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My Top 10 Films of 2014

Top Ten Films 2014

Howdy people of the internet, the year is pretty much done and all major films that’s come out have come and gone, with all that being said I think it’s about time that I give you my top 10 list of my favourite films of 2014. Now before I get into this list I have to explain a few things:

  1. As per-usual I DO NOT include 2013 films that got released in 2014 here in the UK, and what I mean by that is films like: The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station, those were originally released in 2013 in the US and for me they don’t count. I only list films that are new and were released between the start and end of this year.
  2. The following films are listed as such because I had a good time with them but I also tried to categorize them in terms of fun,  surprise and re-watch value.
  3. This list was hella hard to construct because I find it hard to stack certain films on top others when some are clearly better than others, but since it is personal enjoyment it really changes things up.

With all that in mind let’s begin shall we?

10. The Imitation Game

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The last entry on this list was hard because before my final choice there were at least three other films occupying this space, but once I thought about it I found The Imitation Game deserves a spot on this top 10. This was a film I expected to be good however it really surprised me how good it was with a very intriguing story about one man’s goal to help win WWII by cracking an uncrackable Nazi code with a computer, but more so than that, it about a man struggling with his identity in a time when he wouldn’t be accepted for who he really was. And with an incredible performance from my man, Benedict Cumberbatch, it was a great piece of film to watch.

9. Edge of Tomorrow

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I feel bad about Edge of Tomorrow, it is a film I keep forgetting came out this year because it was released in a very specific window of time around Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so it sort of slipped under the radar. But make no mistake I like this film, in fact, I REALLY liked. The best thing about this film was the way it surprised me with how fun and awesome it was. I mean the trailer for the film looked so shit and I seriously thought the film was gonna be crap from the way it was marketed, but man I was so wrong. This film’s main aspect was the repetition of going through the same day over and over, however it was handled in such a smart, action-packed and humourous way and with awesome performances from Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, it was a good time.

8. Godzilla

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Now I can see a lot of people getting on my case about this choice as Godzilla wasn’t everyone’s favourite film and putting above the previous entries will probably annoy some people. But screw it, I don’t care. This film I saw three times in the cinema and had a great experience each time. This was the reboot I wanted and while it had its problems for sure, I will never be able to get over how good the film made me feel with the great visual effects, monster fights, soundtrack and cinematography.

7. How To Train Your Dragon 2

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I think that this is the first film on the list to give me the feels yo (for those who don’t know what that means, it means: A wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained). How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a terrific sequel to the 2010 original which pretty much improved the first film in every way possible. The story was deeper, the visuals were detailed, the music was incredible and the characters were so wonderful. Overall the film just gave me an emotional feelings that I haven’t felt in an animated film for a while.

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Ah X-Men: Day of Future Past, you lovely film you. This was the film I was really hoping would be good because it could have been a train wreck, but it ended up being one of my favourite experiences in the cinema. This film had some great action, a cool time travel story and an incredible cast of past and present characters. Bryan Singer not only continued the good string of X-Men films but he CORRECTED THE FRIGGING TIME AND ERASED X-MEN 3 AND X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE FROM EXISTENCE! BEST. THING. EVER. It really does annoy me that this film escaped the top 5, however I believe that the next films honestly just beat it out of the higher half of this list.

5. Nightcrawler

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Okay now we’re into the meaty half of the list and here we have a film that I had no expectation for and it ended up being on one of my favourite films of the year. Nightcrawler is one of the most impressive films I have seen in a while as it deals with a subject matter that is very close to life; news reporting. Through a determined yet unsettling main character Lou Bloom, we get to see the inner workings of how news is filmed and presented and the dodgy dealings that go on behind the scenes. The film is disturbing and makes you question the morals and ethics of that line of work and thanks to an epic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, it was a film I had to watch twice.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Oh yes, Guardians of the Friggin’ Galaxy! This was a film I was hyped for, but didn’t know whether it would turn out to be good or not because it was an unknown Marvel comic book property when compared to its previous films. However Marvel Studios proved that they can pretty make anything work as this was not only one of the best comic book films in recent history but also one of the best sci-fi films for quite some time. It also helped that the soundtrack was amazing, the cast were incredible and the humour was on-point throughout.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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This is a film that I think deserved that spot especially after seeing it the second time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is such a great film, it takes the foundation of the first film and expands upon it in a great and unique way. This was the film where the apes were the focus, it was not only about Caesar but also about Koba too and their relationship. The film was very dark, emotional and tension-filled throughout with awesome performances and incredible visual effects.

