There are soooooo many films from 2014 that I desperately want to see, but haven’t had the chance to. Some of those films include Selma, Whiplash, Goodbye to Language, Inherent Vice, and Citizenfour – among countless others. I decided against doing a Top 10 list this year because there is no way that my picks will be representative of the work that premiered in 2014. Instead, I’ll share a list of movies I liked and discuss my #1 film of the year.
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
Chef (Jon Favreau)
Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)
Top Five (Chris Rock)
Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg)
The One I Love (Charlie McDowell)
Life Itself (Steve James)
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
They Came Together (David Wain)
Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée)
It’s difficult for me to put into words exactly why I love Birdman as much as I do. It’s magical – magnetic – deep – dark – wild – wonderful, and everything in between. I sat in the theater and experienced an entire spectrum of emotions, from deep gaping sadness to sheer and bright exuberance. Birdman made me think. Who are we, really? How does our creative work define us? Why do we crave acceptance and recognition? I also thought about the complex relationship between the critic and the criticized, and how difficult it is to create something and invite the world to judge your work.
I will absolutely go out on a limb and call Birdman a masterpiece. The script, soundtrack, casting, editing, production design, CINEMATOGRAPHY, nearly everything about it is new and transformative.
Though I love to write, I fear that nothing I say will be able to express exactly how wonderful this movie makes me feel.
If you haven’t seen Birdman yet, make sure to check it out. To say it’s wonderful is an understatement.