Sunday, January 4, 2015

Top 10 2014 Movies

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I watched 106 movies in 2014, many of them classics I was thrilled to experience for the first time. A fair number of the movies I watched were of more recent vintage, though: about a third were 2014 releases (or borderline 2013/2014 releases that I'm choosing to include in this category):

The Invisible Woman 1/10/2014

Non-Stop 3/1/2014

300: Rise of an Empire 3/15/2014

Noah 4/26/2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 4/26/2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 5/3/2014

Reasonable Doubt 5/7/2014

Under the Skin 5/15/2014

Locke 5/16/2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past 6/28/2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 7/30/2014

Guardians of the Galaxy 8/29/2014

A Most Wanted Man 9/10/2014

The Two Faces of January 9/20/2014

Gone Girl 10/5/2014

Annabelle 10/11/2014

Nightcrawler 11/8/2014

The Theory of Everything 11/15/2014

Whiplash 11/24/2014

Birdman 11/26/2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 11/29/2014

Lucy 11/30/2014

Interstellar 12/4/2014

The Imitation Game 12/12/2014

Wild 12/20/2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel 12/21/2014

Listen Up Philip 12/22/2014

Foxcatcher 12/25/2014

Inherent Vice 12/26/2014

Boyhood 12/26/2014

Only Lovers Left Alive 12/27/2014

Nymphomaniac, Part I 12/29/2014

It's interesting, though not surprising, to see how heavily these are weighted towards the end of the year ("awards season").


My top ten picks from the above:

1. Whiplash
2. Only Lovers Left Alive
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
4. Under the Skin
5. Foxcatcher
6. The Theory of Everything
7. Nightcrawler
8. Wild
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel
10. Locke

Honorable mentions go to Birdman, The Invisible Woman and A Most Wanted Man (which coincidentally all contain the words "man" or "woman" in the title).

Boyhood and The Imitation Game were also quite good, and for comics-inspired movies I thought Captain America: Winter Soldier was riveting and excellently crafted.

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