• Kahmeela Adams

The 10 Best Movies I Saw in 2014

Yay! It’s almost a new year. So you know what that means. Lists! I love lists. Lists are my favorite!

On New Year’s Day 2014, I challenged myself to watch 200 “New To Me” films, throughout the year. As I write this, I have only seen 92. (See the full list here) With just three days left in the year, I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be successful in my challenge.

So anyways… I bring you my Top 10 “New To Me” Films from 2014. I didn’t see too many films in the theater this year. And it got to be too much to try and figure out which movies were released in 2014, blah, blah blah. In no particular order, I give you my Top 10 of 2014.

1. Dear White People (2014) Written and Directed by Justin Simien

This is a story about self-discovery. No matter what your race, I’m sure we have all had a moment of trying to figure out, where and how we belong.

2. Sexy Evil Genius (2013) Written by Shawn Piller Directed by Scott Lew

A dialogue heavy film that tells a woman’s story through flashbacks and mostly takes place in one location, where she has assembled all of her ex lovers.

3. Gone Girl (2014) Written by Gillian Flynn Directed by David Fincher

At first glance, I thought this was going to be “the new Ben Affleck film”. And because of that, I had no interest. After reading the book and realizing it was directed by David Fincher, I changed my mind. I’m glad I did.

4. Fruitvale Station (2013) Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler

A sad tale based on the true story of 22 year old Oscar Grant III, told in a gritty and crude way that really touches raw nerve.

5. Bad Words (2013) Written by Andrew Dodge and Directed by Jason Bateman

From the trailer and synopsis, you go in expecting a raunchy comedy, ala Judd Apatow. But, you end up with a heartwarming tale of letting go of old crap. Plus, Rohan Chand is just the cutest!

6. 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Written and Directed by Morgan Neville

Most people never really think about the backup singers. This documentary makes you realize, they are the glittery packaging that keeps your new vase from shattering on its way to your house.

7. Coherence (2013) Written and Directed by James Ward Byrkit

Never have I seen a low budget, mostly improvised, Sci -Fi film so spectacular.

8. Cheap Thrills (2013) Written by David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga Directed by E.L. Katz

You know how it goes. You run into an old high school friend at a bar. You both meet a friendly couple. You and your pal spend the rest of the evening with them daring you to do acts, each crazier than the first, for larger and larger sums of money.

9. The Kings of Summer (2013) Written by Chris Galletta Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Who hasn’t had the thought to run away and live in off the grid, in the woods? Three teenage friends do this, and have the summer of their lives.

10. No Good Deed (2014) Written by Aimee Lagos Directed by Sam Miller

NEVER, be neighborly and allow someone to use your phone.

What were some of your favorite films from 2014?

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