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Best & Worst of 2014

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It’s that time of the year once again: the end.For those of you who are following The Gibson Review on Facebook, it also means it’s time for my annual best and worst of the year lists.
So, as has been the case the past couple years, due to limited releases there are a few heavy-hitters that have eluded me this year. Films like Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, Nightcrawler, Selma, and Whiplash narrowly escaped my reach. That’s always frustrating, because the films that I’m not able to catch always include two or three that would be on my ‘Best of the Year’ list.Therefore, it’s always good to take this list with a grain of salt.
As far as trends in film this year, science fiction got a huge bump – and few could credit comic books as source material!From the ridiculous and absurd (Transcendence, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Congress) to the intelligent and astonishing (Interstellar, Under the Skin, Edge of Tomorrow), science fiction was all across the spectrum and everywhere in …

Best & Worst of 2013

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It’s that time of the year: the end. For those of you who are still following The Gibson Review on Facebook, it also means it’s time for my annual best and worst of the year lists.

Now, as is the case every year, I was only able to catch up with half of the 60 worthwhile films that came out this year. I’ve still yet to catch All is Lost, Blue Jasmine, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, You’re Next, as well as majority of December’s releases like Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street, among many others. So, take this list with a pinch of salt, as it might change a bit. But there’s no point in releasing a best of the year list in March, now is there?

I usually look for trends and noteworthy aspects of the year in film. However, there weren’t many recurring trends in 2013, save for two: racism and the economic struggle. For whatever reason, racial politics were prevalent in the cinema this year with 12 Years a Slave, 42