The Last Best Movies of 2014 Post You'll Ever Need

Now that the Academy has spoken, it's finally time for me to leave 2014 behind. But first, allow me to share my favorite movies, actors, and actresses, because this is my blog and around these parts, my opinion trumps all.

Not satisfied with just 10 movies, I've decided to go out all this year and list my Top 50 Favorite Movies of 2014. I rated all of these movies at least 3.5/5 and would recommend all of them (Unless you don't want to see them. I can't force you.). Here we go:

50. Only Lovers Left Alive
49. Edge of Tomorrow
48. Bound By Flesh
47. Begin Again
46. I Am Road Comic
45. Oculus
44. Big Hero 6
43. Jodorowsky’s Dune
42. Godzilla
41. Filth

40. Happy Christmas
39. Life After Beth
38. I Am Santa Claus
37. To Be Takei
36. Blue Ruin
35. Laggies
34. Veronica Mars
33. Harmontown
32. Whiplash
31. John Wick

30. Cheap Thrills
29. 22 Jump Street
28. We Are the Best!
27. Alan Partridge
26. They Came Together
25. Neighbors
24. Tusk
23. X-Men: Days of Future Past
22. Gone Girl
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel

20. Love Is Strange
19. The Double
18. Wetlands
17. Dear White People
16. Obvious Child
15. St. Vincent
14. How to Train Your Dragon 2
13. Chef
12. The Lego Movie
11. The Drop

10. Calvary
9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
8. The One I Love
7. The Skeleton Twins
6. Frank
5. Snowpiercer
4. Boyhood
3. Birdman
2. The Babadook
1. Guardians of the Galaxy


Now that the good's out of the way, here's some that just didn't didn't work for me. I won't say they're the "worst" movies, because I know I'm on the minority on some of them. I also skipped most of the ones I knew I'd hate. So, here's my 20 Least Favorite Movies of 2014:

20. Camp Takota
19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
18. Grand Piano
17. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
16. Locke
15. Joe
14. A Million Ways to Die in the West
13. Under the Skin
12. In Your Eyes
11. Horns
10. 300: Rise of an Empire
9. A Brony Tale
8. Sharknado 2: The Second One
7. The Congress
6. Welcome to the Jungle
5. What If
4. Knights of Badassdom
3. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Movies are good. So are actors. So, here's some of them. My Top 25 Favorite Lead Actor Performances of 2014:

25. Paul Rudd as Joel in They Came Together
24. Dane DeHaan as Zach Orfman in Life After Beth
23. Tom Hiddleston as Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive
22. Mark Ruffalo as Dan in Begin Again
21. Macon Blair as Dwight in Blue Ruin
20. Domhnall Gleeson as Jon Burroughs in Frank
19. Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehsheer in X-Men: Days of Future Past
18. Chris Evans as Curtis in Snowpiercer & as Steve Rogers/Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17. Michael Parks as Howard Howe in Tusk
16. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past & as Bruce in Filth
15. Pat Healy as Craig Daniels in Cheap Thrills
14. Jesse Eisenberg as Simon/James in The Double
13. Jon Favreau as Carl Casper in Chef
12. Christ Pratt as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy & as Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie
11. Bill Murray as Vincent in St. Vincent
10. Tyler James Williams as Lionel Higgins in Dear White People
9. Alfred Molina as George in Love is Strange
8. Tom Hardy as Bob in The Drop & as Ivan Locke in Locke
7. John Lithgow as Ben in Love is Strange
6. Mark Duplass as Ethan in The One I Love
5. Bill Hader as Milo Dean in The Skeleton Twins
4. Miles Teller as Andrew in Whiplash
3. Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel
2. Michael Keaton as Riggan in Birdman
1. Brendan Gleeson as Father James in Calvary


It only makes sense to go from that to my Top 25 Favorite Lead Actress Performances of 2014:

25. Eva Green as Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire
24. Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody in Godzilla
23. Amy Poehler as Molly in They Came Together
22. Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell in Oculus
21. Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in Veronica Mars
20. Chloe Moretz as Annika in Laggies
19. Audrey Plaza as Beth Slocum in Life After Beth
18. Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy
17. Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner in Neighbors
16. Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past
15. Emily Blunt as Rita in Edge of Tomorrow
14. Melanie Lynskey as Kelly in Happy Christmas
13. Keira Knightley as Megan in Laggies & as Gretta in Begin Again
12. Tilda Swinton as Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive
11. Anna Kendrick as Jenny in Happy Christmas
10. Noomi Rapace as Nadia in The Drop
9. Mira Barkhammar as Bobo in We Are the Best!
8. Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl
7. Kristen Wiig as Maggie Dean in The Skeleton Twins
6. Tessa Thompson as Sam White in Dear White People
5. Jenny Slate as Donna Stern in Obvious Child
4. Elisabeth Moss as Sophie in The One I Love
3. Carla Juri as Helen Memel in Wetlands
2. Scarlett Johansson as The Female in Under the Skin
1. Essie Davis as Amelia in The Babadook


This probably should have been two separate blog posts, but it's too late now. Top 25 Favorite Supporting Actor Performances of 2014!

