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Best of 2014: Films

We take a look back at 2014 to find the best films of the year.

Mass Streaming the One Percent

Testing MUBI, Arthouse-On-Demand

MUBI is an online streaming service specializing in independent cinema. Their roster is small and reserved, focusing on staff-curated films. Results weren't as predictable as Netflix, but that's not always a bad thing.

Flatiron, 10:45 p.m.

Midnight Eats with Michael Somoroff

For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's Jeremy Berger met up with commercial director, fine artist, classic car collector and philosopher Michael Somoroff at the emporium of Italian foods and fine dining in New York, Eataly, for a plate of pasta and an education in living a fulfilling life.

Bushwick, 10:18 p.m.

Late Plates: Onur Tukel

For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's J. Travis Smith ventured out for midnight Southern fried chicken, biscuits and fries with filmmaker, author and endearing eccentric Onur Tukel to discuss his latest film, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

Five-Star Five-Doors

Our Favorite Wagons from the Silver Screen

America, as a whole, hates station wagons. But instead of despising the wood paneling, the center-of-gravity elevating roof loads and the smell of cheap vinyl seats, we should be clinging to every bit of wagon-dom that we can -- who knows how much longer they'll be around? Fortunately for history's sake, they've made their mark in a handful of great movies and TV shows, not just as family haulers but as quick and capable chase vehicles and hero (and antihero) steeds of choice.

Go, Speed, Go!

The Spell of Speed Racer

One of the most iconic cars the world has ever seen doesn't even exist. It's sleek, has a three-pointed front end, a huge red M emblazoned on the hood, myriad gadgets like saw blades and a periscope and sometimes has a little kid and a crazy chimpanzee in the trunk. It's Speed Racer's Mach 5, and both the car and its super-skinny driver made an indelible impression on me as a boy. More than candy and snow days, I longed for the next episode of Speed Racer with its high drama, fast cars and peril on and off the track.

Nurture Your Independent Streak

Sundance Movies to See in 2014

Scan the news coming from the movers and shakers in the movie press, and you'll be sure Sundance 2014 was a bust. Money (surprise!) is apparently the new measuring stick for the festival. We can thank the Little Miss Sunshine VW bandwagon for that. It's true that studios and Weinsteins of the world kept their wallets generally cheekside -- who isn't these days -- but plenty of standout films were still shared with audiences throughout the week in Park City. Of the 121 in the lineup, here are some standouts worth hunting down in 2014.

Seeking the Reel Deal

A GP Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

This year was the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival, when Park City, UT, becomes the center of the celluloid universe and nearly 50,000 people descend on a mountain town of 7,500 inhabitants. Sundance is widely considered the most important film festival in the U.S., the incubator for films that resonate deeply in American popular culture. What’s more, the festival makes for a raucous week in the Wasatch Range. We were on hand this year to see how it all works. Here's our guide on where to stay, what to eat and, most importantly, how to go about your festival week.

Think First Shoot Later

The 50 Best Thrillers

Here they are. Not this one. That would be thriller, singular. We're talking about thrillers, the action genre's brainer little brother, and the subject of the tenth and final installment in our Definitive Men's Movie Collection. Like actions, thrillers get your blood pumping, though they use more subtle tactics -- suspense over pyrotechnics. We've heard it said that with thrillers, you don't need to pay for your whole seat -- just the edge. That's silly, because most theaters make you pay for your whole seat regardless, but we understand the sentiment. Have we saved the best for last? You decide.

Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival

30 Minutes With: Trevor Groth

Trevor Groth first visited the Sundance Film Festival in 1989 at the age of 17. The experience changed his life, eventually leading him to a job as Director of Programming at Sundance, presiding over the strategic planning and selection process of the now-iconic film festival. Translation? He's paid to watch and discuss movies produced by the planet's most talented filmmakers and then picks which movies the world should definitely see. We caught up him in the middle of the 2013 festival to pick his brain about his process, how to experience the festival right and the state of the indie film scene at large.

Around the World in 50 Movies

The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies

When most of us hear the word "movie", we think of Hollywood -- fair, given the global domination of Hollywood-produced Spielberg and Harry Potter films, but perhaps a tad ignorant, considering India's Bollywood produces twice Hollywood's output every year and reaches a larger audience. As demonstrated by the quality of the films in the Streaming Cinephile piece that we posted a while back, foreign films deserve a place in the spotlight. But while that list only featured foreign language films available for streaming on Netflix, this list features the top foreign language films, period.

What to See, Read and Hear

This Week in Culture: Sundance 2014 Edition

There's too much damn information floating around these days: interesting things to read, beautiful places to see, impressive figures to remember. Lucky for you, your weekly digest of culture starts right here. This week, it's all about the ever-burgeoning film-festival-meets-ski-bunnies: Sundance.

All's Fair in Love and Films

The 60 Best Romance Movies

Romance movies aim to capture the highs of love found, the lows of love lost, and everything in between. We've added 10 more films to our list of the best romance movies. Time to get cozy.

Capturing the Drama of Real Life

The 50 Best Documentaries

As any second grade teacher knows, children learn what they want to learn. Bobby doesn’t feel like learning division today? Not gonna happen. Unless…well, unless he learns without realizing it. The old pill in the ice cream trick, so to speak. Swallowing the medicine in the guise of something delicious, the innocent Bobby gets what...

Come on in, the blood's fine

The 50 Best Horror Movies

Horror movies aren't for everyone. You've heard it a million times, or else you've said it a million times: "I just don't like them". Oh really? You don't like The Shining or The Exorcist or Shaun of the Dead or Psycho? Those are horror movies, jacko, and you like them. Admit it.

Out of This World

The 50 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movies

Part five of our series covers sci-fi and fantasy movies. Of all our sections, this was the most difficult to create: not because we argued over the selections (though we did), but because we argued over where to draw the line on what constitutes sci-fi and fantasy. For instance, does Richard Linklater’s cerebral Waking Life...

Grow Old, But Don't Grow Up

The 50 Best Family Movies

The fourth part in our series covers family movies. They're the ones you loved as a kid, but haven't revisited since because, well, your office buddies don't want to watch Bartok the Magnificent. But with Thanksgiving approaching, there's no better time to dust off these old classics with loved ones. Family movies provide lighthearted laughs in abundance, and sometimes tears as well (damn you, Up!) They scrub away the confusion of adult life and remind us what's important. In fact, some of life's most important lessons are hidden in their colorful scenes. More importantly, the really good ones are fun to watch at any age. Just try not to start bawling when Mustafa eats it.

Are You Not Entertained?

The 50 Best Action Movies

While many of our lives resemble dramas, or comedies, our society has thankfully evolved to a point where many of us avoid daily physical danger. Yet, strangely enough, the human animal craves danger. We get a thrill from adrenaline. To fill the void in our safe, vanilla lives, we turn to action. Is it wrong...

The 50 Best Comedies

Throughout the selection process to find the funniest comedies, we kept echoing the same mantra: “Is this movie really that good?” The answer was consistent: shouts of “it’s hilarious!” were parried just as assuredly by “it sucks!” Comedy, we quickly discovered, is just as diverse and polarizing as drama. Really the two aren’t so different....

Life with the dull bits cut out

The 50 Best Dramas

Good movies bring art to life, combining audio and visuals (and occasionally smells, as in the case of 1959’s disastrous AromaRama and 1960’s Smell-O-Vision, may they forever rest in peace) in ways that push the limits of human imagination. They require little effort to watch, yet have the power to change a life. They represent...