Looking back, 2014 was a surprisingly good year for me. It was a year of transition, a year of change, a year of building a foundation for the future. As a result of that year, I now have stable employment, a roommate, a bachelor’s degree, the complete first draft of a novel, and a fiancé. So as far as years go, I think it was probably the best one thus far.
On the other hand, it was also a year of bad hockey teams and surprisingly sub-par films. But amidst all the movies whose plots slipped out of my mind the minute I left the theatre, or even the movies that were “just fine” (I’m looking at you, Maze Runner and Divergent), there were the odd few that stood out, a handful of needles glittering deep within the haystack. Some I expected to be incredible, while others were a surprise to me, as you’ll soon see.
Keep in mind as we begin, I still haven’t seen The History of Everything, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, or Big Hero 6, so however good they might be, I won’t be including those in my top picks. (Give me a break; it’s been a crazy year.)