My personal top 10 best English films in year 2014
Awards season for the English films released in the previous year (2014) had concluded with the 87th Oscars held not long ago in late February. I have watched all the films released last year that I’m looking forward to. The total number of English films in 2014 that I have watched now stands at 50. That’s not a very massive figure, but it’s considered a lot compared to normal movie-goers. I can consider myself someone who loves and craze for movies. For me, they are not only a form of entertainment, but also a type of visually moving arts that move and capture our thoughts and feelings.
After a time of analysis and recalling, here are my personal top 10 best (or you can say, most favourite) English films in year 2014 and along with each, is my brief summary of that particular film:
1. The Theory of Everything
A moving story on science, romance and commitment, accompanied with superb performances by the two leads in this Stephen Hawking’s biopic told from his divorced first wife, Jane’s perspective.
2. Birdman of The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Not only incredible from its scenes that appeared to be in one continuous shot, Birdman marked an overwhelming comeback of a veteran actor to Hollywood. The film is masterful, and came with great cast, making it a deserved pick as Oscars’ Best Picture.
Energetic, exhilarating, exciting, and astounding! What more can I say. I’m definitely in tempo with this one. Certainly enjoyed every way from the harsh yet rewarding relationship between a merciless music professor and a never-give-up drummer.
An epic science-fiction masterpiece that not only impressed us with cutting-edge visuals and scientific happenings at the outer space, but also moved us with heartfelt touching story back on the polluted Earth from a father separated with his two kids. A grand production equipped with excellent acting and heart-stopping score.
5. The Imitation Game
A very solid and beautifully produced film on biopic of Alan Turing, whom is considered as the Father of Computers. Captivating plot and mesmerizing acting made the film a must-see.
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
An interesting story between a head concierge and his lobby boy that made you follow closely on their adventure with a visually ornate environments that came real from the brilliant, creative and unique designs in its production, costume, make-up, hair-styling, etc.
Not a big-scale or epic war film, but this movie managed to keep momentum going without pushing over the top or dragging things slowly with nothing. It focuses into only a single war tank with the members inside as great friends and right things came along despite the ‘only one survived’ ending.
A new and interesting idea of a man goes out of law and morality in videotaping accidents or crime scenes on the first hand to earn cash. And the idea was put into a movie with excellent acting.
9. The Lego Movie
The only one animated film in my top 10 list here, and it’s seriously snubbed in the Oscars. The Academy is so wrong. A story about a Lego minifigure prophesied to save their Lego universe from the villain, and it’s not just that. The ‘twist’ in the ending is surprisingly good and made it stands out among the rest. ‘Everything is awesome’!
Couldn’t get myself engaged to the film, but I’m totally with everyone else on the huge admiration on the making of the film that took 12 years for a more realistic outcome to this coming-of-age film about the growth of a small kid to a young adult.
What’s your top ten? Share it in comments below.
Fun fact: 9 out of 10 movies listed here are nominated for at least a single category in the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). Only ‘Fury’ didn’t make it, of which I find that the film is underrated. 8 of the 10 movies above also won at least a single Oscars. ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Nightcrawler’ did received nominations but did not win anything.
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