12 Most Overlooked and Oddball Movies of 2014

From non-Hollywood action extravaganzas to hipster-vampire flicks, these movies flew under the radar — and rank among the year's best

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'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

A female vampire skateboarding in a chador, a desolate town that look like a cross between Detroit and a frontier wasteland, a guy who's a dead ringer for James Dean and drives a 1950s hot rod, an Ennio Morricone-like score mixed with Goth-pop tunes: Ana Lily Armapour's black-and-white cinematic casserole reads like a hipster's wet dream. What this Iranian-American filmmaker does with all these elements, however, is nothing short of a miracle, turning what could have been an exercise in stylistic excess into an eerie, bloody, romance. Yes, it's capital-C Cool; it's also a cross-cultural melding of Eastern influences, Western pop and girls-to-the-front sensibilities that's sharper than a pair of fangs.

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