The Best Films of 2014
I count down my Top 20 favorite films of the year!!
1/15/2015 05:23:15 am
While I love hearing your top 20, I think this video is made perfect with the Snob pop-ups. I love his dickishness.
1/18/2015 04:41:59 pm
Have some Chapstick. Your lips are probably sore.
1/23/2015 02:05:44 pm
Maybe your butt hurts a little because the Snob is good at fucking with you.
1/15/2015 05:23:47 am
I have not heard of some of these movies you mentioned looks good. I guess it wasn't a terrible year afterall movie wise
1/15/2015 05:28:15 am
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.
1/15/2015 05:34:48 am
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
1/15/2015 05:37:33 am
What's the snob's favourite movie this year, Life Itself?
1/15/2015 05:38:22 am
Snob's list is probably whatever's on Kyle's list.
1/15/2015 06:19:26 am
Which had some of the same films that Brad had in his list.
1/15/2015 06:49:57 am
Kyle put GotG on his list this year and Pacific Rim on his list last year. He's not actually all that snobby.
1/15/2015 01:19:27 pm
The only movies Kyle listed that Brad didn't are
1/15/2015 11:36:50 pm
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.
1/15/2015 11:38:10 pm
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.
1/15/2015 11:50:46 pm
The Snob's favorite movie is whatever wins the Oscars, which I'm almost 100% sure will be Boyhood.
1/15/2015 05:40:45 am
Damn, top 20?
1/15/2015 05:40:58 am
Man, it's nearly uncanny in our rankings of Nightcrawler, Top Five, A Walk Among The Tombstones, and John Wick.
1/15/2015 06:08:15 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:11:53 am
My top ten would probably be:
1/15/2015 06:23:16 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:45:33 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:09:47 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:23:34 am
Aw man, this is getting tense!! :P
1/15/2015 07:34:20 am
I can't remember how this comment system works, but this is a reply to Christopher's post.
1/15/2015 07:37:48 am
Is this your first time seeing a Hollywood biopic? =)
1/15/2015 07:40:03 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:42:02 am
I've seen plenty a shitty biopic before, but none about personal heroes of mine.
1/15/2015 10:12:43 am
Giving 12 Years any other ending would have been making shit up, so of course they didn't go there.
1/15/2015 02:19:06 pm
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.
1/15/2015 02:23:33 pm
So, who would qualify for that level of scrutiny?
1/15/2015 10:57:33 pm
1/15/2015 05:15:51 pm
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.
1/27/2015 10:04:53 am
Boyhood was my #1 film as well.
1/15/2015 06:20:03 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:25:03 am
You know they're all incredibly insane right? That's made pretty obvious throughout the film.
1/15/2015 06:48:35 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:11:44 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:31:06 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:47:35 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:13:51 am
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?
1/15/2015 07:36:26 am
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.
1/16/2015 03:31:42 am
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.
1/16/2015 04:06:00 am
No, I understand your point. I just completely disagree with it.
Jake Gasmask Abate
1/15/2015 10:08:42 am
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?
1/15/2015 06:22:30 am
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.
Casual Elitist Movie Snob
1/15/2015 06:34:59 am
My top 20 of the year
1/15/2015 07:45:07 am
Kirk Cameron and Left Behind? You are a man of superior taste, my friend.
Casual Elitist Movie Snob
1/15/2015 01:59:56 pm
Thanks. Good to see someone finally understand the genuineness of Kirk Cameron. The Fellini of our generation.
1/15/2015 06:42:21 am
What? Debbie Harry only at the number five spot of best rappers???
1/15/2015 06:43:54 am
The Oscars snubbing of Lego Movie for Animated Feature severely, severely pisses me off.
1/15/2015 07:23:25 am
Don't worry, it's getting like three sequels over the next four years. Plenty more opportunities for Oscars.
1/16/2015 08:33:25 am
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.
1/15/2015 06:46:56 am
I'm glad i'm not the only one who loved Predestination.
1/15/2015 08:34:46 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:06:33 am
No love for Life Itself? I thought you really liked that movie.
1/15/2015 07:15:56 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:07:08 am
Good list, always great to hear your passion about those movies.
1/15/2015 07:13:20 am
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.
1/15/2015 07:17:36 am
no love for blue ruin?
1/15/2015 07:23:02 am
Didn't see it.
