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.
Michaël R. Roskam
If anything, The Drop is underrated because the dog is just so damn adorable. I felt for the characters and kind of felt utterly hoodwinked by the end of it when I realized that I, just like all the characters around him, had underestimated Bob as an individual. It’s a film where the end suddenly makes me question everything I had seen prior, and that’s more and more a rarity as I watch more film. – Jeff Pearson
It appears to be a straight-forward murder mystery, but suddenly takes the shape of a psychological thriller about identity and values. Gandolfini is good, but Hardy is great. This is a great one that many folks may have missed. – Jarryd Baxter