Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.
This movie is the film equivalent of what Derek Jeter is to baseball. Very, very good yet somehow still overrated. Apart from being a very unique filming concept of aging the actors in real time over the course of 12 years, the actual story seemed to me to be pretty straightforward, and the acting didn’t strike me as anything extraordinary. I’m not sure why this movie was in such high contention to win best picture at the Oscars. The real time aging of the actors was a cool effect in the film and it was a cool coming of age story, but I just didn’t catch the bug with the hype for this movie. Maybe my expectations were too high going in. – Anders Oster