Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson
*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.
When I put together my top ten list last year, I had quite a struggle putting together my top ten. Simply put, I saw a lot of great stuff in 2014 and could have swapped out my bottom slots for a few other films and be just as satisfied. This year was a little different. While I saw a lot of good movies, there weren’t as many clear locks for the list as last year. That is not to say I’m unhappy with the list. These are all good movies and I’m particularly happy with my top tier selections, but the bottom slots are filled out by movies which, though containing a lot of great elements, ultimately are shy of reaching that greatness fully. I don’t want to make that sound like a bad thing though as its allowed me to celebrate some interesting films which really work in spite of some flaws. (more…)