Best Directors | The Best of 2014

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.

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.

Christopher Nolan
5. Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

Christopher Nolan
4. Christopher Nolan
Interstellar

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
3. James Gunn
Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Damien Chazelle
2. Damien Chazelle
Whiplash

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

Alejandro González Iñárritu
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorace)
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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.

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.

Julianne Moore
5. Julianne Moore
Still Alice
Alice Howland

I traded Julianne Moore to Clark for James McAvoy before this year’s draft. I won’t say it’s the worst decision I’ve ever made (I now have Professor X and Magneto on my team) but it certainly wasn’t the best. She is the closest thing we have to Meryl Streep which can be seen in Still Alice. She portrays a brilliant college professor going through various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is hard to watch. Good movie, but a great performance. – Anders Oster

Felicity Jones
4. Felicity Jones
The Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking

I know all the talk from the Theory of Everything was on Eddie Redmayne and his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, and that performance should, of course, be commended. However, this is really Jane Hawking’s story to tell, her book to adapt, her side of the struggle just as much as his, and Felicity Jones plays the part absolutely beautifully. She takes the feelings of love and fear and desperation that must come with seeing one’s significant other physically deteriorate and her portrayal of Jane is just as breathtaking as Redmayne’s; perhaps it went overlooked due to the subtle nature with which it’s performed, rather than the necessarily physical and spotlighted work that must be done for Stephen, but my eyes went to Jones just as much as they did to Redmayne to see her side of the story. – Jeff Pearson

Emma Stone
3. Emma Stone
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Sam Thomson

In a film packed with superstars shining bright, Emma stands out. We all loved her before this movie, but here, she showed some true range and ability. It will be exciting to see what the future entails. – Jarryd Baxter

Marion Cotillard
2. Marion Cotillard
Two Days, One Night
Sandra

Essie Davis
1. Essie Davis
The Babadook
Amelia

The Babadook was a great film because Essie Davis played a troubled woman in such a refined way that even after multiple viewings her character still has more to reveal. – Clark Carmichael
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