Friday, 9 May 2014

Film | Top 5 Films of 2014

I said in my new blog layout (and giveaway!) post that I wanted to blog more about the things that interest me and not just beauty products. Don't get me wrong, I'm a makeup junkie, but I do have some other hobbies too!

One of my favourite past times is going to the cinema. I've had a Cineworld Unlimited card for three years now. In short I pay £15.90 a month and I can go to the cinema to see as many films as I like as often as I like. I also get 25% off snacks and drinks too, which hasn't helped my waistline!

In 2013 I saw 102 different films at the cinema and some of my favourites included The Sessions, The Paperboy, Trance, The Place Beyond the Pines, Star Trek Into Darkness, Populaire, Pain & Gain, Rush and Don Jon (amongst many others!) As you can see I have a varied taste and like foreign films and art-house releases as well as Hollywood blockbusters.

It was hard to narrow the list of great films I've seen in 2014 down to just five, but after much deliberation, I did:

Top 5 Films of 2014 (so far & in no particular order!)

American Hustle stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists forced to help an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) take down corrupt politicians. The film is set in the 1970s and also stars Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Whilst the film received a number of awards including three Golden Globes, a BAFTA and a Screen Actor's Guild Award, it didn't take home any of the ten Academy Awards it was nominated for! Ouch! This film had an amazing cast all of whom were outstanding in their roles. The script was top notch with memorable dialogue ("we fight and then we f*ck, that's our thing") and a captivating plot. I didn't see the plot "twist" which is always a good indicator of a great film for me. The outfits worn in the film and the funky soundtrack mean this film is destined to make my top 10 of the year come December.

The Wolf of Wall Street probably needs no introduction. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his most memorable roles to date, this is a Scorsese film with a difference - it's bloody funny! Lasting a whopping 180 minutes, this film tells the story of Jordan Belfort and his rise to fame as a wealthy stock broker in the 80s, as well as his fall from grace thanks to corruption and drugs...lots of drugs. The supporting cast includes Jonah Hill and Aussie Margot Robbie (last seen in About Time). Whilst some people denounce this film as a glorification of drugs, debauchery and criminal activity I see it as more of a warning to those who revel in excess. It's based on a real story and although DiCaprio won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) at the Golden Globes he failed to win the Academy Award. What does this man have to do to win? It's like they've never forgiven him for Titanic. He has proved over and over that he is one of our generation's best actors but I'm beginning to think the best he can hope for is a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2052...

The Lego Movie made me smile, laugh and even want to singalong! Yes, the theme tune to this film, "Everything is Awesome", was so catchy that I was singing it for weeks. My husband used to put it on YouTube so we could have our daily dose of AWESOME! The film is rather silly but pays homage to everything Lego related right through the decades. I know a lot of people hated this film, but upon interrogation I determined it was because they had a terrible childhood devoid of Lego. Poor things! If you haven't seen this film but was a devoted fan of the little coloured bricks as a child then I've no doubt you'll find this film downright awesome (I saw it twice, a rarity for me!)

Labor Day is a romantic drama set in the late 80s and stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brogan. It's about a runaway convict who forces a single mother to offer him shelter from the law whilst he heals from an injury sustained during escape. A romantic bond grows between the two protagonists and the rest, as they say, is history. Now I'm not one for romantic movies, in fact romcoms are my least favourite genre of film behind horror (cue gasps from the majority of readers!) but this film was something more - it was heartfelt and tender and it portrayed the kind of forbidden, passionate love that seems almost realistic. One of my favourite lines from the movie sums it up quite nicely for me: "They were two people who couldn't go out into the world so they made a world with each other." It was directed by Jason Reitman of Juno and Up In The Air fame and he's fast becoming one of my favourite directors.

The Raid 2 is, you'll be shocked to hear, the sequel to The Raid. It's an Indonesian film about an undercover cop sent to infiltrate and take down a crime syndicate. Unlike The Raid it's successor has quite a complex plot which I personally found refreshing. Like The Raid it's pretty much one non-stop action packed testosterone fuelled martial arts battle. Watching this film was exhausting but the cinematography is just breathtaking and exceptionally creative. It isn't for the faint hearted; there is a lot of blood and violence but it isn't tense violence like you would get in a horror film. If you can handle The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones style violence then I'm sure you wouldn't find this any less distasteful!

Phew... sorry that was a long one. I'd be really interested to hear what you thought of any of the films I've mentioned. What have your favourites been so far this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in the next few months?


  1. Awesome post, I really love films & this is an awesome post! :)

  2. Thank You for the reviews, I don't get to the cinema nearly enough these days (4 times last year... well 7 including kids films LOL!!) But I often rent dvds from the library so its brilliant to have a trusted insight into what I think I would also enjoy :) xx

    1. If it is released at the cinema chances are I've seen it (unless Cineworld don't show it ay my local or it's an animated film in which case Cinema Buddy will veto it - but you've probably seen them with the boys anyway!) xx


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