After careful consideration – and with some trepidation – I’ve finally put together my final list of my favorite movies from 2014. It was the first time in a long while that I saw more than 200 movies and a lot of them were incredibly good (a lot were incredibly bad, or boring, but I’ve already dealt with those).
As usual, these are the films that got me laughing, crying, engaged in conversations and generally made my brain fizz in a good way. As usual, anyone who says it was a crap year for movies just wasn’t paying attention.
Also note that two movies – Selma and Boyhood (despite their importance in terms of history and/or unique concepts) did not make my favorites list – not because they were bad films. They were not. They were very, very good ones. They just didn’t connect with me as much as these twenty did.
As a fan of the Veronica Mars TV series, I think Rob Thomas – and his 91+ thousands of Kickstarter financiers – have pulled something almost as miraculous as raising 5.7 million dollars through crowdfunding – he’s made a movie continuation of Veronica Mars’ story that will please fans and newcomers about equally.
I have a certain stylistic rules I adhere to when writing film critiques—for example, I do not write from the first-person perspective. But, because Veronica Mars wonderfully, and refreshingly, breaks most rules of film making and execution, I have decided to break my own rules in order to give the film the review it deserves.
Reviewing film, or any medium for that matter, requires two elements: a standard for evaluation, and an objective perspective. On the second point, because movies provide such a visceral experience, it is often difficult for a reviewer to differentiate between the positives and negatives of a piece of cinema and their own personal preferences for what they enjoy in a film.
Not only did Veronica Mars make Veronica Mars the most anticipated movie of 2014 in the MTV poll, Entertainment Weekly has made the movie the subject of its Valentine’s Day edition. Yes, Entertainment Weekly is giving us marshmallows for Valentine’s Day! Sweet!
When Veronica Mars premieres in AMC Theaters across America on March 14th, it will be in over 250 theaters – not bad for a wee indie film like that. In addition to the AMC theaters listed, arrangements have been made to place Veronica Mars in a handful of key locations where AMC has no theaters:
Premiere Cinema 15 (Lubbock, TX)
The Living Room 6 (Portland, OR)
Cinetopia Progress Ridge Beaverton (Portland, OR)
Cinetopia Vancouver Mall (Vancouver, WA)
Advance tickets will go on sale February 14th. For a complete list of the AMC theaters involved, follow the jump.
Participant Media’s TV network Pivot has acquired the complete runs of cult favorite series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. The critically acclaimed shows will be scheduled back to back in a weeknight strip as the Buffy and Veronica Power Hours block with Buffy running at 10/9C and Veronica Mars at 11/10C, beginning January 13th.