After getting the crap out of the way, we are now going to count down the best movies of 2014 and there was just too much goodness in 2014 to make a top 10 list from the ones I know that were going to be good to the unexpected surprises that never would’ve ended up on my list. As usual, I haven’t seen every movie this year, even some of the Oscar movies I’ve been hearing about like Selma, Birdman, Whiplash, etc. but will eventually get to them.
So let’s get those honorable mentions out there as while that may not be on the official list, these are still one of the best movies shown this year.
A very eccentric and funny film that’s intrigued with wits and mystery brought to you wonderfully by its talented cast (from Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, and the rest) and the direction from Wes Anderson. (Courtesy of FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES)
An underappreciated yet excellent sci-fi film with some emotional weight into it with great production design, stellar direction from Bong Joon Ho and great acting from all around the cast, particularity Chris Evans. (Courtesy of Radius-TWC)
A fun and imaginative turn on a Marvel comic book that no one really cared about in the first place and heartwarming in all the right places that makes you want more of this franchise. (Courtesy of Disney Motion Picture Studios / Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Basically, this is Denzel Washington’s version of Batman. But, really, this was a thrilling actioner that has equal parts knowing his character being a man doing what’s right and with Washington reunited with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, it delivered on every aspect. (Courtesy of Columbia Pictures)
Simply one of the most visually and unique-looking movies of the year with a basic story and a great voice cast. (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)
And now let’s get it on with the top 10:
I didn’t think I would end up seeing this movie right away but damn, this was an amazing movie and what got me into this movie is Steve Carell’s haunting performance as John du Pont as you see him transformed himself into that character. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo also carried out strong performances as well. (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics / Annapurna Pictures)
9. GONE GIRL
One of the most intense and intriguing dramas of the year and also one you should watch with caution. A mystery drama that tells you more of the story once you seen it in full and once you know it, it will never leave your head. The direction and writing was solid and the performances were, too, especially from Rosamund Pike and I hope she does get an Oscar nomination come that time. (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox / Regency Enterprises)
8. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Marvel has definitely stepped their game up this year with their releases and this one is the start of them from it being both an espionage spy thriller and a superhero movie with highly intense action and character moments not only to Cap but to Sam Wilson and Black Widow, too. This easily surpasses the first Iron Man movie for being the best stand-alone Marvel movie. (Courtesy of MARVEL Studios / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios)
7. 22 JUMP STREET
NEVER AGAIN I DOUBT LORD AND MILLER!! This is one of the best comedies of this year and not only that, the best comedic sequel of the year especially since they are in the joke of them being a sequel and how they might repeat themselves and it worked on their favor. You even get further development into the friendship of Schmidt & Jenko and Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill made that work. Also, Ice Cube is godly funny in this movie!! (Courtesy of SONY / Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
6. EDGE OF TOMORROW
A.K.A. All You Need is Kill A.K.A. Live.Die.Repeat…..damn, this movie went a lot of title changes. This was definitely a pleasant surprise of 2014 as this was one of the best action sci-fi movies of the year and it’s based on a Japanese light novel that got turned into a manga? Hell, this was a better light novel adaptation than most of the anime I looked over this year. You got Tom Cruise playing more than some badass….actually, he’s more of a pussy but does learn his way around the whole Groundhog Day-ish scenario and Emily Blunt is pure awesome in this. Need I say more? (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
5. THE RAID 2: BERANDAL
The anticipated sequel of the 2012’s octane martial arts hit returns and does the action manage to kick more ass than the first one. Everything from the car chase fights to Bat Boy and Hammer Girl to near the end fight sequences upped the ante that just get your blood pumping. And while many people didn’t care for the story that much, I was mostly invested a little into it and then I remember it was worth seeing the action in here. (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics / Stage 6 Films / Pt. Merantau Films)
4. THE LEGO MOVIE
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!! EVERYTHING IS COOL WITH YOUR MOVIE IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIES OF THIS YEAR! Once again, never doubt the genius of Phil Lord and Chris Miller!! A movie that is creative with something that might’ve seemed stupid in the first place but paid off in the end that’s fun entertainment for people for all ages. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
3. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
4 months after its release, people are still hooked on a feeling with Guardians. It was definitely one of the biggest surprise hits of the summer (since it earned more domestically than most of the movies that were released at the time) and a fun movie at that. It did felt like more of the universe expanding to worlds outside of Iron Man or Thor. This was also a great year for Chris Pratt in total for being in 2 movies that’s on this list and hopefully he’ll continue with that in Jurassic World next year. (Courtesy of MARVEL Studios / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios)
2. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
APES…..MOVIE….STRONG!!! The summer movie that carries a lot of emotional impact and development on the characters (mainly the apes and some humans, too) as well as bringing some good action in there, too. Andy Serkis once again brings his best performance as Caesar that is so Oscar-worthy that it’s not even funny at this point. Him and Toby Kebbell as Koba definitely played opposite each other greatly as I can’t wait to see what they bring next to this rebooted franchise. (Courtesy of 20th Century FOX)
And the moment you have been waiting for……
My #1 Movie is….
Another surprise movie I saw and loved the minute it ended. Nightcrawler is a great look on the media and how far you’ll go getting the story you want by any means necessary. Jake Gyllenhaal excels as Lou Bloom, a man who you think you would despise in the movie and while you do, he does have a valid point on the shit that he does. The rest of the acting is on point, the direction is stunning, the music is hauntingly beautiful and that car chase scene near the end….Oh, where have you been all my life, Nightcrawler? Easily on the best movies of 2014.
And that wraps up my best Movies of 2014 list!!! Congrats to all the movies that made it on this list and the ones that made the worst list…..well, that’s your fault. And the ones that didn’t make it to any list…..I either didn’t saw you or don’t care for you.
This is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and…….I wanna sleep.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
*goes back to sleep*