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The New Yorker’s Richard Brody Named Chevalier, Offers Top 10 List

The New Yorker's Richard Brody Named Chevalier, Offers Top 10 List

The New Yorker’s Richard Brody has been awarded Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters “in recognition of his work of introducing little-known aspects of French cinema to an American audience, both through his reviews and his other writings.” He will commemorate the honor in a public conversation with critic Antoine de Baecque at Albertine in New York City tonight at 7 p.m. about French and American perspectives on Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, and their heirs. Their discussion will be livestreamed here:

Brody, now only one of two New Yorker staffers covering film full-time after David Denby’s move to a critic-at-large position, has also published his list of the best movies of 2014, which runs to 30 titles, along with a “Negative Ten” that “occlude the view toward the year’s most accomplished and daringly original work.” The latter group includes such critical favorites as “Boyhood” (which he subtitles “The Best Little Boy in the World,”) “Inherent Vice,” “CITIZENFOUR,” “Birdman,” “Whiplash,” “Under the Skin” and “Ida,” which between them are indeed occupying much of the year-end conversation. (Justifiably, some would counter, but that’s what makes horse races.) 

Richard Brody’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

1. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

2. “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”

3. “Goodbye to Language”

     “The Last of the Unjust” (tie)

5. “The Immigrant”

6. “American Sniper”

7. “Listen Up Philip” 

8. “Actress” 

9. “Memphis”

10. “Butter on the Latch”

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