While I love hearing your top 20, I think this video is made perfect with the Snob pop-ups. I love his dickishness.
Have some Chapstick. Your lips are probably sore.
Maybe your butt hurts a little because the Snob is good at fucking with you.
I have not heard of some of these movies you mentioned looks good. I guess it wasn't a terrible year afterall movie wise
Very cool list and Snow Piercer is my Number 1 too. I am so glad Bong Joon-Ho did not cut this movie down for the american release, he knew this film was too good for that. And by the way, no honorable mention for Kirk Cameron´s Saving Christmas? That was the best comedy of the year.
Awesome! Snowpiercer was also my favorite movie of the year, there were a few I didn't see on your list but overall it's an awesome one :D
What's the snob's favourite movie this year, Life Itself?
Snob's list is probably whatever's on Kyle's list.
Which had some of the same films that Brad had in his list.
Kyle put GotG on his list this year and Pacific Rim on his list last year. He's not actually all that snobby.
The only movies Kyle listed that Brad didn't are
1. The Congress
2. Dear White People
3. Jodorowski's movies
4. Under the Skin
5. We Are the Best
The other *nine* they both put on their lists.
Having met Kyle, yes, he is absolutely that snobby, and also kind of a dick. Then again, I'm hardly the first person to say that, he's kind of notorious for being a bit of an asshat in real life.
To be fair, the Snob also seemed to like a few of the movies that were on Brad's list, so it could still be roughly the same as Kyle's.
The Snob's favorite movie is whatever wins the Oscars, which I'm almost 100% sure will be Boyhood.
Damn, top 20?
I don't blame you, Brad; 2014 was a damn good year, it's hard just choosing 10.
There were, however, a bunch of stinkpiles. Can't wait for that video lol
Man, it's nearly uncanny in our rankings of Nightcrawler, Top Five, A Walk Among The Tombstones, and John Wick.
And I just saw The Guest the other day, and I would possibly put it in my Top 10. Need to see it again. LOVED the ending! Perfect emulation of a 1980s' psychological action thriller. And I've said it before, if you did not get an opportunity to see Whiplash, you definitely should watch it once it hits video. Incredible movie. Also, Snowpiercer is on Netflix now, I believe.
I really hate all the people who called Non-Stop and A Walk Among the Tombstones ripoffs of Taken simply because it involves Liam Neeson carrying a gun.
My top ten would probably be:
2) The Lego Movie
3) Pride (Which you totally need to see)
4) 12 Years A Slave (UK release dates)
7) Blue Ruin
8) The Grand Budapest Hotel
10) Mr Turner
I personally loathed The Imitation Game. As a film it was just below average and felt like a TV movie that had somehow escaped into the wild, but as a telling of Turing's life it was fucking insulting.
The film seemed determined to present him as having to hide his sexuality from the world when he really didn't, being pretty openly gay his entire life (particularly at Bletchley Park, where no-one cared who you wanted to shag as there was a war on). In fact he was arrested because he openly admitted his relationship with his boyfriend to the police (who the burglar was known to) when he reported the break-in. It just felt to me like the filmmakers just didn't feel comfortable making a film about an openly gay man, so they shoved him back in the closet.
Also the ending was the biggest cop-out I have ever seen, skipping over his chemical castration by the courts in a single scene while having Keira Knightly going "don't worry dear audience member, this is actually an inspirational moment". Relegating his suicide to a title card at the end if a fucking disgrace, a little ‘Oh by the way, he killed himself’ so as not to offset the upliftingness of it all. It's like if Grave of the Fireflies ended with the kids playing by the riverbank, with nothing but a title card to say ‘Everything went to shit later’.
12 Years a Slave also glossed over the fate of its central character with only a title card as well. Not because both movies are disrespectful, but because that was the end of the movie's narrative. If both films had continued any further, it would have been an extra half hour epilogue when the central plot of the story was already complete. Kill the Messenger also mentioned its lead character's suicide in a title card. Again, because the movie's story was finished. Depending on the story, a biopic doesn't have to keep filming up until its central character is deceased. Also, it's not a documentary. Movies take liberties, this isn't a new thing.
