Haven’t compiled a “Top 10″ list in a few years. So rather than a top 10 list, here’s a list of “Best of.”
Best Movie That No One In The USA Saw – Snowpiercer
Post-apocalyptic movie about survivors of a failed global warming experiment that are traveling around the world on a train. It was a smart movie that failed in the US because Harvey Weinstein thought it would be a movie that US audiences wouldn’t understand, so it wasn’t really advertised as much. Catch it on Netflix stream if you missed it. It’s action packed and it’s a movie that makes you think, in a good way. It would gross over 4.5 million in the states while overseas, it grossed over 82 million.
Best Straight To Internet Movie – Stretch
A few weeks ago, I saw a video on the works of Joe Carnahan. One of the most underrated directors working today. In the video, I noticed that there was a couple movies of his I haven’t seen and found one was streaming on Netflix. In fact, it was a straight to internet release. Stretch turned into an unexpected, and wild ride. Was very pleasantly surprised.
Best Movie To Bring A Smile To Your Face – Begin Again
Such a heartwarming movie about the beauty of friendship, love, and redemption.
Honorable Mention: Chef
Best Auteur Film – Interstellar
Christopher Nolan is easily one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood today. One who is able to do as he pleases and let’s no one stop him. Interstellar is dense piece about mankind’s future on Earth and the start above it. A movie that you appreciate more each time you see it.
Best Actor – The Theory Of Everything
Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking is the best performance for an actor I’ve seen this year so far. He should at least get a nomination.
Other Best Actor Consideration: Jeremy Renner in Kill The Messenger
Best Thriller / Best Movie That Messed With My Mind / Best Actress – Gone Girl
When I say it’s a film that messed with my head, I don’t mean it had a mind bending twist at the end. From a psychological standpoint, it made me afraid. It was a film I wanted to see again but felt I needed some time to decompress what I just saw. Also, I believe best performance from an actress this year easily goes to Rosamund Pike.
Best Thriller Honorable Mention: Kill The Messenger
Best Horror Movie: Dead Snow: Red vs Dead
Horror is my least watched genre. By default, the only horror film I watched this year wins. It’s really more like an action movie, with lots of gore and dark humor. Nazi Zombies, Russian Zombies…what more do you need?!
Best Animated – The Tale of Princess Kaguya
By default, the only animated film I saw this year wins (I didn’t see The Lego Movie, so sue me). Princess Kaguya is a film that stuck with me days after I saw it. In a subtle way, made me very reflective on my own life.
Best Comedy – They Came Together
A spoof comedy on romantic comedies. Basing on which films made me laugh the hardest, They Came Together was easily the best comedy I saw.
Best of Sundance (Literally) / Best Drama - WhipLash
There’s a reason why Whiplash won Best of Sundance because it really was the best film I saw at Sundance. Powerful performances by J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. It will stick with you after the final frame.
Best Action Movie – The Raid 2: Berandal
The most highly anticipated movie for me this year and it did not disappoint. Quite possibly one of the best action movies of all-time if not just this year. One of few sequels that exceeds the original.
Best Popcorn Flick / Best Science Fiction Movie / Best Comic Book Movie / Best Blockbuster / My Personal Favorite Of The Year – Guardians of the Galaxy
Has become one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all-time. A perfect blend of action and humor, with a dash of heart.
Best Blockbuster Honorable Mention: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Best Comic Book Movie Honorable Mention: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Other Honorable Mentions:
The Drop – Because of two words: Tom Hardy
Boyhood - Best movie that took years to make, haha
Birdman - Great acting and cinematography
Movies That Disappointed Me or Wanted To Enjoy But Just Didn’t
Men, Women and Children - A rather uncomfortable movie to sit through.
Under The Skin – No amount of Scarlett Johansson nudity could relieve my boredom
Movies That Sucked
Lucy - Just a bad year for Scarlett Johansson movies for me, I guess.
Transformers 4: Age of Extinction – Longest 3 hours of my movie watching life…well maybe except Alexander.