You don’t know me, I don’t know you, but one thing I do know is movies. Every year I like making a top ten list, and so may I present to you my favorites of 2014. Some may not have even been released in Lethbridge yet, some are probably readily available to rent of buy. Either way, check them out or use it a basis for movies you might like to see.
- Jersey Boys
This Clint Eastwood directed musical is a bit of a wild card for this list, but it tells the story of the 1960’s band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. If you like their singing, you’ll love the movie. The only way I can describe the film is it’s basically Goodfellas as a musical.
- Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise is good again with this sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. The action sequences are killer, literally, as he dies in hundreds of scenes. But it’s refreshing to see a clever action movie without a built in franchise that happens to be really suspenseful and at times hilarious.
Channing Tatum plays real life wrestler Mark Schultz who gets taken under the wing by crazy billionaire John du Pont. Slow but insanely dramatic, this one truly belongs to Steve Carell’s awesome performance and make up job. We all knew he had the dramatic skills in him. The Office would have been a very different show if he played this type of character.
J.K. Simmons, better known as J. Jonah Jameson, gives the performance of his career hucking chairs and screaming at Miles Teller for not drumming at the correct tempo. Wildly entertaining and suspenseful beyond belief, this little film has shocking twists and turns as a young man pushes himself to be the best drummer he can be.
Matthew McConaughey is a futuristic farmer turned astronaut who must go to different dimensions in search of hope for humanity. Stunningly beautiful and mind bending like Chris Nolan’s other films, this one certainly has the most emotion and it didn’t hurt that the earth scenes were filmed in Lethbridge either.
The favorite to win Best Picture this year, the film was shot over a twelve year period to capture what growing up is really like. While the story itself isn’t that creative, the method sure is and will certainly take you back down memory lane with all the songs and references it uses from the past decade.
- St. Vincent
Bill Murray is the man… that’s all that needs to be said. In this hilarious yet dramatic role, he plays a Vietnam vet alcoholic who babysits a young boy and teaches him the ways of the world. Deeply moving while hilariously fun, this is Murray’s best role since Kingpin.
The comeback of Michael Keaton and the shining role for Edward Norton, this glorious cast shines as they struggle to put on an off Broadway play while Keaton struggles with his fame as a former superhero actor. The music and continuous shots add to the busy story and jazzy style as each character’s life intersects during the course of a day.
- Big Eyes
Tim Burton just needs to do movies with Big in the title because this is his best since Big Fish. No Johnny Depp in this one, just a hilarious Christoph Waltz hell bent on stealing his wife’s art and becoming famous. It’s a strange true story that is a must see for any art lover or creative soul.
- Gone Girl
I rarely stand up and yell at the end of a movie, but this one had me upset. After an emotional rollercoaster filled with lies, murder, and a devious plan, this film takes on a journey in a way you have never seen before. David Fincher outdoes himself with this adaptation of the bestselling novel. Even if you watch it just to see a naked Ben Affleck, I guarantee you’ll come out of with a spinning head and a list of questions.