It’s that time of year again (a little late actually), the one where I force Mr C to decide on his top five songs and films from the year just gone. Usually, this is a fun process in which we discuss music and movies and have a bit of a laugh.
This year, it’s been less enjoyable because there have been so many good songs and films that it’s been a bit of a wrench to cut the list down to just five. Nevertheless, we begin with films.
Rather than “films released in 2014”, it’s more like “films released in 2014, or slightly before that in 2013 but weren’t available to us until too late for the previous year’s list.” You can see why I opt for the catchier title.
Previous years are linked at the bottom of the post, as well as a less than honourable mention for the worst film of the year. But for now, let’s focus on the positives!
1. Edge of Tomorrow
“Dammit, Tom Cruise shouldn’t be making the best film of the year. He didn’t really, it was Emily Blunt that made it awesome – the best thing she’s ever done. Plus who doesn’t like time travel and war?”
2. 22 Jump Street
“It’s a rare sequel that doesn’t ruin its predecessor, and it’s an even rarer sequel that improves upon it. 22 Jump Street somehow managed to better the excellent reboot from 2012, I could watch it a thousand times. Ice Cube is brilliant.”
3. Begin Again
“Music, guitars, songwriting. Keira in the midst of a sickly sweet storyline. So good, I bought the soundtrack. Also, bonus James Corden.”
4. Draft Day
“It should be impossible to like a film about a subject you don’t understand. Despite having to stop the film halfway through to comprehend the concept, Draft Day still managed to stand out as a high point of 2014. It’s also rare to find a good sports film that isn’t a true life story, but a fiction drama through and through.”
“Technically released in 2013, Gravity features flawless special effects creating a huge impression on me. Sandra Bullock was brilliant, holding pretty much the entire film by herself.”
There are a few films that didn’t make it into the top ten, but also a few surprises that were anticipated to make it in the list but absolutely didn’t. Godzilla was a hot favourite but soon became our worst film of the year. That is, until we watched Lucy.
Plenty to look forward to in 2015 though, our movie tastes are expanding and there’s always more to explore both forward and back. Previous year’s lists are available here: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.