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Tim’s Top Ten Films of 2014

This is my list of the Top Ten Films released in the year 2014. I have reviewed each one of them or a review is pending and consider them to be all worthy of their position. If you notice any films that you loved and that are not on the list then this could mean one of two things, either I disagree or I simply didn’t see it (there’s a lot of those). Enjoy the list and check them out if you haven’t seen them.

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers

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#10: The LEGO Movie

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#10 on my list takes the number tenth spot because it was really unique and I thought it would be terrible and I was so glad I was wrong. Its action packed, funny, got a great voice cast, and the story is quite touching, very much to my surprise. The visuals in this are great, I really thought the mix of Stop-motion and CGI was very impressive; I was often unable to see the difference in the film. The characters are either really funny or are great character parodies.

“I know what you’re thinking, he’s the least qualified person to lead us…and you’re right!”

Full Review

My Score: 88%

#9: 22 Jump Street

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#9 on my list was a sequel to a previous list entry that I was genuinely worried about but they pulled it off again and it had some of the funniest scenes of 2014. It’s really funny, easily on par with the first and the cast work perfectly with each other. It’s hard to pin point why these two films just work so well but this comedy sequel works because it is so ridiculously self-aware, there near a million references to the fact that this is a sequel.

Dickson: “We Jump Street, and we about to jump in your ass”

Schmidt: “Right in the crack”

Full Review

My Score: 90%

#8: The Guest

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#8 is a late entry to my list but just as worthy. I had a ridiculously good time watching this, its creepy, thrilling, the music is great and the action is spectacular for such a small film. Adam Wingard the director of this film is definitely on a roll. I am two for two on his films. You’re Next and now this little gem. I will be looking out for your future films.

“You did the right thing. I don’t blame you.”

Full Review

My Score: 91%

#7: The Raid 2: Berandal

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#7 on my list is a film I have been eagerly waiting for since its first film and this went bigger and in my opinion better. The Raid 2 is just excellent, not only a great action martial arts film but a really well made gangster movie. The story was really clever and expanded a lot from the first film, we go right into the underground of the city and into the two crime families who run it. The visuals and choreography are masterful! We have car chases, great martial arts battles, big gun fights and all for under $5M.

“You apologize! In their language, in our land! Where is your honor?”

Full Review

My Score: 91%

#6: Edge of Tomorrow

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#6 on my list wasn’t even on my radar really, I was convinced based on the trailers and promotion that it would be the biggest lame duck in 2014. Edge of Tomorrow is believe it or not an original, funny and great science fiction film. The acting is solid, the script plays with the plot brilliantly, you like and route for the characters, the action is fast paced and visuals are almost flawless.

“What I am about to tell you sounds crazy but the longer I talk the more rational it’s going to appear”

Full Review

My Score: 92%

#5: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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#5 is one of the best superhero films I’ve seen full stop, a definite improvement over Cap 1 and one of two stellar superhero films released by Marvel. This was a really well made film and I have very few to no complaints however taking on a spy thriller means it will get compared to a higher class of films. The new Directors (Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) have done a wonderful job of creating a sequel, blending past events naturally with the current story and just making it work.

Black Widow: “Hey fellas, either one of you know where The Smithsonian is? I’m here to pick up a fossil.”

Captain: “That’s hilarious.”

Full Review

My Score: 92%

#4: Interstellar

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#4 is maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but it was mine. I really liked this film, probably my favourite science fiction film in years. The concept was dark but surprisingly humanist from a director like Nolan. The visuals are great, the split between practical effects and CGI are really well done, and IMAX is a must.

“Our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”

My Score: 94%

Full Review

#4: Guardians of the Galaxy

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#4 is the best superhero film of the year. Easily one of the best superhero films done by Marvel, and the start of Chris Pratt’s mega success. Easily the funniest superhero film ever made but not in a really cheesy way like Thor 2, it was genuinely funny, it was a James Gunn film through and through. The visuals are great, the split between practical effects and CGI are really well done, and the sheer amount of aliens created visually in the film brings you back to star wars.

Rocket: “His people are entirely literal. Metaphors go right over his head.”

Drax: “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are excellent and I would catch it.”

My Score: 95%

Full Review

#2: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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#9 I took my time seeing but am really glad I watched. This was fun, I really like watching Wes Anderson films because they take you to another world. It’s a fantastically quirky story about the hotels devoted concierge and his young apprentice lobby boy. The film is really fun and the all-star cast is stellar especially Ralph Fiennes, well done that man.

