Film Junk’s Best and Worst Movies of 2014


You may have already listened to our 2014 Year in Review podcast earlier today, but for those of you who just want a quick breakdown of Film Junk’s best and worst movies of the year, well… here you go. We’ve got our individual top 10 and bottom 5 films collected here, while Jay has thrown in his favourite documentaries and albums of 2014 as well. Shannon has also provided her own top 10 list to balance everything out. Whether you think it was a good year or a bad year for cinema, there were still plenty of great discussions to be had and that’s at least half of the fun. So what are your favourite and least favourite movies of 2014?

Jay’s Top 10 Movies of 2014


1. Foxcatcher
2. Nightcrawler
3. Snowpiercer
4. Manglehorn
5. The Guest
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. Enemy
8. Whiplash
9. Only Lovers Left Alive
10. Birdman

Honourable Mentions: The Rover, Force Majeure, Stranger By the Lake, Boyhood, Inherent Vice, Chef, Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Noah, Interstellar, What We Do in the Shadows, The Drop, Ida

Jay’s Top 5 Documentaries of 2014


1. The Look of Silence
2. An Honest Liar
3. Manakamana
4. Life Itself
5. Virunga

Honourable Mentions: 20,000 Days On Earth, Citizenfour, The Overnighters

Jay’s Bottom 5 Movies of 2014


1. Transformers: Age of Extinction
2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
3. Transcendence
4. Wish I Was Here
5. Tusk

Jay’s Top 5 Albums of 2014


1. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah
2. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
3. FKA twigs – LP1
4. Future Islands – Singles
5. Crooks on Tape – Fingerprint

Honourable Mentions: Todd Terje – It’s Album Time, Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!, Jad Fair & Danielson – Solid Gold Heart, Trans Am – Volume X

Frank’s Top 10 Movies of 2014


1. Noah
2. Nightcrawler
3. Grand Budapest Hotel
4. Gone Girl
5. Interstellar
6. Foxcatcher
7. Boyhood
8. The Guest
9. Inherent Vice
10. Birdman

Honourable Mentions: Edge of Tomorrow, Whiplash, Force Majeure

Frank’s Bottom 5 Movies of 2014


1. Willow Creek
2. Dumb And Dumber To
3. Into The Woods
4. Sabotage
5. The Cobbler

Shannon’s Top 10 Movies of 2014


(in no particular order)

The Skeleton Twins
John Wick
The Babadook
Gone Girl
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sean’s Top 10 Movies of 2014


1. Birdman
2. Nightcrawler
3. Boyhood
4. Force Majeure
5. The Drop
6. Under the Skin
7. Fury
8. Enemy
9. Snowpiercer
10. The One I Love

Honourable Mentions: The Guest, The Babadook, Gone Girl, Chef, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Blue Ruin, Guardians of the Galaxy, Frank, We Are the Best!, Foxcatcher

Sean’s Bottom 5 Movies of 2014


1. Wish I Was Here
2. Labor Day
3. Visitors
4. Tusk
5. Horns

  • pcch7

    Didn’t figure Jay for a Todd Terje fan but there you go. An annoying amount of films that have been unavailable for me, have a feeling my list is gonna change a lot over the next 2-3 months.

    1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
    3. Edge of Tomorrow
    4. How To Train Your Dragon 2
    5. Boyhood
    6. You and the Night
    7. Magic In The Moonlight
    8. Nightcrawler
    9. Whiplash
    10. The Lego Movie

    Honorable mentions: Force Majeure, Under the Skin

    As for albums, can’t think of anymore than five off the top of my head.

    1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
    2. Future Islands – Singles
    3. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
    4. Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
    5. Dum Dum Girls – Too True

  • Matt

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring:

    1. Whiplash
    2. Citizenfour
    3. Only Lovers Left Alive
    4. Noah
    5. Wild
    6. Snowpiercer
    7. The Guest
    8. Under the Skin
    9. Enemy
    10. Foxcatcher

    Haven’t seen Boyhood yet…

  • Jameson

    Here’s my list:

    1) Boyhood
    2) Under The Skin
    3) Whiplash
    4) Birdman
    5) Foxcatcher
    6) Ida
    7) Snowpiercer
    8) The Babadook
    9) Frank
    10) Interstellar

    Honorable Mentions: Enemy, Gone Girl, Locke, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Rover, Nightcrawler.

  • BurgusLasVegas

    BEST : 1. Calvary 2. Coherence 3. Edge of Tomorrow 4. Snowpiercer 5. Boyhood. WORST : 1. Dumb & Dumber To 2. Chef ( Jon Favreau really loves Jon Favreau ) 3. The Captive 4. 7500 5. Stretch ( “Hehe dwarfs ,hehe drugs, hehehe boobs, hehehe Hasselhoff”

  • ReelJunkie

    I just cannot come to terms with Frank and Jay’s number one picks. Seriously guys… Noah and Foxcatcher? Thank God Sean came correct.

  • Rolf

    Haven’t seen much of 2014 but I looooved LOCKE. Dunno why only Sean seems to have seen it. Nice that you liked it.

    01. LOCKE
    02. CALVARY
    03. THE RAID 2
    05. CHEF
    07. ENEMY
    08. BORGMAN
    09. BLUE RUIN
    10. COLD IN JULY

  • jian all squishy

    The music picks are much appreciated, Jay.

  • BatemanBegins

    As silly as this exercise is, I’d be remiss if I said that I didn’t want to take part in this end-of-year playdate.

    1. Birdman
    2. Under the Skin
    3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    4. Edge of Tomorrow
    5. Only Lovers Left Alive
    6. Gone Girl
    7. Chef
    8. Ida
    9. Boyhood
    10. Happy Christmas

  • The Reelest

    No doubt. Jay and Frank are so fucking gay, what with their independent choices, differing significantly from our straight-up homeboy Sean. Noah? Foxcatcher? What the fucking turd. How can you come to terms with that bullshit random insanity? Can’t be done, son. Both of these whack crackers need reconsider their genders and heed Dwyer’s example of coming perfectly correct.

  • ReelJunkie

    Wait what?