Best Films of 2014

top-10-movies-2014-1409415318Every year, I feel the same way.

  • Most “Oscar” film are too depressing
  • Films from a decade ago are better than the films now
  • I don’t see enough foreign, arty, and documentary films

That being said, 2014 had some good films. Only 4 of the Oscar Best Pictures make it into my Top 10 this year (Last year 7), but 3 of the other 4 are in my Top 20. “American Sniper” is lone exception.

Oscar analysis will come later. Here are my Top 20…

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Beautiful, fun, transportive, original.
  2. Selma – Okay some of the facts weren’t perfect (same for every biopic EVER), but it captured the feel, the emotion, the power.
  3. The Lego Movie – This movie was AWESOME! And every Disney movie is just as much a commercial. Also best “movie Batman” yet.
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy – Like Lego Movie, this was just fun. What going to the movies was in the 80s.
  5. The Theory of Everything – Of the endless biopics, one that kept my interest throughout.
  6. Gone Girl – I hadn’t read the book, so I enjoyed every single twist.
  7. Boyhood – Somehow overcame my dislike of Ethan Hawke.
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The best of the Marvel Superhero franchises.
  9. 22 Jump Street – If just for the post-credits scene this deserves Top 10.
  10. Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal owned this.
  11. The Imitation Game – Liked the pro-gay message more than the historically weak biopic.
  12. UnknownSnowpiercer – Tilda Swinton owned this.
  13. Whiplash – Can you really bleed that much in drumming? Never saw the ending coming.
  14. Locke – Best 1-person movie I’ve ever seen. Certainly a far cry from “Phone Booth”.
  15. Foxcatcher – The nose! Kept confusing name with “Firefox”.
  16. Into the Woods – Streep is overrated in film. Chris Pine owned this.
  17. Edge of Tomorrow – If they had stuck to the “Groundhog Day” action film throughout, would have been better.
  18. Life Itself – Roger Ebert is incredible.
  19. Birdman – I think Edward Norton was the best thing in the film. (Sorry Michael and Emma)
  20. Still Alice – So depressing. So scary. But THAT is acting.

You probably didn’t see Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow, or Locke. Now you have some Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/VOD watching for the next few months that aren’t yet another depressing drama or Oscar biopic.

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One comment on “Best Films of 2014

  1. Bobi says:

    Didn’t feel all that stimulated to see many movies this year. Last one I saw before my season got busy was Exodus……Of course I agree with your Chris Pines comment, as well as Lego and Guardians. Stilln Alice is on my list. I avoided the biopics – they all seemed to be promoted in the same breadcrump way… speaking of which.. did you see Unbroken? Thoughts?

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