With the year nearly over, I figure it’s about time for my yearly wrap-up. This year I was fairly busy and didn’t view as many films as I would’ve liked.
Early in the year I decided to finish what I had left of TSPDT and work on it chronologically. I had about 190 left at the beginning of the year and I finished the list a few days ago. Since I disagree with people most of the time, it was a pretty unpleasant journey and I didn’t like most of the films. However, it’s an important list for all film fans, and as unpleasant as it was, it was still educational. That took up a majority of my viewing for the year, as well as the usual horror marathon in October.
Using IMDb years for consistency, I’ve made a list of my Best Of’s for the year, followed by my viewing stats. As I didn’t watch (or like) many 2014 films, I don’t quite have a top 10 yet. I didn’t see enough to have a ‘Worst Of’s’ list, so I’d just like to say to avoid Honeymoon (2014).
Top 8 of 2014
8. As Above, So Below (2014)
Not going to deny that the film is full of stupid characters and some illogical nonsense, but it also builds up tension and the claustrophobia of the catacombs very effectively and makes for a pretty solid and creepy horror film. The ‘found footage’ works well and does actually function more as ‘first person view’ rather than ‘found footage’.
7. Interstellar (2014)
Regardless of the ‘bad science’ (which is often irrelevant to me as a film takes place inside a film universe, not ours, so as long as it’s convincing enough in context, it’s enough for me), it’s respectful of the science and mixes well with the melodrama. The melodrama works most of the time as there is a fairly strong emotional core, thanks in part to Matthew McConaughey and Mackenzie Foy’s acting. The space-y bits were my favourite, so I wish there’d been more of that and less melodrama, but it’s still a decent film.
6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Apparently the catchphrase for this film is ‘better than expected’. Quite a fun action/sci-fi film, and not as stupid as I thought it was going to be. Would’ve liked less Tom Cruise and less Emily Blunt, but both are not as annoying as usual.
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
I hate Wes Anderson and the trailer for this was horrible, so I expected it to suck – but it’s one of two Anderson films that I’ve liked (the other being Fantastic Mr Fox). Though the humour is really childish and stupid most of the time, it’s a little more toned down than usual and other aspects of the film outweigh the bad. Great acting, great visuals and a surprisingly entertaining story.
2. Død Snø 2 (2014)
I love the first one, which is almost an entirely different film. This one branches out from the ‘slasher/zombie’ genre and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks about it. Some of humour is a bit silly (the cops), but mostly it’s hilarious and a damn good time.
1. The Guest (2014)
Worth it for Dan Stevens’ performance alone. Absolutely amazing performance, even more so considering how difficult a role that is to get right. Intense, charming, and a hint of sinister. The entire film relies on great tension, a great soundtrack and a subtle sense of humour. The second half is a little too ‘cliche’, but is still solid and works well.
Top 10 FTVs
This is a list of the 10 best films I saw for the first time in 2014 regardless of their release date.
1. Her (2013)
2. It’s a Disaster (2012)
3. Dredd (2012)
4. The Signal (2007)
5. The Guest (2014)
6. Død Snø 2 (2014)
7. Marnie (1964)
8. Spione (1928)
9. Angel (1937)
10. Coherence (2013)
First time viewings (FTV): 575
Films released in 2014: 41
Average year of films watched: 1985
Average rating: 5.1