With the month of June coming to a close, we've reached the halfway point of 2014. As I annually do, it's time to rank what has been seen so far. The goal is always to get to a full and complete year-end "10 Best" in December, and we know the end of the year is always back-loaded with the major awards contenders. That doesn't mean the winter, spring, and summer haven't offered a few winners that deserve credit.
Here are my picks for the "Best of 2014 (so far)" with a halfway count of the five best instead of the full ten. Half the year equals half the list. It must be said, that I have far from seen every possible 2014 film entry. Plenty of mainstream and arthouse films have eluded me and my busy schedule, but there is enough to talk about here. Despite being on vacation last week and missing "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and "22 Jump Street," I'm pretty confident that those two sequels and the remainder of the June slate which includes "Think Like a Man Too," "Jersey Boys" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" aren't going to make a dent in this list. As always, in matching with the theme of my website, I couple the best-so-far selection with the film's best life lesson. Enjoy!
These films just missed the cut as four-star reviews:
There are just two. Everything else is three stars and under, or didn't even get seen. There are some smaller celebrations out there, like the sexual tension and fun of "That Awkward Moment" the football fan geek-out of "Draft Day," and the serious balls of "Godzilla," but all were still a large step down from being called the best of the year at this point. As aforementioned, the end of the year is loaded with contenders to knock out these early five. I predict just #1 and #2 from this list survive when the snow settles on 2014 this December. For a look at the films I'm circling as 2015 Oscar contenders coming out this year, check out my early prognostication editorial that I wrote the day after this year's Academy Awards. Until then, enjoy the movies!