Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014

dafoe-and-brody-in-THE-GRAND-BUDAPEST-HOTELWell, it’s time once again for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best that 2014 had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 movies of the year list. This post is just my opinion (which is obviously the absolute best opinion) on what I thought was the best, and worst, that movies had to offer this year. You know what they say, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one, and everybody thinks everyone elses stinks.”, so inhale deeply and take a whiff of mine.

Follow the jump to see my stinking opinions on what I thought were the Best Performance, Best Villain, Best use of a Pop Song, Best Documentary, Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi, Best Action, Best Comedy, Worst Movie and some other categories.

(Side note: I still have not seen the following films, “Map to the Stars”, “Mr. Turner”, and “Inherent Vice”)

Most Visually Impressive

under-the-skin-3Under the Skin (Dir. Jonathan Glazer)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
The Congress (Dir. Ari Folman)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir. Wes Anderson)
Of Horses and Men (Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson)
The Homesman (Dir. Tommy Lee Jones)
Foxcatcher (Dir. Bennett Miller)
Birdman (Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Best use of Pop Music

The Rover (‘Pretty Girl Rock’ by Keri Hilson)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 (‘Führe mich’ by Rammstein)
Land Ho! (‘In a Big Country’ by Big Country)
The Double (‘Sukiyaki’ by The Blue Comets)

Best Performance (Male or Female)

still-of-emmanuelle-seigner-in-venus-in-fur-(2013)-large-pictureEmmanuelle Seigner (Venus in Fur)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac: Vol. II)
Gene Jones (The Sacrament)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Double)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Sivan Levy (Six Acts)
Jake Gyllenhall (Nightcrawler)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Brendan Gleeson (Calvary)

Best Villain

still-of-gene-jones-and-aj-bowen-in-the-sacrament-(2013)Gene Jones (The Sacrament)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Jung-Hee Moon (Hide and Seek)
Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jan Bijvoet (Borgman)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Antonio de la Torre (Cannibal)
Christophe Paou (Stranger by the Lake)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

Best Documentary

dune02Jodorowsky’s Dune (Dir. Frank Pavich)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
The Green Prince (Dir. Nadav Schirman)
Fight Church (Dirs. Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel)
A Story of Children and Film (Dir. Mark Cousins)
Breadcrumb Trail (Dir. Lance Bangs)
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Dirs. Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine)

Best Horror Movie

babadook1The Babadook (Dir. Jennifer Kent)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)
Under the Skin (Dir. Jonathan Glazer)

Best Science Fiction Movie

Film Review Under the SkinUnder the Skin (Dir. Jonathan Glazer)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
The Congress (Dir. Ari Folman)
Interstellar (Dir. Christopher Nolan)
Snowpiercer (Dir. Joon-ho Bong)

Best Action Movie:

the_raid_21The Raid 2 (Dir. Gareth Evans)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Edge of Tomorrow (Dir. Doug Liman)
Blue Ruin (Dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
Snowpiercer (Dir. Joon-ho Bong)

Best Laugh-out-loud Comedic Movie

Grand-Budapest-Hotel-elevator-scene-with-dowager-countess2The Grand Budapest Hotel (Dir. Wes Anderson)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Land Ho! (Dirs. Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens)
Asphalt Watches (Dirs. Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver)
How to Be a Man (Dir. Chadd Harbold)
Big Hero 6 (Dir. Don Hall, Chris Williams)

Worst Movie in Wide Release

1280x720-tXeRage (Dir. Paco Cabezas)

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Lone Survivor (Dir. Peter Berg)
Godzilla (Dir. Gareth Edwards)
Rage (Dir. Paco Cabezas)
The Zero Theorem(Dir. Terry Gilliam)
Wetlands (Dir. David Wnendt)
Stretch (Dir. Joe Carnahan)

Best Movie of the Year

SONY-LHOS-01_27x40_hires_041314 .inddLand Ho! (Dirs. Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens)

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One Comment on “Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014”

  1. JJONES
    January 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Interesting stuff

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