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The Films of 2014

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My Top Picks

What an incredible year for movies. It was so hard to pick a number one this year because there were so many fantastic films.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: This one was clever, sort of like an espionage film with superheroes in it. It had a lot of story. I really never thought that Captain America had a chance to succeed as a franchise but the first one was unexpectedly good. The second raised the bar considerably.
  2. Book Thief, The: A lovely film, it had a beautiful look to it and it handled tragedy so well. I guess I wanted this to win but in a year full of amazing films, there was just too much competition.
  3. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The: I was waiting for this and it didn't disappoint.
  4. Edge of Tomorrow: Ignored by audiences mainly because of Tom Cruise's reputation but this turned out to be very good -- and the 3D was top notch too.
  5. X-Men Days of Future Past: A very clever film which not only managed to entertain but also massively adjusted the franchise to correct the mistakes of the past.
  6. Into the Storm: All we were expecting was a twister knock-off, and that's all that was delivered. Not a movie for thinking in but a great thrill ride all the same.
  7. Maze Runner, The: A challenger for the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner contained a lot of action and some very good young actors.
  8. Lego Movie, The: The whole concept of a lego movie sounded very silly but they did a brilliant job with this one. It's reminiscent of the never ending story in the way that it breaks the fourth wall. The animation was good but it was the screenwriting that was most impressive.
  9. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies: The Hobbit isn't a bad series of films and in fact, this third film was by far the best of the three. It's just that there was no room for it in 2014. There were too many other great films.
  10. Heaven Is for Real: An uplifting tale which relies on belief via innocence rather than bashing a concept into the audience's head. If you've recently lost someone, this is the movie to watch.
  11. Non-Stop: Liam Neeson punching people, need I say more?
  12. Pompeii: Sure, this was just going to be like Titanic and Gladiator but with Jon Snow. It wasn't a film with great character development but when there's an active volcano, who cares?
  13. Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The: Now this is how you make a remake. You take an old film that most people have forgotten (the original was 66 years old) and then you remake it.

Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  • In the Blood: Half action flick half hostel, mostly a B film but a good one.
  • Book Thief, The: A beautifully shot film
  • Interstellar: Brilliant. I was sort of expecting "pretentious" but it ended up being quite fun.
  • Maleficent: I don't know what I was expecting from this dark fantasy. Probably something a bit dull. This was a beautiful film with incredible art direction and special effects. It looked great in 3D too.
  • Boxtrolls, The: Totally unexpectedly good. I sat down to watch what should have been a run of the mill kiddie flick but it was genuinely interesting and funny.
  • Fault in Our Stars, The: I really wasn't expecting to like this film. In fact, I expected to find it a very tough experience. I certainly didn't think I'd be laughing in it. But I did. It's funny and sad at the same time and it has a great message about infinities within infinities. Sort of the "the Bridget Jones of Cancer films". Well worth a watch.
  • Wolf Creek 2: I went into this one somewhat reluctantly expecting a rehash of the first one. The sequel was completely different and scary in so many different ways.
  • Book of Life, The: This cartoon was very different to most and I think that gave it an edge over Big Hero 6 (which was good but quite derivative)
  • Sex Tape: It got terrible reviews but I was pleasantly surprised.
  • Divergent: Clearly another attempt, like the Maze Runner to replicate the success of the Hunger Games. This one was quite good.
  • Giver, The: Having read the book, which IMHO was rather dull and felt exactly like a school novel, I wasn't expecting much from the film. Fortunately, they cut out all of the boring bits and made it a whole lot better.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: I wasn't expecting much from this but it was a sleeper hit. Of course, by the time I did see it, I knew it was a sleeper hit, so then I was expecting too much.
  • Gone Girl: More or less this generation's Fatal Attraction. Unexpectedly good.
  • Other Woman, The: I was expecting a normal romantic comedy but this one was actually very funny.

The Biggest Disappointments

  • Walk Among the Tombstones, A: Started off good but got ridiculous and was over-long. Probably an hour longer than it needed to be. It's got action, it's got Liam Neeson but somehow they got it all wrong.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: I wasn't looking forward to this at all. It did help me to take a nap though. The 3D was "flat as a tack" too.
  • I, Frankenstein: I was expecting rubbish but this was worse than expected.
  • Godzilla: Miles better than the Matthew Broderick film but it still left me a bit bored. Way too long. Watched it twice, fell asleep (briefly) both times.
  • Transcendence: One of those movies where you've forgotten what is was about within a couple of days of watching it. Move along, nothing to see here.
  • Amazing Spider-Man 2, The: It looked promising but was ultimately too crowded with characters and too underdeveloped. I miss Sam Raimi's Spider-man though the cheekiness of Garfield is better.
  • Equalizer, The: I wasn't looking forward to this film until everyone else hyped it up. Then I became interested. The bits that I saw before I fell asleep were pretty good. Unfortunately after I kept crashing out in the second half, I lost interest. It just seemed to go on forever and I was very glad when it ended.

