This year was rather sad: I didn't see any fresh movie (movies I saw first time) above good rating (5/7). That is, there wasn't anything at the excellent level (6/7), never mind a masterpiece (7/7). That also means nothing stood out enough to be labeled best movie of the year. Regardless, there was still much to celebrate. Let's see.

visuals

The best production design is in Doubt, followed by The Iceman.

The best visual design is in Upside Down, followed by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The best cinematography is in Doubt, also followed by The Iceman.

The best visual effects are in Thor: The Dark World, followed by Transformers: Age of Extinction, then Edge of Tomorrow.

performances

My favorite performance is by Laurence R. Harvey as the disgusting (and evil) security guard in The Human Centipede 2. However, here are the best male performances:

  1. Michael Shannon in The Iceman
  2. Anthony Hopkins in Red 2
  3. Tom Wilkinson in Good People
  4. Geoffrey Rush in The Book Thief
  5. Michael Shannon (repeat appearance) in Premium Rush
  6. Brad Pitt in The Counselor

The best female performance was given by Susanne Lothar in Funny Games, followed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said. In third place is Emily Watson in The Book Thief.

characters

My favorite character is the adoptive father in The Book Thief, played by Geoffrey Rush. He's followed by the charming China Doll in Oz the Great and Powerful, which is about as cute and lovable as characters get. In third place is Valka, the mother of the lead character in How To Train Your Dragon 2.

The most desirable gal is Dania Ramirez in Premium Rush

There was no better character design than the giant samurai robot in The Wolverine. In second place is the Alpha dragon from How To Train Your Dragon 2.

In terms of character development, nothing beats Enough Said.

miscellaneous

There was no direction better than Funny Games, the best script/dialogue can be found in Enough Said, and There was no greater spectacle than Edge of Tomorrow.

The following have the best story concept:

  1. Upside Down
  2. In Time
  3. The Adjustment Bureau
  4. Her
  5. The Purge: Anarchy
  6. 13 Sins

The WTF of the year: the guy who directed a very unimpressive The Butler is the same one who made Precious, which one of the best movies in history. Really, WTF happened there!