2014 is coming to a close, this year has been one of the best years we've had, its very surprising if you think about it. Now we move on to a new year of movies and lets all hope, they are good(looking at you Star Wars and Avengers). But lets look back on all the movies that we saw, and really think about which ones we enjoyed the most, and the ones we want to erase from our memories.
Here's the list of all the 2014 movies I have seen thus far, I haven't seen all of them. Don't get on my case for not listing a movie that, mind you, was probably excellent. I just wasn't able to get around to seeing it. So my Top 10 list, will be based on this list.
Movies I've Seen
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1
- The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
- The Maze Runner
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Lone Survivor
- Penguins of Madagascar
- Dumb and Dumber To
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- The Giver
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- 22 Jump Street
- The Legend of Hercules
- The Lego Movie
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Lets Be Cops
- How To Train Your Dragon 2
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- The Amazing Spider Man 2
- 300: Rise of an Empire
- 3 Days to Kill
- Planes: Fire and Rescue
- Rio 2
So that's 32 movies, out of hundreds. Obviously there are going to be a few movies that I didn't get to. Most of these movies i'm super happy I saw, a couple of them... Well lets just say, I wouldn't mind if they dropped off the face of the Earth. And since we're on that subject, real quick...
My two least favorite movies of the year
The Legend of Hercules
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, and Roxanne McKee
Synopsis: The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.
Why I Hated It: Do I even need to explain myself? If any of you saw it, then you would know how terrible it is. But for all you readers who have had the pleasure of not witnessing this atrocity, let me share some details. The story was uneven, I feel like it tried to be Gladiator and 300 with no success. Also on that note, the action was difficult to watch, it would switch from slow motion, to fast paced, then back to slow. Next would be the acting, if you can even call it that. I dont even want to talk about it. I'm just going to end it here. 0.5/10
Planes: Fire and Rescue
Director: Roberts Gannaway
Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, and Curtis Armstrong.
Synopsis: When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter.
Why I Hated It: Along with its predecessor, Planes: Fire and Rescue was just mind boggling terrible. Not only was it boring, but unnecessary. And the story was, quite honestly, very dumb and lazy. I have no idea why there was a sequel to something that was already doomed to fail. 1/10
Okay, we got our negativity out of the way. Now lets move on to our positives, out of the 30 movies I did like, I've only chose 10. A decision that wasn't easy in the slightest. These are in no particular Order.
My top 10 favorite movies of the year
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Casey Affleck
Synopsis: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Why I Loved it: Christopher Nolan is my favorite director, I was super pumped for Interstellar. I had high expectations and they were met in full, everything from beginning to end kept me interested and wanting to see more. The performances were excellent, the visuals were hands down jaw dropping. 9/10
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Richard Armitage
Synopsis: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
Why I loved it: Umm... there's a slight chance this could be my favorite movie of the year. From the opening scene, to the closing, you were into it. There were only a few quiet spots, then you had hardcore, nerdgasm action. Peter Jackson does a brilliant job with not only the whole movie, but the action as well, it was so beautiful and perfect. I even didn't mind the romance, I said it. 9/10
Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper
Synopsis: A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Why I loved it: Okay who didn't love this? I do not believe it was the Star Wars of this generation, but it was damn good. Chris Pratt really brought you in and you couldn't hate him. The movie as a whole was witty, extremely fun, the performances were brilliant. 8/10
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster
Synopsis: Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
Why I loved it: The intensity of it, the brotherhood, and the story. This is one of the most gruesome war movies ever, and most recent as well. The cast is beyond superb, this is their greatest performance yet. I love tributes to the fallen warriors and at the end when the credits rolled, my heat sank. It was dramatic without trying to be, it really send feels my way. 9/10
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russel, and Toby Kebbell
Synopsis: Ten years after a pandemic disease, apes who have survived it are drawn into battle with a group of human survivors.
Why I loved it: I don't even know where to start, I absolutely loved this movie. Andy Serkis is a key part. He brought an amazing performance, he brought Caeser to life. The movie was so intriguing, the perfect length, a great mix of development and action. 9/10
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and James McAvoy
Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Why I loved it: I was not expecting a lot to come from Days of Future Past, I thought it would be another X-men 3. But was I wrong. It excelled my expectations, i was super intrigued and so far, the only time travel movie that I wasn't confused about. 8/10
22 Jump Street
Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube and Amber Stevens
Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.
Why I loved it: There are a lot of great comedies, very few of them get me balls laughing like 22 Jump Street does. 21 Jump Street did as well, but not as much, I love 22 a little bit more. I love Ice Cube's humor in this and his hatred towards Schmidt for fucking his daughter(hint: dont fuck your captain's daughter, especially when he's an "Angry Black Captain." Don't do it, it wont end well for you. 9/10
Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson
Synopsis: A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.
Why I Loved it: Is there a single person who didn't like Edge of Tomorrow? It was breathtaking, accelerating, stunning, and it had Tom Cruise. That's masterpiece right there. I dont even need to explain how great it was, just watch it. 9/10
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony Mackie
Synopsis: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Why I loved it: As of right now, my favorite Marvel movie. Chris Evans brings his amazing performance back and is better than ever. I cant explain how good it is without spoiling it to much. But when the big thing happens, you just know everything changes and the Russo brothers did an amazing Job. 9/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Kang-ho Song, and Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
Why I loved it: I went into this blind, I only watched it because of Chris Evans. I hadn't seen a single trailer, and i'm glad I didn't. This was a fresh new take on the post-apocalyptic genre, the performances were great, the intensity brought realism. 9/10
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my article. But I want to know, what are Your favorite movies of 2014? Comment and Share below. And if you have a suggestion for a movie I missed out on, let me know in the comment section below.