NUMBER 5 - THE ONE I LOVE
Originally at the foot of my top 10 list, The One I Love has consistently intrigued me more the longer it has been since i watched it. Repeat viewings have lead me to notice more about the film, which simultaneously excited me for the new experience I have been able to have and also unnerved me for what else I may be missing. It is a film that passed many people by, its limited release and minimal promotion is a shame as the film is truly a masterpiece. In keeping with many reviews I have seen of the film, I will attempt to avoid giving away the premise of the film, its reveal is one that drew me in and will likely do the same for most who view this movie.
NUMBER 4 - THE LEGO MOVIE
The cinematic equivalent of bird watching, The Lego Movie was a pure delight to take in. Packed with of subtle references, easter eggs and self referential humour. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have turned what could have been one of the biggest disappointments of the year into a much watch for anyone to have ever assembled a brick. More fun than anything else in the list, The Lego Movie represents the escapist joy of cinema. Regress to childhood, sit on the floor and just let go.
NUMBER 3 - GONE GIRL
Before I saw Gone Girl, I had heard good things, Fincher has an amazing track record, there was talk of a massive twist, strong performances from the leads, so many things to allow me to have high expectations. The week before I saw Gone Girl, I saw my number 1 movie of 2014, I was on a cinema buzz and the bar was set high. It is safe to say that after the two and a half hour run time, my expectations had been exceeded and I was hooked. I gasped, groaned, winced and exhaled as the film took us on a rollercoaster of tension. Gone Girl is a murder mystery told in 2 halves, the first feels the traditional, the second feels sensational. Nail biting and addictive, David Fincher has scored yet another goal with this film and repeat viewings seem essential to really understanding its intricacies.
NUMBER 2 - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Wes Anderson can be a mixed bag as a director. You know you are always going to get certain shots, a cohesive colour palate appropriate to the period and a flair for film making that very few directors can muster. What can set certain Anderson films apart as being entertaining or truly mesmerizing then can often be the rogues gallery of characters he assembles, something he has done perfectly here. From the first poster reveal, the excitement for this film grew, by the time the trailer was unveiled the anticipation was on par with Star Wars. By the time the film hit the cinema it could have been a huge let down or one of the best experiences of the year. It lived up to expectations and more.
NUMBER 1 - WHIPLASH
Whiplash will go down as my favourite viewing experience for a number of reasons. Firstly it entertained me, it gripped me, shocked me, had be close to tears and stifling shouts of joy, it gave me the experience that all film should and played with my emotions. On top of that we have the gripping performances of both leads, the uncompromising musical score and the plot leaving us with a truly crucial question about our own lives. There is very little i could find to dislike about the film, the fact that it sits top of my list is a testament to that, but if i did it would be that it wasn’t longer and that i know i will never get to see more interplay between these characters. Whiplash doesn’t tell us or show us what we want and that’s what we need to see and hear.