Posted by: ckckred | June 8, 2014

What Are Your Movie/TV Highlights of the Year Thus Far?

Time sure flies by; it’s already June and 2014 has been bombarded with major releases. While there’s still much to look forward to for the rest of the year (Inherent Vice), the first couple of months have been very strong with television, plus I’ve seen a few very strong new movies.

In a post-Breaking Bad TV landscape, I predicted that the golden age of television drama that’s been around since The Sopranos started has come to an end.  Fortunately I was wrong.  Louie, hands down the best sitcom on television, is also the best drama of the year so far, showing its strength with the magnificent “Elevator” series of episodes. Fargo also is the year’s brightest new show, with the black humor and philosophy of the Coens’ classic movie without being derivative.  I can also applaud The AmericansMad Men, and Game of Thrones for their excellent seasons as well as ArcherVeepSilicon Valley, and Community for making me laugh.  I also have to give much praise (which I will talk more about within the next few days) about Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which has quickly found its voice and has cemented a firm status next to the top-notch satire of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

As for film, I haven’t seen many current pictures.  The Grand Budapest Hotel though was an absolute treat and like all We Anderson movies will certainly improve during a second viewing.  I also very much enjoyed the documentary Tim’s Vermeer as well as the monster-romp Godzilla, whose characters never really come alive on screen but has some exciting action to make up for its faults.

But what has been a highlight of 2014 for you so far?


  1. Mad Men wins TV for me, I loved every episode of the half-season. As for movies, I haven’t seen many great new releases. Out of those I have seen I enjoyed Divergent and Million Dollar Arm most, but I can’t see either of those holding the “best” title by the end of the year haha.

    • The first few episodes of Mad Men were a bit uneven but the last couple were almost flawless. I think this season was very strong overall and I’m excited for the finale next year.

  2. Great to see you’re a fan of Louie, the first two seasons that I’ve watched so far are brilliant. My personal pick for TV is Game of Thrones, can’t wait for tonight’s big episode. On the movie front, I’m still waiting for my highlight.:)

    • Season 3 of Louie is almost as good as season 2 (the “Late Night” trilogy is my favorite part) and Season 4 is already pretty mesmerizing. I’m looking much forward to GoT’s finale tonight as well, thought I think a few of the episodes earlier this season were a bit plodding at parts.

  3. Movies: Under the Skin, Enemy

    • Unfortunately I haven’t seen either. I need to catch up on some of 2014’s movies.

  4. The Lego Movie, Jodorworky’s Dune, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America:The Winter Soldier, Edge of Tomorrow, Muppets Most Wanted. I don’t follow most of the TV shows that seem popular but I am loving Fargo.

    • Fargo is such a great show. I thought it’d be a complete bomb but it’s actually one of the best series on right now. The only current show I think is stronger is Louie.

  5. In terms of TV I only just finished Breaking Bad, so that’s probably the highlight, although I’m also in the middle of re-watching Twin Peaks and it just gets better and better. I haven’t seen any of Game of Thrones season 4 yet unfortunately!
    In terms of movies…we tend to get the Oscar contenders around Jan / Feb so at the start of the year I saw Nebraska, American Hustle, Her, 12 Years A Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis. I enjoyed all of them a lot but I guess you’re after films released in 2014? I enjoyed Edge Of Tomorrow and Godzilla but my two favourites to date are Blue Ruin and Under The Skin. Both excellent films!

    • Can’t go wrong with Breaking Bad. The final few episodes are pure perfection, in particular Ozymandias.

  6. TV wise it’s gonna be Fargo (so good) and True Detective, while GoT and Mad Men are excellent as always. Movie wise, I loved Blue Ruin, The Raid 2, Her and The Wolf of Wall Street among others.

    • Fargo is really good. I initially thought it couldn’t live up to the Coens’ movie but it’s just as great. I’ve read a lot about Blue Ruin recently, looks like I’ll have to check that out.

  7. Under the Skin wins it for movies, I have a really hard time seeing anything top it this year for me, but of course we have a lot of things coming out later in the year.
    I don’t watch a ton of tv when it’s actually on tv, so True Detective is going to have to take it for me. I loved that show and I can’t wait to see the direction that take into next.

    • I really liked True Detective as well. I’m really interested what the next season’s going to be like, hopefully it will have just as a compelling of a story.

  8. I’ve actually been pretty impressed so far in terms of movies. I’ve already seen 4 movies that have all been really good (The Raid 2, Godzilla, X-Men: DOFP, Edge of Tomorrow), and very few in the way that have disappointed TOO badly. So I’d say it’s been a pretty solid year so far, and looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store for us as well.

    • I’ve seen relatively few movies but I’ve been impressed with most that I did watch. And there’s still a lot to look forward for the rest of the year.

  9. Gotta agree with Hunter in the comments above…Under the Skin was tremendous and HBO’s True Detective phenomenal. The Grand Budapest Hotel was my first 5 star review of the year thus far! I still have to review Under the Skin…see it!!

    • True Detective was pretty great. I’m really excited what the second season’s going to be about.

  10. I haven’t been catching up on current TV series but I’ve been binge-ing on ALL THINGS Toby Stephens: TV, movie, theater, radio, anything I can get my hands on. Not sure if he counts but he’s definitely the highlight on my recent discoveries of late. He’s also in Black Sails which I’ve been seeing clips on.

  11. Well Game of Thrones is being as great as ever and recently I was very pleasantly surprised by Edge of Tomorrow 😀

    • Game of Thrones has been on a roll lately. Last week’s episode in particular was very intense and well-done.

  12. Good stuff cK. I must admit that being as into Archer as I am, I find season #5 a notable step back from its first few, but there still have been good moments from Archer: Vice.

    A highlight for me is probably Jon Favreau’s latest little indie movie, Chef. I highly recommend it. It’s great.

    • It took me a while to get used to Archer: Vice, but overall I loved the abrupt change. The last few episodes in particular were very superb.

      I saw Chef a couple of days ago and felt disappointed. The beginning was excellent but the movie fell off coarse afterwards.

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