Tom Santilli's 10 Best Films of 2014
It's nearly obligatory to release a "best of" list at the end of each year. 2014, for me, was not an incredibly strong year for movies, but there were a handful of very good films (and maybe one or two great ones) that found release throughout the past calendar year.
In 2012, I had released a list of my Top 25 films, and last year it was down to a Top 15. Maybe I'm becoming an old curmudgeon as the years go by, slowly becoming that snooty movie critic that most common movie-goers despise. Or maybe fewer and fewer good movies are being made. Perhaps a bit of both.
These lists, of course, rarely have any lasting resonance. They are meant to be easily digestible, read mainly as a means of comparison to see just how closely a particular critic falls in-line with your own personal preferences. Most movie-goers will read these lists with hopes of finding their favorite films listed among the obscure, mostly irrelevant (to them), independent or foreign films that seem to populate many critic's year-end lists. Others will scour over the choices waiting to pounce. "You picked that?!? That movie sucked!"
Surely, my list will produce similar cries of foul and maybe a few agreeing cheers, perhaps both well warranted. They are subjective picks and I assure you that these selections are not meant to be "controversial" or to "raise eyebrows." These are simply my favorite films of the year, reputation and stature be damned.
And with that, I give you my Top 10 Films of 2014:
Director Tim Burton is known for the colorful, vibrant worlds he has created on film, from smaller, personal films like Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood, to larger fare like Batman, Alice in Wonderland, or Sleepy Hollow. His latest film, Big Eyes (opening today), is pure Burton - it is easily identifiable by its vivid imagery and over-saturated hues -but it takes the less flashy approach that was more common in his earlier films. The subject too, is totally up his ally and echoes his modus operandi ...its about an artist who tends to over-exaggerate images in order to provoke feeling, meaning and emotion. Sound familiar?
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