I am a HUGE movie and TV fan. I watch way too much of both each year and I enjoy it thoroughly. This year I have watched over 100 movies/tv shows (check out the full list here –> my list!). That’s quite a few to pick from. However, this year I will say it is quite easy for me to pick out what I consider the BEST movie I watched, and the most IMPORTANT movie I watched. What’s the difference you say? Well, the best movie is simply that, what I think is the hands-down best movie I watched all year (excluding movies I have watched in previous years). The most important movie is about the movie that impacted me the most and one that, regardless of the technical quality (which this years’ is actually technically quite amazing), is one I think everyone should see.
So, without further ado, here’s my pick for
The Best Movie I Watched in 2014 (IMO)
Short Term 12
This is hands down the best movie I watched this year. Technically it is amazing: the construction of the story, the script, the acting, the direction…I mean really, just everything! And, one thing that I appreciate most about this movie is that it gives you a hopeful and uplifting ending rooted in truth and reality, not hallmark-shmalziness. That is one difficult thing to do that this movie makes look easy. You all must watch this movie.
The Most Important Movie I Watched in 2014
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
This is probably one of the most difficult movies I have ever watched. The story is so close to home for many people that I know, and the reality depicted is not at all a stretch, in fact it is so rooted in reality it is saddening. It’s straight forward enough:
Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.
The challenging part for me is the first 5 minutes of the film, which are very much necessary, are also heart wrenchingly devastating to watch. I asked the filmmaker on twitter how the whole process was for him. This was his reply:
I want to recommend this movie, but I have to with a huge warning: the first 5 minutes are not for the faint of heart and, I believe, they must be watched for the whole movie to make sense!
Well, there you go. My best & most important movies I watched in 2014.
And here’s the list of my top 10 movies/tv shows!
My Top 10 Movies & TV Shows I Watched in 2014 (in no particular order)
- The Lego Movie
- Big Hero 6
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Alan Partridge
- Short Term 12
- Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Guardians Of The Galaxy, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Gravity, Happy Valley, Orange Is The New Black, John Wick, Inequality For All, Furious 6, Moonrise Kingdom
A special section for these two spectacularly awful movies…
Worst Movies I Watched in 2014
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- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
- Boondock Saints II