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The DePaulia’s best films of 2014


From building blocks to teenage punks, it was both a diverse and strong year for cinema. Members of The DePaulia staff chose their favorite films of 2014. 

Isabel Corona – Staff Writer

Nothing says “end of the year” like pretending to have watched more movies than you actually have. Sometimes we just don’t get a chance to see everything we want to, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like what we did see. While I haven’t seen all of the films likely to be at the next Academy Awards, my top films don’t have to consist of “good” movies, only my favorite films. I just happen to really like little kid movies.

  1. “The Lego Movie”
  2. “Birdman”
  3. “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  4. “Gone Girl”
  5. “Interstellar”
  6. “Big Hero 6”
  7. “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
  8. “Snowpiercer”
  9. “The Wind Rises”
  10. “Filth”

Eric Domingo – Staff Writer


This was definitely the year of superhero movies. From intergalactic crusaders in “Guardians of the Galaxy” to sewer rat crime fighters in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, the stage has been set for more to come. There were some serious comedic and drama surprises with “Neighbors” and “Fury”, but with unique movie ideas coming hard to come by, we saw a lot of continuing sagas like in: “22 Jump Street” and “Anchorman 2”. Don’t sleep on the movie “Blended” because if you liked Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in “50 First Dates” and “The Wedding Singer”, you’ll definitely want to watch this one.

  1. “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  3. “Fury”
  4. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
  5. “Neighbors”
  6. “Blended”
  7. “X-men: Days of Future Past”
  8. “22 Jump Street”
  9. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  10. “Anchorman 2”


Mike Horky – Contributing Writer


2014 was probably one of the best years for film in recent memory. It was also one of the best years for the indie film as well. Now that’s not to say that other years didn’t have their fair share of great independent cinema, but 2014 really came through with some very important works. From films dealing with coming of age (“We Are The Best!”), to ones that showed the obstacles of relationships (“The One I Love,” “Love Is Strange”), and others that revealed the seedy underbelly of human behavior (“Enemy,” “Nightcrawler”). What we are left with is a year that embraced humanity and emotions in intimate settings rather than trading them out for explosions and epics, and that’s pretty darn cool.

  1. “Enemy”
  2. “Inherent Vice”
  3. “Nightcrawler”
  4. “Whiplash”
  5. “The One I Love”
  6. “We Are The Best!”
  7. “Obvious Child”
  8. “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya”
  9. “Birdman”
  10. “Love Is Strange”
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