12 Years focused on its protagonist's hardships which formed the main point of the film. The Imitation Game brushes them aside because it can't deal with a sad ending, which it went to great lengths to set up with the whole 50's section of the movie. It lack the balls to actually be a story about institutionalised homophobia and instead opts for weakly comforting its audience that everything's okay.
Wow Film Runner, you are contradicting yourself hardcore, and you're especially giving people misinformation if they haven't seen the movie. If the movie we so hell bent on telling the audience that everything's ok, then why would it have even mentioned his suicide to begin? Why then would one of the last scenes in the movie have been him breaking down and crying after being chemically castrated? His remaining moments in the movie are incredibly tragic and downbeat.
And the reason why it probably didn't take an extra half hour to do an epilogue about his suicide was because the movie's main focus was on breaking the enigma code; hence the title The Imitation Game, and not the struggles of a man's sexuality during world war 2. Yes, that's a very important part of the film, and it's even given its own very important arc in the film, but it's definitely character development and not the central plot of the film. You seem to be manufacturing the film's narrative only to meet your extremely nitpicky and over the top criticism.
By your same logic, given that 12 Years focused on its protagonists hardships, than it too should have continued to show its leads mysterious and sad ending, as opposed to its "all is happy, he's home now" ending, with a title card saying what happened next. I'm not saying that's a flaw in 12 Years a Slave, or even a bad thing, it was right to end where it did, just as Imitation Game was right to end where it did. There naratives were over. 12 Years is a great movie, but by your flawed logic in criticizing The Imitation Game, you should also criticize 12 Years for doing the same thing you're complaining about.
Aw man, this is getting tense!! :P
I can't remember how this comment system works, but this is a reply to Christopher's post.
The movie mentioned his suicide because it had to tick that checklist box, else it would have come under fire for glossing over even more depressing truths than it already does. The final scene is there because the movie wants to tell Turing's entire story (because it's an important movie guys), but first and foremost it wants to be an uplifting celebration of his work, so it feels compelled to mention his chemical castration (in a single scene after wasting every prior 50's scene in a pointless wraparound narrative) but can't bring itself to confront the horror of the situation, so Keira Knightly keeps telling us how much his inventions have done so it never gets too sad. The movie lacks balls is what I'm saying.
Also if it so desperately wants to focus on cracking Enigma why does it waste thirty minutes on a school days tale, whose only link to the rest of the film is entirely made up (the machine was called the 'Bombe', not Christopher)? Also 12 Years did not end on a remotely uplifting note. Northup gets back, sure, but we're just left with the years he lost, the family who had to grow up without him and the scars he bears. We didn't have some random character telling him 'You should write a book Solomon, it would end slavery' to keep our spirits up.
Is this your first time seeing a Hollywood biopic? =)
The movie goes back to the school days because it's a little thing called character development. The movie doesn't have to be 100% about one thing or 100% about the other thing or nothing at all.
I've seen plenty a shitty biopic before, but none about personal heroes of mine.
Giving 12 Years any other ending would have been making shit up, so of course they didn't go there.
After what filmrunner said about the movie being about a personal hero of his, I get what he's saying. While I may either disagree with it in regards to the movie, or just simply not have a problem with it, if a movie were made about a personal hero of mine, I would greatly hold it under a microscope way more than I would any other biopic.
So, who would qualify for that level of scrutiny?
I can vouch for Pride, hands down my favorie movie of the year.
I really enjoyed Pride but laughed at one point when Andrew Scott's character Gethin said he was from north Wales but he had a strong South Wales accent, then laughed because less than a handful of people who see the movie are going recognise that and even less (myself included) are going to care.
Boyhood was my #1 film as well.
