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My Top 10 Movies of 2014.

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Another list of movies, some you may have not seen, unless you are Kaz32. This year in film is one of the best I've seen, so here goes....

 

10) SNOWPIERCER

One of the best films I have seen in the summer. A train full of batshit insane people leads to sheer chaos and insanity. Remarkably, while the film is intelligent and politically charged, it is also a insane roller coaster. The film is a lot of fun, and I still recommend this to anyone who is interested.

 

9) THE IMITATION GAME

Great film about Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show with his performance. Story is very thrilling and well written, with a special appearance of Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). That's it, problems were the ill developed characters, structure (although it is not that big of a deal) and the miscasting of Keira Knightley.

 

8) INHERENT VICE

A frustrating film, but a very insane and hilarious film. Based on the equally insane novel written by Thomas Pynchon, director Paul Thomas Anderson gives a solid film with remarkable writing and great performances from Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin. The film does have potential to become a cult film, then again, this is PT Anderson we are talking about. Not as good as Boogie Nights, but still a solid entry.

 

7) WILD

From the director of Dallas Buyers Club, comes this personal and touching story about a woman who choose to walk 1,000 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail after a devastating tragedy. This is an actors' film, or should I say, actresses' film. Both Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern bring out remarkable performances, and with the help of a great soundtrack and solid directing, brings this film to life.

 

6) INTERSTELLAR

Now before I talk about this gem, I should let you know that I have seen this on IMAX 70MM. So my experience with this film may be completely different if you have seen this in a different format.

Remarkable sound, remarkable visuals, Space McConaughey, this film is a visual marvel. This film has one of the best soundtracks from Hans Zimmer, and the best soundtrack I have heard this year. Although characters are Nolan-ized to the max in this, make no mistake.... This is one of the most heart-wrenching, soul-draining experiences I have seen. You will feel a lot of feels, this is truly a very emotional film. I recommend this film, and if possible, check it out on IMAX 70MM.

 

HERE IS MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3641980199&feature=iv&src_vid=QFn2JcfKtJo&v=mqqsTjrAOfk

 

5) NIGHTCRAWLER

No, not the guy from the comics. This "Nightcrawler" is much more darker and sinister. One man grabs his camera, a police scanner, and sets out into the night to film some of the most gruesome scenes for the morning news. With a REMARKABLE performance by Jake Gyllanhaal, as this gaunt looking fellow with no remorse for human life whatsoever. A remarkable satire with a twist of dark comedy, watch as Gyllanhaal turns the morning news into Faces of Death.

 

4) FOXCATCHER

A very eerie and disturbing film about a Olympic wrestler's relationship with a millionaire, this film shows the hardships they go through to achieve their goals, but ends in severe tragedy. With a very haunting performance by Steve Carell, he gets into the skin of John duPont and gets under our skin. A very haunting and tragic film from Bennett Miller.

 

3) WHIPLASH

A high beat but very mean spirited film. This powerful piece of film shows a young jazz drummer's struggles to impress his jazz professor and get a shot at playing with the band. This film shows many hardships, as our hero is constantly tormented by his father's failure to fulfill his dreams. JK Simmons is HORRIFYING in the film, as he is one of the most despicable characters of this year. I recommend this film, and hope you enjoyed the jazz as much as I do.

 

2) BOYHOOD

A 12 year epic, this film is a unique fresh look at a young boy from 6 to 18. A very sentimental and nostalgic film, this is easily Richard Linklater's best film. The film is remarkably relatable, to both persons of my age (I'm in college, that's all you need to know) who have been though most of the boy's adventures, and to well grown adults who reminisce about their days as a child. This film has a beautiful message, and if you are in the mood for a nostalgic trip down your memory lane (crying is optional), then look no further than Boyhood.

 

Before I say my number one, here are a couple of Honorary Mentions....

THE BABADOOK - One of the best horror films of 2014. Thanks Australia.

GONE GIRL- Rosamund Pike killed it. Give her the brass already.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING- If you liked "A Beautiful Mind", you'll love this.

AMERICAN SNIPER- Bradley Cooper cemented his status as one of the elites.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES- Remarkable visuals, a thrilling ride.

THE LEGO MOVIE- Easily one of the best animated films of 2014. If not, THE best.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL- The set design, the storybook feel, all wonderfully made.

UNDER THE SKIN- Eerie as hell horror movie, with surreal imagery.

LOCKE- A dude in a car, but has a remarkable performance from Tom Hardy.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY- Still Marvel's best film.

JERSEY BOYS- This one was just because of nostalgia.

THE GUEST- 1980s retro feel, with awesome acting and kick ass soundtrack.

 

And the number one film of 2014 is.....

BIRDMAN

 

Michael Keaton gave out one of the best performances in this hilarious romp. The editing and cinematography manages to make this film look like it was shot in one continuous take. Also to be noted is the supporting acting from Edward Norton and Emma Stone. This is a deconstruction of the superhero genre, as one man, before was famous for playing a superhero, decides to do a Broadway play so that he can become relevant again. With a kickass soundtrack, remarkable camera work, and superior acting from everyone, especially Michael fucking Keaton, 

 

Birdman fucking ROCKS!

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To be perfectly honest I've only really seen one movie come out this year that was worth seeing and that was X-men: Days of Future Past because despite my rampant criticism of the X-men film franchise throughout it's many plotholes, painful dialogue and incomprehensible timeline...

 

This film fixes all of it and even manages to make me laugh at certain points throughout it and for that I'd definitely consider it my favourite movie of the year.

 

As for the 9 others well, there were a lot of bad movies this year... a lot... A LOT. So I didn't get out to see as many as I probably should have; and the ones that I did see were extremely disappointing.

