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110 FILMS OF 2014

Counting Down the Films of 2014 from Best to Worst

By Tyler Malone

Winter 2014-2015

For each of the last five years, here at PMc Magazine, I”ve catalogued all the films I”ve seen in that given year and placed them in order of my personal preference from best to worst. I saw 110 2014 releases this year: everything from a plotless and near-perfect film that was 12-years-in-the-making (Boyhood) to a documentary on a film-in-the-making that is perhaps more perfect in its never-having-been-made (Jodorowsky”s Dune); from a meta-superhero movie with a jazz drum score (Birdman) to a jazz drummer story that scores until it flies off the rails 2/3s of the way through (Whiplash); from a film with Jake Gyllenhaal showing off the intensity and absurdity of a young Nic Cage (Nightcrawler) to a film with Nic Cage showing off the over-intensity and over-absurdity of an old Nic Cage (Left Behind); from the year”s two Bible epics (Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings) to the year”s most epic failure of Biblical proportions (God”s Not Dead); from the mediocre movie North Korea couldn”t stop (The Interview) to the next installment in an abysmal franchise that I wish someone would stop (Transformers: Age of Extinction); from the comedy that reminded me why sequels, especially comedy sequels, almost always fail (Dumb and Dumber To) to this year”s exception to that rule (The Trip to Italy); from the only 3D movie that I”ll admit MUST BE SEEN IN 3D (Goodbye to Language) to the only David Fincher film that I”ve ever truly hated (Gone Girl); from the first film production of a Thomas Pynchon novel (Inherent Vice) to the final film appearances of Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man, God”s Pocket, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1). Here they are, ranked from best to worst, my movies of 2014:

1. Birdman (5/5)
2. Goodbye to Language (5/5)
3. Nightcrawler (5/5)
4. Boyhood (5/5)
5. Inherent Vice (5/5)
6. Force Majeure (5/5)
7. The Trip to Italy (5/5)
8. Mr. Turner (5/5)
9. Nymph()maniac: Vols. 1 & 2 (5/5)
10. Snowpiercer (5/5)
11. The Unknown Known (5/5)
12. The Grand Budapest Hotel (4.5/5)
13. A Most Violent Year (4.5/5)
14. Listen Up Philip (4.5/5)
15. Enemy (4.5/5)
16. Love Is Strange (4.5/5)
17. Locke (4.5/5)
18. Only Lovers Left Alive (4.5/5)
19. The Dance of Reality (4.5/5)
20. Selma (4.5/5)
21. The Decent One (4.5/5)
22. Magic in the Moonlight (4.5/5)
23. A Most Wanted Man (4/5)
24. The Double (4/5)
25. Noah (4/5)
26. Frank (4/5)
27. Foxcatcher (4/5)
28. Blue Ruin (4/5)
29. Ida (4/5)
30. Altman (4/5)
31. Jodorowsky”s Dune (4/5)
32. Interstellar (4/5)
33. Under the Skin (4/5)
34. Regarding Susan Sontag (4/5)
35. The Lego Movie (4/5)
36. Life Itself (4/5)
37. Le Week-End (4/5)
38. Particle Fever (4/5)
39. Venus in Fur (3.5/5)
40. God”s Pocket (3.5/5)
41. X-Men: Days of Future Past (3.5/5)
42. Palo Alto (3.5/5)
43. The Theory of Everything (3.5/5)
44. Muppets Most Wanted (3.5/5)
45. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (3.5/5)
46. The Skeleton Twins (3.5/5)
47. Mission Blue (3.5/5)
48. The Battered Bastards of Baseball (3.5/5)
49. Exodus: Gods and Kings (3/5)
50. Fury (3/5)
51. The Imitation Game (3/5)
52. St. Vincent (3/5)
53. Guardians of the Galaxy (3/5)
54. Whiplash (3/5)
55. Wild (3/5)
56. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (3/5)
57. Unbroken (3/5)
58. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (3/5)
59. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (3/5)
60. Belle (3/5)
61. The Purge: Anarchy (2.5/5)
62. Godzilla (2.5/5)
63. Neighbors (2.5/5)
64. Edge of Tomorrow (2.5/5)
65. Advanced Style (2.5/5)
66. A Long Way Down (2.5/5)
67. The One I Love (2.5/5)
68. Maleficent (2.5/5)
69. This Is Where I Leave You (2.5/5)
70. E-Team (2.5/5)
71. The Equalizer (2.5/5)
72. Mudbloods (2.5/5)
73. Non-Stop (2.5/5)
74. The Railway Man (2/5)
75. American Sniper (2/5)
76. The Interview (2/5)
77. Good People (2/5)
78. The Fault in Our Stars (2/5)
79. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2/5)
80. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2/5)
81. Jersey Boys (1.5/5)
82. That Awkward Moment (1.5/5)
83. Rio 2 (1.5/5)
84. A Brony Tale (1.5/5)
85. Transcendence (1.5/5)
86. Gone Girl (1.5/5)
87. Walk of Shame (1/5)
88. A Million Ways to Die in the West (1/5)
89. Video Games: The Movie (1/5)
90. Hercules (1/5)
91. Doc of the Dead (1/5)
92. The Nut Job (1/5)
93. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (1/5)
94. Under the Electric Sky: EDC 2013 (1/5)
95. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (0.5/5)
96. Divergent (0.5/5)
97. Rage (0.5/5)
98. The Maze Runner (0.5/5)
99. Women Aren”t Funny (0.5/5)
100. 3 Days to Kill (0.5/5)
101. Boys of Abu Ghraib (0/5)
102. Left Behind (0/5)
103. Transformers: Age of Extinction (0/5)
104. Heaven Is For Real (0/5)
105. I, Frankenstein (0/5)
106. Dumb and Dumber To (0/5)
107. The Other Woman (0/5)
108. Bad Johnson (0/5)
109. Authors Anonymous (0/5)
110. God”s Not Dead (0/5)

Written and Compiled by Tyler Malone

Photography Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Design by Mina Darius

Captions:

Film Still from Birdman, Photography Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

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