2014 was a spectacular year for Movies and TV! Down here you will find my Top 10’s, Top 5’s and Top 3’s from many categories that for me is worth mentioning. It’s been incredibly difficult to sort the entire list out, since there were so many movies that were very well made and deserve to enter anyone’s list.

This will be my last post of 2014 on Shoton35. I created this page in June this exact year for a course I did online on Film Analysis. After I made the Enemy analysis this blog went viral, so I went to make more posts and review movies. Now this blog has more than 10.000 views around the globe!!

You can’t imagine how grateful I am for that and I hope in 2015 you guys will continue to watch my page even more than this year, which sure is one of my many goals for 2015!

I’m going to wish you guys all a happy new year, stay safe and I will see you again in 2015!

~ Dani (Operator of Shoton35)

Here is my list of the best Movies and TV shows of 2014:

*Note: Some ratings were modified during the second watch through. Yes, I watched everything twice or more. Birdman is in the list of best written screenplay because I’ve read it couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t seen the movie yet since it’s not released in my country until January 2015.

Top 10 Best Motion Pictures of 2014:

  1. Whiplash

Written & Directed by Damien Chazelle

[RATING: 10/10]

  1. Enemy

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Written by Javier Gullón

[RATING: 9.5/10]

3.  Nightcrawler

Written & Directed by Dan Gilroy

[RATING: 9.2/10]

  1. Interstellar

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Written by Jonathan & Christopher Nolan

[RATING: 9.2/10]

  1. Calvary

Written & Directed by John Michael McDonagh

[RATING: 9.0/10]

  1. Her

Written & Directed by Spike Jonze

[RATING: 9.0/10]

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed by Matt Reeves

Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

[RATING: 9.0/10]

  1. The Drop

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam

Written by Dennis Lehane

[RATING: 8.7/10]

  1. Under the Skin

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

Written by Walter Campbell & Jonathan Glazer

[RATING: 8.6/10]

  1. Snowpiercer

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

Written by Kelly Masterson & Joon-ho Bong

[RATING: 8.6/10]

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel [8.6/10]
  • Ida [8.5/10]*
  • Edge of Tomorrow [8.5/10]*
  • Starred Up [8.5/10]*
  • The Rover [8.5/10]
  • Oculus [8.5/10]*
  • Gone Girl [8.4/10]
  • The Imitation Game [8.4/10]
  • The Raid 2: Redemption [8.3/10]
  • X-Men Days of Future Past [8.3/10]
  • Nymphomaniac Pt.1 [8.1/10]
  • Boyhood [8.0/10]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy [8.0/10]
  • Captain America 2 [8.0/10]
  • Locke [7.8/10]
  • Blue Ruin [7.7/10]*
  • The Babadook [7.6/10]*
  • Chef [7.5/10]

*= One of the big surprises of the year

Top 3 Best Director:

  1. Denis Villeneuve (Enemy)
  2. Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
  3. John Michael McDonagh (Calvary)

Top 3 Best Written Screenplay:

  1. Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

  1. Nightcrawler

Written by Dan Gilroy

  1. Whiplash

Written by Damien Chazelle

Top 5 Best Cinematography:

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Director of Photography: Michael Seresin

  1. Her/Interstellar

Director of Photography: Hoyte van Hoytema

  1. Calvary

Director of Photography: Larry Smith

  1. Godzilla

Director of Photography: Seamus McGarvey

  1. Gone Girl

Director of Photography: Jeff Cronenweth

Top 5 Best Performances by an Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture:

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal as Adam/Anthony & Lou Bloom (Enemy/Nightcrawler)
  2. J.K. Simmons as Terrence Fletcher (Whiplash)
  3. Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman (Whiplash)
  4. Brandon Gleeson as Father James (Calvary)
  5. Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne (Gone Girl)

Top 5 Best Soundtrack for a Motion Picture:

  1. Under The Skin by Mica Levi

Best Track: Love

[RATING: 10/10]

  1. Interstellar by Hans Zimmer

Best Track: Cornfield Chase

[RATING: 9.5/10]

  1. Gone Girl by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Best Track: Like Home

[RATING: 9.2/10]

  1. Calvary by Patrick Cassidy

Best Track: Teresa

[RATING: 9.0/10]

  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Michael Giacchino

Best Track: Gorilla Warfare

[RATING: 9.0/10]

Top 5 Best TV Shows of 2014:

  1. True Detective (S1) [HBO]

Created & Written by Nic Pizzolatto

[RATING: 10/10]

  1. House of Cards (S2) [Netflix]

Created by Beau Willimon

[RATING: 10/10]

  1. Mad Men (S7) [AMC]

Created by Matthew Weiner

[RATING: 8.7/10]

  1. Homeland (S4) [Showtime]

Created by Howard Gordon

[RATING: 8.6/10]

  1. The Leftovers (S1) [HBO]

Created by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta

[RATING: 8.5/10]


Top 5 Best Performances by an Actor/Actress in a TV Show:

  1. Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle (True Detective)
  2. Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood (House of Cards)
  3. Jon Hamm as Don Draper (Mad Men)
  4. Carrie Coon as Nora Durst (The Leftovers)
  5. Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer (The Newsroom)

Written by Dani

Gallego/Español 🇪🇸 | Writer & Director for Film | Editor in Chief of http://Shoton35.com | Supporter of Celta de Vigo | Fan of DC Comics & Vertigo

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