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To be perfectly honest I've only really seen one movie come out this year that was worth seeing and that was X-men: Days of Future Past because despite my rampant criticism of the X-men film franchise throughout it's many plotholes, painful dialogue and incomprehensible timeline...

 

This film fixes all of it and even manages to make me laugh at certain points throughout it and for that I'd definitely consider it my favourite movie of the year.

 

As for the 9 others well, there were a lot of bad movies this year... a lot... A LOT. So I didn't get out to see as many as I probably should have; and the ones that I did see were extremely disappointing.

bad movies? If anything, 2014 was A WONDERFUL year for movies. Prime reason why I placed an honorary mentions tab.

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The movies were good in 2014, but the games were shit. That's the opposite.

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I don't think I've seen enough this year to make a good top ten, but here's my top five! (THESE ARE ONLY FILMS I HAVE SEEN)

1. Boyhood (directed by Richard Linklater) - Awesome. The closest I've ever seen a film to capturing reality.

2. Birdman (directed by Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñarritu) - Great, thought provoking movie. Boyhood only barely edges it out.

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson) - Hilarious. Probably Wes Anderson's best.

4. Nightcrawler (directed by Dan Gilroy) - A great character study, and an even better debut for Dan Gilroy. I can't wait to see what he does next.

5. Inherent Vice (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) - Another great movie from my favorite director. It may be his weakest, but I think that says a lot about how great of a director he is. Also introduced me to the works of Thomas Pynchon.

I've still yet to see Whiplash, but I really want to.

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I don't think I've seen enough this year to make a good top ten, but here's my top five! (THESE ARE ONLY FILMS I HAVE SEEN)

1. Boyhood (directed by Richard Linklater) - Awesome. The closest I've ever seen a film to capturing reality.

2. Birdman (directed by Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñarritu) - Great, thought provoking movie. Boyhood only barely edges it out.

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson) - Hilarious. Probably Wes Anderson's best.

4. Nightcrawler (directed by Dan Gilroy) - A great character study, and an even better debut for Dan Gilroy. I can't wait to see what he does next.

5. Inherent Vice (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) - Another great movie from my favorite director. It may be his weakest, but I think that says a lot about how great of a director he is. Also introduced me to the works of Thomas Pynchon.

I've still yet to see Whiplash, but I really want to.

 

Whiplash is remarkable, hope you get to see it soon.

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My Top 10 movies of 2014;

 
1. How to Train your Dragon 2
Visually one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. The music is fantastic, the story is phenomenal. It has awesome action, heavy dramatic moments that you really feel for. Honestly one of my favorite movies in general. 
 
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Another sequel that surpasses the original. I love how you can sympathizes with both sides, and I loved the twist of who the villain was. 
 
3. Captain America: Winter Soldier
Do I really need to say anything? it's fucking Marvel!
 
4. X - Men Days of Future Past
A great rebound from X Men 3 & Origins. I loved Quicksilver, i love how all the characters got time to shine. and for a time travel movie, it's  pretty easy to follow. 
 
5. Fury
How did it take us this long to get a good WWII movie focusing on the Tank battalion? The action was amazing, the characters were likable in their own way, and I just love how the wentr the extra mile for realism(like getting the only working Tiger Tank in existence in the movie). 
 
6. American Sniper
Another great war movie, that does a great job of portraying living with PTSD. Had great action and really good suspense. A good tribute to the man himself, Chris Kyle. 
 
7. Amazing Spider Man 2
Personally my favorite Spider Man movie. Does it have issues, yes. But I think they are overblown and people don't give enough credit to all the good things in the movie. Gwen & Peter are on of the best movie couples I've seen. The action and music were great too. and you can really get caught up in Peter's huge dilemmas.  
 
8. Guardians of The Galaxy 
I can't remember the last time I left a theater so happy. This was just an awesome fun movie that just takes you back to when you were a kid again (even if that was only 10 years ago). Only downside is that I found the villain to be rather weak. 
 
9. Life Itself
A great tribute to Roger Ebert. Showing his relationship with fellow late critic Gene Siskel, and how Ebert fought his disease to the bitter end. Never giving up what he loved so much.  
 
10. Lego Movie
Another fun movie, but as odd as it may sound, maybe a little too fun. By which I mean I think it at times it tries a bit too hard to be funny. It has it's touching moments and a good message. But I just wish they toned down the comedy a bit and gave us a few serious moments, Or at least lingered on them a bit longer. 
 
 
As a bonus, my Top 5 least favorite movies of 2014;
 
1. Interstellar
I really don't get this movie. It's just so needlessly complicated, the acting is terrible, the charters are unlikable, the only "human" characters are the emotionless robots, Some really stupid lines and logic her and there, and the planets were just really bland and boring. The movie was also way too damn long. 
 
2. Boyhood
Tree of life did what this movie was trying to do, just far more entertaining. The beginning was ok, but once he becomes a teen (and loses any likability he had) the quality really drops. It feels more scripted and forced (like the kid trying to spout these philosophical lines) then something genuine and natural. The editing is also pretty bad. Personally, I didn't really care for the  way it was filmed (over the kid's life). It just felt like a stupid Gimmick that critics just eat up.
 
3. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
I really enjoyed the first two movies. I was really curious how the way going to top the 2nd one. Unfortunately the didn't. They had the characters and the setting, but they failed to capitalize on any of it. 
 
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction
Transformers. Need I say more?
 
5. Big Hero 6
Scraping the bottom of the barrel here LOL. This movie wasn't bad, rather it was just ok. Nothing really stood out (other than a scene or two that reminded me a bit too much of How to Train your Dragon). Just a safe, mediocre Disney family movie. 

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