2. Gone Girl

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Man, Gone Girl, what a great film. This was almost number one, however I really would have needed to see this film a second time to know if I loved it to the highest degree. That being said this was a film that loads of people were talking about before it was released and then I saw it, and then I believed in the hype. I don’t know how this film compared to book, however as a film I thought it was incredibly thought-provoking, full of tension and had so many unexpected twists and turns. Ben Affleck gave a great performance but I think it was Rosamund Pike that really surprised me with her incredible performance for sure.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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It was a close call between this film and Gone Girl, however in the end I think I always knew that Captain America: The Winter Soldier would end up being my number one. When considering my first experience with the film, how many times I’ve seen it and how much fun I had with it, I just had to put it as my number one. Cap 2 pretty much outdone the original in every way possible and was the first film since The Avengers that’s truly changed the game for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its story and genre-focused adventure. Add on top of that great characters, an amazing story, some of the most impressive action sequences and hand-to-hand combat that would make your mind explode, this was one of the best comic book films to come out, ever.

Conclusion

In the end 2014, its had its ups and downs but I do believe that its been a WAY better yeah than 2013. The good films were awesome and made me feel super happy and satisfied with my time at the cinema. With 2015 on the horizon I can’t wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spectre, Jurassic World and Tomorrowland among some of the major films I’m interested in, I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

So how do you feel about my list and are any of your favourites on here? Also do you feel like some of these entries are wrong? And just in general what were you favourite films of 2014? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Changing Things Up On This Blog…

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to another blog post from your friendly internet blogger, the Hypersonic55. So yeah as you may have seen, in recent times I haven’t reviewed that many films or done nearly as much content as before and there is a reason for that, so in this post I’m going to explain the lack of posts and the changes that will happen to this blog effective immediately.

Film Reviews

As some of you UK film-goers know, there are a quite a few films that have come out in the last 4-6 weeks that I haven’t talked about on this blog. Currently films like Fury, The Book of Life, Nightcrawler, Horns and a few others that I have yet to see. And the main reasons for that is the following: 1) I haven’t had the time: at one point I did work in a warehouse and it really did eat away at my time. 2) I just didn’t haven’t the energy: Because of the long hours at work, it would leave me pretty much dead (mentally and my body wasn’t much better). So then I wouldn’t want to leave the house and would skip days on seeing certain films. 3) There’s not really much I want to see: Besides Gone Girl and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there has hardly been anything that I’ve wanted to see in the cinema. Most of my anticipated films got covered in the summer, now everything pales in comparison besides my interest in Interstellar and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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It may be that I end up only reviewing these films (the ones above) only between now and the end of the year because they feel like the only ones that are a mandatory watch.

But the main reason I’m not watching too many films is because my interest isn’t really there for them any more. Something I released back in July during the coverage of E3 is that I still have a massive love for video games. Before films, video games were my first love and while my interest in them slowed down in 2010, it never truly left, it was just around that time when my love for film and going to the cinema really started to take off and take over. And since getting Super Smash Bros. on my 3DS I’ve been super happy and not really fussed about films at all and with the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I don’t think it would matter if I missed anything in the cinema between now and the end of the year.

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This is all I really care about, I have the 3DS version already and even though I may not even get the Wii U version this year, that’s all I could really want in my life right now.

That being said, I will still do film reviews, but only for major and important films, others may get mini reviews or will be compiled into a mini review collection post.

Other Stuff

As for everything else I do on this blog, I have a few things that need to be posted like:

  • My review for Super Smash Bros. 3DS
  • Film trailer reviews
  • Mini TV reviews
  • Some music reviews for songs and albums

In all honesty these days I am always physically exhausted, I have no energy to do anything except lazing around the house watching TV and playing video games (like the good old days lol), but I know that’s not the best way to operate so hopefully things will change with the lead up to Christmas. Okay, well that’s me done for now. Until the next blog post, later people. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Films, Life, Media

 

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Gone Girl Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the internet, time for my latest film review and that will be on the much-talked about film adaptation of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher. I remember for months, long before this film’s release, I heard about this film every so often and I really wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I do like David Fincher films and Ben Affleck is always fun to watch, but from the way the reviews and media were hyping this film up, I thought it wasn’t going to meet the hype. So I watched it yesterday and now I’m going to pass judgement.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?”

