By: BBT Staff
We like to write a lot about movies here at BBT. Whether it is Oscar season, a random recommendation, or a review of a classic film, our love of film is obvious. So, you’ll forgive us if we add to the bevy of year-end posts currently inundating the internet by sharing with you our favorite movies of 2014.
Here we go:
Guardians of the Galaxy
“BBT readers will be hearing a lot more from me in the coming month as Oscar season is always prime movie review time. That being said, know that Guardians was my ‘favorite’ movie of 2014 was, which is not necessarily the same as the ‘best’ movie of 2014. What I would say specifically about Guardians is this: it is perfect because it had to be. The source material is absolutely ridiculous and would’ve produced one of the worst movies of the year if it was even slightly mishandled. What happened instead was one of the most recommendable blockbusters we’ve seen since Super 8. In a year with no big-time movie to look forward to save Mockingjay and Captain America II (also very good), Guardians of the Galaxy snuck in and stole the show. Go see it.” -Jason
“I think Christopher Nolan may be the greatest filmmaker today. At the very least he is the most ambitious. In Interstellar, Nolan introduces highly complex plot elements about the relation between space and time which would make anyone who doesn’t have an advanced degree in physics head spin. Instead, he leads the audience through a story of love, survival, and humanity itself, which keeps the audience both intellectually and emotionally engaged for two and a half hours. To top it all off, he includes some of the most beautiful scenes of space ever rendered, including the first realistic images of a black hole. Oh, and Michael Caine recites poetry. This is Nolan’s biggest film yet.” -Andy
Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued
“In 1967, Dylan had a motorcycle accident, canceled all tour dates, and withdrew totally from the public eye. During this time, he and his band recorded “The Basement Tapes” which later became the first widespread “bootlegged” album in American history. He also wrote countless other songs, poems, drawings that were not discovered until recently. Legendary producer, T-Bone Burnett, brings together some of the most amazing songwriters of our time for a few days in LA, and asks them to compose and record songs with the fragments Dylan left as source material. It’s amazing to see the different methods and styles each artist employs as they try to collaborate with each other and Bob Dylan’s source text.” -Kellen
The Lego Movie
“Admittedly, I only saw two movies that actually came out this year. However, The Lego Movie was my favorite. As a child who grew up obsessed with those square-headed yellow people, the movie took me back quite a few years. The film also struck a good balance by incorporating two levels of humor, one for the kids and one for adults. If you have a young son or nephew, this film would most certainly provide a good bonding experience for both of you.” -Alan
Grand Budapest Hotel
“I also haven’t seen very many movies this year, but I went out of the way to see Wes Anderson’s most recent flick. His movies are magical and I’m always excited to see the new worlds he creates. Ralph Fiennes was spectacular and deserves consideration for best actor nominations.” -Casey
These are our favorite movies of 2014. What are yours? What are you looking forward to in 2015? Comment below, or let us know on Twitter.