Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2014

10. Udaan

Another one of those movies where high praise may have gotten in the way, but expectations were met… and even feelings were had. Despite the film being about a young man’s journey to overcome his overbearing father’s figure.

9. Auntie Mame

I usually do a LOT of my movie-watching late at night, and test a movie’s ability to keep me up for 2hrs or more. This had me howling at 2-3am because Rosalind Russell is THAT great. No other scene had me cackling as this telephone scene, and I can only picture Russell doing that.

8. Sadma/Moondram Pirai


7. Lagaan

I was an Aamir Khan skeptic. But after 3 Idiots and Lagaan (and Talaash), my opinion of him shifted. Lagaan had been nominated for a Best Foreign Oscar nod the same year Amelie was nominated. And it works, it entertains (kinda started liking cricket after it), and Rahman once again marvels with his music.

The only fault I found with the movie is when the Bollywood “Indian-ness” has a shift to accommodate Rachel Shelley’s (Rachell Shelley is in it!!!) English-ness music interlude. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an English-based musical with a straight up aristocratic pop 1890s soundtrack. lol

6. Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女)

I really enjoyed watching Ang Lee’s Father Knows Best trilogy, but I had a weakness for Eat Drink Man Woman because it’s also SO focused on food. I think it’s the ultimate Food Film. It’s riddled with complicated family relationships and showcases food in such a balanced way that is the most perfect movie on food I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.



YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

5 Responses

  1. Eat Drink Man Woman is one of my favorite movies of all time. Delighted you discovered it and that it made your list. Also a huge fan of Rose Tattoo, Auntie Mame, Caramel and El Secreto de sus Ojos.

    Great discoveries

    • amy says:

      Eat Drink Man Woman made it to the top of my list of Food on Film. With the trilogy, I finished Ang Lee’s filmography and was amazed at the variety of his films.

      Do you happen to have other suggestions of Anna Magnani’s filmography?

  2. Millenium Actress! One of my faves. Haven’t seen Chakde! India yet, but I remember when the posters were plastered all over the Indian cinema in the town where I used to live (Fremont, California). As for WTF movie recommendations…Have you seen “Hausu?” “Killers on Parade (My Face Red in the Sunset”?” Or maybe the numerous occult flashbacks-within-flashbacks of “The Saragossa Manuscript” Not great great but interesting is “The 10th Victim.”

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