10 Best Movies of 2014
This list contains what I believe to be the top 10 movies that were released in the year 2014.
The Way He Looks
This Brazilian romance film is about a blind teenager, Leonardo, who develops feelings for the new kid in town, Gabriel. What sets this film apart is its unrelenting beauty. Director Daniel Ribeiro sets up beautiful shots that will leave the audience in awe. There is amazing chemistry between Ghilherme Lobo (Leonardo) and Fabio Audi(Gabriel). If you don't have time to sit down and watch a full length movie, The Way He Looks if based on a short of the same name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wav5KjBHbI http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1702014/
This horror comedy from director Adam Wingard tells the story of a soldier named David who, after returning to America, goes to visit his fallen comrade's family. The family invites David to stay with them until he can get back on his feet. David helps the family immensely. When strange things start happening however, the family begins to question who David really is. The film has beautiful colors, and a fantastic synth soundtrack, which brings to mind the horror films of the 1980s. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980592/
Unbroken is the true story of a World War II soldier, Louis Zamperini. After his plane crashes, him and two other soldiers are stranded in the middle of the ocean. Surprisingly 47 days later, he is rescued. The rest of the film is his mission to get back to America. Director Angelina Jolie made me really feel for the characters, and allowed for a deep emotional connection. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809398/
The story of Lou Bloom, a man who wants to be the best in his business. His business? Filming breaking news as soon as it happens, even before the police get there. Lou's road to success is filled with suspense, murder, and all out mayhem. Jake Gyllenhaal is, in my opinion, at the top of his game. His performance is eerie and really makes you question the role of the protagonist in a film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872718/
I read part of the novel by Gillian Flynn that this movie was based off of, so I thought I knew what to expect. But, I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised by the film adaptation. Director David Fincher brought his own dark and dreary grayness to the film, and really captured the eeriness of the story. Ben Affleck was fantastic as Nick Dunne, a man whose life gets turned upside down by the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne played by the beautiful Rosamund Pike. There was one scene especially that was so incredibly gory, but shot so beautifully, that it was, instead of being hard to watch, was extremely enjoyable. Overall, this movie is fantastic and Neil Patrick Harris is an added bonus. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/
Housebound is another horror comedy. Putting on spin on the genre, this New Zealand flick, written and directed by Gerard Johnstone is hysterical AND scary. The main character, Kylie Bucknell, played by Morgana O'Reilly, is forced to move back in with her mother after she is ordered under house arrest for burglary. Spending all day and night at home takes its toll on Kylie, as she starts to hear and see strange things. The humor is dry and the movie is gory. Five huge stars to this one. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3504048/
I did not want to see this movie. I did not like Jenny Slate for a long time because of her short stint on Saturday Night Live where she accidentally said the f word. I finally caved in when I heard just how good this film is. Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand up comedian who gets pregnant after a drunken one night stand. This beautiful film is her journey through the process of deciding, and ultimately, getting an abortion. Obvious Child gets huge extra brownie points for being written and directed by a woman (newcomer Gillian Robespierre) and for co-starring Gaby Hoffmann, who I believe is one of the most underrated actors of all time. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2910274/
Selma is the true story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. David Oyelowo is fantastic as King and was completely snubbed at the Oscars. The movie brought me to tears, and really left an impact on me. The impact was furthered by the fact that it was directed by a black woman, Ava DuVernay, a rarity in the world of directing. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020072/
Dear White People
Dear White People is on this list because of its innovation. There are rarely movies out today that talk about race in such an open and honest way. The film really brings race relations to the forefront. I think more movies should definitely do this. It is a breath of fresh air. The young actors are great, and I hope to see them in more things to come. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2235108/
Boyhood is ultra modern and innovative. Director Richard Linklater took twelve years to make this film. Every year, for about a week, he would call his actors, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and real life daughter Lorelei Linklater, and shoot scenes for the movie. The film spans twelve years in the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane). At first, I really did not like this movie. I thought it was too long and had no plot. But, after thinking about it for a week, I realized that its goal was not to have a plot, but to reveal a personal story of one boy's journey from boyhood to adulthood. The scenes are beautiful and so is the music. You really get caught up in these characters' lives, and feel a deep emotional connection to them. Hopefully this movie will be a trailblazer of things to come. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1065073/
If you haven't seen these films, treat yourself and go out and find them. A lot of them are still in theaters. They are definetly worth the trip.