Best Movies of 2014

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sirkickyass, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

    Nov 4, 2010
    I can't ****ing wait!
    (Doesn't come to the slc till January 15 or something like that )
  2. sirkickyass

    sirkickyass Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

    May 25, 2010
    I saw two of those three (Foxcatcher and Birdman). Interstellar was one that I was told to stay away from by sources I trust. They indicated it was not going to be an instance where I had a good time. I take pride in making my list truly independently and without reference to other people's lists. The only one of those five I wouldn't seriously defend as a Best Picture nominee would be Guardians of the Galaxy, but I think that's the film that's going to be the most "important" in terms of what other blockbusters look like over the next 5-10 years.

    I saw Foxcatcher with my wife and best friend. I liked it the best of the three of us and I thought it was mediocre. It is, to put it mildly, relentlessly moody. We also got scolded for laughing hysterically at a couple scenes with Carrell that I'm positive were meant to be funny, but the person in front of us wanted to make it known that "this is not a comedy." The moodiness works with a Philip Seymour Hoffman at the center of a film, but is less convincing with Channing Tatum. Foxcatcher was not a serious consideration as a top film of the year for me.

    I also saw Birdman. I think it's a film more to be admired than loved. Edward Norton gets to pull out his fastball for 15 minutes and that's fun, but I think the film's rep is overhyped. In some sense it's got the opposite problem of Grand Budapest Hotel. We take Wes Anderson for granted so he can churn out great work and he's on the edge of what we consider as a good film. Birdman was essentially anointed great before anyone saw it, so that's what we're hearing about now. I think there's a strong argument that Keaton is the worst part of the film, but he's getting Oscar buzz so what do I know?

    Like I said early on, of the films that I didn't see Boyhood and Inherent Vice would be the most likely inclusions. I'd stand by any of the five films I named. The One I Love is on Netflix Streaming and I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Who? Me?

    I'm sure it's not surprising that we have different theories about how to raise kids. And since you're a parent and I'm not, I'll just assume all of my theories are correct and you're doing it wrong. :p
  3. Darkwing Duck

    Darkwing Duck Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2010
    Not sure I'd put Wes Anderson films in "best of" categories. Certainly fun, and I enjoyed the film, but I'd have difficulty calling it one of the year's best. I don't watch a ton of films, so maybe it's the quality of the year altogether?
  4. Jazz Insider

    Jazz Insider Banned

    Dec 1, 2014
    i watched mr. bean the movie on youtube. not sure when it was released but it was uploaded in 2014. think it deserves honorable mention.
  5. Jazz Insider

    Jazz Insider Banned

    Dec 1, 2014
    if we mention it, is automatically honorable
  6. UGLI baby

    UGLI baby Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2010
    Edge of Tomorrow and American Hustle, unless it didn't come out in 14'.
  7. 8

    8 37 Contributor

    Apr 29, 2012
    I hear ya, I just interpreted this as a personal list of one's favorite movies. The rep doesn't play a part when I decide which movies I enjoy watching more than others. Undoubtedly, it's playing a role in there subconsciously, just as what I ate on October 28th 1997 also plays a part, but I try and block it out as best I can.
    I liked Birdman because it was very creative. The cinematography - yeah. The score at that title sequence - yeah (bonus points for incorporating Ravel's piano trio in a minor). And the acting was terrific. I actually agree on Keaton being the worst part, but let's be honest, who will be better in a film this year than Edward Norton is in that one? Naomi Watts is a wonderful actress imo (and ****ing hot), and Emma Stone even impressed (particularly the part where she gives her dad da business, aided by dat killer camera work (maybe my favorite scene of the whole movie)). It had it's rough spots for me, mostly the newspaper critic thing, but I really enjoyed it.

    Anyhow, we're all different people with different interests, tastes, desires, ways of thinking, etc. I don't expect people to change their minds in such a thread and I really hope that it doesn't happen to often because I would feel very sorry for a person who cannot decide for themselves what they prefer most, especially since many of us are eligible voters. Just wanted to throw out some reasons why I like movies and what my line of thinking is when I watch them. I always enjoy seeing what types of movies people are into and usually leave these threads with lots of new movies to watch!
  8. 8

    8 37 Contributor

    Apr 29, 2012
    Nah, I was putting some reasons to not include Grand Budapest and Interstellar. I liked Grand Budapest okay, and was not to complimentary of Interstellar. I will probably watch Foxcatcher at some point, but I usually struggle getting through some of those super uber dramatic films. Also, the less I see Channing Tatum, the less I hate God. That's just how it is. I will probably prefer Foxcatcher to that sniper film coming out because that looks even more serious and dramatic and I just won't be able to take it.
  9. prodigy

    prodigy Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2010
    The Double
    Edge of Tomorrow
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    The Guest

    have yet to see: inherent vice, interstellar, birdman, top five
  10. One Brow

    One Brow Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2010
    Backlash is awesome, because everything is.
  11. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2010
    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    I watched the first hour and turned it off. Never liked Wes Anderson. Pretty apt description by Kicky. If you like Anderson, you will probably love it, if you have never liked Anderson, well don't bother.
  12. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2010
    I hate thinking about "Best of Year" things (mostly cuz I see movies a year after they come out), but Nightcrawler really stands out (probably just because I recently saw it).

    The Hobbit was a really dope 2 hour fight scene.

    Snowpiercer was great, as Kicky said.
  13. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2010
    The movie "Frank" was cool too, saw that last month.
  14. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2010
    Bojack Horseman was probably my favorite thing released on video format (television or cinema) of 2014 doe.
  15. b_line

    b_line Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    I really liked guardians of the Galaxy. I like marvel movies ok for watching them one time and forgetting about them. But guardians is one i think will last, ie I will watch it in the future.

    I like Wes Anderson, so the Budapest hotel was fine.

    Dumb and dumber too was not a disaster like it had potential to be.

    Those are the movies I saw this year. I know, I am lame and should see more movies. I have a 1.5 year old kid who is constantly talking or moving, so we don't go to theaters.
  16. QuinSnydersHair

    QuinSnydersHair Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    Good call on Locke. Really good movie and Hardy's best work to date IMO.
  17. fallenchicken

    fallenchicken Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Boyhood and Citizen Four. I haven't seen Inherent Vice yet, though (damn limited release!); and I have a feeling that could take the top spot.
  18. Hotdog

    Hotdog Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2012
    Hard to make a list, because I still need to see a bunch.

    But I have to put these up at the top of the ones I've seen

    1. Intersteller
    2. Edge of tomorrow
    3. Maze Runner
    4. 22 jump street
    5. Let's be cops.

    If I watched every movie, then that list could be a lot different. Other than intersteller and edge of tomorrow. Those would probably stay at the top.

    Intersteller was freaking awesome. Don't know how anyone couldn't like intersteller. Maybe religion plays a part or something. If you like planetary science, then you should like it. It does a good job of playing with some of the current physics theories out there.
  19. Carbon13

    Carbon13 Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    Not a 2014 movie, but I just watched "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"

    Great movie about devoting ones life to mastering a craft.
  20. ONE LOVE

    ONE LOVE #Baby_Talk Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Just saw it tonight but I might have missed it, could you please elaborate on this? Is it the cheating thing?

    A very good movie BTW, won't win any awards just because it's too simple but held my attention til the end nonetheless.

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