Best of 2014: Top 10 Films
Of the movies I saw in 2014, these are my picks for the best ones of the year.
#10. Skeleton Twins
The Skeleton Twins don’t often veer off course of predictability but it does reach that level of heartwarming that isn’t cheesy nor disappointing. It’s a happy medium that provides both Bill and Kristen with an extension on their capabilities as convincing actors in a film that doesn’t set out to be deceptive or unrealistic.
Full review (October 16, 2014)
#9. Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 covers a lot of ground in its one hour, 42 minute duration. You have the relatable kid in Hiro at the centre, a loveable goofy inflatable sidekick in the robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), a supportive group of friends, and an antagonist who, when shown for the first time, was a legitimate fright simply because of how sudden it was. Most of all, the movie is heartwarming.
Full review (November 24, 2014)
#8. Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets Most Wanted is an enjoyable, silly film that expands on the last one without sacrificing too much of the charms that make these films instant classics. The running gags hold and the jokes are great. The plot is classic and basic but still holds weight in the Muppets universe, where the idea of a bad guy who looks just like Kermit is hilarious, especially considering Kermit is nicer than Bert and Ernie.
Full review (March 27, 2014)
#7. Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy was a gamble and really should have been D-listed, reserved for ironic Friday night get-togethers consisting of geeking out and watching bad 80s movies, but instead Marvel struck again with another chapter in a long line of pre-Avengers 2 gold with a movie that is pure fun. It doesn’t fit like a
glove gauntlet with the rest of the Marvel flicks but it further shows the versatility of the franchise.
Full review (August 8, 2014)
#6. Dallas Buyers Club
the film is a series of transformations that seep through the cracks of a disease deemed to be guaranteed death in a society that shunned anyone associated with it. Transformations that McConaughey grabs by the horn and directs it to where he demands it go. Through the sea of dread is a sign of hope that rises to the surface and helps carry the film to success with excellence from McConaughey and Leto.
Full review (February 4, 2014)
#5. Girl Gone
Gone Girl is such an interesting film because it plays with expectations so well that it has you feeling too comfortable in your belief of what the situation is, but the age-old cliche stands: things aren’t always as they seem. We’re pulled through twists and turns that leave us wondering who to trust and how far one would go to get out. As the story progresses, you begin to lose hope and give up on the characters one by one, but not the film.
Full review (October 13, 2014)
It’s unfortunate that Nightcrawler isn’t more well-known, as this is the type of role that can define a career. Gyllenhaal’s performance gets increasingly creepier as the movie progresses, making you all the more uncomfortable. Although it’s unlikely he would want to be known as a sociopath who succeeds by flying just enough under the radar, at least we know his abilities stretch far enough that he’s capable of pulling off the next generation of creep-next-door.
Full review (November 13, 2014)
Picture yourself doing something that requires possessing the right skills plus your undivided attention in order to get it done. Juggling, playing jenga, driving on Rainbow Road, or anything that makes you feel anxious to the point where you ultimately screw it up because you focused too hard on not screwing it up.
Full review (December 14, 2014)
#2. The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie is surprisingly appealing to a wide demographic. While obviously a kid’s movie, adults were kept in mind through the whole process, which is impressive when considered that barely a moment goes by that something funny doesn’t happen and all without resorting to overused cliches or low-brow humour. It’s a test of our own imagination and how far it can take us. And it’s refreshingly hilarious.
Full review (February 11, 2014)
Sometimes the only difference between a good movie and a great movie is in how you feel when it’s over. Not only how you feel about just the movie but life in general. A great movie is able to somehow tie itself into your own life and speak to you, give you something to relate to, or provide some new and meaningful perspective. To say Boyhood has accomplished those attributes would be a fair statement.
Full review (August 29, 2014)