2014 has produced some of the most memorable films of the decade while at the same time releasing images on the screen that shouldn’t even be considered entertainment. This is a list of the top 10 best and worst films of the year.
1) “Boyhood” (Richard Linklater): One of the greatest achievements in the history of American movies, anyone who has ever lived between the ages of six and eighteen will identify in some way with this masterpiece of the 21st century.
2) “Interstellar” (Christopher Nolan): Emotional, breathtaking, and thrilling, Nolan’s science-fiction epic will certainly be in our time remembered as one of the most entertaining films of the year.
3) “Love is Strange” (Ira Sachs): Director Ira Sachs takes a look into the lives of Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as two gay men in this unique, charming, and surprisingly beautiful film about marriage.
4) “Gone Girl” (David Fincher): A high demonstration of craft in directing, writing, and acting. Surely this film will garner an appropriate amount of awards this upcoming season.
5) “Selma” (Ava DuVernay): Not many films have been able to capture the Civil Rights Movement with the same level of sensitivity and realism as Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”
6) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Wes Anderson): Wes Anderson has created a film that logically should be a traditional blockbuster while at the same time retaining the charm and quirk of his very unique style.
7) “Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu): I couldn’t help but think this was a dramatization of Michael Keaton’s life after Batman. An excellent film made with love for both the craft of directing and acting.
8) “Foxcatcher” (Bennett Miller): Finally Channing Tatum, and Steve Carrell have broken the mold and the result was a masterpiece. Director Miller has truly created his own unique aesthetic in this film.
9) “The Case Against 8” (Ben Cotner, Ryan White): The dramatic story of two couples who became the face of the LGBTQ marriage movement was astonishing, emotional, and triumphant.
10) “Life Itself” (Steve James): Movies will never be the same without Roger Ebert, the man that lived sharing his love of the movies with the world. “Life Itself” is a celebration of Ebert’s life and the people who were a part of it.
– “Dear White People”
– “Still Alice”
– “The Theory of Everything”
– “The Babadook”
– “The Imitation Game”
– “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”
1) “Not Cool” (Shane Dawson): Crude, rude, disgusting, and unfunny are the only words that should be legally used to describe this embarrassment of the craft. Anyone who was a part of this production should be ashamed of themselves.
2) “Maleficent” (Robert Stromberg): Generic story coupled with one dimensional characters make this film a headache inducing hour and a half of nonsense featuring Angelina Jolie in a role that should have been the role of a lifetime.
3) “God’s Not Dead” (Harold Cronk): An offensive creation of caricatures clearly made by heterosexual white men. It is offensive to Asian-Americans, Academics, Philosophers, Christians, Muslims, and the human race as an entire.
4) “Divergent” (Neil Burger): I’ve heard this story too many times for it to be approached with a fresh point of view. Too long, too generic, and not a single character I wish to identify with.
5) “Into the Storm” (Steven Quale): Found footage films should be outlawed by the laws of sanity. Dizzying and nonsensical, this is certainly a film that needs to just be forgotten.
6) “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller): Director Rodriguez has really exercised his vomit inducing aesthetic with this unnecessary addition to the “Sin City” franchise.
7) “Men, Women, & Children” (Jason Reitman): The negative argument of social media that is this film tried too hard to be deep, which consequentially created a lack of care in writing and acting.
8) “Ouija” (Stiles White): Did these people even understand what a Ouija board actually is?
9) “300 Rise of an Empire” (Noam Murro): When did we decide that history wasn’t cool enough to be entertaining? The historical accuracies cannot surpass the overall putridness of this waste of media, time, and popcorn.
10) “Magic in the Moonlight” (Woody Allen): Allen is a master, but if he continues to throw out one film a year, he is bound to make a few flops. This film is unfortunately one of those flop.
– “If I Stay”
– “Dracula Untold”
– “Exodus: Gods and Kings”
– “Sex Tape”
– “The Judge”
– “Wish I Was Here”
– “The Best of Me”
– “The Homesman”