We've featured some cool retrospective videos looking back at the films of 2014, like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014. The next video we're featuring is a little more selective about the films used in a montage called The Best of Cinema 2014. There's actually only 30 films on display here, and that's because it's inspired by Moviejerk's Top 30 Films of 2014 (which hasn't been published yet). Now be prepared, because there are some films here released back in 2013 in the United States, but Moviejerk is based in the United Kingdom, so Spike Jonze's Her made the cut. Watch!
Even though we're already looking forward to the films coming in 2015, we've only just begun looking back at all the films that piqued our interest in 2014. We've been looking back at the year in cinema with plenty of retrospective videos, but now we want to add a personal touch by revealing what we really loved about the movies this year. As 2014 gets closer to the end, we'll count down our favorite films of the year, but I want to kick things off by revealing my picks for the 15 Best Official Movie Posters of 2014. Like our movie picks, this is purely subjective, but I'm confident that I've picked some of the most beautiful posters. Look!
"Congratulations! We’ve made it through another spin around the sun." Indeed we have. Since we're at the end of the year, it's not uncommon to see endless tributes and retrospectives recapping the year. "Here's to 2014" is yet another, but it packs in more than just a few events. Made by the graphics company behind the 85 Best Picture Oscar Winners infographic we featured in February, called Beutler Ink, the graphic (seen below) includes references to nearly every major movie, pop culture moment, or news event, from Too Many Cooks to the death of Robin Williams, The Lego Movie, Interstellar and Ghostbusters, too. The only thing missing is some kind of reference to the Sony Hack, but The Interview guys may be in there. Take a look!
Another one of our reliable movie fans, Nick Bosworth from JoBlo.com, has returned for the third year in a row with his retrospective of the past year in cinema. Final Cut 2014 might be our favorite retrospective video yet, if only for the interaction between the scenes, especially the juxtaposition of certain scenes in X-Men: Days of Future Past with Michael Fassbender's role in Frank and James McAvoy's work in Filth. Plus, that little opening bit to kick off the video is pretty clever too. From Birdman to Batman (in The LEGO Movie), this is a gorgeous compilation of the movies we loved (and some we hated) this year.
As awards season heats up with the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes revealing the nominees for their annual awards, the end of the year is getting closer and closer. We'll be looking back at the year in film that was 2014 in the weeks ahead, with our own editorials, not to mention lists counting down the best films of the year. In addition, there's also great retrospective videos like The Movies of 2014, the latest impressive compilation of clips from films ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Theory of Everything and Life Itself. This one is pretty impressive, using dialogue cleverly with the right clips. Watch below!
There's just over three weeks left in 2014, and while there are still some films that have yet to get a wide release, much of the press and awards correspondents have already seen the films that are likely to be rounded up for Oscar nominations and whatnot next year. That means more and more end of the year lists will be counting down the Top 10 Films of 2014, and the latest is the American Film Institute (AFI). And while the institute had a hard time narrowing down their list this year (they've listed 11 films instead of just 10), they've included one potentially questionable title. Check out the list of AFI's Movies of the Year!
Now that Edgar Wright has chimed in with his Top 10 Films of 2014, that's opened the flood gates for others to start delivering their lists of what they believe are the best films of the year. The latest contribution comes from TIME Magazine, who always delivers a rather eclectic and strange list. Last year they included Fast & Furious 6 on their Top 10 list, naming it better than some heavy awards contenders that year. This year, their list has a couple surprising inclusions, making for a very weird collection of movies being dubbed the best of 2014. And for those interested, they also delivered a spot-on list of the worst films of the year.
Now that we're in the last month of the year, retrospective looks back at the films of 2014 are starting to slowly emerge. We just featured The 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up, and Edgar Wright has chimed in with his Top 10 Films of 2014. Now Little White Lies' editor David Ehrlich has chimed in with his Top 25 Films of 2014, but he's gone out of his way to make it even more special by creating a pretty fantastic video going through the films that impressed him the most. There's a lot of love for indies like Under the Skin and The Double, but some higher profile films make the cut too. But what's at #1? You'll have to watch and see!
After being first to the retrospective party two years in a row with videos looking back at the years in film that were 2012 and 2013, video editor The Sleepy Skunk is back with The 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up. It seems like these videos start arriving earlier every year, but this one is arriving just one day before 2013's retrospective arrived. Anyway, it's our standard look back at the year in film that was 2014 which includes blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, indies like The Guest, big comedies like 22 Jump Street, animated hits like The LEGO Movie and dramas like Unbroken. Watch!
We're not even one full day into December, and the folks over at Esquire have already kicked off their year-end lists by asking Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright to pick his Top 10 Films of 2014. You might think that it's a little early with an entire month of movies left to see, but someone like Wright has probably seen most of the awards contenders that haven't hit theaters yet (he saw Interstellar pretty early after all). Wright says, "I thought it was a great year for independent movies," and you'll see a few of them pop up on his list, along with a couple of surprising blockbusters. Look below!
The abundance of love, admiration and fond memories surrounding recently passed comedian and actor Robin Williams has brought an onslaught of emotions from laughter to tears. This was a man who loved comedy, but wasn't afraid to get dramatic. And while he brought joy to millions, director Garry Marshall accurately pinpointed his battle with depression and how he came to give in to the darkness, "He could make everybody happy but himself." But we don't come to bury Robin Williams, we come to celebrate him by calling attention to several of the touching tributes, words and recollections of how he impacted so many lives. And we've also included some of his finest moment from interviews to speeches and stand-up. Look!
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Tim Burton's Batman. Let's take a look back all the way to the summer of 1989 when the superhero genre saw a resurgence and the Dark Knight was reborn again for a new generation of moviegoers. Batman came out on June 23rd, 1989 - a month after I was born. As such, Burton's Batman was my cinematic introduction to the character. His take on Batman is special to me mostly because of his approach to the character. Michael Keaton doesn't look like a typical superhero, he looks like an average guy. The great appeal of Burton's take on the character is that anyone can be Batman.
"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool." By now, this quote that Philip Seymour Hoffman utters as rock critic Lester Bangs in the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous has made countless rounds on the web in the wake of the tragic news of the Oscar-winning actor's death. It's Hoffman's portrayal of a character who isn't too far removed from the strange little career this writer has found (don't presume a comparison of influence or greatness on any level) that has resonated with me for years as I've soaked up every piece of cinema in my vicinity. And it's his absence from film that now gives me a heavy heart. So this is my tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
"Why does Dr. Strangelove want 10 females to each male?" It's time to celebrate a classic. On January 29th, 1964, Stanley Kubrick's war-time comedy Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb finally hit theaters, after being delayed from November 1963. That officially makes the films 50 years old today, marking its anniversary of release. The film has since gone down in history as one of the best, and most controversial, comedies ever made. The film has since been restored and released on Blu-ray and has been touring around, but if you haven't ever seen it, today is the perfect day to enjoy this.