Well, this is it. The final list about 2014. As much as I thought 2014 was an awful year all around for movies and should quickly be forgotten, it wouldn't be right to ignore the movies that not only were good, but genuinely great. I'm not going to lie though; I had to scrape to find 10 movies to put on this list. A lot of these movies I think are heavily flawed, but I put my better judgment aside and conceded that sometimes, movies don't need to be perfect to be good. They just need to be entertaining and fun to watch. That's what I look for when I review movies. I look for something that I can always be entertained by and something that respects its audience. A lot of movies are made cynically to cash in a quick buck, or to keep a licence, or just to fulfill someone's ego, but these movies were all highly enjoyable in their own ways. I have seen 41 movies this year, more than I've ever seen before, and we have a list that will be varied, odd, and unlike any other list I've done. At the end of the day though, I will say that these were the best movies released in a year of mediocrity. These are my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014.
|Honorable Mention: Sharknado 2: The Second One|
A part of me feels like I should justify my inclusion of this movie on my list, but the other side of me feels like it doesn't need to be explained. Biz Markie owns a pizza parlor and stabs a shark, then chucks it into his oven! Screw high class critical analysis, this is just plain awesome! I can safely turn off my mind with this movie and watch stupid, illogical, and downright terrible action take place. It's a train wreck, but it's the best train wreck I've ever seen. I enjoy this movie on the same level as The Room, and I honestly think this movie deserves to be in that echelon of awful movies that are comedy gold mines. Once you've seen flaming sharks, you can never go back. I just cna't give this a number spot because saying the phrase "This movie isn't as good as Sharknado 2" rubs me the wrong way. Vernacular or not, I can still acknowledge that Sharknado 2: The Second One is a blast from start to finish.
|Number 10: The Grand Budapest Hotel|
When I look back on The Grand Budapest Hotel, I remember liking it, but not loving it. I thought that it was a good movie with some great visuals and a doll like aesthetic, but nothing more. It had its moments, but it was a bit too surreal and odd for me to outright love. However, as I look back on it, I can't help but find it quirky and charming in its own ways. It's an odd little movie, but there's no denying that it looks great. The shots in this movie are beautiful, and the effects throughout are some of the best I've seen all year. This is a movie you watch more for its technical aesthetics than anything else.
I've never seen a Wes Anderson movie before, but from what I can tell, most of his movies follow this kind of style and gives them a very distinct voice. Everyone says that this is the most Wes Anderson movie he's ever made, and I can see why. His style is potent throughout this movie, elevating what could have been a simple comedy into a surreal and artistic comedy. It's like watching a little girl play with her dolls and tell you the stories she's made with them. The characters seems very delicte, even though some of them are absolutely deplorable. At the same time though, it almost feels like its a make believe movie, like a weird fairytale adapted to the early 20th century. Describing this movie is pretty damned difficult, so all I can say is that it's not like any other comedy around, and it deserves your attention in all of its strangeness.
|Number 9: How to Train Your Dragon 2|
It does everything that a sequel should do. It expands upon character histories, acknowledges major paradigm shifts from the last movie, and adds in even more aerial battles. This movie is a spectacle to watch, and seeing everyone fly through the air on dragons is always a joy to watch. HtTYD2 raises the stakes of the original movie and make it even bigger and grander. This is a huge blockbuster in all definitions of the word. Battles are heavily featured and they're always a delight to watch. Seeing massive dragons come lumbering from the ocean is a joy to watch, and nothing beats the war that's shown in this movie. If I could harbor any serious complaints towards this movie, it would be that the ending is a bit lackluster, even though it does set the stage for what will surely be a great sequel. No matter how you slice it, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the sequel that we all were looking for. It delivered on all of its promises, and I commend it.
|Number 8: Interstellar|
|Number 7: The Interview|
|Number 6: Oculus|
|Number 5: Guardians of the Galaxy|
|Number 4: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)|
|Number 3: The Book of Life|
|Number 2: Snowpiercer|
|Number 1: The Babadook|