It’s been twelve months that has amazed, informed, astounded and entertained us to its fair share of everything from huge budget blockbusters, documentaries, thrillers and inspirational indies. So here at Inside Media Track, we’ve chosen the very best over the last year of cinema releases and put together our definitive list of the top 10 movies of 2014:
10. 22 Jump Street
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have become the zeitgeist directing team of Hollywood and turned this sequel into a much more funnier and entertaining film than first thought. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum almost breeze through their on-screen friendship so convincingly with even more slapstick and visuals jokes as the first movie offered. Roll on 23 Jump Street.
9. The Wolf Of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese teamed up once again to present a near three-hour showcase into the world of excessive wealth and partying. DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort may be an unlikable and morally down character, but his true story world set in 80’s America of money, drugs, sex and celebration becomes almost too much to comprehend as his story curtails further into the realms of criminal activity and the dangers of an unruly money-making system.
Christopher Nolan‘s space spectacle dealt with wormholes, extra dimensions and gravitational distortions, but at its heart was a father and daughter story brilliantly captured by Matthew McConaughey and Mackenzie Foy. Aswell as Anne Hathaway an Jessica Chastain, a properly made sci-fi blockbuster that connected with the heart aswell as baffling the mind, all within a trip along the most wondrous and eye-opening images seen across the Universe.
7. The Lego Movie
Everything in the world is indeed awesome, in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s second success of the year as loner Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is sent on an adventure in the world of Lego. Encountering familiar faces in Lego form, and with a dazzling spectacle of animation and jokes for all the family, what could have been a mess of a movie turned out to be the best animated feature of the year.
6. Gone Girl
David Fincher kept his audience masterfully on the edge of their seat as Gillian Flynn‘s best selling novel made it to the big screen. As a nationwide mystery of a disappearing wife seen Ben Affleck as suspect number one, Fincher amalgamated the best elements of previous works including Seven and Zodiac to produce a captivating thriller. With Rosamund Pike‘s Amy Dunne becoming by far the most interesting female character of the year.
5. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Possibly the biggest surprise hit of the year came from Marvel as they put aside their superhero formula and presented us with a fresh new space adventure among alien worlds in their boldest project to date. A rocking soundtrack, brilliant performances not least from Chris Pratt, tons of humour, a zip along narrative and a mini dancing tree, what more could you want from a Summer blockbuster.
4. Under The Skin
Scarlett Johansson has enjoyed a successful year in the sci-fi genre with films like Her and Lucy, but her cold mesmerizing performance as an extra-terrestrial prowling the streets of Glasgow looking for human prey stays in the mind longest. Johnathan Glazer takes artistic visuals, a spine tingling soundtrack and a great central performance to make an eerie story into a demonstration of pure cinema.
Richard Linklater‘s coming-of-age drama epic follows the life of suburban schoolboy Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from the innocence of his youth, through to his college adolescence, all made piece-by-piece within the space of twelve years. Not only does the film’s meandering plot mirror the uncertainties of every day life, but beautifully encapsulates what it means to grow up among ever changing family ties, friends, influences and ideals. A fantastically constructed story that all audiences can relate with.
Brendan Gleeson gives a fantastic performance as Father James, a decent priest and father who slowly becomes the target of hate and vitriol in a small Irish town disillusioned with the Catholic Church. A priest with the look and weight of the world on his shoulders, and coping with a suicidal daughter, John Michael McDonaugh‘s second collaboration with Gleeson is a beautifully told story of a good man in a world of spiraling hate and mistreatment. Wonderfully shot, uncompromising and blackly comic, it’s a glorious film.
Our number one film of 2014 sees Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Lou Bloom as the modern day antihero in a film perfectly fit for our times. Socially awkward but astutely spoken, Bloom starts to earn a living in chasing down and capturing ongoing crime scenes in the Los Angeles nighttime on video, to then sell to the local news stations for their early morning exclusives. But his increasing intrusions and lust for more royalties starts to become a compulsive venture to the point moral ambiguity sets in. Director and screenwriter Dan Gilroy presents a character like we’ve never seen before, as a cold and calculated psychopath without even realising he is one. He directly affects and changes those around him to suit his ambitions and uses his power over people to either entice or exploit. Gyllenhaal give his best performance yet as his character ventures out under the cover of darkness as he’s changed into this stick thin vampire like figure that adds to his madness. But the film’s moral message of how far modern day media would go to win ratings is all clear, but throws up them themes all within a pulsating thriller.