Snowpiercer would be on my list of best movies this year if it wasn't for the ending. That movie just stops making any kind of sense in the last 15 minutes.
So John Hurt actually did saw his limbs off for these people. He didn't fake that. Yet he's perfectly okay with wiping out 75% of them? That makes no sense.
And Wilford gives Curtis this stupid monologue about how this fucked, illogical caste system is completely essential to their continued survival. And okay, of course he says that, he's the bad guy, but then CURTIS BUYS THAT SHIT! After getting a tour of useless shit like the fucking sauna car and nightclub car, he buys that everything has to be EXACTLY LIKE THIS in order for everything to work. And after going dark side for a few seconds, Curtis discovers the children are being used to replace parts, something that actually IS necessary, and he blows up the whole train, killing the children he was trying to save, and wiping out the human race. But we see a polar bear, so apparently that warrants uplifting music into the credits?
You know they're all incredibly insane right? That's made pretty obvious throughout the film.
Yeah, the bad guy is insane, that explains why he believes all this illogical bullshit. That still doesn't change the fact that it makes no sense for Curtis to do a complete 180 the way he does.
Because the man finally broke. This is a guy who in the past has eaten babies and experienced other forms of cannibalism, and who has just been through enough brutal violence that most people who never see in their life. The guy may not be insane in the same way as Ed Harris, but still insane, and I completely get why he cracked.
I know that I always expect broken crazy people on a train full of nothing but violent insane madmen to make wise and level headed decisions.
It has nothing to do with wise or level-headed. Having a character betray everything and everyone they care about and everything about their character the movie has spent its entire runtime establishing at the drop of a hat is bad writing.
It has nothing to do with being illogical, Curtis does not EMOTIONALLY behave the way a real person does.
You're expecting someone who has lived out their life as a post apocalyptic refugee who resorted to cannibalism and experienced 100 lives worth of violence in a short period of time to emotionally behave the way a real person does? Seriously?
I'm kinda with the other dudes here. Everyone on board this train is crazy, just different forms of crazy, and certainly not perfectly logical.
You're completely missing my point. It has nothing to do with being logical or crazy. Yes, Curtis has gone through 100 lives worth of suffering, which is why he should blindly hate this whole system, not decide to swear allegiance to it.
No, I understand your point. I just completely disagree with it.
Did you miss the part where Gilliam told Curtis not to trust what comes out of Wilford's mouth once he and the others got to the front and was requested to cut his tongue out?
I'm so glad Snowpiercer is also your favorite film of the year. I loved every bit of it, and it's great to see Chris Evans in a pretty dramatic turn. I'm still mad at the Weinteins for screwing this movie over.
My top 20 of the year
20. Gone Girl
19. The Gambler
18. The Lego Movie
17. Transformers: Age of Extinction
15. The Identical
14. Life Itself
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
12. The Grand Budapest Hotel
11. The Legend of Hercules
9. God's Not Dead
8. The Babadook
7. The Nut Job
6. The Imitation Game
5. Left Behind
4. Inherent Vice
2. Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas
Kirk Cameron and Left Behind? You are a man of superior taste, my friend.
Thanks. Good to see someone finally understand the genuineness of Kirk Cameron. The Fellini of our generation.
What? Debbie Harry only at the number five spot of best rappers???
The Oscars snubbing of Lego Movie for Animated Feature severely, severely pisses me off.
Don't worry, it's getting like three sequels over the next four years. Plenty more opportunities for Oscars.
No guarantee any of them will be as good as the first one, and no guarantee the Oscar committee won't snub them if they are as good.
I'm glad i'm not the only one who loved Predestination.
My favorite movie of the year.
If you're reading this, go watch it... NOW!!!
And more importantly, don't look up the short story it's based on, or else you'll have all the plot twists ruined. This is one case where changing the title really benefited the film since it obscures the source.
No love for Life Itself? I thought you really liked that movie.
