2014 So Far

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Fall film festival season is upon us, and as it’s customary around these parts, I like to check in and mention what my favorite films of the year so far are since the list is probably (hopefully) going to be much different later on. So how has the year been? Well, without having seen some of the most acclaimed wide releases like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and without having smaller stuff like Calvary, Boyhood, or Belle play locally, I’d say things have been alright. The year started off with a bang due to the early release of The Grand Budapest, so most things have paled in comparison, but films that I was doubtful about managed to surpass my expectations. Hopefully things will get much better later on in the year.

Anyways, like last year, I’ll do this list as what I do for the post for the best of the month, with the top 10 films, the worst, and some superlatives. So, let’s get on with it.

Top 10

  1. The Immigrant (James Gray)
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
  4. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
  5. The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone)
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer)
  7. The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
  8. 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord & Chris Miller)
  9. The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)*
  10. Godzilla (Gareth Edwards)

*This came out in France last year, and since it seems that The Weinstein Company has no intentions of releasing it in the United States this year since they are feuding with Jeunet over final cut, I’ll be counting it towards this year’s lists.

Honorable Mentions: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Edge of Tomorrow, Muppets Most Wanted

Best New-to-me film: Dazed and Confused

The Worst:

  1. Transcendence
  2. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  3. Rio 2
  4. They Came Together
  5. The Monuments Men

Worst New-to-me film: Batman Returns

Superlatives

Best Director: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant | Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant

Best Supporting Actor: Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer

Best Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Cinematography: Under the Skin

Best Costume Design: Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Music: Under the Skin | Only Lovers Left Alive | Godzilla

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