Best Films of 2014

This was the year of the cinematic marathon, as I plunged deep into every filmic nook and cranny I could crawl inside, coming out with a whopping total of 200 films viewed that were released in 2014. Lest you consider me utterly insane (which I probably am), somehow I was able to condense that number down to my 25; a task, ultimately, which feels at least partially irrelevant given how many strong films got left out. Still, I am very proud of the flicks that made the cut. So, without further ado, here are my favorite 25 films of 2014!

by Jericho Cerrona January 31, 2015

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THE WIND RISES
Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece is haunting, sorrowful, and undeniably gorgeous; framed as both a love letter as well as a cautionary tale about the power of aeronautical engineering. Placing the dichotomy between idealized beauty and the horrors of technological advancement front and center, Miyazaki is wonderfully attuned to the careful rhythms of everyday life, imbuing everything with a sense of compassion and gracefulness. A fitting swan song for an artist working at the height of his creative powers.
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