This past year I’ve been to the cinema 63 times so narrowing all what I’ve seen to my top ten has been a bit difficult to say the least. When I first went through my Films of 2014 list I narrowed it down to 16 – getting rid of six films from this list was hard so they are my honourable mentions.
12 Years a Slave
Don’t get me wrong this film is amazing but I saw it January, it really affected me then but I have never felt like I wanted to see it again.
Tom Hardy is incredibly in Locke but it is a slow moving film.
The Purge: Anarchy
Frank Grillo is totally badass and awesome in this and it was the perfect audition to play The Punisher… if he wasn’t already Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is
Lilting is such a sweet yet heart-breaking film and both Ben Whishaw and Pei-pei Cheng are brilliant.
It starts like a punch to the gut with the real footage of the incident on the station platform. Michael B. Jordan’s performance is brilliant and Fruitvale Station is all the more important and sad because what happened to Oscar Grant is still happening today in America.
The music’s wonderful (listening to the soundtrack on repeat got me through my dissertation), the characters are all flawed but ultimately likeable.
Now for the top ten, these are all very close and really they could probably be in any order but here we go!
Belle is a brilliant period drama that’s led by Gugu Mbatha-Raw who gives a great performance as a woman born into wealth and status but isn’t seen as one of the elite due to the colour of her skin. The supporting cast is also great and it’s a beautiful film.
9. 22 Jump Street
It’s very rare that a sequel is better than the first film, especially when it comes to comedy sequels, but 22 Jump Street is brilliant. I love the meta and how self-aware it is and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are the perfect duo.
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
It’s political, it’s a family drama, it’s about survival and the performances and animation are incredible.
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bryan Singer was right to return to the franchise and combined the two strands of the original cast with their younger versions brilliantly. It as clever, fun and Quicksilver was way better than I thought he’d be – it’ll be interesting to see how the character is portrayed in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What can I say about this film that hasn’t already been said? It’s inuative, the performances are brilliant and the script is fantastic as it feels as if you’re just eavesdropping on a real families life.
5. The Guest
The Guest is awesome. The soundtrack is great, Dan Stevens plays a great character who is part Captain America, part Terminator and Maika Monroe is a great unlikely heroine.
Pride is a historical comedy-drama that’s well written, well-acted and well-directed. It’s funny, moving and ultimately uplifting and gives you hope for what people can achieve. Pride made me laugh and it made me cry from both happiness and sadness.
3. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is a near-perfect adaptation, it’s stylish and creepy and a good-looking film. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are incredible, as are the rest of the cast, and it is a great film that is full of twists and turns and surprises.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Winter Soldier is my favourite standalone Marvel film since Iron Man. It’s more of a spy thriller than a superhero film which is great. I loved all the characters and I can’t wait to see where their stories go next.
Nightcrawler is a dark tense film with moments of dark humour. Thanks to the editing, music and performances it feels very restless like you have been up all night experiencing it. Gyllenhaal gives a fantastic lead performance as creepy but determined Lou and with the twists and turns Nightrawler is a thrilling film.