Top 10 Movies of 2014 (and few other awards)

TOP 10 MOVIES
1. Gone Girl 9.8/10
6. Whiplash 9.1/10
8. The Skeleton Twins 8.9/10
9. Pride 8.4/10
10. Enemy 8.3/10

I love books no less then I love movies. Gone Girl is one of few book to movie adaptations that both are equivalently brilliant, intrigue and thrilling. David Fincher managed to film Gone Girl in the way that it did not disappoint any book reader, even more, we were surprised how amazingly it was shot, esp. Cool Girl part. Plus, phenomenal acting by Rosamund Pike makes this movie a perfection, leaving alone the rest of pretty amazing cast. The same time, movie goes through so many social issues, including marriage, society's perception of women, misogyny, etc. It's this years the most complex and memorable film for me and one of all time favorites.
TOP 5 DIRECTORS
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
2. David Fincher for Gone Girl
3. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
4. Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game

Both Fincher and Iñárritu did amazing jobs this year. David made the biggest adaptation with most mesmerizing shots, plot twists and cast. He took some risks while doing so and won each of them. While Alejandro G. had truly original ideas to show a struggle of man with his ago and his fights to become important, once again. The way he decided to end film, or to hint small details made whole film a lot more interesting. That's why I picked Birdman director No. 1 choice.

My post about ACTING PERFORMANCES can be found here.
Best Adapted Screenplay: 1. Gone Girl 2. The Imitation Game 3. Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Birdman 3. The Skeleton Twins
Cinematography: 1. Mr Turner 2. Birdman 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Film Editing: 1. Whiplash 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel 3. Gone Girl
Original Score: 1. How to Train Your Dragon 2 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel 3. Gone Girl
Original Song: 1. "Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games 2. "Who We Are" from The Hunger Games 3. "For the Dancing and the Dreaming" from How To Train Your Dragon 2
Production Design: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. The Imitation Game 3. Birman
Costume Design: 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. The Imitation Game 3. Gone Girl
Best Sound:  1. Whiplash 2. Interstellar 3. Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects: 1. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3. Captain America
Best Animated Feature: 1. How To Train Your Dragon 2 2. Big Hero 6 3. Song of the Sea
Best Scene: 1. The murder of Desi Collings from Gone Girl 2. Enigma starts working from The Imitation Game 3. Siblings dance scene from The Skeleton Twins 
Best Ending: 1. Whiplash 2. Enemy 3. Birdman
Best Non Original Music in motion picture: 1. The whole Awesome Mix from Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Jazz music from Whiplash 3. Various artists from The Grand Budapest Hotel
Breakthrough performance: 1. Miles Teller in Whiplash 2. Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars 3. Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Most boring and widely awarded films: 1. Boyhood 2. Selma 3. American Sniper
Least deserved honorees of any award:  1. Boyhood basically for anything 2. Ava DuVernay's any directing nomination 3. James Marsch's directing nomination at BAFTAs.
Most underrated movies this year:  1. The Skeleton Twins 2. Pride 3.Snowpiercer

aaand, finally:
5 WORST MOVIES
1. Sharknado 2: The Second One 1.0/10
2. Dracula Untold 1.4/10
3. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 1.9/10
4. Earth to Echo 2.5/10
5. Nymphomaniac: Vol. II 2.7/10
All movies I saw this year:

Gone Girl, 9.8/10
Birdman, 9.2/10
Whiplash, 9.1/10
Pride, 8.4/10
Enemy, 8.3/10
Force Majeure (Turist), 8.2/10
The Case Against 8, 8.1/10
The Normal Heart, 8.1/10 (first watch 8.8)
Edge of Tomorrow, 8/10
Honeymoon, 7.9/10
Snowpiercer, 7.9/10
Big Hero 6, 7.8/10
The Lego Movie, 7.7/10
Into the Woods, 7.6/10
Nightcrawler, 7.4/10
The Guest, 7.4/10
Non-Stop, 7.3/10
American Sniper, 7.2/10
Boyhood, 7.2/10 (first watch 8.4)
The Theory of Everything, 7.1/10
That Awkward Moment, 7.0/10
Interstellar, 6.9/10 (initial rating 7.4)
Maleficent, 6.8/10
Unbroken, 6.7/10
The Purge: Anarchy, 6.6/10
Before I Go to Sleep, 6.5/10
22 Jump Street, 6.4/10
The Two Faces of January, 6.4/10
Two Night Stand, 6.4/10
Neighbors, 6.3/10
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, 6.2/10
Mr. Turner, 6.2/10
Noah, 6.1/10
The Giver, 6.1/10
Lucy, 5.7/10
Petals on the Wind, 5.5/10
Divergent, 5.4/10
Inherent Vice, 5.3/10
Into the Storm, 5.1/10
Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 4.8/10
Transcendence, 4.7/10
Sex Tape, 4.6/10
Selma, 4.6/10
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 4.5/10
Still Alice, 4.4/10
Endless Love, 4.4/10
The Interview, 4.3/10
They Came Together, 4.1/10
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, 3.4/10
Ouija, 3.3/10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3/10
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II, 2.7/10
Earth to Echo, 2.5/10
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, 1.9/10
Dracula Untold, 1.4/10
Sharknado 2: The Second One, 1/10

8 comments:

  1. Nice list! All of your favorites are either on my favorites list or honorable mentions as well.

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  2. Thanks Brittani. Great that we share so many film. I had trouble to come down to this top ten, even had to rewatch some, to make sure they are in the rights spot.

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  3. Since I don't have a specific rating system.. it's impossible to rank movies as precisely as you did here.. and I like your way a lot better than mine. But yes, a nice list... even the bad are "good" choices.

    May 2015 bring you many amazing movies! :)

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  4. Wow. I'm really excited to see Gone GIrl now! So far this year, The Imitation Game is my favourite film, followed by Whiplash and Grand Budapest Hotel. I've still got quite a few to see :)

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  5. I use decimals to differentiate between movies according to personal preference. Sometimes I have to rewatch them, to rank.


    Thanks a lot. I wish you the same. Let's have an amazing movie year

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  6. Thanks Ben. Yes, I loved GG. Good to see you're back

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  7. I agree with many of your picks, like both screenplays, sound, editing, production and costume... even most boring/widely award of the year - Boyhood, yep!

    I liked Selma a bit more than you did, though I feel that was mostly due to Oyelowo's performance. I think he has a great onscreen presence, and when I found out how his is in real life I just was blown away.

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  8. First of all, sorry for such a late response.


    Oyelowo was indeed good, but I don't think either his or Ava's work was so masterful that them missing Oscars nomination was really because of racism.

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