I loved how the trailers for this film only gave you a taste of the story that takes place in the film, these days it is rare for a film to leave something left to the imagination when seeing the full film but luckily there is so much more to this film and I thank the marketing team for what they chose to reveal before seeing the film in full. The film deals with themes of relationships, the view of people from the perspective of the media, moral justice and truth. What I appreciated about the film was the whole concept of the truth, what is it? How can it be defined? How much of it do people wish to tell? And how much do people want to believe. It’s hard to talk about this film without saying revealing specific details about the story, but let’s just say that the trailers paint you a picture of what to expect with this story about a man and the disappearance of his wife, but as you watch the film, your perspective on what’s going on changes completely and the film becomes a didn’t kind of tale altogether. I love the way the film cuts between past and present, the flashbacks are swift but are relevant to what is happening at the present. There was also a great deal of tension in this film, and many shocking moments throughout as well, which was another great aspect of this film.

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When it comes to the cast they were all very good. So let’s start with Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne. Nick is an average man who is then loses his wife and goes on a campaign to find her, however, from the outset he faces an uphill battle as it becomes apparent that the world is against him due police evidence, media coverage and members of the community, presenting things that put him in a negative light. Affleck was great, the man displayed a great range of emotions and the physicality of his movements only made him more believable. The guy was great, end of. The performance that really stood out for me was Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne, Nick’s missing wife. Holy mackerel, where did that come from? I mean I’ve always liked Pike as an actress and she’s been good in most films I’ve seen her in, but this is the first role where I’ve seen her have such a big part and do such an incredible job. People were hyping up her performance before the film had released and I thought she’d be alright next to Ben Affleck, but honestly her performance outweighs his by a lot. Without going into spoilers, Amy is a very complex and layered character and learning about who she is and how she interacts with her husband and other people was fascinating.

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Tyler Perry was pretty good as Tanner Bolt, now I’ve not seen Perry in too many serious roles and I don’t care for most of his directorial pictures, that being said this is the best role I’ve seen him in for a while. He plays Nick’s attorney and the man is confident, humourous and realistic about things and I liked that he was in the film longer than I expected. Carrie Coon was very good as Margo Dunne, Nick’s twin sister who is pretty much the best sibling that anyone could ever hope to have in Nick’s situation. Margo is the moral support for her brother throughout his ordeal even after she becomes a subject of suspicion in the investigation involving Amy’s disappearance. Coon did an excellent job in her role. And there’s Neil Patrick Harris as who was good Desi Collings. This guy clearly doesn’t look too normal from the beginning and you know that there’s something dodgy about him and the way he operates and when he eventually comes into play in the film he has an interesting part to play and Harris was good, not overly memorable, but it was good to see him in a serious role for once.

Kim Dickens was also good as Detective Rhonda Boney, her character was interesting because she had to be objective when it came to the investigation about Amy, but clearly had personal feelings about the matter that she was trying to hold back. Dickens played her role pretty well and I thought that her acting reflected a realistic performance of what a police person would do in a scenario like the one in this film. Patrick Fugit as Officer Jim Gilpin was probably my least liked character in the film, I think it was due to his negative attitude towards Nick from the outset, sure it was part of his job, but it was also personal preference and I thought he was a bit of a douche. Fugit did well in the role, but I just didn’t like him. And finally I wanted to say I enjoyed the performances from Missi Pyle as Ellen Abbott and Scoot McNairy as Tommy O’Hara.

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In conclusion Gone Girl is very smart and well-constructed film with a compelling story, good soundtrack and incredible lead performances from Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. While it isn’t my favourite David Fincher film, it is definitely in the higher tier of the list, and this is probably the best film I’ve seen since Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s saying something for me. I would highly recommend this film for anyone looking for a thought-provoking piece of entertainment.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Gone Girl and if so what did you think of it? Also, if you read the book do you believe it was a good adaptation of the source material? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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