Jared Young's Top Films of 2014

By Jared Young

Mailed on December 31, 2014

Dear Readers,

Yes, it’s true. Our attempts to compile a comprehensive, democratic list of Dear Cast and Crew’s favorite films of 2014 was scrapped after an epic email thread replete with name-calling and threats of physical harm.

Which is to be expected. The disagreements between our staff of writers has expressed itself in all sorts of wonderfully passive aggressive ways overthe years.

But in the spirit of healthy rhetorical debate (and petty one-upsmanship), here is an alternative to C. Redmond’s Top Films of 2014. While I haven’t seen quite as many films this year, the ones that resonated represent a broad range of genres, budgets, and artistic ambitions. From an indie thriller that channels early John Carpenter, to a blockbuster animated flick adapted from a building toy, the year’s best flicks were as diverse (and satisfying) as any in recent memory.

(But let’s be honest. Christopher and I agree on a lot of these films. Ultimately, this alternate list is just an excuse to lavish more praise on The Trip to Italy, which was the catalyst of the aforementioned slander and abuse).

The Top 10 Films of 2014

  1. Interstellar
  2. The Raid 2: Berendal
  3. The Babadook
  4. Snowpiercer
  5. Boyhood
  6. Blue Ruin
  7. Under The Skin
  8. The Lego Movie
  9. The Guest
  10. The Trip to Italy



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