Sean’s Top 10 Video Games of 2014

I’ve been accused of being obsessed with the new. Mostly this is in regard to how I am always trying out new albums on Rdio, to the point that it seems like I never go back and listen to anything more than a year old. It’s a fair accusation, I mean I really don’t spend much time at all listening to classic rock or catching up on movies from the fifties or marathoning important TV shows (that aren’t made by Joss Whedon or part of the Star Trek universe). Video games are a little different. While I still have a vast backlog of games that I’ll probably never catch up with, games are such a heavy time investment that I will go back for them. Last year I went back and played a lot of 2013’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins, among countless other old PC games that I picked up on sale and dipped my toes into.

My point is that unless this is your job, it’s really hard to try to play every game that matters. I don’t know how people do it, because I don’t have an especially busy social life and I still would be exhausted to try to get more than a couple of hours of gaming in on a weekday. So yeah, even though it’s almost February I still have barely touched Divinity: Original Sin, I’m still shooting my way through the early stages of Far Cry 4, and while I own Alien: Isolation, I’ve never even booted it up. Will I get to these games? I hope so. I hope I get to play them and many other great games of 2014 that I didn’t try out yet. Until that time, however, here are the 10 games I liked the most that I actually played last year.
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T3 85: Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2015

I’m not so sure about Ant-Man, everybody. Marvel’s been on a hot streak because they’ve always put passionate, talented fans behind the camera for every single one of their movies. This was supposed to be the ultimate realization of that, a project Edgar Wright had been working on since 2006 (that’s two thirds of Boyhood ago!) but now we’re getting something with a modified version of the script from Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd directed by the guy who did Yes Man which is not a movie about a super hero who always gets his way. And I guess all that has dulled my excitement Where have I put my anticipation instead? Find out on this week’s Top Ten Thursday!

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Michael’s Top Ten Movies of 2014

I’d like to apologize to everyone who was anxiously awaiting the unveiling of my list. I’m sorry this is so late. And I’m sorry that I saw so few movies this year. I tried doing a log this year, writing my thoughts on every new film that I saw. Some of these reviews are copied from that (sorry). Others are reviews that I threw together this morning because, holy shit, I still haven’t submitted my list yet! Sorry about that again. So, without further apology, here’s my top ten sorry.

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T3 84: Top 10 Movies of 2014

There’s something really tricky about top 10 lists. When you don’t have a list at all, when you just have to name a movie your favorite of the year, it’s actually not that bad. It seems like it would be, but usually there’s just one movie that you truly, truly want to stand up for. And top fives, well, top fives are great. Again, it’s never too hard to choose five movies that you think are especially worth noting. But a top 10, that’s hard. There’s something so damning about not making your top 10, so finite about that cutoff. And worse, when it gets to the back few spots, it’s almost always the case that the movie you would put at something like number 14 could just as easily have been your seven. It’s really hard, especially if you’re trying to be funny and a little insightful along the way. Let us show you just how difficult it is on this week’s podcast.

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Sean’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

Two lists down, two to go. So, last year in film: it was OK. It started on a sour note with Monuments Men and ended on a bizarre one with The Interview, but there was plenty to smile about. I liked that more movies opted into online distribution, as it still seems like there are a bunch of great indie movies that never make it into theaters anywhere around me. So yeah, let me remind you that this is not a list of the best movies of the year, but simply my favorites of the ones I saw. And I didn’t see a whole lot! I wish there was a guide somewhere that told you what movies are going to be on most critics’ end of the year lists, it sure would make SIFF easier. As it stands, there’s still plenty of 2014 to be mopped up for me, but my immediate focus will be on movies from John and Colin’s lists that I haven’t seen such as The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Calvary, Still Alice, Listen Up Philip, and Under The Skin. And then maybe some of the Oscar bait? I don’t know.
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Colin’s Top Ten Movies Of 2014

There are probably a few clear indicators that 2014 was a perfectly just OK year for movies.  One of them would be the Oscar nominations which, yes I still kinda care about, and seem to have a lot less exciting things nominated than most years (they managed to nominate two British period pieces this year!  Two!)  Then there’s also the fact that I ended up seeing less movies in 2014 than most years, and yet there aren’t that many movies that I regret not catching up with.  Still, there was some good stuff, so how about we talk about this good stuff? Continue reading

John’s Top Ten Movies of 2014

Looking through the John Otteni Film Database (a TextEdit file on my Mac), I’ve determined that 2014 tried its best but like Icarus, foolishly soared too high, and lost control of its servo guidance mechanism. It’s a shame because me and 2013 were basically BFF’s: Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, Nebraska, Frances Ha? You kidding me? And at least 2012 and myself still occasionally talk on the phone. How could we not when we can talk about great films like: Skyfall, Looper, Life of Pi, and Django Unchained. 2014? There were some brief moments of passion but that’s about as far as it goes. So without any further ado, let’s try and look back.

Honorable Mention
Dear White People
Obvious Child
Snowpiercer

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