Just in time! I set myself the extremely ambitious target of watching 52 movies released in 2014 during the year, and made it by binge-watching (for me) four movies in four days up to New Year’s Eve. Admittedly my target was to watch 52 movies at the cinema, but I cheated slightly at the end and watched a handful on download or DVD. But my excuse was that these were the movies I’d missed at the cinema which I thought still might make my Top Ten, and I needed to see them. Next year let’s try for 52 at the cinema, but that’s going to rely on Cineworld Cambridge not being sold off to a chain without an Unlimited card. We can but hope.
So here we go then, 51 movies categorised into five ratings. And one I don’t know what to make of.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014
OK, I’ll put this group into some sort of order. But I suspect if you ask me tomorrow, I’ll change it. All of them are terrific movies.
10. The Lego Movie
Hilarious on many levels, like all great kids’ movies.
9. Gone Girl
Gripping thriller, especially as I managed not to hear about the twist before seeing it.
Not a huge fan of period drama usually, but a cut above.
7. The Imitation Game
Just about got away with all the exposition necessary for a wide audience.
So pleased I saw this – it will become a kids’ classic – but so much for adults too.
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Funny in such a strange way. Really want to see this again some time.
As Mark Kermode said, just makes you want to go out and punch the air. Fabulous.
Strange, funny, brilliant and quite affecting.
2. Edge Of Tomorrow
Simply a great, edge-of-your-seat thriller but with some hilarious moments too.
Amazing. Just got better in the days after watching it, as I thought more about it.
I’D WATCH THESE AGAIN
These were all great too, and to be honest, if and when I watch any of them again, I’ll probably think “that could have been in the Top Ten”.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The Monuments Men
The Wolf of Wall Street
What We Did On Our Holiday
A DECENT NIGHT OUT
These were all movies which I enjoyed, and came home saying good things about.
A Long Way Down
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Muppets Most Wanted
Soul Boys of the Western World
The Armstrong Lie
The Love Punch
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walking on Sunshine
FORGOTTEN THEM ALREADY
What it says. Not necessarily bad movies, but ones which I’m not sure I can remember what happened, and which I won’t be anxious to watch when they come on the telly.
Before I Go To Sleep
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Maze Runner
The Two Faces of January
X-Men: Days of Future Past
WHY DID NOBODY WARN ME?
In the case of the two comedies, just dreadful movies. In the case of the other three, they might have been decent movies to many people, but after reading such good reviews, for me they were just huge letdowns.
22 Jump Street
Inside Llewyn Davis
Night at the Museum 3
And finally, my “I’VE NO IDEA WHAT TO SAY” award goes to Under The Skin. One of the oddest movies I’ve ever seen. I can understand those charts which made it the movie of the year because it’s certainly remarkable. But I don’t know what to make of it.
What do you think of the chart?