In 2014 I saw a lot more films than in any other year. It was a good year for film, too. Not so great for air travel.
Xander’s Top 6 Films of 2014
- Edge of Tomorrow
A better title for this film would have been ‘April 18th’, because it’s halfway between Groundhog Day and Independence Day. Super strong sci-fi and surprisingly comedic, this was my film of the year.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
If you’ve got any reservations about this film, let me tell you- Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. The similarity in their title structure, and the fact that they have the same main character might fool you- but Cap 1 is a classic war film, this is a modern superhero film with an underlying theme of friendship and trust. The best of the MCU so far, for sure.
From start to finish this film is funny. It doesn’t fall into any of the kids film traps (it definitely feels like it will at several points), and provides an engaging and memorable watch. Also they managed to slip a prison rape joke in that actually doesn’t detract from the film. It’s… it’s actually really impressive.
Do yourself a favour, and go into this film blind. As little about the plot as you can. It’s a well put together love letter to science and 2001: A Space Odyssey that fans of neither can still enjoy. That said, I saw this film twice and I’m not sure I’ll be watching it a third time. It’s not on this list without reason though.
- Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys is a complete treat- Clint Eastwood at the reins of a broadway musical, and it’s compelling from start to finish. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s sad. In a weird situation, the amazing songs might be the weakest part of this musical.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
It’s the best X-Men (old-timey) meeting the best X-Man (Wolverine). There’s a lot to love in this film- the main cast is on point, the story cleans up some continuity issues that have plagued the series, and the central conflicts and story are as compelling as always.