My Score: 95%

Full Review

#1: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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#1 is the best film of the year. It was technically great, written great, and even brought the action. Never thought Apes of horses would be my favourite film of the year but that’s where we are, got to love the movies! The acting is solid, the script plays with the plot brilliantly, you like and route for the characters both ape and human, the action is fast paced and visuals are unbelievable, those apes are 100% CGI. What really sets this film apart from the majority of films is the unrelentingly serious nature they apply to the material. The story explores so many aspects to human nature that its just fascinating to think about.

“Apes! Together, strong!”

My Score: 100%

Full Review

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Honourable Mentions: Snowpiercer, Big Hero 6, Nightcrawler, etc.

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64 responses to “Tim’s Top Ten Films of 2014”

  1. sweetarchive says :

    Great list! Might steal a few for my own list :-)) Glad to meet another Wes Anderson fan.

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  2. boxofficebuzzab says :

    Great list! Many of the films you listed made my list as well. 🙂

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  3. Three Rows Back says :

    Great list mate. Especially pleased to see The Raid 2 on there.

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  4. Hypersonic55 says :

    Great list man, I approve of your choices haha! No but seriously most of these films are awesome and are on my list as well and the ones that aren’t were at least runners up.

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  5. ianthecool says :

    Cool list and an interesting #1. I find this a hard list to make this year. But I’ve seen all but 2 of your top ten and liked them all.

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  6. ruth says :

    The LEGO Movie, awesome! 😀 I LOVE your #1, #2 and #5, those made my Top 10, too, which I just posted this week. Have you seen Gone Girl and Birdman?

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  7. sidekickreviews says :

    Great list, out of all the best of 2014 films lists I’ve read, yours is the only one that I’ve watched all of the movies haha. Nice to see Interstellar make it on your list. 🙂

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  8. atothewr says :

    Missed a lot of these, but I did see the Lego movie and it was much better than I thought it was going to be as well.

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  9. gilbertspeaks says :

    I’ve seen most of the films mentioned above and it looks like we are moved by the same quality stories out there

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  10. Nostra says :

    I’ve seen The Guest pop up in various top 10 lists, but have not seen it yet. Planning to do so. Your top 10 has quite a few differences compared to mine….just shows that 2014 was a great year for movies.

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  11. That Moment In says :

    Interesting to see Raid 2 up there. Great list!

    Like

  12. Zoë says :

    Great list Tim! We have a few in common here 🙂

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  13. 70srichard says :

    An overlap of five from my list, which means you scored well(LOL). I have yet to see either Raid movie, and The Guest I don’t know about. Edge of Tomorrow was excellent as was the Apes movie, i just found some other things more interesting. Glad to read everybody’s lists at the end of the year and do a little social comparison. Nice work.

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  14. Daniel says :

    A truly awesome list, Tim! A well-balanced variety of some incredible films!

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  15. Keith says :

    Cool list Tim. Several on there I really like. Captain America, The Lego Movie, and Interstellar (which topped my list). I’m also really glad to see how much people enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow. I remember being one of the only ones excited about it prior to its release. I think it ended up surprising a lot of folks.

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  16. Courtney Young says :

    Glad to see Interstellar make your list…pretty disappointed the Academy snubbed it almost entirely >:|

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  17. Genki Jason says :

    Planet of the Apes beat Grand Budapest???? Your opinion is wrong! 😉

    Nice list. I’ve seen around half. Being forced to watch the Planet of the Apes films as a kid has put me off them for life so I didn’t get a chance to see the latest one. I also didn’t watch Interstellar. What I did watch from this list was really enjoyable.

    Edge of Tomorrow exceeded my expectations and The Guest was laugh out loud funny but The Grand Budapest Hotel was the most memorable for me. I wish I reviewed it at the time…

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    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH JASON!!!

      Aww forced to watch apes films. Still there are plenty other films to pick from 😀

      Those three certainly are excellent choices from last year!

      But who’d I miss?

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  18. Ryan says :

    Great list, man! That last fight at the end of The Raid 2 is still one of the craziest things to happen in cinema this year.

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  19. Parlor of Horror says :

    i’ve only seen about half of these and can see why they would be on the list 🙂

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  20. Mark Walker says :

    Nice list Tim. I have to admit, though, I couldn’t get into the Apes sequel. I’ll need to revisit it but it sent me to sleep.

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