What an incredibly difficult decision to make! There were so many movies that made 2014 great. Here’s a list of my Top 10, along with other notables. Congrats to all of the studios, Directors, Actors, Producers and crews that made movie magic in 2014.
Scott’s Top Ten: 4 of them have Northwest Connections
- BOYHOOD: Richard Linklater’s feat in filmmaking. He wrote, directed and dedicated 12 years to making this film, starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and his own daughter Lorelei Linklater.
- INTERSTELLAR: Christopher Nolan’s IMAX journey into the wormholes of space. This is less of a sci-fi film than it is about the amazing bond between a parent and their child.
- WILD: Cheryl Strayed’s book about her 11-hundred-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail comes to life through an amazing performance by Reese Witherspoon. Much of it was filmed in the Northwest; it features REI, Danner boots and Seattle actors like Deb Pralle.
- FOXCATCHER: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo take you on a wild ride, based on a true story.
- AMERICAN SNIPER: (opens here Jan 16th) Bradley Cooper delivers an amazing performance as Chris Kyle, the top American Sniper in Iraq.
- THE IMITATION GAME: Benedict Cumberbatch shows his incredible range, once again, as Professor Alan Turing – the man who cracks the German’s Enigma code in World War II.
- SELMA: (opens here Jan 9th) The story of Martin Luther King, Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. Stars David Oyelowo as MLK. Also features Oprah Winfrey. From Director Ava Duvernay.
- THE BOXTROLLS: From Laika Studios outside of Portland, one of the most imaginative stop-animation movies I’ve seen. Sir Ben Kingsley is one of many voices, along with Elle Fanning.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Starring Lake Stevens’ own Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Star Lord. Pure fun!
- THE LEGO MOVIE: Everything is awesome about this, OK? An all-star cast of Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell.
BIRDMAN: An incredibly artistic film that may fly right over the heads of many casual moviegoers. Most critics are raving about it. I’m just not one of them.
GONE GIRL: I really liked this movie and declared it a “psycho thriller for the ages.” There’s just not enough room in my Top 10.
THE JUDGE: Loved this movie starring Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard.
Independent Films of note
THE SKELETON TWINS – Bellingham native Craig Johnson, Writer and Director. Stars the usually-hilarious Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in serious roles.
OBVIOUS CHILD—Jenny Slate
LAGGIES – Seattle Director Lynn Shelton; featured Sam Rockwell, Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz
Others I really enjoyed…
EDGE OF TOMORROW
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