1/15/2015 10:35:28 am
1/15/2015 11:19:59 pm
Yes. Blue Ruin. See it see it see it. Pretty sure you'd love it.
1/15/2015 07:21:05 am
I was kind of expecting Saving Christmas to be on the list.
1/15/2015 07:46:13 am
The Porno Snob
1/15/2015 08:09:53 am
The top 10 best films this year:
Jake Gasmask Abate
1/15/2015 10:10:44 am
Those movies are real gay, bro.
1/15/2015 02:49:58 pm
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 Hand of Onan
1/15/2015 05:27:53 pm
!)The Grand Cunilingus Motel
1/15/2015 08:18:13 am
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).
1/15/2015 08:23:29 am
Great list as always and a good, solid year for indie movies!
1/15/2015 08:43:22 am
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.
1/15/2015 08:58:05 am
That was a good list, Brad.
1/15/2015 09:10:22 am
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.
1/15/2015 09:18:40 am
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".
1/15/2015 09:49:29 am
Two words: see Whiplash! Seriously, fuck any list without at least a mention of this fan-fucking-tastic movie.
1/15/2015 10:25:30 am
Oh man Whiplash was amazing. Loved the editing in it and I'm thrilled to see JK Simmons getting recognition.
1/15/2015 11:20:47 am
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.
1/15/2015 11:24:54 am
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.
1/15/2015 12:17:26 pm
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.
1/15/2015 02:15:38 pm
I've actually seem American Sniper. Very good flick, but not one of my top 20 favorites.
1/15/2015 12:54:58 pm
I am surprised Fury didn't make the list.
1/15/2015 01:07:21 pm
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?
1/15/2015 02:14:51 pm
Having eaten bugs, I totally get it =)
1/15/2015 01:25:27 pm
This was a great year for indie/On Demand movies. So many underrated sci-fi and horror films that SHOULD have been released nationwide.
1/15/2015 01:34:27 pm
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".
1/15/2015 01:45:37 pm
Here are my Top 11 Favourite movies of 2014:
1/15/2015 01:55:59 pm
So Did you not see Selma then?
1/15/2015 04:38:06 pm
Man most of your list is movies in my list and movies I want to see really badly.
The hand of Onan
1/15/2015 08:44:17 pm
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.
1/15/2015 11:43:44 pm
Hopefully this means that someone will stand up in Hollywood and notice that:
1/16/2015 12:38:46 am
Well almost all the bad movies made money too.
1/15/2015 09:28:13 pm
my top 20, yes even i saw 20 amazing film this year.
1/15/2015 11:41:26 pm
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:
1/18/2015 12:23:49 pm
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.
1/16/2015 12:43:40 am
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.
1/16/2015 03:39:48 am
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.
1/16/2015 09:24:55 am
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. :(
1/16/2015 07:19:01 am
I actually thought it was Brad (with hair) fighting Ryan in his underpants.
1/16/2015 10:27:53 am
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.
1/16/2015 01:44:12 pm
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.
1/16/2015 06:58:01 pm
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.
1/16/2015 08:58:08 pm
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..
1/16/2015 09:31:50 pm
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).
1/17/2015 12:14:04 am
10. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
1/17/2015 03:04:26 am
FlexiBlocks brings back great childhood memories.
1/17/2015 03:13:54 am
"Edge of Tomorrow" is based on a light novel & manga called "All You Need Is Kill".
1/17/2015 04:24:25 am
We know, thanks.
1/17/2015 10:20:44 am
I didn't. Thanks.
1/17/2015 04:44:48 am
With the caveat of not yet having seen Boyhood, Whisplash, Foxcatcher and Cold in July, here is my top ten:
OOPS I Shit My Pants
1/17/2015 02:48:00 pm
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.
1/17/2015 04:05:39 pm
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.
1/17/2015 11:38:27 pm
so.....is the Thor review back up yet? Now that you mention GOTG, I'm suddenly reminded of that revies.
1/18/2015 04:30:52 am
Did you see The Dark Valley? It's a really dark western but it takes place in the austrian alps.
1/24/2015 11:48:26 am
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.
1/25/2015 05:20:00 am
My own top 12 list:
1/27/2015 10:01:18 am
Honorable mentions: Chef, The Imitation Game, Edge Of Tomorrow, Belle, The Immigrant, Fury, Tracks, Wild, A Most Wanted Man
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