As promised, here are my Top 10 favorite movies of 2014. Click on each one to read the full review. And remember, these are MY favorites, but feel free to comment below with your Top 10.
- JOHN WICK Keanu Reaves was cooler than he’s ever been. This B movie was as smooth and stylish as any action movie this year and it made me feel like I was watching a comic book. I wouldn’t mind a sequel.
- INTERSTELLAR Not exactly Christopher Nolan’s best work… and yet, he still provided a strong story filled with emotion while managing to maintain his trademark, spectacular scope.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY There may not have been a more fun film in 2014. Filled with unforgettable characters and some awesome action sequences, Guardians was one of the year’s most pleasant surprises.
- THE RAID 2 The sequel to one of the greatest action films ever made certainly lived up to the hype. The plot may have been a little too convoluted, but once again it delivered the same jaw dropping action scenes I’ve come to expect.
- TOP FIVE Ironically, Top Five just misses the Top Five. Still, Chris Rock gave us the best comedy of the year along with some thought provoking anecdotes about the nature of fame.
- GONE GIRL An intense thriller that left me on the edge of my seat. No other movie this year felt more unpredictable.
- THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Beautifully crafted and hilarious. Ralph Fiennes was at his very best in this murder mystery/ dark comedy that included the perfect dash of heart and soul.
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER A comic book movie that redefined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie felt more like a spy-thriller than a superhero flick and was the best film in the MCU since the first Iron Man.
- X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Bryan Singer made his triumphant return to the series by ingeniously crafting a story that united old and new. Well acted and well paced, this is arguably the best X-Men movie ever and one of my all time favorite superhero films.
- DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Caesar will go down as one of the best characters of the decade. This movie had intense action, emotion, humor, and poignant political and social commentary. It also provided, to me, the best villain of the year in Koba. Simply put, the only flaw I could find was that the movie had no need to be in 3D.
HONORABLE MENTION: The Edge of Tomorrow, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Birdman, Dear White People, Into the Woods, The Maze Runner, The Equalizer