The Best and Worst of 2014

2014 was a very different movie year than 2013 — many more good movies.  But first:

Pride — 2/10 and Honours for Worst Movie of the Year

And now the rest, in ascending order of my opinion.  That no film sank to 1/10 may be seen as a bellwether of the elevated overall quality of the movies of 2014.  Last year each movie that received an 8 or above made it into the Top Ten; this year some movies of that caliber won’t even make the top 20.  I think I watched a record number of movies this year as well, so this will be quite a list.

*The mix-up with Nymphomaniac made me rethink omitting films from my annual list which I did not see in the theater.  I will denote films seen via VOD with an asterisk.

Oculus — 2/10The Blue Room - poster small

The Blue Room — 3/10

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — 3/10

Men, Women & Children — 3/10

22 Jump Street — 3/10

Citizenfour — 3/10.  This year’s Room 237: the most overrated documentary

Inherent Vice — 3/10

Love Is Strange — 3/10

The Book of Life — 4/10

Calvary — 4/10

GodzillaJersey Boys - poster — 4/10

The Other Woman — 4/10

Non-Stop — 4/10

X-Men: Days of Future Past (3D) — 4/10

Lucy — 4/10

The Signal — 5/10

Captain America: The Winter Soldier — 5/10

Two Days, One Night — 5/10

Jersey Boys — 5/10

Nymphomaniac Vol. II* — 5/10

A  Most Wanted Man — 5/10

The Two Faces of January — 5/10

I Origins — 5/10

Beyond the Lights — 5/10

Visitors — 6/10

The Unknown Known* — 6/10

300: Rise of an Empire (IMAX 3D)– 6/10

Interstellar — 6/10Only Lovers Left Alive - poster large

John Wick — 6/10

Snowpiercer — 6/10.  What happened to all the awards?

Guardians of the Galaxy — 6/10

Wild — 6/10

The Homesman — 6/10

Only Lovers Left Alive — 6/10.  This is becoming a bit of a sentimental favorite, so may be upgraded in the future.  Always good to get a dose of Jim Jarmusch.

Particle Fever* — 7/10

Noah — 7/10

The Dance of Reality — 7/10

The One I LoveSt. Vincent - poster– 7/10

Boyhood — 7/10  If Boyhood — the exact same movie in all other ways — is shot over 90 days instead of 12 years, nobody’s talking about it.  The impact of shooting over 12 years cannot be denied, but otherwise this is a string of Parenthood episodes.

Blue Ruin* and Cold in July — crime dramas tied at 7/10

Selma — 7/10

Mr. Turner — 7/10

Birdman — 7/10

St. Vincent — 7/10

Top FiveForce Majeure - posterBirdman - poster — 8/10

Tim’s Vermeer — 8/10

Foxcatcher — 8/10

Nymphomaniac Vol. I — 8/10

Get on Up — 8/10

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Neighbors — 8/10.  It’s a tie.

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — 8/10

Force Majeure — 8/10

Nightcrawler — 8/10

The Imitation Game — 8/10

Gone Girl — 8/10

Edge of Tomorrow — 8/10.

== TOP TEN ==

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10. Obvious Child — 8/10.  The year’s best comedy

9. Big Eyes — 8/10

8. The Drop — 8/10

7. The Theory of Everything — 8/10

6. Whiplash — 9/10

5. American Sniper — 9/10

4. A Most Violent Year — 9/10

3. Ida — 9/10

2. Life Itself — 10/10.  A must for all cinephiles.

1. Under the Skin — 10/10 and Clearly the Best Movie of the Year.  An astounding film that’s not for most, so before you proceed read my post.

End Note:  There is an interesting correlation, which I guarantee is hardly coincidental, of Scarlett Johansson and quality films.  Last year she was in Her and Don Jon, and this year Under the Skin.  Not content with simply ‘good enough’, these are great, daring, spirited films.  Really liking her these days.

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