The Films of 2014


Was 2014 a bad year for good movies? The list below kinda seems that way. I mean, yes I did see a handful of really wonderful films, but nowhere near the massive output of the past few years, where I struggled to keep my Top 10 list to just 10. This year I had the opposite struggle. Only the top 3 or 4 could have made it into my previous lists.

Full disclosure: this has been an insanely busy year personally, and my movie habit – not to mention this blog – has had to take a back seat to other ventures. Put simply, I haven’t even watched a fraction of the number of movies I usually catch in a year. And there’s a fair number of films I missed, or haven’t gotten around to yet, that have been getting some really good press. Still others haven’t even made it to Grand Rapids yet. (See list at the bottom of this article)

Then again, I’m not the only one proclaiming 2014 a weak year. Even the greatest films seem not quite as great. And maybe that partially contributed to my lack of movie stubs. I just wasn’t as excited about this year’s crop. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself, so I can feel better about not seeing most of them.

So here you go. Ranked simply “Good,” “OK,” and “Bad,” and in no other particular order, here is the list of all (minus my new Top 10up next) the 2014 Films I’ve seen so far…

Muppets Most Wanted
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Big Hero 6
The Imitation Game
The Theory of EverythingGodzilla
The Hunger Games: Monckingjay
22 Jump Street
Edge of Tomorrow
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Into The Woods
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Monuments Men
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Giver
Under the Skin

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Into the Storm
The Expendables 3
The Interview

And here are the ones I would like to see, but still haven’t…

American Sniper
Big Eyes
The Hobbit: The Babble of the Flies Swarming
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Inherent Vice
A Most Violent Year
A Most Wanted Man
Mr. Turner
Obvious Child
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Rover
St. Vincent
Top Five
Under The Skin

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