We Eat Films’ Top 5 Films of 2014!

Written by Jesse Gelinas December 26, 2014

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With the holiday season and the year drawing to a close, it’s time to reflect on 2014’s contribution to cinema. Without any ado, the Staff here at We Eat FIlms have compiled their picks into this ultimate list of the Top 5 best films of 2014!

5. Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong)

Snowpiercer, one of the top 5 films of 2014

This little post-apocalyptic thriller comes to us from South Korean director Joon-ho Bong (“The Host,” 2006). While it struggled to find distribution in North America without massive edits, Bong eventually managed to fight his way to a decent theater release with his intended version of the film. Following a group of refugees surviving the frozen wasteland of Earth on a perpetual motion train, “Snowpiercer” solidifies its spot as one of the best films of 2014 with its unique setting, innovative production design, and solid casting. If anything is taken from this film, perhaps it’s that Hollywood needs more faith in independent sci-fi flicks.

4. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

Interstellar, one of the top 5 films of 2014

Christopher Nolan can always be relied on for inventive, thought-provoking blockbusters that go that little bir further to smack you in the face with some emotional writing. “Interstellar” may be his best film since “The Prestige,” and while some may question the scientific validity of the film’s premise, no one can question the terrific acting, mind-blowing effects and design, and intensely engaging soundtrack. “Interstellar” is definitely the best BIG film of 2014.

3. The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)

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When “The Lego Movie” was announced, it was met with a lot of jeers and sighs from a generation of kids who didn’t want to see their childhood cheaply exploited for a few meta-jokes. What I don’t think anyone was expecting was a sincere, genuine trip down nostalgia lane, complete with all the joy and wonder of our collective childhoods. The music is great, the jokes are clever, and in the end, this animated gem delivers some real feelings about not only individuality and freedom, but love and family. Essentially, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME in this wonderful animated film of 2014.

2. Gone Girl (David Fincher)

Gone Girl

David Fincher is on a bit of a role these last, oh, seven years or so. Every film he releases seemingly strikes gold, garnering Oscar nods and huge bank. “Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn’s mystery-thriller (adapted by herself from her own novel) follows Nick Dunne, whose wife, Amy disappears from their home with all the evidence seemingly pointing to him. Unfrtunately, Nick lacks the social IQ to properly defend himself from people’s critiques of his character. This mind-bending fare will leave you both shocked and slightly disgusted, but always engaged. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and oddl enough Tyler Perry deliver knockout performances that make this one of the best films of 2014.

1. Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)

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Oh, Michael Keaton, why did you ever go away? Inarritu’s trippy character study about a former action-star turned Broadway hopeful shows us that a man may truly be capable of changing his life if he puts his mind to it, and can stop the voices in his head long enough. “Birdman” showcases Michael Keaton in probably the best role of his career, along with hilarious support from Ed Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Stone. While the Academy isn’t always as kind to comedy as it should be, Inarritu’s film may just be inventive and impressive enough to snag a few awards, and it is We Eat Films’ pick for the best film of 2014.

 

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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