Yeah, I know the idea is to do a top ten, but f*** you, this my list.

And I know it’s super late to be doing one of these, but just because a few months have gone by doesn’t mean I like them any less.

There were so many great ones last year that there was no room for movies that I thought for sure would make it the cut. Although The Hobbit and The Hunger Games made my list last year (Hunger Games at #2) neither of the follow-ups made it near the top.

And although there were several more movies I really enjoyed last years, there were a few that just missed the boat, like Birdman, The Theory Of Everything, The Rover, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fury, The Fault In Our Stars, and a little known film called The LEGO Movie.

Now, let’s get into it.

Selma20. Selma

This powerful and expertly crafted recount of Dr. Martin Luther Kin Jr.’s march through Selma, Alabama is bolstered by an outsanding lead performance and an equally powerful song by Common and John Legend that I can’t stop listening to. Also the feels. Oh, the feels. It may be low on this here list of favorites but, objectively speaking, I believe this to be one of the 5 best movies of 2014.

Begin Again19. Begin Again

Who saw this movie coming? Despite receiving accolades for different performances last year, Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley each give one of their best performances to date in this musically fueled, lighthearted drama. And not to mention great soundtrack, but it has a great soundtrack.

Ice Cube;Jonah Hill;Channing Tatum18. 22 Jump Street

How often does a comedy sequel come along that might actually be better than the first film? Well this might be one of them. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have better chemistry than couples in most romantic comedies and they show that in full force in this hilarious movie.

The Guest17. The Guest

Whoa. Another movie that came out of nowhere and knocked the f***ing roof off the place, this crazy throwback to the B action and horror movies of the 80’s is bananas.

John Wick16. John Wick

Oh, my God, the scene in the club where he’s like BAM BAM BAM and Theon Grejoy runs like a  bitch and Willem Dafoe is all *thwip*thwip* with his sniper and Keanu Reeves is shooting people in the face with gun-fu and the guy from Fringe  is like “‘Ello, Mistah Wick” and then Keanu Reeves is all “whoa” and then he blows up a car and it’s awesome! Baba yega!

Snowpiercer15. Snowpiercer

Where are these movies coming from!? A  brilliant sci-fi thriller with great style, terrific performances, and smart social overtones, this movie is worth it for Tilda Swinton’s bonkers performance alone.

How To Train Your Dragon 214. How To Train Your Dragon 2

The first film surprised me by how earnest and exciting it was and this film brought it even further by showing these characters further down the line and facing new challenges. Surprisingly emotional and just as visually stunning with a boisterous score to boot, this is a worthy, if not better, follow-up.

Tom Cruise Edge Of Tomorrow13. Edge Of Tomorrow

Remember when we all saw the trailer and thought it would be as generic as Jai Courtney in everything? Boy were we wrong. This sci-fi action film in which Tom Cruise must relive the same day over and over to defeat and alien invasion is exciting, smart, and even has a great sense of humor as well as heart.

Tom Cruise Edge Of Tomorrow13. Edge Of Tomorrow

Remember when we all saw the trailer and thought it would be as generic as Jai Courtney in everything? Boy were we wrong. This sci-fi action film in which Tom Cruise must relive the same day over and over to defeat and alien invasion is exciting, smart, and even has a great sense of humor as well as heart.

Chef12. Chef

(drools) It’s a good thing my dad is a chef because I wouldn’t be able to live if I couldn’t eat like the characters in this movie. Full of passion, heart, humor, and an amazing cast, this comedy from Jon Favreau is impossible not to like.

K72A3451d.tif11. Nightcrawler

What a delightfully unsettling film. With a fully committed performance that reminded me of Patrick Bateman and others of Travis Bickle, this is not a film that you won’t forget any time soon no matter how hard you try.

The Raid 210. The Raid 2

Oh, my God, the scene where the guy with the bat is like *whoosh* and the hammer is like *thwop* and Rama is kicking people in the face and the guy in the kitchen with the Riddick knives and Asian Joseph Gordon-Levitt is like “respect me!” and the mobs are like BAM BAM and the prison brawl and the kitchen fight again, my God the kitchen fight, and the chase scene and it’s so amazing!

guardians-of-the-galaxy-zoe-saldana-chris-pratt9. Guardians of the Galaxy

OR as I like to call it: 70’s Soundtrack: The Movie. A crazy off the wall space opera that basically felt like Tarantino’s Star Wars, this movie made me love a tree and root for a raccoon. That alone is worth praising it. But with a cast, a soundtrack, and action like that, there’s almost too much to love about it.

Boyhood8. Boyhood

It’s almost difficult to explain why I loved this movie. Sure it has a loose structure and almost no plot, but that’s the beauty of it. A beautifully un-cinematic look at a person’s journey through adolescence without some unnecessary plot shoved in there. The real-time journey of the characters through the film also gives it a realism and a relatability that is absent from other films.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Boy, that title is a mouthful. Look, forget all the performance capture stuff for a minute. This is still a great, smart, intense film about trust and understanding among other things with a touch of Shakespeare and “Animal Farm” thrown in there. The humans may not be as interesting as last time, but with killer lead performances from Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell, who gives a shit?

Captain America The Winter Soldier6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

“When Captain America throws his mighty shieeeeld!” I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Captain America. I thought it was a serviceable movie that brought us closer to The Avengers, in which Cap still wasn’t my favorite character. And then this movie blasted through and became the best stand alone MCU movie as a neo-political espionage thriller with a slant on the grey area of global affairs and the fear brought on by the faceless enemy of terrorism. Who would have thought that the most politically intelligent film of the year would be a comic book movie? Take that, fake baby in American Sniper!

FOX_3750.psd5. Wild

I haven’t seen this on many top ten lists and I don’t know why. The book destroyed me emotionally and the film matches it in the capacity. With a career best performance from Reese Witherspoon as well as the incomparable Laura Dern, this film is a powerful look at grieving in a most extreme way with gorgeous locations to boot. It was the first “non-event” movie I ever saw more than once in theaters.

X-Men Days of Future Past4. X-Men: Days of Future Past

First Class was a nice way to whet our appetites after the mediocre Last Stand and the embarrassing Wolverine in ’09, but it wasn’t until the previous year’s The Wolverine that I felt like we were getting back to what I loved about the first two films. And Days of Future Past didn’t disappoint. Overflowing with fan favorites, the action almost takes a backseat to the characters in this film more so than we’ve seen before, but you almost don’t notice because you’re so invested in the characters.

Interstellar3. Interstellar

What would happen if you set one of McConaughey’s Lincoln ads in space? You get Interstellar. Screw the haters, I loved this movie. Sure Matt Damon threw me for a loop, but it was visually stunning, original, heart-pounding, and emotionally satisfying. Plus, that score by Hans Zimmer is orgasmic.

Whiplash-5547.cr22. Whiplash

Why is JK Simmons always yelling at me? To say the brilliant JK Simmons steals the show undercuts the brilliance of Miles Teller’s performance and Damien Chazelle’s storytelling. It poses the question of how far you’re willing to go and what you’re willing to give up to achieve greatness and gives you an answer that may not feel right, but you can’t help but root fr him. Plus that last ten minutes is every bit as intense as any action scene last year.

Gone Girl last shot1. Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike. (drops mic)

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