Well, another year has gone by and it’s often time for Yearly lists for the best and worst of almost anything on the planet. So it’s time for me to share my Favorite films of 2014.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Another great film in the Hunger Games series.
Kill the Messenger – While Inaccurate, it still offered an enjoyable film experience for me.
The Boxtrolls – Another great piece of stop motion animation from Laika.
Inherent Vice – The plot may be a bit confusing, but it still offers the great performances and is a solid adaptation of its source material.
Whiplash – A great and touching piece with great performances from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – While seeming like it has a rather bleek feeling to it and being my least favorite of the three, it still was an enjoyable Tolkien-Jackson film and was a good ending (at least for me) for the Hobbit trilogy.
The Book of Life – While being flawed, I still enjoyed it for what it was.
10. The Lego Movie
This is by far one of the best animated films I’ve seen in a while. With the Beautiful animation, great characters, lots of funny moments and dialogue, and a great message to it, it’s probably, at least in my opinion, the best toy based film out there and it’ll probably hold that title for a while.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy/Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Both films are the perfect examples of Marvel still showing that they know what they’re doing with their films with both of them having Memorable Characters, Guardians putting in lots of laughs (and an awesome soundtrack,) and Captian America getting some great action scenes and overall both helping out Phase II of the Cinematic Universe leaving it up to Avengers and Ant Man to finish it (hopefully with a bang.) Personally, I’m not sure which one I’d pick over the other, but I enjoyed them both enough for them to tie on the list.
8. Big Eyes
This was a surprise to see something completely different from the usual Tim Burton Gothic style, but I definitely thought it was a change for the better. Waltz and Adams gave great performance and played off each other well as the Keanes, along with some minor funny moments thrown in, and it definitely made me interested in the story behind those Big Eyed paintings.
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
With his usual amazing visual style while also throwing in some great humor, and a very mature and dark story to it, it ended up being another success from the mind of Wes Anderson.
Out of all the WWII films that we’ve had this year, this was the only one that I got to see. While I do think the idea of a WWII film is overused, they have some uniques ones out of the bunch and I thik this could be one of them. I enjoyed Brad Pitt, the action scenes were pretty good, it was well shot, and it was nice to see Shia LeBouf in something that isn’t a Transformers film.
5. All is Lost
While having almost no dialogue what so ever, Robert Redford gives it his all in this rather simple and suspenful Survival against the elements with some great direction from J.C. Chandor to match some of its beautiful visuals.
An amazing telling of one of the most critical pieces of American History with a fantastic performance and telling of Martin Luther King Jr’s march to Montgomery, Alabama along with the showing of all the troubles along the way in this film that I think everyone should go see.
While I’ve noticed this film has often been noted as a satire on Journalism and the News, I only saw the movie as just a really well done Thriller. Regardless if it is or isn’t, I still really enjoyed this movie with Gyllenhaal doing a great job playing the absolutely cold and self centered main character along with some suprisingly suspenful moments and ended up being a great way for the new director to start his debut into filmmaking.
With a great ensemble cast, a very deep story, a rather fascinating and beautiful visual style, and so much more, the movie was a great way and unique piece that definitely was worth seeing leaving me wanting to see it again.
Although with that being said,…my number one might be considered an odd choice.
1. Gone Girl
David Fincher knocked another one out of the park with this one with Excellent performances from Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and even TYLER PERRY of all people, some excellent twist and turns thrown in, and a very unsettling tone to it that definitely make this the most enjoyable film that I was glad to see this year.
…On a minor note, I’m disappointed that it’s 2015 and there aren’t any flying cars or hoverboards yet.