by Erika Bromley
I keep reading the same thing over and over: 2014 was an excellent year in movies. I see it on Twitter, in newspapers (I like them! So what?!), and all over F This Movie! (and I trust these people!). Maybe I was just busier than ever (true) and could not concentrate the way I used to, but this year felt like a year of waiting to me. I saw a lot of films I liked and a lot that were well-made, but I kept waiting to really feel moved. Changed. Excited. The way I did after seeing Boogie Nights. But everything is subjective, right? And our different life experiences make us react to art in very different ways. I’m sure someone was not moved by Boogie Nights (But who is that person? I don’t want to know that person!).
After looking at my “Everything I Saw This Year” list, it’s true: many great films were released in 2014. I see incredible work (especially in the cinematography field; I feel like I said, “This was so beautifully shot!” weekly).
So here’s my top ten. I’m doing it a little different this year. I’m ranking my 10 favorites and leaving the rest in the “I really liked this!” category:
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Edge of Tomorrow
7. Guardians of the Galaxy
9. The Lego Movie
A few others I really, really liked: Gone Girl, They Came Together, The Overnighters, Rich Hill, Happy Valley, Still Alice, The Skeleton Twins and Obvious Child.
Still have not seen: Under the Skin, Selma, Rosewater, We Are the Best!
*I know it has many problems. But I laughed a lot and appreciated its voice.