It hasn’t been a real classic year for film in my eyes, a few mite live in the memory more then some. I was disappointed with Thor: The Dark World, Catching Fire, The Counselor, Great Gatsby to name a few. For me the smaller films have really stood up and made themselves known. Even though my number one is probably the biggest film of the year, the top ten does consist of films you mite not of seen. 2014 seems to be following pattern as this year, but it all leads to mega year in 2015. I would just like to wish you all a happy holiday and new year. Thanks for all the support and continued readership of the site and lets look forward to 2014, merci.
Robert Downey Jr. was meant to be Tony Stark, period. The skill with which has interwoven the complexities and eccentricities of Stark along with the responsibility of Iron Man is a treat to watch. As a man he has no superhuman powers or strength, just his intelligence and money and this side of him has been exploited to the hilt in this outing of his. In the previous 2 movies he was building Iron Man, but this one is more about the development of both Stark and his Iron Man Suit.
14.Man of Steel
Henry Cavill was an outstanding Clark Kent. His portrayal was on point: charismatic, fragile but strong, charming but menacing, and a pretty boy for the ladies if they felt turned off by the Fourth of July over the top action sequences that were taking place around him. The storyline was very fragmented but his character was made out to be a lot more interesting and less cheesy than other films, but still had its flaws.
The thumping soundtrack plays havoc on the ears and the fast cuts fix into the eyes with the precision of a laser beam.Boyle plays chess with the players and moves them around with the devilish glee of a ringmaster induced with the cruel egomaniacal urge of a cartoon villain. You can almost hear the grind of his hands rubbing together as he plots each skittish twist and turn. This is aided, helpfully, by Joe Aherne’s source material and the screenplay’s joyfully itchy nature. The film also has echoes of Inception.
Watching this film, makes you think, makes you care, makes you want to take a stand and try to do something about some important issue. It might be the one explored in this chilling documentary, based on a series of incidents that have plagued one famous water park, and most importantly, dealing with the atrocities that might have been committed against one of this world’s most mysterious species.
The World’s End is the strongest film, thematically, in the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun is still my favourite). It’s about adulthood vs adolescence, regret, friendship and above all the state of modern society. It does not nod nearly as much towards or satirise genre like Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. No, instead the nods and satire are mostly out and the themes are in.
The thing about Rush is that it’s not really a racing movie. While the film does follow the world of Formula-One racing, it is not what the movie is about. Where Rush really accelerates and manages to resonate, is in portraying the complicated love-hate rivalry between racecar drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1970s.This is a true story that is so fantastic that it almost seems as if it was fabricated, but the film never feels fake or Hollywoodified.
Guillermo del Toro’s films are filled with both the intelligence of the best of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and a flawlessly-rendered vision unique to him. His innate knowledge of what makes those outlandish stories truly matter to us is the backbone of his work as a writer and director, and his visual style is one that invokes true wonder.It’s that wonder, that childlike glee that makes ‘Pacific Rim’ work so well, and well it does work. This is a brawny, massive film made by a true artist and auteur at the top of his game, but while the technicality of this film could have been mounted by any number of working directors, the magic of Guillermo del Toro is that he infuses every film with himself.
This is the rare love story that has real emotional truth about it. The fact that it is about two women who fall for each other is almost secondary to the way the film catches the universality of what it is like to fall in love and maintain the relationship. “Blue is the Warmest Color is a naturalistic and touching film, whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, or whatever orientation. This is a film that can give you relationship advice and life guidance no matter what your orientation may be.
Into Darkness had a lot to live up to from the first and it definitely surpassed my expectations. It had you emotionally evolved from the outset and my nerves were in shreds by the end. The screenplay was brilliant with the right amount of intensity, humour, emotion and action.The way they’ve moved forward with the new timeline was very well done allowing past stories to cross paths with the enterprise but in a completely new light.The film has some cliché moments which can’t be avoided often with a film this scale however they make use of them well and still pack plenty of surprises.
Much Ado About Nothing is just brilliant, acceptable for its nobility and unquestionable in its integrity. Joss Whedon weaves in a tale of love, faith, strength and humanity within a cinematic frame of timeless minutes pulling out a riveting and compelling human drama of innocence poised against the system. The keynotes of each frame, smothered with subtle social comments and complex emotional undertones makes the movie an amalgamation of the colours of hope and persistence.The story is filled with emotional subtexts which move at breakneck speed throughout the length of the film, constantly switching gears between the palettes of emotions.
This is one of the most enjoyable horror films I’ve seen lately. It’s scary, interesting, very attractive and Elijah is just fantastic.In the opening scene you see how someone spies on young girls, who just leaved club. The face of this person is beyond camera, as if he himself shots the whole movie and it keeps like that afterwards. At the beginning I found this very annoying, but later I learned to “imagine” killer only with his voice and emotions, which was perfectly expressed by Elijah. Frank is way too merciless, he kills every beautiful (and only) woman, takes scalp and “transforms” her into mannequin wearing victim’s hair.
Stoker is a psychological thriller that you might not expect. It’s not the usual type of the genre. The storytelling is in pure style and it features its terror in a completely twisted way. It’s a weird cinematic experience that might stuck in your head for some time.It didn’t offer much new to the plot but it creates a both melancholic and terrifying atmosphere to the picture which made it fascinating. What’s more fascinating is the film-making understands the psychosis beneath it and it clearly shows them on screen. Stoker is quite peculiar but in a remarkably stunning way.The story is just simple but it is told very differently. Thrillers usually slowly builds the tension of the plot until it gets to the point that everything what’s happening is not right.
What an intensely suspenseful film Prisoners was. A spectacular cast, ranging from the likes of Hugh Jackman to Jake Gyllenhaal to Viola Davis and Terrence Howard, create such a chilling atmosphere that everyone in the audience immediately notices the discomforting subject matter as they prepare for a disturbing viewing. One should know prior to visiting the movie theater that this film doesn’t feature morally perfect individuals. They are all human beings cast into an unbelievably frightening situation, and this is where larges amounts of debate will stir.
Tarantino’s new film is very deep in many ways, to be honest, whether it be within the context of the film itself, of the references Tarantino uses from his deep-seeded love and admiration of films and film making . Like all of his other works, it’s a labour of love. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christophe Waltz, Leonardo Di Caprio and Samuel L. Jackson, among others, it is a bizarre ode to the Western genre, blending different styles and genres in the process of telling it’s 2+ hour tale.The film is a marvel from everything on screen and behind the scenes. The acting is uniformly triumphant.
Alfonso Cuarón shows that he is one of the few directors who knows how to use 3D technology to its full potential.I have repeatedly been disappointed to see that most Hollywood directors stick to their traditional formula of fast-paced cuts, not seeming to care how annoying this is to the viewers who constantly have to re-focus their eyes and lose the sensation of floating along with the action. Cuarón however knows that long takes is the stuff that dreams are made of.