Top 5 Films 2014

NIGHTCRAWLER

Best film of 2014. Rock solid feature debut. Tour de force performances from both Jake Gllyenhaal and Rene Russo. Also, British actor, Riz Ahmed is pretty endearing too. Brilliant writing, cinematography, editing, sound desin and yes –even score. I know a lot of people weren’t a fan of it but I saw it 4 times in one weekend and let me tell you something –the score is what makes it glide by so effortlessly upon repeated viewings. It makesre-experiencing it all the more enjoyable and smooth for all its rough and edgy corners.

BLUE RUIN

One of the most tight, taught, thrilling, films of recent memory. James Saulnier is a master of suspense and visual storytelling. Like the Coens meets Hitchcock. Such a film of economy too. No shot is wasted. Every single scene, every line, pushes the story forward towards it’s ultimate conclusion. Such an amazing cast. This film is so fully realized and perfectly executed. It has such honest moments like when Macon Blair has lunch with this sister and right when he tells her something important some random diner asks if they have ketchup on their table? Completely interrupting the moment and

INTERSTELLAR

Epic. Operatic. Hard sci-fi. Michael Caine reading poetry. Matthaw McConnaughy pushing it to the limit. Loved everything about this film with one notable exception: the stunt casting cameo. It wasn’t just the actor –but the character—that cheapened the film. It was totally/ tonally superfleous. Like from a different movie. But Chrisopher Nolan man. That cat delivers. Even when his sound mix is purposely unintelligellable. He’s a big thinker. A big artist. And he takes big risks on a big canvas. And his output is so consistent that I always know I’ll have something to get excited about no matter how long the wait.   

THE GUEST

America –meet British actor Dan Stevens, who stars as the title character. If I’m Ryan Gosling, Mr. Stevens is officially keeping me up at night. Another fine collaboration between collabotors, Adam Winegard and Simon Barret. I’m an even bigger fan of their previous film, YOU’RE NEXT, which not only set the bar high with it’s witty, fresh, entertaining, subversive ways but is the bar as far as I’m concerned. All that being said, the film kinda unravels as it goes along but the first hour alone makes it worthy of repeated viewings. Although there is something to be said in the way certain characters are dispatched. 

5. 

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FILMS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST:

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (Portentous)

A MOST WANTED MAN (Not Yet Reviewed)

AMERICAN SNIPER (Not Yet Reviewed)

BIG EYES (Not Yet Reviewed)

BIRDMAN (Pretentious)

BOYHOOD (Not Yet Reviewed)

COLD IN JULY (Not Yet Reviewed)

ENEMY (Glorified Short)

FOXCATCHER (Not Yet Reviewed)  

GONE GIRL (Tone-Deaf)

THE ROVER (Glorified Short)

INHERENT VICE (Incomprehensible)

JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD (Not Yet Reviewed)

LISTEN UP PHILLIP (Not Yet Reviewed)

LOCKE (Glorified Short)

NIGHT MOVES (Misfire)

NOAH (Bloated)

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Not Yet Reviewed)

SELMA (Not Yet Reviewed)

STARRED UP (Glorified Short)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Self-Indulgent)

UNDER THE SKIN (Glorified Short) 

WHIPLASH (Glorified Short)