Best of 2014: Odds & Ends

Each year we get dozens of ballots from our staff, guest editors, and writers with their picks for the best works of the year. We use those ballots to craft our top ten lists, which will be appearing on the site at the end of the year and into early January—but we also like to take the time to spotlight those picks that, while not quite making the cut, are worthy of recognition.

 

FILM

Roger Ebert in Life Itself (Image © Magnolia Pictures).

Life Itself

The Babadook

Interstellar

Under the Skin

Citizenfour

The Boxtrolls (Image © Focus Features).

The Boxtrolls (Image © Focus Features).

The Boxtrolls

The One I Love

Foxcatcher

John Wick

Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Image © Marvel).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Big Hero 6

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

The Imitation Game

TELEVISION

Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin (Image © Warner Bros.)

Jane the Virgin

Shameless

Archer

Parks & Recreation

Veep

Aya Cash and Chris Geere in You’re the Worst (Image © FX Productions).

Aya Cash and Chris Geere in You’re the Worst (Image © FX Productions).

You’re the Worst

At Midnight

The Comeback

Boardwalk Empire

The Leftovers

Transparent

MUSIC

Beck

Beck

Beck

Iggy Azalea

Foster the People

Foo Fighters

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Mark Kozelek

Spoon

Wye Oak

 

BOOKS

Bud Smith

Bud Smith

Everything Neon by Bud Smith

Self-Published Kindling by Mik Everett

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Nagging Wives, Foolish Husbands by Nathaniel Tower

PODCASTS

Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith

Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

Nerd Poker

Now Playing

Hardcore History

Improv 4 Humans