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Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

 

The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2014

by Kam Williams

 

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

 

 

Blog_The-Movies2014 has produced a cornucopia of great films, at least a dozen of which has an excellent shot at taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture, including Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Whiplash, to name a few. However, all the stars seemed to be aligned for my personal favorite, Selma, the searing civil rights saga, set in March of 1965, about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film is arriving in theaters at a moment when race is once again an urgent issue threatening to rip asunder the fabric of the country. So, it might serve as a timely reminder about the effectiveness of adopting a philosophy of non-violence.

Furthermore, this is the first feature-length biopic about Dr. King, which is hard to believe since the revered national icon was assassinated way back in 1968. Thirdly, the picture’s wide release practically coincides with his birthday, which has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1986.

With Black History Month following close on its heels in February, it’s easy to envision Selma building up a head of steam over the course of awards season, when momentum dictates the favorites and often determines the winners in the Oscar sweepstakes.

 

 

10 Best Big Budget Films

 

1.      Selma

2.      Nightcrawler

3.      Birdman

4.      The Equalizer

5.       The Imitation Game

6.       X-Men: Days of Future Past

7.       Fury

8.       Kill the Messenger

9.       22 Jump Street

10.  This Is Where I Leave You

 

Big Budgets Honorable Mention

 

11.  American Sniper

12.  The Grand Budapest Hotel

13.  Edge of Tomorrow

14.  The Theory of Everything

15.  The Judge

16.  A Most Violent Year

17.  Godzilla

18.  Top Five

19.  Non-Stop

20.  Earth to Echo

21.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2

22.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

23.  Noah

24.  The Gambler

25.  Beyond the Lights

 

 

10 Best Independent Films

 

1.       Whiplash

2.       Boyhood

3.       Wish I Was Here

4.       Calvary

5.       Dear White People

6.       Life’s a Breeze

7.       Two-Bit Waltz

8.       Belle

9.       The M Word

10.  Begin Again

 

Independent Films Honorable Mention

 

11.  The Retrieval

12.  Obvious Child

13.  Chef

14.  Half of a Yellow Sun

15.  Snowpiercer

16.  1,000 Times Good Night

17.  The Two Faces of January

18.  Coherence

19.  St. Vincent

20.  Happy Christmas

21.  Believe Me

22.  Alan Partridge

23.  Hector and the Search for Happiness

24.  The Machine

25.  One Chance

 

 

10 Best Foreign Films

 

1.       Web Junkie (China)

2.       The Way He Looks (Brazil)

3.       Ilo Ilo (Singapore)

4.       Zero Motivation (Israel)

5.       The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Japan)

6.       The Almost Man (Norway)

7.       Metro Manila (The Philippines)

8.       Abuse of Weakness (France)

9.       Two Days, One Night (Belgium)

10.  Wetlands (Germany)

 

Foreign Films Honorable Mention

 

11.  Dancing in Jaffa (Israel)

12.  Stranger by the Lake (France)

13.  Pioneer (Norway)

14. The Circle (Switzerland)

15.  The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

16.  Demi-Soeur (France)

17.  Fifi Howls from Happiness (Iran)

18.  Grand Depart (France)

19.  Jews of Egypt (Egypt)

20.  Guilty of Romance (Japan)

21.  Soul of a Banquet (China)

22.  Big Bad Wolves (Israel)

23.  Plot for Peace (South Africa)

24.  Journey to the West (China)

25.  We Are the Best (Sweden)

 

 

10 Best Documentaries

 

1.  The Barefoot Artist

2.   Life Itself

3.   Ivory Tower

4.   The Internet’s Own Boy

5.   Mobilize

6.   American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

7.   Vanishing Pearls

8.   America the Beautiful 3

9.   Pump

10. Second Opinion

 

Documentaries Honorable Mention

 

11. Citizen Four

12. Keep on Keepin’ On

13. Little Hope Was Arson

14. Breastmilk

15. Tales of the Grim Sleeper

16. Kids for Ca$h

17. I’ll Be Me

18. Spanish Lake

19. Altina

20. The Great Invisible

21. I Am Eleven

22. Tanzania: A Journey Within

23. Advanced Style

24. 12 O’Clock Boys

25. Take Me to the River

 

 

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