Anyway at the moment my top 20:
1. Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2
8. Gone Girl
10. Guardians of the Galaxy
11. The Imitation Game
13. The Lego Movie
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
16. X-Men: Days of Future Past
17. Edge of Tomorrow
18. Life Itself
19. Inherent Vice
20. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I did really like Life Itself, but its exclusion of Richard Roeper has always seemed incredibly dickish to me and really rubbed me the wrong way.
Good list, always great to hear your passion about those movies.
The Babadook's coment section is so hilarious that the snob's presence cannot be unseen~~
Snowpiercer? I'll never understand why this was hyped that much. The moment Swinton showed up the movie was really broken. It started out freaking awesome but that moment tured it all to silly Gilliamesque cartoonstuff.
Too bad really... it had some really good moments
no love for blue ruin?
Didn't see it.
As far as I know, it's on Netflix.
Yes. Blue Ruin. See it see it see it. Pretty sure you'd love it.
I was kind of expecting Saving Christmas to be on the list.
The top 10 best films this year:
10. Cockingjay Part 1
9. Top 5 Asses
8. Groin Girl
7. Big Homo 6
6. Cherry Piercer
5. Mr. Pee-body and Semen
4. The Hand Job
3. How to Train Your Penis 2
2. Paddington Bare
1. This Ain't "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas" XXX: A Porn Parody
Those movies are real gay, bro.
No love for The Legs Movie? Or A Fuck Among the Tombstones? Or Dawn of the P*ssy of the Apes? Or Intercourser? Or Sextoyhood? I must question your taste in film, my good sir.
!)The Grand Cunilingus Motel
2) Come Girl
3) John's Wick.
Damn, Brad, you really do watch a shit ton of movies. You guys review movies all year, but some of these haven't even been mentioned on the site (iirc).
I'm sorry people were up your ass to make a top list, but this is great. Thanks for putting in the effort to make it a top twenty rather than five or ten.
Great list as always and a good, solid year for indie movies!
Although, I was expecting to see Fury somewhere on that list (maybe disqualified because of LaBeouf?)
Not really a comment related to the video but Brad, for some reason I never see any ads in your videos even though there is that little stop in the middle for them. I don't have my adblock turned on so I figure I'd ask about it since you guys need the revenue.
If you're wondering which browser I'm using, it's IE.
Oh, and yeah SnowPiercer, greatest comic book movie of the year.
That was a good list, Brad.
Fuck it. Here's my top ten:
10 -- Begin Again
9 -- Gone Girl
8 -- The Theory of Everything
7 -- Oculus
6 -- Nightcrawler
5 -- Birdman
4 -- Edge of Tomorrow
3 -- Filth
2 -- The Imitation Game
1 -- Blue Ruin
If you haven't seen Blue Ruin, in particular, I strongly recommend that you do.
Also, let it be noted that I haven't seen The Babadook yet, but really want to.
Don't really know about the best film of 2014, but the one that is stuck in my mind the most is Tusk. I'm really glad that movie came together at all and I actually really enjoyed it.
It's weird mix of kinda frightening, kinda funny and absolutely fucked up premise totally messed with me, which then in turn kind of scared me. That's pretty much how horror works for me though, a horror movie has to be a catalyst that stirs up the most messed up parts of my mind to really work for me.
Which is why I consider Nosferatu the scariest horror movie I know, because the depiction of Count Orlok REALLY turned up some dark imagery from deep within my mind.
Anyway, Tusk was a really fresh experience and its cool just for that reason.
Now that I think about it...2014 was when I stopped being a cynical cunt myself and started watching movies in theaters again (after 7 years) instead of just going, "oh, I'll wait for DVD...maybe".
...I only wish I did it earlier in the fuckin' year. There really was some damn good stuff. And yeah, "jell-o bugs" has me sold, so I have to check that out too, heh.
Two words: see Whiplash! Seriously, fuck any list without at least a mention of this fan-fucking-tastic movie.
