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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kyle's Top 10 Films of 2014

I'll keep this short and sweet. There were a lot of great films in 2014...these are my ten favorite. Much like my Top Comics list, this is in alphabetical order rather than any kind of preferential one. I mean, really, what's the difference between 7 and 5 in these kinds of things? 

As always I have to leave a few things off to get the magical number, some of those films included Whiplash, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Snowpiercer, The Skeleton Twins, The Guest, Birdman, Frank, Edge of Tomorrow, and The Lego Movie. All great films that I'm sure I'll regret leaving off this list at some point or another. Feel free to consider this a top 19 or something if you want.

The Babadook
I generally dislike horror films, but I loved The Babadook. Scary, funny, poignant, metaphorical, it's exactly what I want in this sort of exercise.

Boyhood - GeekRex review
I appreciate this more as a formalist experiment, than as a fully satisfying film in of itself. Though when watching it a second time, many of its storytelling charms shone brighter.

Foxcatcher - GeekRex review
My favorite bio-pic of last year, a grimmer than grim true crime tale, but also Bennett Miller's best film by far. Channing Tatum, y'all.

The Grand Budapest Hotel - GeekRex review
Wes Anderson hasn't made a great film in years, I'd argue not since The Royal Tenenbaums. He fixed that with this delightful and inventive outing. Ralph Fiennes is in top form here.

Interstellar - GeekRex review
Easily one of my favorite Nolan films, this was my favorite "cinema as spectacle" outing. The scale and ambition on display here is jaw-dropping.

Mistaken for Strangers - GeekRex review
For my money, the most entertaining documentary of the past year. I'm not even a big fan of The National really, but this one really nails the relationship between brothers that many fictionalized films fail to capture.

Nightcrawler - GeekRex review
Dan Gilroy, Robert Elswit, and Jake Gyllenhaal paint quite a vision of LA in what I can best describe as Drive meets American Psycho meets Network. Not the greatest social commentary, but a hell of a visual feast + performance.

Only Lovers Left Alive - GeekRex review
The best Jarmusch film, full stop. Vampires haven't been this cool in years, and Hiddleston and Swinton have remarkable chemistry.

Selma - GeekRex review
Succeeds where so many biopics of important historical figures fall apart. It's literally like history unrolling in front of you, with little to no flourishes of myth. For two hours, David Oyelowo became Martin Luther King, Jr.

We Are The Best! - GeekRex review
Fun, vibrant, and with a sense of energy that I never knew I needed in my cinema. It's free on Netflix right now, go watch it. You'll thank me later.

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