Oh heavens, these lists are complicated to make!
What makes the ranking is partly due to whether or not I think it’s a “good movie” and partly due to sheer enjoyment in the theater. So today, you’re getting a taste of the serious film critic and a bit of the fan-girl who walks out of the theater crowing, “That was AWEsome!”
1. The Skeleton Twins
I saw this movie for the first time last January at Sundance and was so impressed with the performances of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. The room was full of electricity and that experience was one of the best I had at the movies all year. A great dark comedy about family drama.
2. Gone Girl
Another packed theater where the emotions of the whole audience were palpable. I already knew how the movie would end, but I was still riveted the whole way through. Rosamund Pike deserves an Oscar or at least a Golden Globe for her powerhouse performance as Amy Dunne.
One of the best original science fiction films in years. Stunningly beautiful cinematography and a real achievement for Nolan as a director. It’s not a perfect film by any means but it was one of the most compelling movies I saw all year.
This movie made me a David Ayers fan. I think for many moviegoers this film flew under the radar and didn’t get a ton of attention, but for me Fury was one of the most heart-wrenching, brutal, stirring, and honest films I saw in 2014. Or in any other year.
Birdman is a movie that grew on me, to the point that a film I was kind of “meh” about when I first saw it is now on my top ten list. If you enjoy meta movies about the film industry, then here is a dark and quirky film for you to feast on. I’m hoping to see some statuettes given to the wonderful people who worked on this film during awards season: everything from sound design to editing to the acting was on point.
6. The Lego Movie
Because everything really is awesome, and you know it too! Such a fun movie to see in theaters. Or a fun movie to watch period. The obvious creativity coming from this film is what makes The Lego Movie so exciting, even months later.
7. X-Men Days of Future Past
This is one of those movies that makes the list because of the ecstatic experience I had in the theaters. The recent X-Men movies have been inventive and on point in a way that the genre needed. Plus for me as a fan, seeing one of my favorite lesser-known characters on the screen–Blink–was a big moment.
8. The Fault in Our Stars
Now I realize what I am about to type might be somewhat controversial (so don’t hate me): I liked the movie better than the book. So rare, but it does indeed happen! Plain and simple, the movie made me bawl and the book did not make me shed a single tear. The book is still wonderful, but for me the movie was just a better experience.
There’s just something gripping about this movie. Snowpiercer is at its best the first time you see it. Look too close and the flaws start to become more obvious than you’d like. But that first roaring experience trumps the later doubt.
10. The One I Love
If you are a fan of “The Twilight Zone”, The One I Love is a modern twist on those science fiction thrillers. Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss both give stellar performances that assert their range and capability as actors.
An adorable romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan about the dynamics of a falling for someone when they’re already in a relationship. Quirky, relevant, and witty What If was one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long while.
Michael Fassbinder stars in this offbeat, trippy independent film about a musician who wears a paper mache head. Sounds weird and it is weird, but in the best way possible.
Well, there you have it, my best of list for films in 2014. Now I should also mention that I haven’t seen some of the stunners that are still making the rounds like Big Eyes, Into the Woods, or Wild. I’d like to see all these films and more, but I can’t judge what I haven’t seen yet.
What were some of your favorite films last year?
Thanks for popping in!
8 thoughts on “Top Ten Movies of 2014”
May I suggest an addition to your list? A European Film called “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Dir: Wes Anderson and staring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Kietel, Tom Wilkinson,Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Jude Law and Many others. Each scene an a meticulously crafted delight and a comedy script that is subtle and sublime. It was my film of the year. Do try and catch it if you can.
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I have seen The Grand Budapest Hotel. And while I thoroughly enjoyed it, it didn’t crack my top ten list. Yet I do think it’s one of Wes Anderson’s best films. Anderson is a director that constantly improves upon his own aesthetic, so I’m eager to see what he does next. Glad to hear you enjoyed the film though!
I was going to suggest The Grand Budapest Hotel, also!
Glad to hear this film getting so much love! It’s one I enjoyed this past year but it didn’t quite make it to my top ten. Still, it’s a fun film that I was happy to have seen.
I have a Top 3 list: Her, Birdman, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
I missed What If, Big Eyes, and and The Skeleton Twins (dying to see all three).
Based on your top three for the year, I think you’d really enjoy The Skeleton Twins and What If. I’m still eager to see Big Eyes! I want to see what Tim Burton does with the subject!
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Great list. Really liked Snow Piercer!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the list and the film! I’d love to see more things like Snowpiercer in the States.