Oh, wow, where did 2014 go? What a wild ride it was! And, just like any other year before it, it was filled with good, bad, mediocre, and forgettable films. We paid close attention to them all, and here are the ones that made 2014 special for us!
Well, first things first. The Bunnies unanimously agree that Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie were the absolute best, because duh? Have you seen all this awesomeness? If you weren’t crying, laughing, clapping, or praying for those films to never end, you were doing it wrong. It’s hard to believe that marvel managed to pull the ‘great film’ stunt twice in once year, so hurray to that! Let’s face it, everyone was more or less skeptical about Guardians, but its raging success proved once again that not everything is lost in MCU just yet. As for The Lego Movie, it was wild and crazy, and just the way we like it!
As for the other things that made us happy…
This movie fucked me right up, made me go home and argue with my boyfriend about the sanctity marriage, but I still fucking loved it. It’s one of the best character-driven stories I’ve seen in a long time, and I just can’t get over how amazing Rosamund Pike was as a crazy psychopath bitch. Watching the movie is like witnessing something truly horrific, and realizing you can’t do anything about it. Nope, you just sit in your seat and scream at the screen out of fear and frustration like the rest of us.
Big Hero 6
Can I just say how much I love this flipping movie? Sure, it has its predictable moments, but it’s still one of the most heartwarming films of the year. Who knew a big, poofy marshmallow robot could make me curl up into a ball and weep tears of unparalleled joy? Check out my review on it here.
I really regret not reviewing this movie when it first came out. I remember vaguely watching the trailer on Youtube and thinking, “Oh hey, it’s that blond guy from Downton Abbey.” I think it’s one of the best movies of the year that flew completely under the radar. Dan Stevens is a marvel to behold. Who knew he could wear a t-shirt and a charming Southern drawl so well? If you’re into Drive, or any psychological thriller for that matter, then you’d do well watching this film. It’s the perfect B-movie for a quiet afternoon.
Grand Budapest Hotel
I love Wes Anderson’s movies. He has such a distinctive voice and universe that his work always stands out. Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception to the rule. It was grand, epic, fun as hell, and transformed a profession that probably nobody thinks about into a fascinating universe inhabited by colourful and memorable characters, all of this on top of a good story and a striking cinematography. It’s a pure delight. Bravo, sir. Bravo.
I am the kind of girl who keeps watching horror movies, despite always watching them in-between my fingers. What can I say? I just love being scared. However, good horror movies are pretty rare these days. The horror genre, to my great sadness, tends to be very formulaeic, and formulas are among the least scary things on Earth. Despite all that, we’ve had some really great horror movies over the past few years. Oculus is one of them. Horror is best when it’s walking that blurry line between psychological and purely supernatural, and the movie knows that. I even loved the ending, which is generally the most underwhelming part of any horror movie these days. That and Karen Gillan. I’d watch anything where Karen Gillan gives us some of her Scottish love.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything from Isao Takahata, but I wish he’d make more movies. Adapted from a classic Japanese tale, The Tale of Princess Kaguya will immerse you into a world where spirits walk among people and society always has the upper hand over the individual. Kaguya is whimsical, beautifully written and animated, with a bitter after taste. The main character’s desperate need for freedom gets to you and believe me, your heart will be broken by the end of the movie. Great flick.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Did you want a proof that Marvel can write good drama and make Captain America interesting again? Voilà. Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the Marvel movies I care about the least (along withIron Man 2), while The Winter Soldier ranks second, after Guardians of The Galaxy and before The Avengers. That’s just how good it is. Extra kudos for having Black Widow tag along for most of the flick. Now, make that goddamn Black Widow movie.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Rejoice! Vampires are still cool, even after Twilight. Although IMDb lists Only Lovers Left Alive as a 2013 movie, that was the film festival circuit and most of us saw the Jim Jarmusch romantic horror drama in 2014. This film is sumptuously beautiful and unsettlingly creepy. You will love it. Rotating cameras make me barf, though. Music, science, literature… what else would you do with centuries to brood about in?
It’s all about the ladies with this horror. Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook is about mental illness and depression, but it is hella scary. So scary. Get a blanket and a buddy for this one, because you never really wanted to sleep ever again, right? Right. You’ll want to smack the kid but stay with it. A rewarding, smart horror with excellent performances.
I read the book and knew what I was getting in to when I saw this film, and still I wept right through my water proof mascara. Julianne Moore is the best. Alzheimer’s is the worst. That pretty much sums it up. I know you don’t want to sit through a whole movie about losing your memories and entire sense of self to a horrific disease in your brain parts, but it’s good to cry your fucking face off once in a while.
Edge of Tomorrow
Okay, let’s be real – few things are as exciting as seeing Tom Cruise die in about a million different ways, and none of them come to my mind at this exact moment. Plus, Emily Blunt’s character was so badass she basically set up a whole new standard for what a good female protagonist should be. And it was fun. Now, let’s talk prequel with 120 minutes of Rita Vrataski being the very ever.
Okay, I admit it – I’m a sucker for sad stories. And I’m a sucker for anything that has Robert Downey Jr. in it, although it wasn’t just his presence that made The Judge so good. It was the fact that the story was very human and very real, something that the audience could easily relate to. As much as I love Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and that’s A LOT, it was nice to see him play yet another one of the dramatic roles he was quite famous for before Marvel came along once again.
To be fair, I still can’t believe how the film about something as ugly as war could have turned being to beautifully made. There was nothing pretty or romantic about it, but it was entirely captivating and so sad I actually cried in the end. I never do that. And by never I mean never. The realism of the story and the most incredible performance of the cast turned it into one of the biggest hits of 2014.
What about you, Bunsters? Feel free to share your favorite flicks from 2014 with us!