Well, to be honest, we’re late, we’re damn late, but please do forgive us. After about 3 ( almost 4) months into 2015 and just about the same time into Moviemphetamine’s existence, we’re bringing to you “2014 In Film”. The problem here is that many of our counterparts have already done so. So, we’re abandoning all pretense. Instead of pretending like we’re licensed to select the best of anything, we’re just going to outline our favorites and least favorites and look at the year as a collective film assignment. Well, now cutting the crap and getting you guys down to the stuff you actually came this post for….. (PS. None of this stuff is in any particular order!)
OUR FAVOURITE FIFTEEN
Honorable mentions Nightcrawler and Selma
Birdman- Birdman soars above all with its intelligent writing, Michael Keaton’s performance and it’s cinematography. Throw in some good directing and a strong supporting act by Norton and Stone and you have a winner.
The Grand Budapest Hotel- An ensemble of great actors, Wes Anderson, a mesmerizing production design and beautiful score. The Grand Budapest Hotel truly is grand.
Whiplash- To put it down simply, Whiplash is a sports movie with music. It has the intensity to put that of a thriller to shame. J.K. Simmons’ performance, well nothing can describe that.
Big Hero 6- Best superhero film of the year. Period.
Ugly- One of Hindi cinema’s best contributions this year. Brilliant cinematography, a harsh slap of reality, simply par excellence.
Ida- This masterpiece from Poland, simply leaves you stunned.
Edge Of Tomorrow- A Scicological thriller, that’s what we’ll call it.
Leviathan- Stunningly shot, brilliantly told. Can you ask for more from a film?
X-Men: Days of Future Past- Well made superhero movie. It comes like a breath of fresh air. (PS. We admit this decision might just be influenced by the presence of Jennifer Lawrence, after all, you can’t blame us for that one, can you?)
Under The Skin- An ending you’ll not forget (yes sure as hell you won’t!). Haunting,troubling and honest. Under the Skin is truly one of the best of the year.
Interstellar- Despite being one of Christopher Nolan’s least impressive movies (yes, we’re ready abused and hated, but we’re not taking that back). Interstellar does manage to impress us to make the cut onto this list. Great cinematography, a Hans Zimmer score, some pretty great (though at times disappointing) acting. Interstellar has it all.
The Imitation Game- Truly, it’s a finely crafted and brilliantly executed film with an enduring message.
The Theory of Everything- The tale of how one of the greatest minds of our generation, fell in love. It’s mainly the acting, that sets this gem apart.
22 Jump Street- “We Jump Street, we ’bout to Jump in yo ass”, (we just couldn’t help but do this). One of the rare sequels, which manage to improve upon the sequel, 22JS, though different from some other movies on this list, deserves to be here, as much as any other!
Boyhood- Okay, being honest, not everyone likes this one, but for us ,Moviemphetamine (though not unanimous), it’s our favorite (this year at least).
THE ONES WE SIMPLY DESPISED!
Winters Tale –
I guess we can say goodbye to Colin Farrel’s career after this movie.
It’s Adam Sandler, exotic locations and a premise which sounds interesting. While some may feel it’ll make a good movie, it is actually a recipe for disaster. Better than Jack and Jill but what does that mean anyway.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles –
Leave it to Michael Bay and Co. to ruin anything. That’s what they do here….once again.
Transformers 4 –
(No we ain’t saying nothing ’bout this!)
Saving Christmas –
Why? Just why?
OUR FAVOURITE CINEMATIC MOMENT
Though we are big fans of Riggan shooting himself this one’s probably going to go the docking scene from Interstellar. (Cinematography is among the few things this film managed to do spot-on)
OUR FAVORITE SCENE
The ending, Whiplash. Just see this movie, and if you didn’t get goosebumps with that magnificent end, I guess you’re some sort of alien. The music. The emotion. The pure, raw energy that radiated from that scene, just marvelous.
WE’RE SO DAMN DISAPPOINTED IN YOU
Gone Girl. Gone Girl. Gone Girl
This movie could have been so so good but instead we get a movie which disappoints from every aspect. We expected better from you Fincher.
OUR FAVORITE PERFORMERS
J.K. Simmons just made us love hating him in Whiplash. The sheer energy his performance radiated took the film through and won our hearts.
Who else can it be? Patricia Arquette.
(You want something more to be said, sorry we just can’t describe her performance in words. Watch Boyhood and find out for yourself!)
A Special Mention, for Ellar Coltrane, the boy who rocked, by being simple himself, and has truly shown great promise.
Hasta La Vista for now guys, keep coming back to us Moviemphetamine for more, signing off for now, Team Moviemphetamine!
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