2014 was an incredible year for the entertainment industry. We didn’t only have incredible films and albums but also, unforgettable TV Shows such as True Detective, The Leftovers and amazing new seasons of Game of Thrones, Homeland and others! To conclude the year, here are the best films and albums of 2014!
01. “The Tribe” by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (Ukraine): Cinema is the universal language and Slaboshpitsky proves it in this incredible film where deaf and mute people communicate by sign languages with no subtitles on. The film is composed by scenes with no cuts and the story happens in a school of a gang of violent teenagers.
02. “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan (Canada): Dolan’s best film so far is a funny, shocking, edgy and a beautiful experience about a woman trying to survive the hard-working middle class of Canada with her crazy and disrespectful son. Mixing what’s best from modern influences, Mommy is the freshest cinema happening right now.
03. “Whiplash” by Damien Chazelle (USA): The Black Swan goes Jazz of the year, Whiplash is not only interesting and breathtaking but the structure of the story is very different, making this film a crazy jazz dance that will shake your bones out of your chair. Not mentioning great well deserved acting Oscar nominations!
04. “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” by Alejandro González Inárritu (USA): As everybody keeps saying, Birdman is brilliant! It’s also Black Swanish but very interesting because of its form- a film without cuts. The cinematography here is perfect and the script is very well written when it comes to separate the reality from the madness. Simply genius!
05. “Blind” by Eskil Vogt (Norway): Despite not being as famous as the previous films, Blind is an incredible Norwegian production that tells the crazy imaginations of a woman who just became blind. Being in her apartment alone for the whole day, she imagines what’s happening with the world out there, resulting in a film that mixes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Amelie but in a very modern and unique way.
06. “Interstellar” by Christopher Nolan (USA): There is a point in Interstellar that I believe Christopher Nolan lost himself in his theories. However, the magnitude, creativity, and courage of what this film is about has never been seen on cinema before. That’s why I believe Interstellar deserves to be here. Not mentioning the incredible images and Matthew’s acting. It’s definitely one of a kind journey!
07. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” by Ned Benson (USA): If you imagine a very depressing (500) Days of Summer you get a glimpse of what this film is about. Very real, interesting and hard watching, Benson’s film tries in some way explain the journey of how we feel when we feel like we lost ourselves and accepting it as part of our lives. Beautiful and sad, this is one of my favorite films of the year.
08. “A Most Violent Year” by J.C Chandor (USA): Also with Jessica Chastain, this film has an incredible story about money, power, and glory. A little Godfatherish, a very rich and ambitious family who runs an oil company is being attacked by some robbers in NY, making their company suffer economically. Trying to put themselves together, everything goes down the hill when the government accuse them of illegal transactions. Very powerful, it’s a shame A Most Violent Year didn’t get a single nomination at the Oscars.
09. “Gone Girl” by David Fincher (USA): Gone Girl is crazy! And everybody who has seen the film knows what I’m talking about! It’s dirty, ugly and cheap just like Fincher’s masterpieces – and this one is obviously another one. The soundtrack is probably the best from Nine Inch Nails lead singer, which is another shame that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.
10. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by Wes Anderson (USA): One of the best Wes Anderson films, here the director achieves perfection on his own style, delivering a funny, smart, beautiful film full of details and personality.
01. Sun Structured by Temples: Before I start, I must admit I didn’t pay too much attention to the music scene this year. However, Temples was not only the best album of 2014 but also their first album ever! A little bit of The Beatles in their psychedelic years with Tame Impala and War On Drugs, Sun Structure is an alternative 60’s album that is just impossible to stop listening to!
02. Supermodel by Foster the People: Most it’s because they are my favorite band but Foster the People finally put their album at the same level as they are when they play live. More guitar driven and nostalgic, Supermodel is one of my favorite albums of 2014.
03. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey: Very different from everything Lana has done before and very similar to the last Black Keys album, Ultraviolence is a drug trip with the taste of wiskey in the middle of the desert of Nevada, dreaming about the West Coast and meth-heads from New York. Slow, nostalgic and dirty, Lana Del Rey doesn’t want to be pretty or sexy but have fun with her famous sugar girl icons from the ’50s and ’60s.
04. Build On Glass by Chet Faker: My favorite album and artist of the year, Chet Faker proves and starts a slow electronic music scene where you don’t need puts to appreciate the sound of a song made from a computer. With an incredibly beautiful voice, Faker gets influences from the jazz music from the ’50s, including his own artistic name who came from a jazz player. Simple, modern and minimalistic.
05. Love Frequency by Klaxons: If the crazy, hipster, electronic bands from the 2008’s died along the way, Klaxons have put themselves together this year presenting the most powerful indie disco records of the year. Not taking itself too seriously and talking about aliens and how they should “show us a miracle”, Klaxons finally brings back the “Myths of the Near Future” vibe and gives us a crazy, dancing sound that will make you more excited than any Lady Gaga, Britney Spears or Beyonce album.
06. This is All Yours by Alt-J: Maybe the first Alt-J album is better, but the best Alt-J songs ever are on this incredible album who presents itself as the world of “Naria”, a crazy and sexy place between love and sex, happy and sad, ugly and beautiful, peaceful and chaotic. Very unique and beautiful, Alt-J is one of the greatest albums of the year.
07. 1989 by Taylor Swift: I must admit my admiration for Taylor Swift started with her album “Red”, where the country little princes finally decided to grow up a little, even if she dances in pajamas on her video clip. But with 1989, Taylor has not only changed her style from water to wine but also created a very catchy, simple and good album. When a lot of young artists tries to do this for years, Taylor does it naturally simple and have fun with it. Yeah, it’s a little bit silly sometimes, but Taylor’s grace is so cute that you can’t just make fun of her. It’s indeed a good album.
08. You Haunt Me by Sir Sly: Probably my most random discovery of the year, Sir Sly delivers a first album that is half pop and half indie who sings about sad songs but still have fun with it. It’s a very unique album and very hard to describe but one thing is for sure is that it’s good and you can’t stop listening to it. It reminds someway of a younger “The Neighbourhood” – and they are actually on the “Similar Bands” session of The Neighbourhood’s Spotify page. If you are into them, you will be into Sir Sly!
09. The New Classic by Iggy Azalea: No one knew what I was talking about when I put “Work” on the radio, but after “Fancy”, Iggy took over the world. Yeah, it’s rap and pop and she has a bigger ass than Nicki Minaj, but Iggy knows what she is doing and she does it well, mixing ghetto hip-hop with the crazy bang from M.I.A. It’s a little crazy, a little weird but definitely good!
10. Wanted on Voyage by George Ezra: George Ezra, is for me, the male Taylor Swift. But Taylor is also in this list, I don’t mean it as a bad thing! Wanted on Voyage is a simple but extremely good folk album that reminds of John Mayer first albums being produced by the same people who did the music for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Which actually, his first single is called “Budapest” and the video clip is probably one of the best video clips of the year. With an incredibly strong and powerful voice, George Ezra was one of the sweetest discoveries of 2014.