TrueFilm's favorite films of 2014 and reflections on the year in film

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater): Just an amazing movie from start to end, setting aside the fact that the movie was shot over the course of 12 years, it still stands on it's own. Even though the film doesn't have an overarching plot, it's still exciting and engrossing. It was very nostalgic for me and it was easy to connect to Mason as he grew up.

2. Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu): Again, this is an incredible movie. I remember coming out of the theatre in awe. It was a great, fast-paced story with excellent cinematography and acting all around. The score was amazing too.

3. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle): This film kept me on the edge of my seat as well. Great performances from both Miles Teller (holy shit can he play the drums) and J.K. Simmons, the score was very nice too and it had some great shots throughout. The ending is amazing. These first three movies are some of the best i've ever seen.

4. Gone Girl (David Fincher): Extremely dark, but entertaining. The mood was set from the start. The two leading performances were great, best performance in Ben Affleck's career. The score fit the film perfectly too. David Fincher did an excellent job all around and I think this is one of his best films yet .

5. Enemy (Denis Villeneuve): Denis Villeneuve delivers again, I can't decide wether I like Enemy or Prisoners more, but they are both amazing, I can't wait to see his next film. Jake Gyllenhaal is becoming one of my favorite actors with the performances he is giving as of late. Like with Gone Girl, this film had a dark mood from the start, and the ending left me absolutely confused (in a good way)

Honorable Mentions: Interstellar, Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Interview (sorry, but i liked it)

Still haven't seen: Inherent Vice (PTA is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, director, I love Joaquin Phoenix, I love The Big Lebowski, and Johnny Greenwood)

Still haven't seen, but don't really want to: Theory of Everything, Immitation Game, American Sniper

Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu - Birdman/Richard Linklater - Boyhood (can't decide)

Best Cinematography: Emanuel Lubezki - Birdman

Leading Actor: Michael Keaton - Birdman

Supporting Actor: J.K Simmons - Whiplash

Leading Actress: Scarlett Johansson - Under The Skin

Supporting Actress: Emma Stone - Birdman

Best Editing: Sandra Adair - Boyhood

Best Score: Justin Hurwitz - Whiplash

Best Drum-Only Score: Antonio Sanchez - Birdman

Best Drummer: Whiplash

Fucked it up the most with "the power of love" bullshit: Interstellar

Best Comedy: The Interview

Most Disappointing: The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies

Worst Movie: Sex Tape/The Monuments Men

/r/TrueFilm Thread