BySirBrandon Vick, writer at

Do what?! 2014 is over?!

My goodness. Time flies when you’re spending God knows how many hours in a dark theatre with crumpled up napkins and old popcorn on the sticky floor. With that said, I wouldn’t take any of those hours back—well maybe a few (I’m looking at you Under the Skin).

Looking back over the year, it’s been a nice, diverse 12 months of many different films with incredible, brave, creepy, and fearless performances. Whether they were mainstream or animated or a controversial documentary or perhaps the tiniest independent movie, their stories left a mark that has stayed with me.

Now that I have seen most of the limited releases from 2014 (American Sniper, Selma, A Most Violent Year, Inherent Vice) in this first month of 2015, I feel my Best of 2014 is now complete and untouchable. So let’s see if you agree with how 2014 went for me at the cinemas!

Brace yourself….

Best Comedy Film

Obvious Child

Runners-Up: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The LEGO Movie

Best Horror Film

The Babadook

Runner-Up: The Den

Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Runner-Up: The LEGO Movie

Best Foreign Film

Big Bad Wolves

Runner-Up: The Raid 2

Best Documentary Film

Keep On Keepin’ On

Runners-Up: Life Itself, Butterfly Girl, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Citizenfour

8 Most Surprising Films of 2014 (no particular order)

– Edge of Tomorrow

– Blue Ruin

– A Most Wanted Man

– John Wick

– The Babadook

– Chef

– God’s Pocket

– Joe

8 Most Disappointing Films of 2014 (no particular order)

– Dumb and Dumber To

– Annabelle

– The Amazing Spider-Man 2

– A Million Ways to Die in the West

– Lucy

– Maleficent

– Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

– The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1

Top 3 Worst Films of 2014 (no particular order)

– No Good Deed

– Under the Skin

– Devil’s Due

Some more awful films:

– Winter’s Tale

– Need for Speed

– I, Frankenstein

– The Other Woman

– Into the Storm

Best Actress


– Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Birdman)

– Robin Wright (The Congress)

– Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins)

– Laura Dern (Wild)

– Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)

- Renee Russo (Nightcrawler)

- Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything)

- Essie Davis (The Babadook)

- Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

- Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)

- Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

- Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars)

- Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

– Sienna Miller (American Sniper)

- Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)

- Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

- Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

– Carmen Ejogo (Selma)

Top 5 Actresses of 2014

5) Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond the Lights)

4) Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods)

3) Keira Knightley (Begin Again, The Imitation Game)

2) Reese Witherspoon (The Good Lie, Wild)

1) Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Interstellar, A Most Violent Year)

Best Actor


– Brad Pitt (Fury)

– Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)

– Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins)

– Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

– Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)

– Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year)

– Edward Norton (Birdman)

- J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

- Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Snowpiercer)

- Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler)

- Macon Blair (Blue Ruin)

– David Oyelowo (Selma)

- Bill Murray (St. Vincent)

- Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)

- Nicolas Cage (Joe)

- James McAvoy (Filth, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby)

- Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

- Jeremy Renner (Kill the Messenger)

- Philip Seymour Hoffman (God’s Pocket, A Most Wanted Man)

- Miles Teller (Whiplash)

- Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)

- Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange)

- Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

- Jon Favreau (Chef)

– Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

- Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow)

– Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)

- Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)

- John Lithgow (Love Is Strange)

– Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater)

– Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up)

Top 5 Actors of 2014

5) Tom Hardy (Locke, The Drop)

4) Mark Ruffalo (Begin Again, Foxcatcher)

3) Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, Unbroken)

2) Michael Keaton (Birdman)

1) Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy, Nightcrawler)

Best Director


– Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

– Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

– Jon Favreau (Chef)

– Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

– Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)

– Ava DuVernay (Selma)

– Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild)

– Angelina Jolie (Unbroken)

– Jon Stewart (Rosewater)

- Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon 2)

- Chris Rock (Top Five)

– J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year)

- Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man)

- Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin)

- David Ayer (Fury)

- Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)

– Gareth Edwards (Godzilla)

– Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie)

– Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow)

– Clint Eastwood (American Sniper)

– Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger)

– Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America; The Winter Soldier)

– Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

– Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves)

Top 5 Directors of 2014

5) James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy)

4) Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer)

3) Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

2) Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

1) Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)

Best Films


– Birdman

– American Sniper

– Fury

– How to Train Your Dragon 2

– The Raid 2

– Selma

– The Grand Budapest Hotel

– Snowpiercer

– Keep On Keepin’ On

- Godzilla (2014)

– A Most Wanted Man

– Big Bad Wolves

– Wild

– Captain America: The Winter Soldier

- The Gambler

– Blue Ruin

– The LEGO Movie

– A Most Violent Year

– The Drop

Top 5 Films of 2014

5) Kill the Messenger

4) Guardians of the Galaxy

3) Nightcrawler

2) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Best Film of 2014


“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life.”

-Nina LaCour

So get dressed 2014 and get on out! 2015 is looking pretty damn good!


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