My Top Ten Movies of 2014

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2014 has been a great year for movies, but despite that, reaching my top 10 was not very hard at all. There were many films that I had such high expectations for so I couldn’t help but feel disappointed when I watched them (e.g. Interstellar), so they did not make the list. However, there were others I was dubious or not convinced about and they blew me away – so obviously, they made the cut. I’ve picked a good variety of blockbusters, indies, franchises and originals that you should do yourself a favour and see.

Gone Girl

The David Fincher adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel was perfect. If I had to point out a flawless book-to-film adaptation, I would use this as an example. It is so faithful to the source material and Rosamund Pike was brilliant as Amy. This thriller portrays a dark, twisted marriage that unravels when Amy goes missing. Read review here.

 

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Boyhood

This is simply beautiful storytelling. While it didn’t have a complex plot or a particularly poignant ending, this coming-of-age tale has to be seen for its uniqueness. It was shot over a 12-year period with the same actors and the outcome is intriguing and equally terrifying. It really scares you into thinking how quickly time passes. It really deserves all the awards recognition it gets. Read review here.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I went in with low expectations because I did not think James Franco’s amazing Rise of the Planet of the Apes needed a sequel. I could not believe how much better this follow-up was. It stars a complete new cast of Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, who try to form a truce with the apes as they need access to a dam. The simian leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) also wants peace, but as always, there are a few others who want to evoke war. Read review here.

 

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The Fault in Our Stars

Some people may baulk at the inclusion of this but I truly enjoyed this movie. It could have been a sappy, overly sentimental cancer love story, but it wasn’t. I thought Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a brilliant job making it witty and smart while injecting enough heart to make us love their characters. I also loved how faithful it was to John Green’s book. Read review here.

Guardians of the Galaxy

When I first saw the trailer for this I was not impressed. If anything, I was filled with foreboding along the lines of “Marvel’s trying a bit too hard to create new franchises”. So imagine my surprise when I LOVED this. I saw it twice. This space adventure is way more fun than the regular superhero fare and it was absolutely bonkers, yet it totally worked. I have high hopes for the sequel. Read review here.

 

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Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal is suitably creepy in this look at the underbelly of crime scene footage gathering in Los Angeles. I found it fascinating and Gyllenhaal’s Lou is really the gel that holds it all together. He is awkward, ruthless and will stoop to dark depths to score winning footage. Read review here.

The Imitation Game

This is still very fresh in my mind and has stuck with me because I cried so much. Benedict Cumberbatch is real-life World War II codebreaker Alan Turing who helps win the war by cracking the German Enigma code. But then he suffers a true injustice and is chemically castrated because he is gay. I was astounded by the story and very emotional afterwards! Read review here.

 

year5

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The X-Men came back and there was a lot of in-fighting between the mutants as Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) moves to the dark side to be with Magneto (Michael Fassbender). I loved the humour, the action and effects. Impressive sequel – the Quicksilver scene is a standout. Read review here.

Maps to the Stars

I love a good satire and this is such a scathing portrayal of Hollywood and how the film industry ruins people’s lives. It was hilarious but in an incredibly dark way and I just thought Julianne Moore was perfect! Read review here.

 

year6

Maleficent

I definitely would not have expected to put this on here before going to see this but it was so, so good. Angelina Jolie plays the bitter fairy who curses ex-lover’s daughter Aurora to wreak revenge on him. This is the dark side of the Sleeping Beauty tale but it was such a good story, Maleficent had a dark humour and it made me super emotional. It was very powerful for a Disney movie! Read review here.

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