10. Fruitvale Station – Kicks your heart in the balls.
9. Dallas Buyers Club – Performances more memorable than the film itself. McConaughey and Ziggy Stardust deserve all the award nominations heading their way.
8. Mud – So all in on McConaughey’s surgence that I just made up a word.
7. Her – Joaquin’s relationship with an operating system leaves you feeling more human. Close your eyes and feel this movie.
6. Catching Fire – Dear Hollywood, THAT’S how you make a damn sequel. A fringe (blockbuster) masterpiece in an era plagued by franchise fatigue. So many compelling performances. Doc Narcisse and Honey Bunny!
5. 12 Years a Slave – “Hard to watch” is an understatement. Nursing a cinematic hangover I’m not quite sure I want to shake. Our Best Picture.
4. American Hustle – A Scorsese-esque American classic. Rich ensemble. Never self-indulgently clever. JLaw + McCartney = Everything
3. The Wolf of Wall Street – Leo’s Jordan Belfort is Gordon Gekko and Henry Hill’s incestuous crack baby.
2. Spring Breakers – Professor Franco guides us on a hauntingly trippy exploration of excess. Still awaiting my grandma’s review.
1. Inside Llewyn Davis – Another Coen brothers’ classic. An odyssey that ends in the same place is still an odyssey. Even more incredible when you see it in the same theater as Daniel Day-F*cking-Lewis. New York City!