Last year I ranked my Best Films from 10-1. I had a good feeling about my number one pick and every other movie sort of fell into place. Looking back, my number one pick is still my number one pick of 2013. The list works. This year, the months have shifted, sprinkling good films along my path right from the beginning. They have sprinkled so many noteworthy films that I cannot contain my selection to the awe-inspiring, wholesome number of ten; I have fifteen (plus five Honourable Mentions).
I was stunned by David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Grabbed by the shoulders and shouted at by Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash. Invited to ponder the universe by Christopher Nolan’s Insterstellar. Eased into heartening animation by Ernest & Celestine. 2014 might not have had a standout film like 2013 had with Gravity, but it has played the field with a selfless hand.
Today I saw Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, a fashionable movie with a superior performance by Scarlett Johansson. I am still collecting my thoughts on this film, which I think is beautiful and quietly haunting. Is it good enough to be a Best Film? I don’t know. I feel I need more time to process its soul. Once I have, I will review it. I say this so that you know I took Under The Skin into consideration.
Like my Worst Films list, I have not ranked these films in order from 15-1. They are in alphabetical order. I prefer it this way. These are the best movies of 2014.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
ERNEST & CELESTINE
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
THE LEGO MOVIE