Top Ten List of 2014

Hello, my name is Cayle and I’m an aspiring film critic. What’s a better way to close out 2014 with a personal top ten of that particular year? Let’s get down to it…
10.) The Fault in Our Stars
This is an unusual pick for me but I thought it was one of the better YA adaptations out there. Shailene Woodley and Anse Elgort have a great chemistry in this picture.
9.) Begin Again
Seven years after director John Carney struck it big with his low budget musical Once, he knocks it out of the park again with this particular musical drama starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.
8.) Big Hero 6
Five years after the purchase of Marvel Comics by the Walt Disney Corporation, the main animation department at Disney released their first Marvel adaptation. Combining the love of the superhero genre by The Incredibles with the tech-savviness of the Iron Man film series, Big Hero 6 is a continuation of a winning streak that consists of movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.
7.) Interstellar
Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious movie to date. I don’t know how this movie would have worked under a different director. Plus, it shows that Matthew McConaughey has not lost his magic after his big Oscar win.
6.) How to Train Your Dragon 2
Although I thought the first movie was superior, this movie still stands on its own merits. This movie is a perfect example on how to do a proper sequel.
5.) Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Studios took a big gamble in adapting this somewhat obscure title. Thankfully, this gamble paid off with the help of beloved cult director James Gunn. This film proves you can have an intelligent screenplay and still have fun with it.
4.) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a refreshing reboot after that god-awful 2001 Tim Burton remake. Dawn is one of those rare sequels that surpasses the first movie. It is my firm belief that Andy Serkis deserves a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Caesar.
3.) The Lego Movie
2014 is a great year for animation despite no Pixar release. Director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller took a potentially disastrous idea and made an animated masterpiece out of it.
2.) Edge of Tomorrow
Or Live Die Repeat. Anyway, this film deserves much more love in the states. This film is proof that a big-budget summer movies still can have an outstanding screenplay.
1.) Gone Girl
David Fincher does it again. This movie deserves a place with his other masterpieces such as Seven and Zodiac. This film is a well paced psychological thriller that features great writing and a fantastic cast. This is the best film I have watched in 2014.

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