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.
As I said before, it’s hard not to feel that Wes Anderson is only getting better at this point. The color palette on display in the Grand Budapest Hotel is both stunning and warm, an amazing feat in such a cold and detached world. His immaculate design actually somehow creates a sense of reality to this world in a way that is very interesting; typically his movies feel almost like fairytales, especially as they have become more and more detailed and arranged, but he’s grown to the point where his fairytale worlds are only our own world, just looked at a little differently. – Jeff Pearson
Kudos to writer and director of Interstellar, Christopher Nolan for even attempting to make a movie like this. He has a lot of naysayers, but you have to be a real Debbie Downer to think this guy makes bad movies. Nowadays he gets one of the biggest budgets that any director is given to make a movie and he still makes the weirdest and most interesting movies. They go into a wormhole AND a black hole in this movie and Nolan bravely attempts to visualize all of it. He does a great job too. He also hired a leading theoretical physicist to consult on the movie. It is amazing to me that he didn’t get a best director nomination at the Academy Awards, because this might be the best movie of the year and it has a lot to do with his direction. Top notch idea, cinematography, casting, acting, visuals, sound, and music, and pretty much anything else you can come up with. Christopher Nolan is still at the top of his game. – Anders Oster
James Gunn didn't make the best movie of 2014 in my opinion, but Guardians of the Galaxy will be the most iconic and everlasting film of 2014. Mark my words. When this generation of kids starts naming their own generation of children, the names Peter, Quill, Rocket, Gamora, Drax and, yes, even Groot and Star-Lord will be trending like mad. – Clark Carmichael
In a year in which established directors are doing some of their best work, we should give some love to the young gun. Chazelle explores the true nature of greatness, mentors, and success in his technical masterpiece. – Jarryd Baxter