2014 is kind of a patchwork year. There’s a small handful of films a lot of people will agree on, but past that it gets uneven. Though I think the great stuff does tend to rise to the top and the year does get weaker as it goes along. Which, I guess is kind of what one would hope for with any year.
Looking at my list for this year, every film in my top ten is by a director who has already had a top ten movie before (save one, which is by a director who would have later top ten movies, since this was his first major feature). Which, to me, marks it as one of the weaker years of the decade, with me going to the well of ‘old reliables’, knowing that the people who tend to make good films helped bail it out. Otherwise, it does tend to get thinner earlier than most other years do. (more…)
This has become the gateway article into the end of year recap stuff. Revisit last year and put that behind us before we can start wrapping up this year.
It’s my way of giving myself a chance to reevaluate my top ten list early enough to call a mulligan if I need one. The top ten list is usually done under varying degrees of duress. I need to pick ten movies that I liked best from the year, when there are a good seven or eight that I’ve just seen for the first time (only once) within a week of picking it. So I can be prone to compromised or rash decisions. Here they can be remedied. (more…)
Every year is different. For instance, 2011 was a top-loaded year, with some great films near the top, but not many below that. 2012 was an incredibly dense year, with great movies all around. Last year ended up pretty solid, though overall it felt like a disappointment. 2014 is shaping up to be a below-the-line kind of year.
2014 has a lot of great movies in those middle tiers, that are really solid and really great, but with few movies that shout “Top Ten.” Though maybe that’s just the end of a long year talking. I probably say that every year.
It’s time, once again, for my Top Ten list. I’ve seen everything I could see before the year ended, and now I’m going to list my favorites. And, as always, I will list a bunch more movies outside the top ten that I also really liked. Those will be an 11-20, also ranked and commented upon, and a second and third tier of twenty movies each. (And, now, for the first time ever, a fourth tier, owing to the amount of movies I watched this year.)
My one caveat, as always, is: I’m trying to make a list that will stand the test of time. The idea being that I’m not picking the movies that seem like obvious top ten choices now (the trendy ones that appear on all the lists), but the ones that are my actual favorite movies. The more films on this list that will be on this list in a year, five years, or ten years, then the better it is. Don’t sacrifice fitting in now if you know it’s not how you’ll feel later.
Here are my top ten films of 2014: (more…)