And Selma shouldn't be shunned just because it's an issue movie. They did what they could to humanize (and not just idolize) the historical characters and events.
Oh man Whiplash was amazing. Loved the editing in it and I'm thrilled to see JK Simmons getting recognition.
Dammit, now I want to see your individual reviews for Foxcatcher, Cold in July, Predestination and whatever else was on this list that haven't been reviewed.
This list once again reminds me why you, Mr. Jones, are my go to movie critic. I personally would have placed Nightcrawler and Birdman higher on my list, but the fact that there was so much competition is what truly cements 2014 as a great year for film.
I guess you couldn't wait until after seeing American Sniper (which I saw tonight and enjoyed) to post your list. Maybe posting it almost half-a-day after the Oscar nominations announcement seems more appropriate. Since you don't have an honorable mentions list, I assume you only have a few titles you could've mentioned but didn't have to. The ones that came to mind to me would be Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Boxtrolls. Plus, let's not forget that your #1 pick is the movie that Daniel Tosh repeatedly said he hated a lot as an "unwatchable" movie. I would've like to see you challenge him on that on his show.
Anyway, here are my top 10 movies of the year that I was able to see in my local theater even when it doesn't play every single release.
9. Gone Girl
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. The LEGO Movie (This year's BEST Animated Feature with the year's Best Original Song)
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Why did I choose The Grand Budapest Hotel as #1 you may ask? Not only I think this film is Wes Anderson's best film as a quirky unpredictable comedy, but it's also a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It's when older movies didn't have moving cameras on a string, big effects, or things throwing at the screen, but just simple well-produced movies that don't need bigger budgets to create pure entertainment. When I watched the movie, I felt like I was transported back in time to that Golden Age like it's something I would watch on Turner Classic Movies. We need more Golden Age throwback films like this. If The Artist started it all, then this film should jumpstart this trend right away.
I've actually seem American Sniper. Very good flick, but not one of my top 20 favorites.
I am surprised Fury didn't make the list.
Am I the only one who's kinda confused by Snowpiercer's character arc of everyone in the caboose being disgusted by consuming insects, but remarkably okay by their cannibalism?
John Hurt arm? Pass the Barbeque sauce!
Cockroaches? Dear God, you're a sick madman!
Having eaten bugs, I totally get it =)
This was a great year for indie/On Demand movies. So many underrated sci-fi and horror films that SHOULD have been released nationwide.
My top 20:
1. X-Men Days of Futures Past
2. Life Itself
3. Big Eyes
4. Gone Girl
5. Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Only Lovers Left Alive
7. Blue Ruin
9. CA: The Winter Soldier
10. The Guest
11. The Babadook
12. The Lego Movie
16. Under the Skin
18. Guardians of the Galaxy
19. John Wick
20. A Walk Among the Tombstones
Oh I forgot to mention "The Drop" with Tom Hardy, which I really liked. It's another movie about a former hitman and his freaking adorable puppy, but it's much more somber and quiet than "John Wick".
Here are my Top 11 Favourite movies of 2014:
11) The Raid 2: Berandal
10) 22 Jump Street
9) John Wick
6) The Grand Budapest Hotel
5) Jersey Boys
4) The Drop
3) Gone Girl
2) A Walk Among the Tombstones (to me, this is objectively the best movie of 2014)
1) Edge of Tomorrow
I saw American History X recently, which made me laugh hearing your comments on Edward Norton's work in Birdman.
Really happy you decided to make a Top 20 list instead of a Top 10 one. But of course, the Worst of 2014 lists are sure to be more fun to listen to.
So Did you not see Selma then?
*sidenote* I was so utterly disappointed that David Oyelowo didn't even get nominated, yet Selma itself was. How was Selma nominated for best picture, yet no one who worked on it/acted/directed it was nominated?
Man most of your list is movies in my list and movies I want to see really badly.
Funny enough most of my top 5 is in your 20-10 spots.
