I haven't seen every 2014 release yet, and I'm spending January and February playing catch up (including some BIG names, such as the last Hobbit film and a certain bunch of warring apes), but I'm still going to offer up this selection of titles, even if only to recommend one or two films that I hope aren't forgotten as the old year dies during the birthing of the new. Please feel free to reply with your own choices, agreements, disagreements, or any comment about the year just passed. Or even the blog itself.
10. Patrick's Day. Not only did I get to see this ahead of most people, I also managed to grab Terry McMahon for this terrific interview. The film is reviewed here.
9. Set Fire To The Stars. A gorgeous film featuring some gorgeous performances. Reviewed here.
8. Housebound. One of the best horror comedies I've seen in recent years, and there have certainly been some great ones. Reviewed here.
7. The LEGO Movie. Let's say it again. Everything IS awesome. Reviewed here.
6. The Green Inferno. WHY has this not been unleashed in cinemas yet, for horror fans to lap up? It's the best cannibal movie we've had in a long time, and arguably the best film yet from Roth. Reviewed here.
5. The Guest. I was worried that this would let me down. It didn't. Movie fans who miss those glory days of rummaging around at the local video store for an action thriller gem are going to LOVE this one. Review is lined up to kick off 2015, as I couldn't think of a better way to start the new year. Meanwhile, folks can buy it here or catch it on demand NOW.
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy. 99.99999% of the entire world loved this. I was one of them. Reviewed here.
3. Under The Skin. Quite an amazing experience. Reviewed here.
2. Calvary. Not perfect, but makes up for that with the sheer power that it packs in the third act, a real punch to the gut. Reviewed here.
1. Inside Llewyn Davis. Perhaps the only movie that I saw at the cinema this year and left unable to find ANY fault with. A beautiful piece of work. Reviewed here.
GREAT films that I just saw after this deadline: The Wolf Of Wall Street, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Birdman.
Honourable mentions: Paddington, Coherence, The Raid 2, That Guy Dick Miller, Chef, The Skeleton Twins, Snowpiercer, Starry Eys, 22 Jump Street, Cold In July, Hyena, The Canal, The ABCs Of Death 2, What We Do In The Shadows, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, Let's Be Cops, Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang, and many more that I'll think of as soon as this is live online.
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It's very reasonably priced for the sheer amount of
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much as I love the rest of the world, I can't keep up with all of the
different links in different territories, but trust me when I say that
it should be there on your local Amazon.