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The Best Movies of 2014... So Far -- One Third Complete

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The Best Movies of 2014... So Far

I keep track of what I consider to be the Best Movies of the year on a regular basis (find my 2014 list here) so the films I consider to be the best of this year so far won't be much of a surprise to anyone that checks that list out regularly as those are the movies most likely to be contenders for my year end top ten. That list, as it turns out, is not a long one as we've completed four months in 2014 and when it comes to movies worthy of being called the "best" there haven't been too many options.

So far my list has four contenders, two of which I saw at last year's Cannes Film Festival -- Only Lovers Left Alive and Venus in Fur -- and Venus is still awaiting a theatrical release stateside. to be released domestically.

The first new film I saw this year that became a contender was Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and just recently I added Steven Knight's Locke, and that does it when it comes to films I have any intention of returning to.

There are a few films I like, but simply aren't good enough to call the "best", which would include Dom Hemingway (fun, and maybe I'll see it again... some day), About Last Night (another fun one, but not one I need to repeat), ditto The Lego Movie. Blue Ruin was an interesting film and an engaging visit with a new director and Transcendence had interesting ideas, but failed in a lot of other ways. Noah I enjoyed primarily because it's a Darren Aronofsky movie and Enemy is an engaging little mind trip, coupled with the curiosity that is Under the Skin, the latter of which I don't really care for all that much.

There has yet to be a satisfying blockbuster, but I'm hoping Godzilla remedies that and if we're talking movies coming out this month, I'm excited to see James McAvoy in Filth one week after he plays Professor X in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Otherwise, I'll be seeing Boyhood at the end of this week, which I feel is already one destined for my year end top ten... we'll see.

How about you? What are the best movies you've seen so far this year? Share in the comments below and you can always stay up-to-date on what I consider to be the Best Movies in my dedicated section right here, also accessible from the navigation at the top of every page.

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  • Kingsley_Zissou

    If you told me 5 years ago that the only movie in 2014 I'd like by May is a Noah's ark movie, I'd have laughed and laughed and laughed. But somehow that happened.

    • andyluvsfilms

      Noah is currently my #2 of the year so far but i suspect it won't be there come the end, the quality starts to fall off a bit for me when they're actually on the ark.

      • Kingsley_Zissou

        I enjoy it the whole way through but I also expect (hope) there will be other movies to fill out my list as more stuff comes out in my neck of the woods.

        • andyluvsfilms

          It was a remarkable film but i didn't bond with it the way i did with Only Lovers Left Alive, i think this film will stay with me longer despite my love for all things Aronofsky.

          • yrabadi

            Only Lovers Left Alive is at the top of my list - no doubts. Though I did enjoy Winter Soldier from a blockbuster point of view.

            • andyluvsfilms

              It was better than the first one and i thought Chris Evan was very good, overall this franchise seems to be going in the right direction unlike Thor and Spiderman which bore me silly but maybe those two are aimed at a younger audience.

              • yrabadi

                The latest Spider-Man was definitely aimed at a younger audience. It seemed very commercial... everything from the music to the look to the simplicity of the story. It was fastfood cinema at its worst.

              • andyluvsfilms

                Affirmative. I know everyone needs to pay the bills but i hate to see amazing talents like Paul Giamatti and Jamie Foxx doing stuff like this, that's life i guess.

              • yrabadi

                I think some of it may have to do with them having kids...?

              • andyluvsfilms

                Ah, i forgot about those little varmints, case closed.

  • andyluvsfilms

    The only film that's currently in my top ten that i suspect will still be there by the end of the year is Only Lovers Left Alive, if it drops out then it's gonna be a really good one http://letterboxd.com/andyluvsfilms/list/top-ten-of-2014-work-in-progress/

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    I've only conjured up the interest to see 8 films from 2014 so far. Top so far is Noah with Grand Budapest Hotel not far behind.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    With Sundance and SXSW under my belt (for a whopping total of 83 movies in theaters this year so far) I have a lot of strong contenders for "Best of the Year." If I had to narrow to ten at this point, I would go with (in no rigid order):

    Boyhood, Starry Eyes, The Raid 2, Wetlands, The Guest, Nymphomaniac, Blue Ruin, Cold in July, Enemy, and Whiplash.

