ByLisa C. Erdman, writer at

I know my Top Ten List is late to the party, but there were a couple of movies I wanted to see before I made my final decisions.

I also know this list is going to piss off some folks, other critics may think I have lost my mind. So let's be clear. This is a list of MY favorite movies. Maybe they aren't blockbusters, maybe they aren't getting awards buzz, but they resonated with me for one reason or another.

So without further ado:

#10 Selma

Someone commented on Facebook "we all know this story - we all took history." I challenge that. I think we are too quick to assume we know all about the struggles of African Americans in this country. Every family should see this movie and many conversations should follow. We have a long way to go, people.

#9 Love Is Strange

This was just a beautiful love story. A simple reminder to open our hearts and allow people to love who they love. Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves happiness.

#8 The Sublime and Beautiful

The human spirit is quite resilient, we all know this. But this movie showcases all of the feelings we must work through when facing our darkest hours. It was a very difficult movie to watch but man, was it beautifully done.

#7 Whiplash

The underlying story in this movie really got to me. If Miles Teller would have played an athlete, it would have been so predictable. But seeing a young man in the arts facing the very same pressure and demons, well it was just fantastic.

#6 St. Vincent

This was a nice little surprise. We went on a Sunday afternoon - and I let Jay choose, telling him this was a "funny movie". Well it was, until it wasn't. Lots of funny parts, that's for sure - but we quickly learn it's so much more. I absolutely loved this one.

#5 The Fault In Our Stars

I didn't read the book, so I didn't know how this story was going to end. I fell in love with this movie for a million reasons. It was a beautiful, young love story.

#4 Rudderless

The directorial debut of William H. Macy, this is a little known gem. I promise you will not be sorry for checking this one out. It is fantastic. The soundtrack is also great. Go into it blind and you will love it. Do no homework. Just watch it.

#3 Birdman

I was blown away by this movie - on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. Every story I read, every interview I hear about the making of this movie makes me love it even more. It was unlike anything I have ever seen.

#2 Boyhood

I really can't begin to describe the way this movie affects you. Linklater gets it SO RIGHT. It is like watching your own life in fast forward. This movie is a game-changer.

And finally, my favorite movie of 2014:

#1 Maps to the Stars

My favorite movies are always the ones that show just how screwed up all of us are. Celebrities, Doctors, Regular Joes. We are all just jacked up kids trying to survive. This movie is a beautiful fishbowl that proves exactly that. I fricken LOVED IT.

Link to my blog which has all these wonderful trailers:


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