James Gunn's Favorite Movies of 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is one of those filmmakers who puts himself out there and connects with the fans (or just fellow movie geeks). Be it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, Gunn has always been very open about answering questions, sharing behind the scenes photos and even talking about the state of movies in general. Yesterday Gunn took to Facebook to share his favorite movies of 2014. His list, which he clearly states are a list of his personal favorites and not necessarily the best films, contains a span of Hollywood films to low budget independent movies. See the list of James Gunn’s favorite movies of 2014 after the jump.
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January Movie Releases That Didn’t Suck

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There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.

Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.

With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »

The Best Movie Trailers of 2014

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Last month Chris posted his top 10 trailers of 2014, but I also wanted to weigh in with my favorite trailers of the past year. You might be surprised at which trailers did and didn’t make the cut. For instance, one of the trailers below is for a movie which has yet to begin principal photography. And no, the top trailer on my list is not the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Find out the best movie trailers of 2014, ranked by me, after the jump.

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steven soderbergh media diary 2014

Think you’ve got no time to read, watch, and think about stuff on a contestant basis? Steven Soderbergh is here to show you up. While doing post-production on the ten-episode first season of The Knick, and shooting and editing Magic Mike XXL, and prepping a second season of The Knick, and working as exec producer on The Girlfriend Experience TV show and Citizenfour, and probably doing quite a few other things, Soderbergh still managed to take in a steady diet of other films, TV shows and books. (He also got to see Gone Girl in March.) We know this because he posted a diary of his year in media for 2014, and you can read the full thing below. Read More »

Germain’s Not Quite Top 10 Movies of 2014

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Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?

This list is not the ten best movies of 2014. These are the films that almost made the cut. Numbers 11-25. I decided to feature them because, unlike my top ten, these movies are at least a bit more varied. Foreign films, independent films, documentaries, animation, the movies on this list come from all over and contain at least a few surprises in an otherwise tired format.

Make no mistake. The films I previously wrote about, in my opinion, are the ten best of 2014. But these movies are pretty damn great too. Below read my not quite top 10 movies of 2014.

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The Highest Grossing Movies of 2014

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As the 2014 year has officially come to an end, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the highest grossing movies of 2014. How many of the top 10 grossing films had a superhero character? The answer is six. How many films in the top 30 grossing are not based on an existing property (adaptation, remake, reboot…etc) or a sequel? Only four! Hit the jump and you can find the top 50 grossing films of the year.

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay

We’ve shown you our top 10s of 2014, our favorite actors, characters, and trailers, the best under-the-radar releases, and so on. Even so, there are a few more scenes, performances, gags, and other miscellanea we’d like to highlight before we close the book on 2014. So as we head into 2015, we present to you the odds and ends of 2014 — the other stuff that we’ll remember about the past year in film, for better or for worse.

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Marty McFly Is Bewildered By What He Sees In 2015

Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier and Angie Han have already posted their most anticipated films of 2015 lists, and all three lists are very different. Germain’s list is comprised of mostly mainstream accessible big releases; Russ has a mix of filmmaker-focused picks and big studio tentpoles; and Angie’s list… had The Little Prince in the top five. While all three lists are great, I found that there were many films not listed on either list that I was looking forward to. So after the jump, you can find my listing of the most anticipated movies of 2015.

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Germain’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Germain Anticipated 2015

If Hollywood plays its cards right, there’s no way 2015 shouldn’t break every single yearly box office record on the books. The calendar is simply jam packed with huge movies. They may end up being good, or maybe they won’t, but either way they’re going to put asses in seats. These are films audiences are excited for. Films they demanded. In some case, films we’ve been waiting years to see or never thought we’d actually see.

All that said, there’s an embarrassment of potentially awesome movies coming out during 2015. I considered at least 50 before cutting back down to a top ten that really speak to my personal tastes. Then I threw in ten more for good measure. Either way, there’s no doubt that, as great a year as 2014 has been for film, 2015 undoubtedly has it beat in the “potential” column. Especially when it comes to those big time Hollywood blockbusters I tend to get really excited about.

So, without further ado, here are my most anticipated films of 2015. Read More »

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