Every year, people complain that there are no good movies. Or that last year was better. But, I thought 2014 was an unqualified success.
Our big-budget tentpoles had real depth, and earned some of the best critical notices of the year (Apes, Guardians, Godzilla). A handful of scrappy indies (Boyhood, Birdman) really helped push the medium forward in new and innovative ways. The animated movies were as good as the live action ones (How to Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6). And, the documentaries were fascinating (Life Itself, Jodorowsky's Dune, Tim's Vermeer). Sure, there were some disappointments (The Monuments Men, The Judge, Exodus) and duds (Jersey Boys, Labor Day), but overall, I enjoyed my time in theaters and found plenty to love.
I saw over 130 new movies in the theater and on demand, and there are still some I need to see that haven't hit Chicago yet (Selma, American Sniper, Inherent Vice, A Most Violent Year), but here are my top 10 movies of 2014:
Honorable Mention: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Jodorowsky's Dune, 22 Jump Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything
Be sure and check back later this week for my Bottom 5 list. And, as always, thanks for reading Hammervision for another year. See you in 2015!
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