2014 world events had ups and downs, as did the collective art and media of our time. However, if you love movies as much as many others and I do, or simply are looking for engaging escapism to immerse yourself in, there actually were plenty of options to choose from. At the end of every year and the beginning of the next everyone from serious critics to the random passerby begins to form a “top list” of the movies they had seen. It is a celebration of the movies we enjoyed and a fun means to bring certain works to the attentions of their peers or to compare and contrast each experience they had at the movies. It’s not so much that these lists are some deep evaluation, but rather an entertaining way to group the stuff we like or rather what I liked.
So, here are the 20 films from 2014 I experienced & enjoyed and hope others check out:
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Look! Up in the sky! It’s Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful, Babel) spectacular Birdman, screaming through the cultural stratosphere like a mighty force. Birdman or, (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — to give the film its full title — is a subversive, funny and touching intertextual psychological-odyssey that flies in the face of cinematic convention. Since his 2000 debut, Amores Perros, Iñárritu is an explorer of the human condition. Each of his films has experimented with an array of different structures and techniques, from the handheld aesthetic of 21 Grams, to Babel‘s multi-stranded narrative framework. Birdman is unquestionably his most innovative and uncompromising work. Without compromising the views of a prospective viewer, the best I can offer is my takeaway about what this whole endeavor may or may not be about, something to keep in mind if you’re watching the film for the 1st time or again: that in the end, every work of art is, like every person, two stories — the one that they tell and the one that they are.
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