A lot of movies this year.. some good, some bad, and some really bad — but I’m just gonna focus on the good ones. These are all based on my own personal taste so needless to say, The Hobbit and The Hunger Games are not on this list. It’s a tie for some films so let’s just jump right to it, shall we?
- The Signal – There is nothing particularly astonishing about this sci-fi film. In all honesty, it just feels like an X-Files episode. But for a low-budget, indie film, it was actually pretty impressive.
- Boyhood – What’s so special about another coming-of-age drama? The fact that this film was shot intermittently over an 11-year period – making you watch the actors literally grow on screen. It’s something that’s never been done in a movie before and it’s amazing to see. It was directed by Richard Linklater (Before Trilogy, School of Rock, Dazed and Confused) so you know you’re in for some interesting conversations.
- Snowpiercer – A South Korean sci-fi film starring Chris Evans. Although it’s another post-apocalyptic movie, it’s still something entirely fresh with enough action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Chef / Begin Again – It’s a tie for these feel-good films with its light-hearted comedy. Chef is deliciously entertaining and I recommend that you do not watch it on an empty stomach. Begin Again is charming and guaranteed to make you smile – and don’t forget to check out its soundtrack ‘cause it’s equally good.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – Finally, we’re satisfied from an X-Men film again. It’s personally the first good comicbook movie of 2014. Bryan Singer returns as director and basically tells us to forget all the shit X-Men films we’ve seen after 2003’s X2.
- Guardians of the Galaxy / Big Hero 6 – Pure galactic fun mixed with good music. GotG‘s soundtrack was indeed an awesome mix and I’m pretty sure you have it on your playlist — or at least just Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love. I liked this movie more than The Avengers and it looked f’n awesome on IMAX. Big Hero 6 was action-packed with all the heart and humor you’d expect from a Disney movie. I haven’t had this much fun with an animated film since The Incredibles. P.S. Stick around for the post-credits scene.
- 22 Jump Street / Horrible Bosses 2 – Comedy sequels usually aren’t that funny (e.g. Dumb and Dumber To) but 22 Jump Street and Horrible Bosses 2 are one of the exemptions, being just as funny as their first films.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel – Visually fascinating and simply marvelous. A smart comedy that gives us a welcome break from all the CGI-driven films.
- Gone Girl / Interstellar – Any film that leaves me dumbfounded after leaving the cinema automatically makes my top list. I won’t talk much about these movies since their plot twists are what make them worthwhile. All I can say about Gone Girl is that it’s suspenseful and a total mindf*ck. Interstellar is mind-blowing and seriously heavy on the brain – but then again, what else should you expect from a Christopher Nolan film?
And my #1 movie of 2014 is…
John Wick serves as Keanu Reeves’ epic return to action. I admit I’m a huge Keanu fan (and an even bigger Matrix fan), and I was just in awe of this film’s awesomeness. I may sound biased but if you’ve seen this movie, you know what I’m talking about. It’s stylish, graceful, thrilling, cool, bad-ass, kick-ass… I could go on and on about this movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, see it NOW! And while you’re at it, check out Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer ‘cause that was pretty good too.
** Special Mention: The Interview –It’s explicit, offensive, and ridiculously funny. If you liked Pineapple Express and This is the End (like I did), then you’re gonna love this one. With all the controversy, North Korean threats, and the cancellation of a wide theatrical release, this just had to get a special mention for simply having the balls to exist. The film has been made available online so go and download it if you’re a James Franco/Seth Rogen fan or if you simply just wanna see what all the fuss was about.
And that’s all for 2014. It’s been one helluva year. I obviously have no idea what my top films for 2015 will be but one thing’s for sure… Star Wars: The Force Awakens will definitely be on that list.
Happy New Year!!!