Hit Movies of 2014


Hello everyone, I hope you are all having an awesome 2015. The end of a year brings joy and recollection as we remember the best moments of the previous year, and 2014 had some amazing blockbusters. So for all of my cinephiles out there, this a list of my 10 favorite movies of 2014.

10. A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson is back, but this time it isn’t for another Taken movie. In A Walk Among the Tombstones, Neeson plays a private investigator who is hired by a drug lord to find the people who murdered his wife. Instead of being a typical action packed film, the movie explores the more dark and gritty parts of a detective’s life. This movie was incredibly suspenseful, more a of a thriller than an action movie, thanks to its amazing musical score.

9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The third installation in the Night at the Museum series delivers on the family friendly fun the first two movies brought, but in this time, the museum isn’t all sunshine and daisies. The magical tablet that brings the museum to life is slowly corroding and Ben Stiller must reunite the Pharaoh and his parents, the only problem: the Pharaoh’s parents are in Britain. A new museum brings with it a host of new characters and comedy, and the cameo of Hugh Jackman was simply HILARIOUS. I recommend everyone see this movie, even if you haven’t seen the other two, for a family friendly night of laughter.

8. Lego Movie

Legos. Superheros. An epic quest to save the world. What more do I need to say?

7. Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is…interesting. There’s no other way to describe it. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a motivated man with one thing on his mind: to find a job where he can fully apply his “talents”. He finds that job when one day, he stumbles on a crime journalist team recording a recent accident and finds his calling. The movie sets great atmosphere and has realistic characterization, with ever character having the flaws you would expect to find in people. The movie is a great look in how far people are willing to go to climb the social ladder and make money, and is one of the best thrillers of the year. The only downside is a somewhat unfulfilling ending, which is why Nightcrawler is stuck at seventh.

6. 22 Jump Street

 

This movie is the best comedy of the year in my opinion. It brings everything that was funny about the first movie, but isn’t afraid to make fun of itself and break the fourth wall. Definitely a must watch if you are into the kind of crude humor Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill bring to the table.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is an overall ridiculous movie, but someone how manages to pull it off. It brings humor, action, and a epic Marvel plot and melds into one great experience. The movie was a standout to me because it took one of Marvel’s lesser known comics and morphed it into a blockbuster experience that can stand its ground among movie giants like Iron Man or The Avengers.

4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Remakes are all the rage nowadays, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the better ones. Although the movie loses superstar James Franco, it makes up for it by creating a dystopian universe on a massive scale. The apes have taken over a good chunk of the world and humanity is on the retreat, with civilization crumbling apart as small pockets of humans try to hang on to their ways of life. The movie is filled with tense moments as the apes and humans learn to coexist and work together. This movie may seem mediocre at first, but everything in the film fits like a jigsaw puzzle, which is why it merits 4th place.

3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In the Winter Soldier, Cap faces a new threat in the 21st century as HYDRA agents implanted all over the world and in SHIELD start an operation to take over the world. Instead of the overwhelming resources Captain America had in the first movie, he now has to fight a guerilla war, trying to survive while striking blows against HYDRA. One of the cooler parts of the movie is that it linked up with the TV show Marvel: Agents of SHIELD. The TV show gives a background of what is happening while Captain America is running around and beating up bad guys, so I definitely recommend you watch the show, then the movie.

2. X Men: Days of Future Past

WIth killer Sentinel robots roaming the land and the mutants all but wiped out, the few remaining X Men make a last stand at a temple while they send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to stop the robots from ever being made. Wolverine seeks out Charles Xavier’s younger self, but finds he is a troubled man. The two men then unite with Magneto to stop the creator of the Sentinels, but end up in a clash against each other as Xavier and Magneto fight over how mutant powers should be used. Must watch for everyone who likes epic, amazing movies.

1. Interstellar

I guess you could say it was “stellar”. Bad puns aside, Interstellar takes 1st place because of the sheer beauty and the emotions the movie evokes. I cried three times during the movie. Matthew McConaughey plays an ex-test pilot in a changed world. The economy has shifted from consumerism to conservatism after the world began to be ravaged by dust storms that leave towns blanketed in dust, and massive crop failures that make it hard to grow enough food for the world’s population. The people have Earth have turned their hearts away from space and sky, and NASA is essentially a secret society. The movie’s realistic depiction of what our world could be like in a few decades is shocking, but the real linchpin of the movie is McConaughey’s family. After a tear-summoning moment where Matthew has to leave his family for a journey in search of a new home, Interstellar employs powerful space images, real scientific theories, and a warming story about family to make it the best sci-fi movie and best movie of 2014.

That’s all for today folks, see you next time!

Andrew Doan

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