goodbye To Language 3D
10. Only Lovers Left Alive


Jonathan Kleefeld, Finance Director

1. Boyhood
2. Her
3. Under The Skin
4. Borgman
5. Strange Little Cat
6. Only Lovers
7. Ida
8. Blue Ruin
9. Snowpiercer
10. The Tribe

Locks for 2015: Inherent Vice; Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

And: 12 O’clock Boys; Art and Craft; The Babadook; Birdman; Force Majeure; Frank; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Gone Girl; Listen Up, Philip; Memphis; Night Moves; The Overnighters; Rich Hill; Starred Up; Two Days, One Night; We Are The Best!; Wetlands; Whiplash; The Wind Rises; Zero Motivation