As a regular Cineplex contributor, Shane McNeil was asked to contribute to the web site’s composite top 10 list. Below the consensus choices, his full top 10 list was featured.
Originally published on Cineplex.com – December 25, 2014.
Shane McNeil’s Top 10 of 2014
- MOMMY (Xavier Dolan) – A film unlike anything else I saw this year and yet another example of why we’re living in a golden age for Canadian cinema.
- WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle) – Not just for J.K. Simmons maniacal mentor, but also for the mental and physical toll musical perfection takes.
- THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson) – My Wes Anderson bias aside, this is the most complete film he’s made in over a decade.
- SNOWPIERCER (Bong Joon-ho) – While I generally hate to see great foreign directors going mainstream, I have to applaud the contained anarchy of this film. Plus, more Tilda Swinton!
- ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Jim Jarmusch) – … And even more Tilda Swinton! Plus, Detroit garage meets eternal life!
- IDA (Pawel Pawlikowski) – Simple, subtle, striking. Agata Trzebuchowska is outstanding as the conflicted lead
- BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater) – A movie that is better in theory than in execution, but still an achievement to be recognized.
- TOP FIVE (Chris Rock) – Easily the funniest film of the year and the best I saw at TIFF14.
- BIRDMAN (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) – Even if it is Keaton and Norton playing themselves, I’m up for Gonzalez Innaritu always being given this much room to maneuver.
- CALVARY (John Michael McDonagh) – A film that stuck with me all year. I will see anything Brendan Gleeson does with the Brothers McDonagh, plus a big shout-out to Chris O’Dowd’s gorgeously-tortured serious side.