My Favorite Movies of 2014

Quick disclaimer: I have not watched every movie released in 2014, obviously. This is a Top 10 list of the movies that I have seen. Also note that throughout the year, I’ve kept a record of every movie that I’ve watched this year (grand total was 100 – yes, a nice round number) and left a short, one to three sentence review of the movie. I’ve included those here as well. All ten are worth seeing, if you haven’t seen them already.

10. Blue Ruin

Dwight, gentle man on a vengeful rampage. The most non-Coen, Coen movie. A wonderful surprise of a film.

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9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those eyes at the end were haunting. My new favorite of the entire Planet of the Apes series.

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8. The Babadook

Wow, such a stressful movie. Once you become aware of the Babadook, consider yourself fucked. And by the way, that little boy can act.

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7. Whiplash

Never strive for mediocrity. “I’d rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remembered who I was.”

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6. Interstellar

Enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s ambitious Interstellar! Not my favorite Nolan film, but it’s up there. Poignant story about survival and love, the importance of science, and time dilation.

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5. Gone Girl

Amazing Amy is one cray cray bitch.

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4. Nightcrawler

One determined motherfucker.

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3. Guardians of the Galaxy

I am Groot. Wow, so fantastic. Star Wars, but modern and fun!

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2. Boyhood

Snapshots of adolescence. The purest of coming-of-age movies.

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1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Beautifully symmetrical. Lots of cameos. Entertaining, but enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom much more.

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Honorable mentions: The Lego Movie, Wild, Under the Skin, Only Lovers Left Alive, Cheap Thrills, John Wick, X-Men: Days of Future PastCaptain America: The Winter Soldier.

Finally, here are movies from 2014 that I wish I saw, but just didn’t have the time to see: Selma, Big Eyes, Snowpiercer, Unbroken, American Sniper, The One I Love, We Are The Best!, Love Is Strange, and Birdman (which, I assume would have made my Top 10 had I seen it).