But I really want to see Snowpiercer and the Babadook.
A good year, with a lot of the best movies not getting that wide of a release. In terms of Box office it was one of the worst on record.
Hopefully this means that someone will stand up in Hollywood and notice that:
Hey, all the movies that made money were actually good movies! That's weird.
Well almost all the bad movies made money too.
Even if they have to rely on overseas sales and DVD money.
Nobody lost money investing in Saving Christmas.
my top 20, yes even i saw 20 amazing film this year.
20). Edge Of Tomorrow.
18). The Hobbit part 3.
17). 22 Jump Street.
16). The Lego Movie.
15). X-Men Days Of Future Past.
14). Mr. Peabody And Sherman.
13). 300 Rise Of An Empire.
11) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.
10) The Wind Rises.
9) A walk Among The Tombstones.
8). Gone Girl.
7) Guardians Of The Galaxy.
4) Captain America The Winter Soldier.
3) The Raid 2 Berandal.
2) Whiplash.(you got somethin to look for)
1) How To Train Your Dragon 2
I wanted to make a Top 15 list, because Top 10 isn't enough. I usually revisit the most well-received films of the year after it ends, but I decided to skip most of them because everyone already had them on the lists and I wanted to give the lesser films I saw more love:
Honorable Mention: Snowpiercer (it was overhyped, so my disappointment got in the way of it)
14. A Most Wanted Man
13. Begin Again
12. Guardians of the Galaxy
10. The Immigrant
8. The LEGO Movie
7. How to Train Your Dragon 2
5. The Book of Life
4. We are the Best (Vi ar bast!)
3. Gone Girl
1. The Raid 2
I literally just saw "The Grand Budapest Hotel" today on HBO, and I really kind of loved it, so as an addendum, I'm placing the film #14 right now.
I see that a lot of people are doing a list, so maybe I should make a list too. I don't have a top 20, but I can make a top 10 list.
9. The Lego Movie
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. John Wick
4. Big Hero 6
2. Gone Girl
1. Into The Woods
Surprised Joe isn't on here. Snowpiercer getting some love made up for it, though. Snowpiercer was my third or fourth favorite this year, behind Boyhood, Inherent Vice, and maybe Joe.
I honestly thought "Snowpiercer" was pretty overrated, and a little disappointing. I liked the first half a lot, but I thought the ending made the film lose its luster. Which is disappointing because I actually like Ed Harris. I wanted to see a film about those main characters take control of the train and uncover this grand conspiracy, while leading the uprising. I was expecting "Oldboy", but the movie was becoming slow when approaching the end. A good movie on paper, but not a favorite. :(
I actually thought it was Brad (with hair) fighting Ryan in his underpants.
I actually wouldn't mind if Michael Keaton was the older Batman if they made a live action adaptation of Batman Beyond. screw Batman V. Superman, I'd rather see a futuristic Gotham City with creative villains and a new Batman that isn't Bruce Wayne for the one trillionth time. it would be a far more creative and ambitious Batman film, and it would give the franchise some fresh and new concepts that they could try to accomplish on the big screen if they kept the tone dark and the characters interesting and relatable.
I saw 200 films this year. It's always so hard at the end of the year for me to put them in order. I hate it, but I love doing it.
10) What We Do in the Shadows
8) Obvious Child
6) The Babadook
4) The LEGO Movie
2) A Most Violent Year
Wow Snowpiercer got number one? I must be in the minority in that I couldn't stand that movie. I've got a pretty good tolerance for stuff not making sense in movies but that one kicked me in the nuts with bullshit right from the get go and it just got worse from there.
That said, I respect your opinion enough to want to watch some of these I haven't seen.
Knew this would be a great list the second 20,19, 18, were Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, and the Imitation Game. They're all really good, but I was hoping they were near the bottom to make the list interesting. In a year where you can basically rank oscar contenders near the bottom parts of the list, it's a good year for movies, and for this year action, psychological thrillers and other less snobby genres really knocked it out of the park..
