The 10 Best, No, The 100 Best Films Of 2014 Kam Williams January 7, 2015 Columns 2014 has produced a cornucopia of great films, at least a dozen of which has an excellent shot at taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture, including Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Whiplash, to name a few. However, all the stars seemed to be aligned for my personal favorite, Selma, the searing civil rights saga, set in March of 1965, about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film is arriving in theaters at a moment when race is once again an urgent issue threatening to rip asunder the fabric of the country. So, it might serve as a timely reminder about the effectiveness of adopting a philosophy of non-violence. Furthermore, this is the first feature-length biopic about Dr. King, which is hard to believe since the revered national icon was assassinated way back in 1968. Thirdly, the picture’s wide release practically coincides with his birthday, which has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1986. With Black History Month following close on its heels in February, it’s easy to envision Selma building up a head of steam over the course of awards season, when momentum dictates the favorites and often determines the winners in the Oscar sweepstakes. 10 Best Big Budget Films Selma Nightcrawler Birdman The Equalizer The Imitation Game X-Men: Days Of Future Past Fury Kill The Messenger 22 Jump Street 10. This Is Where I Leave You Big Budgets Honorable Mention 11. American Sniper 12. The Grand Budapest Hotel 13. Edge Of Tomorrow 14. The Theory Of Everything 15. The Judge 16. A Most Violent Year 17. Godzilla 18. Top Five 19. Non-Stop 20. Earth To Echo 21. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 22. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies 23. Noah 24. The Gambler 25. Beyond The Lights 10 Best Independent Films Whiplash Boyhood Wish I Was Here Calvary Dear White People Life’s A Breeze Two-Bit Waltz Belle The M Word 10. Begin Again Independent Films Honorable Mention 11. The Retrieval 12. Obvious Child 13. Chef 14. Half Of A Yellow Sun 15. Snowpiercer 16. 1,000 Times Good Night 17. The Two Faces Of January 18. Coherence 19. St. Vincent 20. Happy Christmas 21. Believe Me 22. Alan Partridge 23. Hector And The Search For Happiness 24. The Machine 25. One Chance 10 Best Foreign Films Web Junkie (China) The Way He Looks (Brazil) Ilo Ilo (Singapore) Zero Motivation (Israel) The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (Japan) The Almost Man (Norway) MetroManila(ThePhilippines) Abuse Of Weakness (France) Two Days, One Night (Belgium) 10. Wetlands (Germany) Foreign Films Honorable Mention 11. Dancing In Jaffa (Israel) 12. Stranger By The Lake (France) 13. Pioneer (Norway) 14. The Circle (Switzerland) 15. The Missing Picture (Cambodia) 16. Demi-Soeur (France) 17. Fifi Howls From Happiness (Iran) 18. Grand Depart (France) 19. Jews Of Egypt (Egypt) 20. Guilty Of Romance (Japan) 21. Soul Of A Banquet (China) 22. Big Bad Wolves (Israel) 23. Plot For Peace (South Africa) 24. Journey To The West (China) 25. We Are The Best (Sweden) 10 Best Documentaries 1. The Barefoot Artist 2. Life Itself 3. Ivory Tower 4. The Internet’s Own Boy 5. Mobilize 6. American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs 7. Vanishing Pearls 8. America The Beautiful 3 9. Pump 10. Second Opinion Documentaries Honorable Mention 11. Citizen Four 12. Keep On Keepin’ On 13. Little Hope Was Arson 14. Breastmilk 15. Tales Of The Grim Sleeper 16. Kids For Ca$h 17. I’ll Be Me 18.Spanish Lake 19. Altina 20. The Great Invisible 21. I Am Eleven 22.Tanzania: A Journey Within 23. Advanced Style 24. 12 O’Clock Boys 25. Take Me To The River Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.