2014 has brought some amazing creations to the big screen. In addition to an extension of the established Marvel universe, a film about a load of Danish bricks to a hilarious group of vamps in New Zealand, compiling my top 2014 was a tricky feat.
So after filtering through a top 14 for…umm, 2014, this is my personal top ten for the year:
2. Gone Girl
When it comes to consistently good directors, Fincher is up there. From Fight Club to The Social Network, he manages to hit the mark and this year, he made one of the better book-film adaptations of the year. By putting a modern take on the classic femme fatale and giving Rosamund Pike a career-defining role, its twists, turns and dark humour is hard to top.
A vampire mockumentary by Jermaine Clement, one half of comedy band Flight of the Concords, and Taika Waititi. It has simply done for vampires what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Easily one of the funniest films of 2014. Fact.
6. Wish I Was Here
When I reviewed this back in September, I thought it was one of the best films of the year and while others may not agree, I found it endearing and sweet. It was easy to lose myself in the story and by encapsulating my own aspirations (driving an Aston Martin DB9, surfing, going to Comic-Con), it is in my top pic(k)s of 2014.
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
It was hard not not to include this, as this is not out in the UK until January, but this blistering drama about the road to perfection in music is hard to ignore. It had been on the radar since its debut since Sundance and it is sure to attract many award nominations, thanks to J. K. Simmons’s dominating performance.
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
In a notably Pixar-less year, and after Disney’s Frozen basically took over the world, it is great to see a fitting sequel to one of Dreamworks’s better films. The animation and the development of the now grown-up characters are just fabulous.
10. Obvious Child
Going against the pro-life grain of pregnancy in film, Robespierre created one of the more relatable films of this year. With a witty performance from SNL alumnae Jenny Slate, it is one of 2014’s independent darlings.
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