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Best/Worst films 2014?

Has 2014 been a good year for film? What are your favourites? And what made you go 'God that was awful...'

  • Hi Kelie.

    I think it has. Obviously there are always going to be bad films. But I think there have been some great films: Frank; Fading Gigolo; A Most Wanted Man; Prisoners...

    How about yourself? What do you think?

    3 years ago
  • The Imitation Game is good fun and a significant subject. With Bencumber.
    Gone Girl actually held my attention and kept the drama moving.
    Locke split opinions, but for my money was a masterpiece in modest budget production and explored male motivation and conflict wonderfully.
    We Are The Best was heart filled without schmaltz.

    Worst - lordy, plenty of choice!

    3 years ago
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Only film I caught at London Film Festival but it's bound to get distribution; Farsi-language feminist vampire drama set in Bad City, Iran... but besides that 'pull' it has a fabulous script, soundtrack, cinematography and performances. A genuinely emotional connection results.

    3 years ago
  • I think the best film so far in 2014 is 'Someone to Come Home To' I think it is brilliant on every level:) That mini masterpiece aside I did like Locke. One person in a car. I thought he was going to crash and they would end on that scene. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night looks interesting but not seen that yet.
    'Someone to Come Home To' btw can be found on the leaderboard here. I recommend everyone votes for that one :)

    3 years ago
  • Talking of Vampire films btw. "What we do at Night" is fun.

    3 years ago
  • Thanks to everyone for the Christmas viewing list - good stuff. Haven't seen half of the films listed but loved 'We Are The Best'; thought 'Locke' was terrific and I've got to say, much to my surprise, 'Gone Girl' was very good (and much better than the book). But my top film so far has to be 'Virunga'. Dramatic, brave, heart-breaking, infuriating and tense.

    3 years ago
  • Paddington was perfection, particularly viewing it with a cinema full of little ones who had all brought their teddies. Their laughter was priceless and that bear's eyes!

    Interstellar was so laughingly bad it was awful. Talk about self-indulgent tosh! When the lead said 'Love is Time and Time is Love' (or something equally as mind numbingly dreadful) the whole cinema cracked up. What's the betting it will win a big award because it was sci-fi wizardry but that will never take away how dreadful the story actually was. Image over substance!

    3 years ago
  • Bests: Pawel Palikowski's IDA - brilliant, reminded me of 'Persona' in it's style, stunning and deeply compelling. Find it and watch!

    3 years ago
  • I didn't mention 'Locke' because technically it's a 2013 film; but I saw it for the first time this year, so I'm counting it - fantastic!

    3 years ago
  • Really haven't seen enough films this year but really loved 'Under the Skin' even though it is technically a 2013 film but only just saw it so here it is - it has some of the most sublimely strange moments i've seen in ages and great soundtrack; The Grand Budapest Hotel was pure wonder for me - been watching again and again. And I was really surprised by the new version of Godzilla - never thought that would be so thoughtful and entertaining with a superb opening title sequence.

    3 years ago
  • Quite surprised at the amount of love for "Locke". Although a good achievement in terms of budget and time the characters bizarre moral stand points and obession with concrete where just not that believable. All the metaphors where heavy handed or clearly sign posted and Hardy whipped out the Bumjabi for good measure. Interesting but surely not in the best films of the year.

    "Whiplash" absolutely blew me away! Really exhilarating piece of filmmaking and stunning performances. Had me gripped from beginning to end. "Boyhood" was pretty epic too. Got some love for Grand Budapest Hotel, Nightcrawler and The Rover as well.

    3 years ago
  • My number one film too - Jonathan Glazer, we salute you www.theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/12/the...

    3 years ago
  • Best:
    '71
    The one I love
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Time-Lapse
    American Hustle
    Blue Ruin

    Overrated:
    Interstellar
    Wolf of Wall Street
    Under The Skin
    Cpt America: Winter Soldier

    Worst:
    Fury

    3 years ago
  • Calvary was a knockout, emotionally wrenching; Grand Budapest Hotel was visually gorgeous and funny too.

    3 years ago
  • Only Lovers Never Die wouldn't be right at the top but deserves a mention for atmosphere - sustained creepy night exteriors especially in the Moroccan back streets, and the music threaded into the plot was brilliant. And humour - a good sardonic antidote to the recent plague of teen vampire series.

    3 years ago
  • One of my very favorite films was made in 2014, and that is 'Gerry's Garden' by SP member Jobie Nam. The acting is superb, and the film gives me as much pleasure now as when I first saw it.

    3 years ago
  • Getting to the dollies only rarely these days I was drawn to watch Turner at our local flea pit. Being an art student of many moons ago and admiring Turner for the way he swam against the tide at the time, it was a must for me. If there was an award for the most boring film of all time, Mike Leigh is in the running. How did he manage it? Excellent acting, brilliant photography (about a dozen still shots were like classic Victorian pictures), and a ruthless eye for authenticity of props failed to rescue a soporific evening. And not just for me it would seem although few seem to have ventured into print with this view. As a firm believer in improv (judiciously used) I'm at a loss to imagine what Leigh thought he was doing. What should have been a riveting masterpiece had the audience wriggling restlessly and even provoked one or two snores.

    3 years ago
  • (Re Allan M: what I imagine Leigh "thought he was doing" was offering a 'pagan' statement to us: all his character recognises is the sensual world, to find beauty in it or to create beauty out of it - rather than pursuing its ruination (a great parable for our times). And Leigh conveys that through a perfectly poised three-act structure, with two women right at the start and another two women right at the end. And he has brilliantly conceived all this out of the plethora of material generated by his working process. Shame on BAFTA et al. But no doubt Leigh is laughing up his sleeve about the incomprehension.

    3 years ago
  • The impression I've gained Barry is that people seem disinclined to criticise 'Turner' since it seems like a 'quality' movie -whatever that means. Also not too sure why a symmetrical 3-act structure is necessarily admirable, however I doubt whether Leigh is laughing up his sleeve or otherwise as I predict the criticisms will increase over time.

    3 years ago
  • I thought American Sniper was a deeply irresponsible and dangerous film (albeit well made) but what do I know? The only thing that seems to count in the end is how much money it's made. I thought Selma was terrific but sadly my fellow Bafta voters didn't appear to agree.

    3 years ago
    • I thought it was very American - God, Country, Family statement is such an anathema to me ... why deeply irresponsible and dangerous though?

      3 years ago
  • Under The Skin, Locke, Pride were my best of British films in 2014 ... Elsewhere I fookin loved Alleluia by Fabrice Du Welz - showed at Frightfest in August, but I don't think Studio Canal have released it yet. Artful, visceral and absurd in equal measure. Edge of Tomorrow and The Equaliser were lots of fun... missed a number of the biggies: Guardians and Interstellar and I'm gutted I missed Whiplash/Birdman in the cinema

    3 years ago