Well, I’ve taken a look at the movies I’ve seen in 2014, and this is my top ten list. I will definitely have to see a few more of 2014 (Interstellar and Fury especially) but so far, these listed below impressed me the most. Let me know what you think of these!
I haven’t fangirled nearly enough about how much I loved this movie. IT IS THE BEST EVER! I was so surprised and I could not look away for even a second. The time flew and I thought everything was just perfectly done – Amy Dunne’s ruthless and psychotic nature and Ben Affleck keeping you on your toes wondering if Nick Dunne murdered his wife or not. EVERYTHING!
A powerful and beautiful story about a man who just couldn’t be knocked down by life and the woman who loved him, The Theory of Everything is a gorgeous onscreen experience of the miraculous existence of Stephen Hawking. I thought Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were gorgeous together and the movie is filmed with exquisite attention to detail.
The Marvel love continues with the Captain setting out to stop Hydra and their S.H.I.E.L.D insurgents from releasing helicrafts and controlling the world, and the Cap is faced with an enemy he might not have the heart to destroy. Once again the gorgeous Evans and Stan brought our favorite heroes/villains to life, and Marvel continued their excellent adaption of the Captain America franchise. The story is fast paced, the villains are complex and interesting, and the battle between good and evil keeps me riveted to my seat every time I watch it.
This is not a superhero post or a Marvel ass-kissing one either, but Marvel made 2014 their year by bringing out three great superhero movies. Days of Future Past is the first X-Men movie I can remember seeing – I might have watched one as a kid but if I did I can’t recall. The Mutants blew me off my feet – the complexities of their characters, the demons Magnetto and Professor X must deal with and the end-of-the-world feel the entire movie has. This movie is a must see if you love your superheroes, and while watching this movie after you’ve seen X-Men: First Class would be beneficial, I saw it without prior knowledge and could follow easily through flashbacks the characters have.
I don’t really do crying in movies, but this one had me going. Based on John Green’s beautiful novel of two cancer ridden teenagers falling in love, TFIOS is poignant and heartbreaking. The director did an excellent job with the filming and the casting of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort was truly inspired.
As the only arty movie on this list, The Grand Budapest Hotel is enormous amounts of fun to watch. From the bizarre appearance of Tilda Swilton to the hilarity of Ralph Fiennes’ character, The Grand Budapest Hotel is quirky and original, and a great way to spend your time on.
This movie made a lot of sense for a movie that shouldn’t have made sense. It was action packed and fast paced, the characters had chemistry and slid effortlessly into roles, the female actually kicked better ass than the male (FTW) and the end was just murky enough to leave you with some (good) questions in your head.
In full disclosure, I wasn’t as crazy about this as everyone else. That said, it was still good, the graphics were cool, and still deserves to be on every top ten list out there, because Chris Pratt was entertaining as hell. Groot is currently up there with Toothless as my favorite animated things and Rocket is still the cutest little thing out there, with so much sass.
I know people had beef with this but I enjoyed it. I think it would have been extremely hard to achieve the greatness Catching Fire did, and the franchise had been sitting on a pedestal it had been screaming to fall off from. I thought Katniss’ anguish with having Peeta in captivity was perfectly done by Jennifer Lawrence, and I am super glad that Gale had more showtime in here (because Heeeeey, Liam Hemsworth. I have always maintained that Gale is the better choice for me, but whatever, Katniss, whatever)
Hmmm, I never thought I would put up an animation as part of any top ten list. BUT, this movie is super cute and I love Toothless, so it deserves a mention, except for THE HEARTBREAKING ANGUISH. (I’m not telling you who dies, go watch it yourself)