    • andyluvsfilms

      Couldn't find Wetlands on RT and has quite a low score on Imdb but you obviously saw something in it. Would you say its more drama than comedy?

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Regarding Wetlands... I have an opportunity to see it at a festival in about a month, but, despite some really good imagery I'm getting from the trailer, there seems to be a lot of cringe 'humor' (like the shaving thing). Is it like that all the way through?

      • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

        It's definitely a good mix of cringe worthy stuff but if you have the stomach for it, there's a lot of rewarding dramatic gravity in there as well.

        • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

          Thanks!!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Noah and Snowpiercer are the only top 10 kind of movies I've seen this year...Blue Ruin would be a close third, but I'm not ready to put that in.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyB/ Jimmy B

    Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Soldier are strong contenders for my year-end "Best of 2014" list, but much to my surprise, The Lego Movie will absolutely be on there. I've seen it four times now and I can't get enough of it; it's easily the best animated movie in several years and one of the funniest and most visually inventive flicks I've seen in a long time.

  • Ben Kelly

    I've seen about 19 films so far and I haven't been that impressed with movies I would consider the "best". I've seen films I've like very much including Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Nymphomaniac but nothing SPECTACULAR

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    My only best of the year contenders so far are Noah and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Only Lovers Left Alive and Locke haven't made it to my area yet, but they're definitely on my radar. I'll also probably give The Lego Movie a watch once it's on Blu-ray.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I haven't had a chance to see as many 2014 releases as others but so far I would group what I have seen as follows;

    The Great - Locke.
    The Good - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Filth, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah, The Railway Man.
    The Inbetweeners - A Long Way Down, Under The Skin.
    The Bad - Dom Hemingway, Pompeii, Transcendence.
    The Ugly - (None here so far)

    So, that's what I've got so far anyway.

    • andyluvsfilms

      I would shuffle Railway Man down to Bad, Winter Soldier down one and Dom Hemingway up two. I will never watch Filth, not my bag.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

        'Filth' is one of those films of a type I don't need to watch very often (and I was uninterested for about the first third until it finally began to reveal it's actual story) but from time to time something like it works and I really enjoy the end result.

        I won't need to rewatch it probably for a long time but that's not to diminish it. It's just the type of film it is. I'm happy with where I've placed the others but it would surely leave little to do if we all agreed.

        • andyluvsfilms

          Hey absolutely, i'm the wretch who thought Elysium was 'Very Good', i was young and naive in those days.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      Funny that "The Ugly" are the worst films even though Tuco was easily the best character in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    The only two I've loved so far have been Grand Budapest and Joe. Dom Hemingway was decent as well.

    I've yet to see Enemy and Blue Ruin, and they both look interesting at least.

    Also I (somehow) haven't seen Noah, and Aronofsky is one of my favourites so I have high hopes for that

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

    My list of the best of the year so far is mostly filled with festival releases. Therefore most of the titles have 2013 on their tag.

    1. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh, 2014)
    2. Heavenly Shift (Márk Bodzsár, 2013)
    3. The Rocket (Kim Mordaunt, 2013)
    4. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Felix Herngren, 2013)
    5. Bastards (Claire Denis, 2013)
    6. Omar (Hany Abu-Assad, 2013)
    7. A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, 2013)
    8. Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher, 2013)
    9. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013)
    10. The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (Aleksandr Veledinskiy, 2013)
    11. The Hope Factory (Natalya Meshchaninova, 2014)
    12. The Human Factor (Bruno Oliviero, 2013)
    13. Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013)
    14. The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam, 2013)
    15. Gabrielle (Louise Archambault, 2013)

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    What I could call "best" material at this point:
    - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    - Enemy
    - The Lego Movie
    - Noah

    I really enjoyed Only Lovers Left Alive but I feel it won't be around my list at the end of the year just because there has to be some better films in the next 8 months. Still, It could have a place, it's a film I actually want to see again. One of the best vampire films I've seen, that's for sure.

