FLOOD’s Best of 2014

A recap of the year in music, film, TV, and just about anything else we loved this year.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be celebrating the year in the best way we know how: looking back at our favorite moments in 2014.

We’re new here, but we’re not letting that stop us from celebrating the albums, the films, and the television shows we enjoyed most. Everything that we couldn’t fit into those categories (and, trust us, there are more than a few) have a home under our unconventional, all-inclusive 2014 Superlatives..

And as if that list-making weren’t enough, we polled the staff and put together a week-long series of our personal holiday gift guide picks.


best-of albums
Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Beck, Morning Phase

The Budos Band, Burnt Offering

Caribou, Our Love

Eagulls, Eagulls

Future Islands, Singles

Ty Segall, Manipulator

Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty

Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2

The War On Drugs, Lost in the Dream

best of films
Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson

Obvious Child, directed by Gillian Robespierre

Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon-ho

best of television
Broad City

Game of Thrones

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Leftovers

True Detective

best of superlatives 2014
Druggiest Museum Exhibit (Without Having To Actually Do Drugs) of 2014: James Turrell: A Retrospective at LACMA

Most Exciting Run Through A Sporting Event’s Postseason in 2014: Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament

Best Binge-Watching of 2014: Every Simpsons Ever On FXX

Best Novel Written By An Indie-Rock Icon of 2014: Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle

Best Horror Film of 2014: The Babadook

Best Way to Stuff Your Face While Abroad in 2014: Calgary Food Tours

Most Magical Graphic Novel About Mushrooms of 2014: Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Best Video Game to Play with No Lights On in an Empty House in the Middle of Nowhere of 2014: The Evil Within

Best American Whiskey (That’s Not Pappy) of 2014: Willett Family Estate Rye (Aged Two Years)

Best Viral Moment Involving the President of 2014: Between Two Ferns: Barack Obama

Best “Kids’ Movie” That Annihilates All Idea of What That Even Means of 2014: The Lego Movie

The Best Way to Hang With the Locals While Abroad in 2014: Biking in The Netherlands

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Day 1: Outdoor/Adventure

Day 2: Food/Drink

Day 3: Fashion/Beauty/Grooming

Day 4: Music

Day 5: Tech

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