For our 2014 retrospective, we asked some of our contributors to tell us their top 5 movies, games, books, albums, and songs of the year

Caw!
Caw!

Movies (Jeff Bulmer):

  1. 1. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  2. 2. John Wick
  3. 3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  4. 4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  5. 5. Nightcrawler

 

 

A Dark Souls character does what Dark Souls characters do best: die.
A Dark Souls character does what Dark Souls characters do best: die.

Games (Liam Leppard):

  1. 1. Dark Souls 2
  2. 2. Super Smash Bros for Wii U
  3. 3. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  4. 4. Mario Kart 8
  5. 5. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

 

 

The cover to Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being , the best book of 2014
The cover to Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being , the best book of 2014

Books (Brittni MacKenzie-Dale):

  1. 1. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
  2. 2. The Troop - Nick Cutter
  3. 3. Revival - Stephen King
  4. 4. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  5. 5. Yes Please - Amy Poehler

 

 

Lana Del Rey: Still going strong
Lana Del Rey: Still going strong

Albums (Mike Ros):

  1.  1. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
  2.  2. Here and Nowhere Else - Cloud Nothings
  3.  3. Lazaretto - Jack White
  4.  4. Alvvays - Alvvays
  5.  5. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

 

 

 

Songs (Jeff Bulmer):

  1.  1. Love - Sonata Arctica (from Pariah Child)
  2.  2. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (from 1989)
  3.  3. Candyman - Primus (from Primus & the Chocolate Factory)
  4.  4. Timber - Pitbull feat. Ke$ha (from Global Warming)
  5.  5. Killing Strangers - Marilyn Manson (from The Pale Emperor)