Tag: Best of 2014

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

The Lego Movie is loud, brash, and packed shamelessly with pop culture references that lean toward people who grew up in the early ’90s. As…

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

As the train chugs up to the Utrecht station, they begin appearing by the thousands. Bikes. Multi-tiered racks burst at full capacity, their wheeled contents…

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

Since 2008, Zach Galifianakis has been asking A-list celebrities the tough questions that other talk show hosts are too scared to ask. On his incredibly…

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

Yes indeed-y, it’s a bold statement that this Willett baby rye is among the best to come from the river of rye currently flowing in the…

Best Films of 2014: “Snowpiercer,” directed by Bong Joon-ho

If you haven’t seen (or, ugh, even heard of) this dystopian masterpiece, you can hardly be blamed. In addition to being one of the best…

Best Television of 2014: “Game of Thrones”

In all honesty, writing a brief, succinct, and informative rundown of why Game of Thrones was some of the best television in 2014 is nearly…

Best Albums of 2014: The War On Drugs, “Lost in the Dream”

On The War on Drugs’ third longplayer, frontman Adam Granduciel is a travelin’ man. Whether escaping some domestic restraint for the open road or trying…

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

In The Evil Within, the latest game from Resident Evil designer/creator Shinji Mikami, police detective Sebastian Castellanos investigates a brutal mass murder at Beacon Mental Hospital. Starting…

Best Albums of 2014: Run The Jewels, “Run The Jewels 2”

There’s no hotter rap duo on the planet right now than Jamie and Mike, and this second Run The Jewels offering has put them on even bigger maps…

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

Bryan Lee O’Malley is most famous for his six-volume set about slacker superhero Scott Pilgrim, and it’s been four long years since O’Malley closed that…

Best Albums of 2014: Shabazz Palaces, “Lese Majesty”

The best way I could describe Lese Majesty, and what makes Shabazz Palaces so special, is a line from their first album, 2011’s Black Up:…

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

I wouldn’t have guessed that Calgary would have a gut-busting restaurant, bar, and bakery scene. This has more to do with my being a dedicated…

Best Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, “Manipulator”

2014 was the year of Ty Segall. Between his excellent production work on albums like White Fence’s For The Recently Found Innocent, and shredding up…

Best Films of 2014: “Obvious Child,” directed by Gillian Robespierre

We will likely look back at Obvious Child as Jenny Slate’s coming-out party, a perfect blend of “did she really go there?” mixed with sweet…

Best Horror Film of 2014: “The Babadook”

The Babadook may be the scariest film of 2014—but it’s something so much more terrifying than that. Because at the delicate core of this story,…

Best Television of 2014: “The Leftovers”

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen too many non-comedy TV shows, so this was by far the weirdest and most captivating first season of a drama…

Best Albums of 2014: Future Islands, “Singles”

Future Islands are far from a new act, but their standout fourth LP (and debut for 4AD)—aptly titled Singles—is arguably the breakout of 2014. Released back in…

Best Television of 2014: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

When The Daily Show’s longtime host Jon Stewart needed to follow his dreams and spend the summer of 2013 in Jordan filming his directorial debut…

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

Given the depth of character and perfection of detail that John Darnielle has always brought to his story-songs, it surprised approximately no one that The…

Best Albums of 2014: Eagulls, “Eagulls”

First impressions are everything. A job recruiter will tell you that, and your parents will certainly tell you that (probably too often). You never get a second chance…

FLOOD Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tech

Stumped on what to buy someone on your gift list? Here at FLOOD, we polled the staff and put together our own picks for what…

FLOOD Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Music

Stumped on what to buy someone on your gift list? Here at FLOOD, we polled the staff and put together our own picks for what…

Best Albums of 2014: Caribou, “Our Love”

Love is a many splendored thing, and on his first Caribou record in four years, Dan Snaith is open and exploring the concept in all…

Best Films of 2014: “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” directed by Wes Anderson

There are very few directors who champion the ensemble cast as often—and thrive while doing it—as Wes Anderson. Within each of his eight films from…

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

2014 was an incredible year for binge-worthy television. Thanks to Netflix’s growing market and competitors like HBO GO and Amazon Prime finally bulking up to…

FLOOD Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Fashion / Beauty / Grooming

Stumped on what to buy someone on your gift list? Here at FLOOD, we polled the staff and put together our own picks for what…

Best Films of 2014: “Birdman,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

A “fictional” story about a washed-up action-movie-franchise hero’s return to the spotlight in a last-ditch effort to retrieve the cred that has eluded him for…

Best Albums of 2014: The Budos Band, “Burnt Offering”

The first way I ever heard the music of The Budos Band described was “the Dap-Kings meets Black Sabbath.” I would only add “70’s car…

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