TOP 50 MOVIES OF 2014. DAY FINAL – TOP 10

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HERE IT IS GUYS! After an unreasonably long time that is entirely my fault, here is the final part of my list: The Top 10 Movies of 2014. It’s been a great year for movies and just because something didn’t make my list, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth seeing. I’m going to do an honorable mentions and regretful omissions post soon. Anyway, Our Story So Far…

50. The Interview
49. The Infinite Man
48. Pride
47. Rosewater
46. Top Five
45. Blue Ruin
44. The Theory of Everything
43. Still Alice
42. Cold in July
41. Wild
40. Edge of Tomorrow
39. Tracks
38. Obvious Child
37. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
36. Nymphomaniac
35. The LEGO Movie
34. Dear White People
33. Mr. Turner
32. A Most Violent Year
31. Selma
30. Big Hero 6
29. The Imitation Game
28. Gone Girl
27. X-Men: Days of Future Past
26. Leviathan
25. Interstellar
24. The Skeleton Twins
23. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
22. Only Lovers Left Alive
21. Foxcatcher
20. Two Days, One Night
19. Joe
18. Ida
17. Starred Up
16. Godzilla
15. The Grand Budapest Hotel
14. Locke
13. John Wick
12. A Most Wanted Man
11. Inherent Vice

AND NOW, THE TOP TEN:

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10. Guardians of the Galaxy
Oh man this is one of the best superhero films in quite a while. Of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this one may very well be my favorite. It’s about a ragtag group of misfits who band together to fight the mega ultra bad guy. It’s a relatively common plot, but that’s what makes it so good. James Gun took these already-existing characters and brought them to life. They have totally different personalities, and each one is completely likable and unique in their own ways. I was honestly surprised with how well this movie did both critically and commercially. I guess the world is ready for a talking, gun-wielding, violent, bipedal Raccoon and his tree friend.

I AM GROOT.

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9. Boyhood
I love Linklater. Dazed and Confused and Slacker are two of my favorite movies, and I am ashamed to admit I haven’t seen the Before trilogy BUT I PLAN TO. That being said, this is one of his best. The story of a boy and his family growing up, this separates itself from most coming-of-age films by actually being shot in real-time. It was filmed for about a week each year that it took place, so that all of the actors changed and aged. The most mind-blowing thing about that approach to me, is that Linklater could really only write a vague story, as he can’t predict the future. And the film works perfectly because of that. The way it is so relaxed and yet still keeps with the times is fascinating and highly impressive.

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8. Snowpiercer
Chris Evans is an excellent Captain America, and has certainly redeemed himself from those godawful Fantastic Four movies, but this is his best performance to date. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Memories of MurderThe Host), Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film about a train powered by a perpetual motion engine that travels around the world which is covered by an uninhabitable new ice age. Anyway so there’s a class system on board the train, with the wealthy people living in the front, the middle-class in the middle, and the lowest class on the back of the train, forced to live in squalor with very little food. They decide to revolt, led by Chris Evans, and their goal is to work their way up the train. It’s a tense, action-packed sci-fi drama, with great performances by Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Song Kang-ho.

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7. The Babadook
Baaa baa DOOOOK.
DOOOOOOK.

DOOOOOOOOOK.
This is one of the best straight horror movies in years. Sure we’ve had EXCELLENT movies like You’re Next and Cabin in the Woods, but those had semi-comedic twists. The Babadook is a tense, extraordinarily-acted, character driven horror film. Essie Davis deserved an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of an extremely tired single mother. This is one of those movies where the less said, the better. But trust me. This movie will STRESS YOU OUT. It doesn’t use gore or jump scares like a normal (well, by current standards anyway) horror movie. Just pure stress and dread. Just how fear should be.

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6. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
I was NOT prepared for this emotional roller coaster ride of a movie. Although maybe I should have been, as it was directed by Isao Takahata, who brought us Grave of the Fireflies a.k.a the SADDEST movie I have ever seen. This movie isn’t all sad though. It’s a beautifully animated movie with emotional highs and lows and an overwhelming story. It is easily the best animated film of the year, and this is a year that had The LEGO Movie and Big Hero 6.

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5. The Raid 2
I loved The Raid: Redemption, but there wasn’t TOO MUCH going on plot-wise. It was pretty much just hyperviolence up stairs. Now its sequel, this has much more substance to the plot, while even bringing MORE violence. It’s about the cop from the first movie going undercover into a violent crime organization. There’s a car chase and a girl with a hammer and a guy with a baseball bat, and when you know what I’m talking about, you’ll know why this is my #5 movie of the year.

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4. Nightcrawler
Dan Girloy’s directorial debut is incredible, and although I violently disagree with his ignorant opinions on superhero movies, I’m very excited to see his career evolve. This is a movie about a man obsessed with becoming somebody, and he’ll go to any length to get that recognition. Jake Gyllenhaal gives, in my opinion, his best performance to date. The tense, focused camerawork is some of the best of the year, and the plot is extremely unique. It’s a movie that will make you feel really uncomfortable, and, for me anyway, darkly happy at the end.

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3. The Guest
Adam Wingard gave the world my #4 movie of 2013, You’re Next. This year, he gave the world my #3 favorite movie. Dan Stevens plays a veteran who comes to visit the family of his fallen comrade. When he arrives, he starts to change things up. He helps the family out in a variety of sometimes controversial, occasionally violent ways. Things begin to seem… off. That’s all I’ll say. It’s violent, suspenseful, and occasionally downright scary. It’s pretty much a John Carpenter movie in every way, but the most obvious way is the heavy synth soundtrack, which may or may not have been my favorite part of the movie. Easily the best horror movie of the year. Well, horror/action/thriller anyway.

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2. Whiplash
By now you’ve probably heard all the great things everyone has to say about Whiplash and I agree with all of them. It looks great, it sounds perfect, J.K. Simmons deserved every award he won, and Miles Teller deserved all the awards he wasn’t nominated for. Just. Words can’t describe. See this movie. You owe it to yourself to see this movie.

Okay guys. It’s time. Time for me to reveal my EXTREMELY WELL-KEPT SECRET NUMBER ONE MOVIE OF 2014!

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1. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
BIRDMAN! Are you surprised? No. Probably not. I have made it abundantly clear as to what my favorite movie of the year is. I’ve been saying it SINCE I first saw Birdman. It won Best Picture. It actually deserved to win Best Picture. And it actually deserved to win THE MOST this year. It has it all. The best acting, the best writing, the most mind-blowing camerawork of the year. It had Michael Keaton’s career-best performance. The story about an aging actor trying to find the art he never felt he had in his career was touching and often very funny. I just loved it so much. See it. See it before you see any other movie on this list. Hell, buy it. Buy it on DVD, Blu Ray, Digitally, OnDemand, rent it, download it, whatever, but SEE it.

Okay well. That’s it. Another year, another Top 50 movies of the year. IT’S BEEN REAL GUYS. L8R

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