There are many movies that could have made this list that I did not get to see in time before making this list (Gone Girl, Ida, Still Alice, Unbroken, St. Vincent, A Most Violent Year, Inherent Vice, American Sniper, Wild, The Judge, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Chef, Locke, and Cake. Just to name a few.) Since I am not a professional critic (yet), I can’t see all the movies I would like to.
Then there are movies that were great, and did not make my list: The Fault in our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Big Hero 6, Fury, Heaven is for Real. It was hard to cut some of them.
But first, a look at my five most disappointing films of the year (not saying they are bad, just not what I hoped for. The exception is number one, which was horrible).
It had good effects, but I wished they stuck to the bible somewhat. At least a little.
4. God’s Not Dead
I REALLY wanted to like this film, and I agreed with the message, just not how it got there.
Yes, great CGI, but hardly any Godzilla, nor Bryan Cryanston.
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
I feel they added too much, and I did not have the heart for it like I did the original three films.
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction.
The only thing this has in common with my favorite movie of the year? It was almost three hours and I saw it with my little brother. That is it. This movie was horrible like few before it, and maybe ever will be.
Now, for the top ten films of 2014
Great acting (mainly by a hidden Steve Carrell) drives this tale of desire, greed, disaster, and horror.
A sci-fi gem with uncanny CGI, top notch acting, and spiritual mystery.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
The biggest surprise of the year was the one that made the popcorn taste the best. Also an outstanding soundtrack.
8. The Imitation Game
History is revealed in this WW2 drama with stellar performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
7. The Drop
This hardly seen treasure is worth the viewing, starring Tom Hardy and (in his final role) James Gandolfini.
6. The Lego Movie
Yes, everything was awesome.
Stupendous historical drama about MLK Jr. is the least boring lesson you could give a middle schooler.
Every actor shines (mainly Michael Keaton) in one of the most obscure and memorable movies in recent years.
A thriller set to jazz? Check. Miles Teller’s wonderful acting? Check. J.K. Simmons winning the Oscar? Checkmate.
2. Begin Again
From the director of “Once” comes another love letter to music and those who write it.
It was another year that, when I saw a certain movie, I knew right then it was the best of the year. I have seen many films (over 1,000 and counting). “Boyhood” has easily cracked my top 100 films.
Here’s to 2015…