We are past the halfway point in 2014, and it’s proving to be a quality year so far with excellent films such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. If the first six months are any indication of how good the rest of the year will be, expect the next six months to outshine last year in the quality of films.
James McAvoy – Filth
Jesse Eisenberg – The Double
Macon Blair – Blue Ruin
Best Performance by an Actress
What has been great about this year so far:
- Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- The first abortion rom-com, Obvious Child.
Godzilla’s mouth to mouth fire breathing.
Elaine Stritch as eccentric Elaine Stritch in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Angelina Joli’s cinematic face in Maleficent (No one but Joli could be Maleficent)
Tilda Swinton as the actress having the most fun on screen in 2014 (Only Lovers Left, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Snowpiercer)
- Magical realism abounds! (Venus in Fur and Begin Again)
- Chef serves up a dish brimming with charm.
- Edge of Tomorrow a smart action comedy.
- Nick Cage in Joe!
What to look forward to in the next five months:
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
- The Book of Life from producer Guillermo del Toro. I am ridiculously excited about this.
- Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice directed by our guy PT Anderson!
- Into the Woods…but were not yet convinced.