At the end of every year, it is time to reflect on what we did wrong, what we did right, and what there is left to do. Yet, when it comes to films, it is not us the viewer, but the industry itself that we lay judgment on. In doing this, let us honor this tradition by listing the best and worst of 2014.
Starting with the Best, it is only fair to place these in categories, rather than say there is one film which is the best of all film.
When asked which film overall was the best of 2014, there is simply one answer: Purge: Anarchy. While ‘Wild’ and others showcase certain actors, such as Reese Witherspoon’s fine, gut wrenching performance as a woman on a personal quest for self-discovery, ‘Purge: Anarchy’ is not as limited in its scope. This is a film which pertains to all of us, not just one segment of society, or one person’s journey to find peace. For if we do not have a society which deems all of us as being treated with dignity and respect, what do we have?
Unlike some films in which you see it and forget it, each time one views “Purge: Anarchy” one notices different things. This is a multi-layered film with a subject which goes beyond who we are as human beings, into questions of class, race, and political and monetary equality.
Writer, Director, James De Monaco, must be lauded for having the guts to tell a story which crosses categories so effortlessly that one cannot in all good consciousness place it in solely horror, action, drama, or social commentary, but in fact, in all of these categories.
Additionally, unlike other films, this one does not contain any “stars” but has actors who appeal due to their ability as actors to finely hone their craft, rather than who they are. The fact that they chose to do this, allows the audience to appreciate the story without being distracted. Therefore before we go into what films, in specific genres stood out as the best within their category, it must be said that overall the best film of 2014 was: “Purge: Anarchy”.
Now for the rest of the films of 2014:
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Best Supporting Actor:
J.B. Smoove, “Top 5”
Best Supporting Actress:
Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”
Best Younger Actor:
Alex Lawther “The Imitation Game”
Best Special Effects:
Mystery: “In Secret”
Best Indie Horror Film: Mine Games
Sci Fi/Action: “Godzilla”
Comedy: “The Interview”, “Let’s Be Cops”, “Top Five”
Documentary: “Life Itself”, “Citizen Four”, “Bears”, “The Unknown Known”, “Inequality for All”
Best Teen Romance: “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Endless Love”
Best Children’s Film:
Romance: “That Awkward Moment’, “The Best of Me”
Children’s Film: “Maleficent”
Horror: “Mas Que La Noche”, “Dracula Untold”, “Only Lovers Left Alive”
Sci Fi/Action: “Into the Storm”, “Interstellar”, “TMNT”, “Transformers Age of Extinction”, “Transcendence”, “Lucy”, “I Frankenstein”, “The Amazing Spiderman 2”, “Pompeii”
Comedy: “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, “The Other Woman”