I thought Snowpiercer was very entertaining in a "Holy shit this is so awful and nutty that it's interesting" sort of way. My girlfriend thought the same, but I have to admit it's impressive she actually sat through the entirety off it unlike the majority of movies I try to get her to watch. It's undoubtedly one of the silliest movies of the year. One of the funniest parts of the movie being where they traverse through the carts towards the front unchallenged and pass by the segregated different classes of people, and it's basically just people in small vacuous rooms in ascending quality wearing different clothes in ascending quality standing around doing a single solitary activity. Basically no bathrooms, no closets, one or two beds, not much "stuff". It often feels much like a satirical take on what a segregated class-based train society would be like. On top of that, the movie rams a million action cliche's and tropes up my ass (and then some).
10. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Top Five
4. The LEGO Movie
3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
FlexiBlocks brings back great childhood memories.
"Edge of Tomorrow" is based on a light novel & manga called "All You Need Is Kill".
We know, thanks.
I didn't. Thanks.
With the caveat of not yet having seen Boyhood, Whisplash, Foxcatcher and Cold in July, here is my top ten:
2) Clouds of Sils Maria
4) Gone Girl
5) Kaguyahime no Monogatari
6) Still Alice
7) Guardians of the Galaxy
8) The Grand Budapest Hotel
9) The Babadook
10) Magic in the Moonlight
And since 2014 was indeed a good year, ten more honorable metions, in no particular order: Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, Edge of Tomorrow, Fury, Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann, Interstellar, Joe, Kis uykusu, White Bird in a Blizzard, The Imitation Game.
I will then also award my personal oscars, which I'm sure everyone is interested in (Birdma get's best picture, obviously):
Best direction: Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best lead actor: Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Best lead actress: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best supporting actor: Edward Norton (Birdman)
Best supporting actress: Kristen Steward (Still Alice)
Best original screenplay: Alejandro Iñárritu et al. (Birdman)
Best adapted screenplay: Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Best original score: Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Best original song: Kazumi Nikaidō ("Inochi no Kioku" from Kaguyahime no Monogatari
Best foreign language film: Leviathan
Best animated film: Kaguyahime no Monogatari
Have you seen the latest David Cronenberg movie, Maps to the Stars? It's pretty much the most fucked up movie he's made since his body horror days but without the body horror. The one major dent in the movie however is a scene at the end with the worst-looking CGI fire of all time. I was flabbergasted. I'm not kidding when I saw it it looked out of an Asylum film. The way the character who witnesses it reacts and how nonchalantly it is done just makes it all the worse. I don't get it. Did anyone else see this movie? Can anyone make sense of this scene? Did Cronenberg leave directorial duties to an Asylum guy for this particular scene to take a long break/shit or something? Is the scene supposed to be an in-joke or a hallucination of some kind? Just... Just... everything about the scene is so, so bad, which is a shame since the rest of the film is really good and of all the numerous movies critiquing/satirizing Hollywood this is one that made my skin crawl the most at how depraved and terrible yet also pitiable the characters were and the things they do.
I saw it, but I didn't like it that much. I thought it had some of the same problems as Cosmopolis. I think Cronenberg might be better at the body horror thing than at writing films that are fucked up in a more psychological way. There was a good idea in this movie, but I don't know if he was the best one to execute it.
so.....is the Thor review back up yet? Now that you mention GOTG, I'm suddenly reminded of that revies.
Did you see The Dark Valley? It's a really dark western but it takes place in the austrian alps.
I really wish Snowpiercer was my number one. The first time I saw it, it was the best experience I had at the movies in 2014, but when I watched it on Netflix, it wasn't the same.
My own top 12 list:
Honorable mentions: Chef, The Imitation Game, Edge Of Tomorrow, Belle, The Immigrant, Fury, Tracks, Wild, A Most Wanted Man
Top 10 best movies of 2014:
2. Gone Girl
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1