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, areĀ 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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Top Five red-band trailer

Chris Rock is back in full force right now. His new movie, Top Five, which he wrote, directed, and stars in, opens in a couple weeks. And he also wrote an incredible essay for THR on what it’s like to be black in the Hollywood system. Read that link, then come back here to watch the Top Five red-band trailer. This edit has a lot of cursing and a great scene with Kevin Hart alluded to in the essay, but it doesn’t give away the movie’s funniest scene. (Be thankful for that, as the funniest bit is also one of the more unexpected moments.) Read More »

Top Five trailer

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars in Top Five, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this past September. There it scored both critical raves and a massive distribution deal, with Paramount buying the film for $12.5m. Now Paramount has dropped the first Top Five trailer, in which we meet Rock’s character, a nearly washed-up comedian and movie star who is trying to figure out the next act of his life. Along the way he spends time with a New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) assigned to write a story about him, and things get complicated. Check out the trailer below. Read More »