Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Best of the Rest of 2014


Honorable Mentions: Ellar Coltrane, Carrie Coon, Macon Blair, James Corden, Karen Gillan, Ansel Elgort, Kate Upton

BEST ENSEMBLE: The Cast of Gone Girl

Honorable Mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, Boyhood, The Lego Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Neighbors

BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Gareth Evans (The Raid 2), Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Scott Frank (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), David Wain (They Came Together)

BEST SCREENPLAY: Phil Lord & Chris Miller - The Lego Movie

Honorable Mentions: Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), James Gunn & Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Daniel Landin - Under the Skin

Honorable Mentions: Michael Seresin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Sharone Meir (Whiplash), Robert D. Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Jeff Cronenweth (Gone Girl), Lee Daniel & Shane F. Kelly (Boyhood), Matt Flanery & Dimas Imam Subhono (The Raid 2)

BEST EDITING: Tom Cross - Whiplash

Honorable Mentions: James Herbert & Laura Jennings (Edge of Tomorrow), Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Paul Watts (Under the Skin), Gareth Evans (The Raid 2), Jacob Secher Schulsinger (Force Majeure), Kirk Baxter (Gone Girl, Steve M. Choe & Changju Kim (Snowpiercer)

BEST SCORE: Mica Levi - Under the Skin

Honorable Mentions: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Gone Girl), Mark Mothersburgh (The Lego Movie)e, Michael Giacchino (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Frank Riggio (Raze), Nathan Whitehead (The Purge: Anarchy)

BEST SONG: "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" by Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island - The Lego Movie

Honorable Mentions: "Tu Meri" by Vishal-Shekhar & Vishal Dadlani (Bang Bang!), "Shots Fired" by Le Castle Vania (John Wick), "Bang Bang!" by Vishal-Shekhar, Benny Dayal & Neeti Mohan (Bang Bang!), "Love Me Again" by John Newman (Edge of Tomorrow), "Untitled Self Portrait" by Will Arnett (The Lego Movie), "Guts Over Fear" by Eminem feat. Sia (The Equalizer), "Not About Angels" by Birdy (The Fault In Our Stars), "Uff" by Vishal-Shekhar, Harshdeep Kaur & Benny Dayal (Bang Bang!) "Who You Talkin' To Man?" by Ciscandra Nostalghia (John Wick), "All The Wrong Places" by Example (Alan Partridge), "Jungle" by Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors (Hercules), "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX (The Fault In Our Stars)

BEST PREEXISTING SONG: "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson - The Rover

Honorable Mentions: "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone (Guardians of the Galaxy), "O-O-H Child" by The Five Stairsteps (Guardians of the Galaxy), "Cuddly Toy" by Roachford (Alan Partridge), "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 (Guardians of the Galaxy), "No Regrets" by Little Willie John (Blue Ruin), "Wait" by M83 (The Fault In Our Stars), "Hocus Pocus" by Focus (RoboCop), "Fooled Around and Feel In Love" by Elvis Bishop (Guardians of the Galaxy), "The Weight" by The Band (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), "Bomfalleralla" by Afasi & Filthy (The Fault In Our Stars), "Feels So Good" by Chuck Mangione (Life After Beth), "Dedicated To The One I Love" by The Mamas & The Papas (The One I Love)

BEST OPENING CREDITS: Guardians of the Galaxy

Honorable Mentions: Raze, Alan Partridge, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Grand Piano, Godzilla


Honorable Mentions: The Lego Movie, Hercules, Alan Partridge, The Purge: Anarchy

BEST STINGER: Guardians of the Galaxy

Honorable Mentions: Big Hero 6

BEST POSTER ART: The Double ("City")

Honorable Mentions: Godzilla (SXSW Exclusive), Stripped, Actress, Birdman, The Interview, The Maze Runner ("Puzzle Title"), John Wick ("Bomb"), The One I Love, The Purge: Anarchy ("Flag"), Dear White People, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Willow Creek, The Drop, Into the Storm (Japanese), The Grand Budapest Hotel ("Hotel")

BEST TRAILER: Guardians of the Galaxy (Teaser Trailer)

Honorable Mentions: American Sniper, Gone Girl ("She"), Inherent Vice, Godzilla (Teaser Trailer), Nightcrawler


Honorable Mentions: John Wick, Bang Bang!, Hercules


Honorable Mentions: Big Hero 6, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart


Honorable Mentions: They Came Together, Alan Partridge, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Muppets Most Wanted, Obvious Child


Honorable Mentions: None

BEST HORROR FILM: The Purge: Anarchy

Honorable Mentions: Oculus, Stage Fright

BEST SCI-FI FILM: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Honorable Mentions: Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla

BEST GUILTY PLEASURE: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas


Films that I feel will grow on me, beyond my initial expectations and opinions and become the great films that they sought to be.

Force Majeure
Grand Piano
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
The Purge: Anarchy
The Rover
Stage Fright


Actors and Actresses that gave great performances in bad films and/or in roles with little material and screentime.

Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler)
Antonio Banderas (The Expendables 3)
Christine Baranski (Into the Woods)
Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones)
Bryan Cranston (Godzilla)
Willem Dafoe (The Fault In Our Stars, The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Peter Dinklage (Knights of Badassdom)
Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)
Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
Amy Hargreaves (Blue Ruin)
Jared Harris (The Quiet Ones)
Lisa Kudrow (Neighbors)
Tyler Perry (Gone Girl)
Alison Pill (Snowpiercer)
Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl)
Bella Thorne (Blended)
Kate Upton (The Other Woman)
Jean-Claude Van Damme (Enemies Closer, Welcome to the Jungle)
Christopher Walken (Jersey Boys)
Sela Ward (Gone Girl)
Alex Winter (Grand Piano)

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