Ahh yes I can hear your sighs from here. Yet another list of films that someone thinks you should care about. That said, I would highly recommend all ten of these films, they have all moved, scared, enthralled and of course entertained me.
To clarify a point, picking a list of films from a certain year can be tricky. For example I have The Wolf of Wall Street on my list as it didn’t come out in the UK until 2014 but any Americans reading this may wonder why it’s included on a list they included in at the end of last year.
So here we are, in no particular order are my top ten films of 2014:
Guardians of the Galaxy
No one saw this coming, we were all a bit hesitant but by the end of the film we had been sucked in and had fallen in love with a talking tree. Utterly brilliant.
Looking like a coyote stalking the streets of L.A Lou Bloom showed us how fucked up the news, as a business, really is. A very dark and thrilling film.
Maps to the Stars
This Cronenberg masterpiece is one of his best films, while light in horror it’s positively bursting with Hollywood sleaze and mistrust.
Jake Gyllenhaal makes his second appearance on this list in this brilliant, mind bending, spider laiden mystery.
The Raid 2
If you’ve seen and liked The Raid, you’ll love this second film. This film is a gutpunching assault to the senses. This is how you make martial arts exciting.
Brilliant documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s failed attempts to turn Frank Herbert’s book into a film during the 70’s. It’s fascinating!
Under the Skin
This unsettling film totally transported me to another place, the music is sublime and hypnotic and the film itself seems to just will itself along, it’s a creeping sci-fi horror that will stay with you for days.
The Babadook is one of the best if not the best horror film of this year. It’s been likened to The Shining as it deals with possibly a fractured mind and possibly something a little more out of the ordinary. It’s an upsetting and at times distressing film that really got under my skin.
Sticking around in the horror genre, this New Zealand horror comedy is in the vein of Shaun of the Dead. It’s laid back comedy and some good scares really helped turn a rather outdone horror subgenre and aired it out to make it fresh.
The Wolf of Wall Street
I may have wanted to take a shower after watching this film, there’s A LOT of testosterone flying around but this film proves without a shadow of a doubt that Martin Scorsese not only still has it but perhaps is more on top of his game than ever.
There’s something very Ben Wheatley about Blue Ruin,slow moving with little dialogue you never really know where this film is going to end up.
The LEGO Movie
Everything is awesome. That’s really all you need to know. Oh! and Batman, you should watch this film for Batman.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I really enjoyed the latest adventure for Captain America, Hail Hydra!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Ape no kill ape.
If you get a chance to see this please do, it’s a intriguing little sci-fi tale that will have your mind ticking over the whole way through.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
I wasn’t blown away by the first How to Train your Dragon but this second film really made an impact with me.
Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson cooks up another delightful tale as only he could. This one is good enough to eat.
Worst Films of the Year
Deliver us from Evil
Awful, awful, no scares, awful.
Unbelievably dull and implausible Ryan Reynolds film concerning the disappearance of his daughter.
So bad I don’t want to waste any time writing about just how bad it was.
I know a few people who enjoyed this totally ridiculous film however I thought it was a colossal waste of time and energy both making and watching this film.
Horrible Bosses 2
It would appear everyone in this film knows there was no need for it. Sure the first Horrible Bosses was funny but it never needed a sequel. Horrible Bosses 2 takes any fond memories of the first film and kinda pisses all over it.
I don’t know that I’ll ever forgive Melissa McCarthy and her husband for cooking up such a terrible film. The ages of the 3 main characters are dubious at best, Tammy is essentially one big fat frumpy joke (she’s so much better than that) and generally wasn’t funny, touching or any of the other things it promised.
What To Look Out For in 2015