25. Eddie Marsan as Bladesey in Filth
24. Jaeden Lieberher as Oliver in St. Vincent
23. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
22. Johnny Depp as Guy Lapointe in Tusk
21. Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody in Godzilla
20. Will Arnett as Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Lego Movie
19. Kang-ho Song as Namgoong Minsoo in Snowpiercer
18. Sam Rockwell as Craig in Laggies
17. Anton Yelchin as Ian in Only Lovers Left Alive
16. Scott Adsit as Baymax in Big Hero 6
15. David Koechner as Colin in Cheap Thrills
14. Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl
13. Luke Wilson as Lance in The Skeleton Twins
12. Bradley Cooper as Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy
11. Evan Peters as Peter/Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Marco Perella as Professor Bill Welbrock in Boyhood
9. Brandon P. Bell as Troy Fairbanks in Dear White People
8. Ethan Hawke as Dad in Boyhood
7. Dave Bautista as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy
6. Noah Wiseman as Samuel in The Babadook
5. James Gandolfini as Cousin Marv in The Drop
4. Chris O’Dowd as Jack Brennan in Calvary & as Brother Geraghty in St. Vincent
3. J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in Whiplash
2. Michael Fassbender as Frank in Frank
1. Edward Norton as Mike in Birdman & as Henckels in The Grand Budapest Hotel


You know when you start writing something, and it gets so long that you can imagine ever reading the whole thing? Anyway, here's my Top 25 Favorite Supporting Actress Performances of 2014. I swear I'm almost done here.

25. Molly Shannon as Geenie Slocum in Life After Beth
24. Andrea Riseborough as Laura in Birdman
23. Amber Stevens as Maya in 22 Jump Street
22. Lorelei Linklater as Samantha in Boyhood
21. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Clara in Frank
20. Marlen Kruse as Corinna in Wetlands
19. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier & as Molly in Chef
18. Cate Blanchett as Valka in How to Train Your Dragon 2
17. Octavia Spencer as Tanya in Snowpiercer
16. Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney in Gone Girl
15. Saoirse Ronan as Agatha in The Grand Budapest Hotel
14. Liv LeMoyne as Hedvig in We Are the Best!
13. Gaby Hoffman as Nellie in Obvious Child
12. Kelly Reilly as Fiona Lavelle in Calvary
11. Melissa McCarthy as Maggie in St. Vincent
10. Jillian Bell as Mercedes in 22 Jump Street
9. Ah-sung Ko as Yona in Snowpiercer
8. Teyonah Parris as Colandrea ‘Coco’ Conners in Dear White People
7. Naomi Watts as Daka in St. Vincent & as Lesley in Birdman
6. Alison Pill as Teacher in Snowpiercer
5. Mira Grosin as Kiara in We Are the Best!
4. Mia Wasikowska as Ava in Only Lovers Left Alive & as Hannah in The Double
3. Emma Stone as Sam in Birdman
2. Tilda Swinton as Mason in Snowpiercer & as Madame D. in The Grand Budapest Hotel
1. Patricia Arquette as Mom in Boyhood


Oh good. I'm finally done. Now that everyone has stopped reading, here's just a bunch of movies I wanted to see this year that I just didn't get to. Maybe they would have made some of these lists. I don't know. Does it even matter? Why go on? Surely there's more to life than this. When it's all over, I'll just be left with these faded film memories wishing I had done more. Good night.

Amira & Sam
Before I Disappear
Big Eyes
Cititzenfour
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Ernest & Célestine
Finding Vivian Maier
Force Majeure
Foxcatcher
Free the Nipple
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Guest
Ida
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Interview
Life Itself
Listen Up Philip
A Long Way Down
Lust for Love
Mistaken for Strangers
A Most Violent Year
Nightcrawler
Pride
Rosewater
Selma
Sex Ed
Starred Up
Still Alice
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Theory of Everything
Top Five
Two Days, One Night
Venus in Fur
White Bird in a Blizzard
Wild
The Wind Rises