Top 10 Movies of 2014

Okay, so yet again, I find that I haven't seen a lot of the movies that I wanted to...the most notable ones being "Birdman" and "Nightcrawler". Alas, some movies come and go too quickly in theaters. So without further prolonging, here are the ten best movies that I saw in 2014.

10. Foxcatcher
Bennett Miller's wrestling movie that has a trifecta of powerhouse performances, lead by Mark Ruffalo's understated turn. "Foxcatcher" is anti-sentimental and incredibly haunting. This is sure to earn its share of awards.

Though Lars von Trier tried his very, very hardest to make his movies to be the most controversial films of 2014; but it didn't really work out that way. What was left over was a very thoughtful work, however that meditated on addiction and affliction. Its ending may have been an orgy of self-indulgence; but the five hours that led up to that were filled with enough dazzling moments that it more than made up for it,

8. Godzilla
Who knew that Gareth Edwards could make such a perfect action movie? "Godzilla" manages to pay tribute to the original, while still finding ways to bring excitement and even new monsters to the serious. All roaring for the sequel!

7. Pride
This year's most enjoyable film, "Pride" won so many hearts over and made a story about miners and an LGBT alliance wickedly funny and deeply moving. It's a coming of age story, a banner-waving ode to modern times, and an ovation worthy flick.

6. Guardians of the Galaxy
It's so much freakin' fun. Nuff said.

5. Mommy
Xavier Dolan's newest movie is nothing if not an emotional punch to the gut. His long played themes of maternity and adolescence have finally reached their peak. It's an absorbing work; but not for the faint of heart.

4. Boyhood
A movie that was 12 years in the making, "Boyhood" is a rock-n-roll/everyday view on life. There's no climactic moment, but there doesn't need to be. Linklater proves his worth again and again with each passing scene in this movie.

3. Wetlands
Literally one of the most WTF movies in recent years, "Wetlands" charm is surprising since most of the screen time is eaten up by orally fixated horrors. Never has degradation and perversion been such a blistering masterpiece.

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's best piece so far. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is perfection from its first frame to its last. You'll never have so much fun as this.

1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
It was going to take a lot to top "The Grand Budapest Hotel", but Ana Lily Amirpour's feminist vampire movie brought chills, laughs, and the giddiest sense of pure joy. Slick, hipster, and frightening. Wonderful beyond wonderful.

Honorable mentions:
Under the Skin
Gone Girl

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