    I haven't seen Transcendence, Blue Ruin, Under the Skin or Locke to name a couple that I don't want to miss. Oh and I saw Filth too, which is quite dark, funny and twisted but I don't know if it qualifies since it can be called a 2013 film.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      I pretty much agree 4 for 4 on your "best" list. Based on the first watch of each I'd rank them this way (subject to change):

      1. Noah
      2. Enemy
      3. Lego Movie
      4. Grand Budapest

      Really looking forward to Locke and Only Lovers Left Alive, hope they'll play here soon. My local cinexplex has been spamming the Only Lovers Left Alive trailer the past two weeks, but I've never seen one for Locke.

  • http://letterboxd.com/mrthejarret/ Jarret

    Currently I consider Enemy and Grand Budapest to be almost locks for the year end Top 10, and I also really liked Joe and The Double.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    I've got:
    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2. Nymphomaniac Part One
    3. Nymphomaniac Part Two
    4. Only Lovers Left Alive
    5. Blue Ruin
    6. Jodorowsky's Dune
    7. Oculus
    8. Omar
    9. Le Weekend
    10. The Lego Movie

    So far.

  • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

    Best Movies of 2014... So Far

    1. STRANGER BY THE LAKE - French thriller about gay men who cover up a crime.
    2. 12 O'CLOCK BOYS - Baltimore documentary about young black men who ride motorbikes and battle police.
    3. GLORIA - Chile's version of a Mike Leigh film.
    4. WHERE WE STARTED - 'Before Sunrise' but set at a hotel in Texas.
    5. CESAR CHAVEZ - A well-done biopic of the Hispanic Martin Luther King, Jr. with an Oscar-worthy performance from Michael Pena.
    6. MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN - A celebration of science and education with Spielbergian adventure and a message of non-traditional family very apt for 'Modern Family' era.
    7. G. B. F. - teen comedy in the same vein if not better than 'Mean Girls'
    8. OCULUS - a horror film that felt like a well-executed 'X-Files' episode.
    9. LIFE ITSELF - the amazing documentary about Roger Ebert.
    10. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER - the best Marvel movie thus far, even better than 'The Avengers'.

    • andyluvsfilms

      Loved Gloria and Stranger By The Lake but thought 12 O'Clock Boys was ok im afraid.

      • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

        hey, andy! I have to ask a question about '12 O'Clock Boys' - the final shot of that movie. do you think it's a flashback or a flash-forward?

        • andyluvsfilms

          Oh God, I know it had something to do with motorbikes! I'll take another look later and buzz ya back.

          • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

            here's my take. let me know what you think? the movie ends with the main boy named Pug telling his mom that his motorbike was stolen. the filmmaker then asks the little boy about the bike and what follows, thru Pug's words and what we see, which is a continuation of footage from the very beginning, leads you to question whether this boy is a reliable narrator, whether what you're seeing is him first getting his bike or him stealing it back. so, either it's a flashback or it's a flash-forward. Either he's a victim or he's a criminal, which is a perfect metaphor for how the white community and the outside world in general sees these young black men. i thought it was a rather brilliant way to end it, but I guess not a lot of people saw it that way.

            • andyluvsfilms

              Having watched the beginning and ending again i would now say he stole the bike, unless i misheard him he says "Let me take a photo of my bitch......my new bitch". I definitely missed the connection the first time round so thanks.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    My top 5 so far - I've only seen 14 new releases, and these are the only ones I've really, really liked.

    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (4/5)
    2. The Raid 2 (4/5)
    3. Joe (3.5/5)
    4. Enemy (3.5/5)
    5. Dom Hemingway (3.5/5)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    The Lego Movie (A-) and Noah (A-) are the only two that I'd think have a shot in my top ten that I've seen so far.

  • iain

    "I don't really care for [Under the Skin] all that much." What?! A risk-taking, elegant, harrowing, moving and terrifying effort to push back boundaries, and you "don't really care for [it] all that much."??? Words fail me. And why is L'Inconnu Du Lac not on your list? Along with Only Lovers, that's the three movies of the year so far.

  • http://www.twitter.com/velcrocity Booth

    The best (and most enjoyable) movie I've seen this year, so far, has to be The Grand Budapest Hotel. Probably my favorite Wes Anderson movie to date. I'd also have to mention, in no particular order, Only Lovers Left Alive, Under the Skin, Locke, and
    The LEGO Movie.

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