All the films I've seen at the Cinemas in 2014

  1. Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The
  2. Book Thief, The
  3. Non-Stop
  4. Wolf Creek 2
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  6. Lego Movie, The
  7. Noah
  8. Neighbours (aka Bad Neighbours)
  9. Godzilla
  10. Other Woman, The
  11. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  12. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  13. Sex Tape
  14. Lucy
  15. Inbetweeners Movie 2, The
  16. Into the Storm
  17. Walk Among the Tombstones, A
  18. Tammy
  19. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The
  20. Water Diviner, The
  21. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Films from 2014 that I saw on the "small screen"

  1. 3 Days to Kill
  2. 300: Rise of an Empire
  3. Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box, The
  4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  5. Amazing Spider-Man 2, The
  6. Big Hero 6
  7. Book of Life
  8. Boxtrolls, The
  9. Divergent
  10. Dolphin Tale 2
  11. Edge of Tomorrow
  12. Equalizer, The
  13. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  14. Expendables 3, The
  15. Fault in Our Stars, The
  16. Fury
  17. Giver, The
  18. Gone Girl
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy
  20. Haunted House 2, A
  21. Heaven Is for Real
  22. Hercules
  23. Hercules: The Thracian Wars
  24. Home
  25. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  26. I, Frankenstein
  27. Interstellar
  28. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  29. Jupiter Ascending
  30. Legend of Hercules, The
  31. Maleficent
  32. Million Ways to Die in the West, A
  33. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  34. Muppets Most Wanted
  35. Need for Speed
  36. Night at the Museum 3
  37. Open Grave
  38. Paddington
  39. Planes 2: Fire and Rescue
  40. Pompeii
  41. Purge 2, The
  42. Ride Along
  43. Rio 2
  44. RoboCop
  45. Sabotage
  46. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  47. St. Vincent
  48. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  49. Transcendence
  50. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  51. Walk of Shame

What's Left to See from 2014

The boldfaced titles are the ones I'm most interested in;

* Denotes titles I've acquired but haven't gotten around to watching yet.

  1. 22 Jump Street
  2. About Last Night
  3. Addicted
  4. Annie
  5. Bad Words
  6. Bears
  7. Belle
  8. Best Offer, The
  9. Best of Me, The
  10. Beyond Outrage
  11. Blackbird
  12. Blended
  13. Business or Pleasure
  14. César Chávez
  15. Chef
  16. Deliver Us from Evil
  17. Devil's Due
  18. Dom Hemingway
  19. Dracula Untold*
  20. Draft Day
  21. Dumb and Dumber To
  22. Dumbbells
  23. Earth To Echo*
  24. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes
  25. Endless Love
  26. Frankie & Alice
  27. Get on Up
  28. Gimme Shelter
  29. Grace of Monaco
  30. Grand Budapest Hotel, The*
  31. Green Inferno, The
  32. Horrible Bosses 2*
  33. Hundred-Foot Journey, The
  34. Interior. Leather Bar.
  35. Interview, The
  36. Into the Woods
  37. Jane Got a Gun
  38. Jersey Boys
  39. Jessabelle
  40. Judge, The
  41. Labor Day
  42. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  43. Life of a King
  44. Loft, The
  45. McFarland
  46. Million Dollar Arm
  47. Monuments Men, The*
  48. No Good Deed
  49. Nut Job, The*
  50. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  51. Quiet Ones, The
  52. Raid 2: Berandal, The
  53. Railway Man, The
  54. Raze
  55. Search Party
  56. Single Moms Club
  57. Son of God
  58. Step Up All In
  59. Stretch
  60. That Awkward Moment
  61. Think Like a Man Too
  62. This Is Where I Leave You
  63. Unbroken
  64. Vampire Academy*
  65. Veronica Mars
  66. Welcome to Yesterday
  67. When the Game Stands Tall
  68. Winter's Tale*