Anyway the rules are the same as ever: 1) I only count movies I’ve actually seen and I can’t see every movie so if your favorite film or some critical darling didn’t make the list there’s a decent chance I never got around to seeing it. 2) This is not a “Best Movie” list; it’s my list of personal favorites. It’s subjective and you’ll do well to take that in mind. But please, feel free to post your own Top Ten list in the comment section or even if you just have a movie that you think I snubbed. I mean, also comment if you agree with the list but seeing as this is the internet I’m not hopeful.
Beta’s Top Ten Movies after the jump.
|In the future farmers will inherit the Earth|
Adorable Panda Score: ???
The latest offering from director Christopher Nolan Interstellar, much like The Dark Knight Rises, didn’t live up to my lofty expectations based on his previous work (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception are three of my favorite films of all time). While I find certain aspects of this flick to be superbly annoying and frustrating the fact is it was still a very good movie. Lots of tension and a whole lot of uncomfortable and heartbreaking moments made this flick a thrilling and enjoyable ride despite its flaws. Still am I the one bothered by how much magic seemed to be in this movie considering that it was advertised as a big “Hard Science” flick?
|F**k you, Tri-Star!|
#8: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
|Apes with assault weapons and horses?!|
Ladies and gentlemen, we are boned!
#7: Edge of Tomorrow
|An apocalypse that involves snow?|
It's like someone read my nightmare journal!
Adorable Panda Score: ???A 2013 Korean film, shot mostly in English, finally released in the United States in 2014. Snowpiercer received a lot of critical buzz and, having recently gotten to see it, I can say it’s completely deserved. It reminds me of the old science fiction films of the 1970s and late 60s where things were significantly darker, more complex and often more bonkers than trailers and posters could prepare you for. It’s really well written, is visually appealing despite the posters, and extremely tension filled. It won’t brighten your day or anything but it will likely make life slightly better for watching it.
#5: Captain America – The Winter Soldier
|...and then a few months later Sam Wilson stopped being "Falcon" in the comics|
Two Chris Evans projects in a row, eh? Snowpiercer is technically the better movie but The Winter Soldier is a lot more fun. There were a lot of so-so superhero films this year and the main reason for that was they had to follow this well put together affair. Completely different in tone than its predecessor Cap 2 manages to be an even more gripping and thoughtful adventure. It’s less “Indiana Jones” and more “Spy-thriller” this time. It’s mid-film plot twist even significantly alters the status quo for all of Marvel Studios films (as seen in the TV show Agents of SHIELD). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Chris Evans as Captain America is the best part of Marvel Studios.
#4: Top Five
|2014 was the year Chris Rock made me feel like an asshole|
Adorable Panda Score: ???
I’ll be honest: I haven’t given a shit about Chris Rock in YEARS. I long ago assumed that his career was on the decline never to reach back to its heights. As if to specifically shut me up Rock wrote, directed and starred in this awesome comedy. Rock manages to not only make a hilarious film but also gives it a lot of substance as the film deals with some pretty heavy themes, some of which are actually subtle which is a word not used very often in comedies these days. This movie made me eat a lot of crow and I am now very interested to see more behind the camera work from Chris Rock.
#3: Gone Girl
|The lesson of this film: don't get married|
Adorable Panda Score: ???Based on the novel of the same name this is the latest film from David Fincher, one of my favorite directors. As this is a mystery movie I feel I can’t go too deeply into why I loved this flick but I can say that it had me at the edge of my seat nearly the entire time I watched it. In addition it manages to blend a mix of dark humor without ruining any of the tension which is a hard thing to do (though possibly not that hard for the guy who directed Fight Club, am I right?). I’m worried about spoiling things here so let me just say this movie was great and if you like thrillers you should watch it (if you read the original book I’m led to believe you might not like the movie as much).
#2: Guardians of the Galaxy
|Guess I have to take back all the nasty stuff I said about casting Bradley Cooper|
Adorable Panda Score: 5 out of 5 (Reviews)
What can I say about this movie that I, or the rest of the world, haven’t already said? Easily Marvel Studios’ most fun outing to date this flick had a little bit of everything wrapped in a Superhero/Space Opera packaging that managed to hide its flaws. Quirky, action packed, funny and extremely quotable GoG earned a lot of goodwill from comic fans and casual movie goers. With Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Force Awakens set to hit theaters this year I think it’s likely GoG will be used as the measuring stick for both.
#1: The Lego Movie
|Darkness. No parents.|
Adorable Panda Score: ???
It’s a kids’ movie. It’s an obvious toy commercial. These are true facts but in spite of them The Lego Movie was my favorite film of 2014 by a mile. I saw it in theaters nearly a year ago and it cemented itself at the top of this list. Every time I watched a movie this year I thought to myself “Did I enjoy myself as much as with the Lego Movie?” and every time the answer was “Not at all”. From the dumb as dirt hero, the over-the-top portrayal of Batman and the slew of cleverly written jokes hidden in the sea of madness that was this movie there’s a lot to love here. I cannot, cannot, say enough good things about this flick. It is the perfect family film: plenty of funny and/or silly stuff of kids and also more subtle enjoyment to be had from their parents. If someone were to try to distill the concept of “fun” into a film it would be The Lego Movie.
2014 is over and done with. Here's hoping 2015 will be another good year for movies...and that I'll have time to actually see some of them.
|Eleven more months...|