Top 10 Best Films of 2014 by Ammar Akhtar

Welcome everyone to my list for the top 10 films of the year! I've been wanting to something like this ever since I started reviewing, and I can finally do it! Before we get started, I must address some things to keep in mind:

I didn't see every movie that came out this year, so don't expect Birman because I wasn't able to see it. You may also see some films that I did rate higher that have a low ranking then some films that had higher ones. That's simply because there were some films that were more enjoyable than others just because of reasons that I thought. Now, without further a do, here we go!

#10: How To Train Your Dragon 2

There were very few animated movies that came out this year, but none were as great as this. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was definitely better than the first in my opinion. It had a lot of heart to it, along with some really cool action scenes! The film had some interesting plot points with Hiccup's mother reappearing in his life, and one close friend becoming an enemy. How To Train Your Dragon 2 kept on getting better and better, and it didn't slow down one bit. It tugged on many emotions, and it definitely deserved a spot on this list.

#9: Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

Marvel has been making some really great films in recent years, and they continued to prove this again with Cap 2. Not only was this better than it's predecessor, it's probably one of my favorite superhero films of all time. Cap 2 had a plot that was very similar to a spy film, which I enjoyed. It also had some really epic fight scenes! Overall, Cap 2 exceeded my expectations, and this needed to be recognized for it's greatness.

#8: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This next film on my list is too a sequel, but was an incredible one. Dawn focused more on the ape world and how they were doing. I loved this decision because it made the film a lot more interesting. Not only that, but the film turned in many different directions that were so unpredictable. This was also something that I loved seeing on screen. It had some excellent performances by Andy Serkis and surprisingly Tony Kebell as Koba. Caesar is one of the coolest characters in a film, and he definitely shined throughout this movie. The villainous Koba as well was a really interesting character too though, and I loved the way he was portrayed. I wish to see more from this Apes franchise because it just keeps getting better and better.

#7: Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel is just on fire, and they proved that again with Guardians of the Galaxy. Director James Gunn transformed this odd story of these space warriors into one epic adventure. All of the characters were very well developed and I truly cared for all of them. Not only that, but it also combined some of the classic songs of the 80s into the film. This was one great aspect because it did play a major role in the tone of the movie as a whole. Overall, GOTG was yet another film that exceeded my expectations due to it's sheer brilliance.

#6: Snowpiercer

This film just shocked me. This had some unexpected twists and turns that played out really well in the movie. Chris Evans did a stellar job playing a guy with some flaws that simply cannot be overlooked. I won't spoil it if you have not seen the film, but I was very much in shock when we find out who he really was. Along with that, the film also had themes of chaos and nonsense in the world. It was saying that we need leaders to rule this chaotic world we live in today. Overall, Snowpiercer was just awesome because of it's immense story and that dark theme. 

#5: Boyhood

In my opinion, there was nothing that came out this year that can be compared to Boyhood. This film did the impossible, which was that it captured the life of this young boy named Mason and his story as he grows up to be a young man off to college. Director Richard Linklater brought a beautiful film that was a step forward in filmmaking. Some say that there was no central conflict, but that's what shined most in the movie. In life, we go through many problems, and I felt like Boyhood had that idea in mind. It introduced numerous conflicts in a way that worked beautifully on screen. Overall, this move astonished me because we saw a boy grow into a man in just about 3 hours. It was done beautifully, and it captured the image of life really well.

#4: The Grand Budapest Hotel

This adventurous tale about a lobby boy and his boss was one of the most brilliant movies that came out this year. It was funny, it was intense, and it was pretty weird! The visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson made this story into one great adventure flick. It had some great performances by Ralph Fiennes and a bunch of other people like Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, and F. Murray Abraham. What really shined most in Grand Budapest however is the writing. Everything that each character says is so odd and a bit quirky, something that is very great in every Wes Anderson movie. Along with that, the classic way how Anderson frames his shots are always really good. Everything about the movie just worked, and it was so unordinary and very original. This was one of Anderson's best work, and deserves the place it got on my list.

#3: Interstellar

I had to really think about this film after I watched it for the first time. I saw Interstellar 3 times and I had a different experience in each one, but it just kept getting better and better. A lot of people did think there were some flaws with this movie, and I can agree with them on that. It does have a couple that could have been fixed, but just the brilliant way how everything was executed stunned me. I was very interested in the time travel plot, and it was very well done. Although at points I did have trouble understanding it all, I still thought that it was very well done. One other thing I forgot to mention in my review was the score. It was simply brilliant. I could listen to it for days because it was joy to my ears. It also transformed the film in a way that made it more adventurous and suspenseful. Overall, Interstellar was an excellent film. The way in which the story unfolded was excellent, and that score was breathtaking. It just had a feeling that was unlike anything I saw this year.

#2: Gone Girl

Gone Girl was a pure thriller. It had some intense scenes that I will not spoil if you haven't seen it yet. It also had some excellent performances by both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Gone Girl had a very dark tone to it, which I found to be really great. Director David Fincher did an excellent job with this film, and it went back to his own roots in which he is known for. His past films like Se7en and Zodiac are very similar to this movie due to the crime thriller drama type flick that's created. It also gave off themes about the news and how they are not always so trustworthy. They can lie, and we definitely see it in this film. Overall, Gone Girl was another film that exceeded my expectations and it was very thrilling at points. Fincher nailed it with this film, and I hope he will bring us more films like this in the future.

Before I tell you all my top pick, there were some films I had to leave off, but they deserve some honorable mentions:

 

John Wick

Frank

Noah

The Lego Movie

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Nightcrawler

Edge of Tomorrow

X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

#1: Whiplash

Guys, this was a very tough call. I kept on switching this around with Gone Girl, which was going to be number 1, but I just couldn't leave this at number 2. This film was stunning, amazing, intense, and really, really GOOD. I loved Whiplash. Everything about this film was top notch. Performances, story, writing, and even the music was brilliant. J.K. Simmons gave the best performance of his career, and I will be super pissed if he doesn't get an academy award for his portrayal as Fletcher. Miles Teller also did a fantastic job because he completely ditched his normal image and went for a role that was much more intriguing. Both characters go to extreme measures in order to achieve greatness. Teller's character Andrew did that by not giving up on drumming and Simmons character Fletcher did that by his extreme anger towards his students. It also was a psychological war, and we saw this with Andrew as he slowly became addicted to become one of the greats. Whiplash is truly a film to be remembered, and I am proud to call this a masterpiece.

Well, those were my top 10 favorite movies of the year! I hope you enjoyed it all. I also wanted to let you know that I will try to do things a bit differently in 2015. I plan to get more reviews to you guys on a regular basis, along with a potential new rating system. I want to change things up a bit. I guess you can call it my new years resolution! Thanks for reading everyone. 2014 was a great year for movies. It was pretty tough to make this list. I hope 2015 gets as good as this!

Have a wonderful Christmas day, and a happy new year!