Chris’ Ranked Series: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Chris’ Ranked Series

Marvel Universe

I did it! I finally took the time to watch all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Now, I’ve seen some of these films already but there were quite a few that I didn’t bother watching for the longest time and I finally took care of those.

Before I begin, I want to state that this is my list. I will not be giving scores because I actually didn’t hate any particular movie and the scores will just end up being in the way the in end. Also, there is a big portion of this list that will just be “Meh.” More or less that just means these films just sort of needed a placing. That’s what happens when you decide to rank every Marvel film available. But enough stalling. Let’s get into it.

16. The Incredible Hulk

If it’s not this one, it’s definitely the next one on this list that is the least liked film of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This movie is mainly a snooze fest. While the ending isn’t all that bad, the story and villain are just awful. On top of that, the main leads Edward and Liz are struggling to make things happen on screen. Though their chemistry does work. You do feel the romance between the two but it’s not enough to save this film from being at the bottom of the list.

15. Iron Man 2

I will talk about this with the other films and after the countdown but the Iron Man series is very “Meh” with me and Iron Man 2 did nothing to change my opinion. The movie drags it’s feet for a very long time until something happens and when something does occur, it’s basically irrelevant. The villain was obnoxious. The plot was there to fill up time. And Robert Downey Jr seemed bored.

The film could’ve helped itself out if the would’ve stuck with Ivan as the main villain but they wasted him every chance they got. Just a total waste of a film really.

14. The Avengers

This is going to sound strange… Maybe even Dr. Strange…. Yeah, not funny. But this movie didn’t really do anything for me. Sure, there’s a bunch of action but it’s all fan service. Thor fights Hulk. Hulk fights Black Widow. Iron Man and Captain America. And so on.

While there are some great action scenes the plot is crap. The storyline is just “Let’s assemble the Avengers finally” and other basic stuff that essentially happened in the last few movies. And while Loki isn’t a bad villain he’s more or less just there. Simply put, this movie is just here.

13. Iron Man

Is it wrong that I think this film is a product of it’s time? Let me explain.

At the time, when the movie came out, Marvel wasn’t looking the best. Sure, Spider-Man was a success but 3 hurt the franchise severly and the other Marvel films? Let’s just leave those alone. So when Iron Man came about, it was fresh. Light hearted. Quick, witty dialouge. And so on. It was something Marvel fans thrived for and at the time, this was the film that helped reversed Marvel’s streak of some hits and complete misses.

Now, looking back on this movie, it’s not that it’s dated necessarily, but more along the lines of it’s old in the MCU. There are way better films that came out down the line and while this movie was a “Pioneer,” it really just doesn’t do much for me a whole now. That and Tony Stark starts the wear me down after awhile.

12. Thor

I actually don’t mind Thor. I like his character, along with Loki’s, a lot. It’s the surrounding cast that really doesn’t do much for me.

Natalie Portman is fine but not used all that well. The old guy is just “Crazy old guy.” And Kat Dennings…. Okay, I don’t hate her in this film but I totally get why people don’t like her all that much.

My enjoyment comes from Thor and Loki. You can tell these two are having a ton of fun on screen and it really translates to the auideince.

11. Thor: The Dark World

This one is slighty better than the original and that’s mainly because Loki is so prominent throughout. Kat is more annoying this time around but you learn to ignore her and Natalie, come on man. She’s a genius, at least she’s supposed to be one, fucking write her character with more interesting stuff than “I’m going to say science stuff to sound really smart and then basically get pushed aside while Thor does his thing.” The other female leads in these movies generally have something to do, other than Liz, why not take advantage of Natalie’s character? Come on guys. Not cool.

10. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron

So this has the better villain than the first one. That and the script is better in my opinion. Instead of the whole fan service deal, there’s more focus on bettering the group and working as a team. Which is so much more interesting to watch…. Even if it’s not executed the best but it’s still better than the first entry of this series.

9. Captain America: Civil War

Did you like watching the Avengers fight each other? You do?! You’re in luck because that’s this whole movie in a nutshell.
Look, there’s some story line about this villain and Iron Man vs. Bucky and some other shit but that’s not why you’re really here. You’re here to see our super heros fight.

Honestly, this film is really good but it’s one of those that once you’ve seen it once, you don’t really need to watch it again. It’s more or less filler. Good filler but nothing more than that.

8. Dr. Strange

If the villain was any good what so ever, this movie could move up the list but as of right now, 8 seems fitting.

Benedict Cumberbatch is great in this film, the CGI is top notch, and the story is really solid. But we’ve seen this arc before. It’s basically Iron Man but more arrogant. If you could believe that. Still really good but definitely not one I look forward to watching over and over.

7. Iron Man 3

Best villain in all of the Iron Man series. Not like that was really hard to beat though.
This Iron Man has some snooze moments but it’s mainly just fun. You get to see Gwyneth kick some ass. Iron Man is in a good mood. And the action is fun. The ending really helps make this film come alive too. The only reason it’s not higher is because of the boring moments and when they hit, they hit hard.

6. Captain America: Winter Solider

Captain America has a good storyline to it (Other than Civil War). And Winter Soldier really adds to Chris Evan’s character.
There is some good depth here and the action is great. Watching Black Widow and Captain America work together/grow in friendship is ton of fun and the plot is really engaging. Other than that, it’s just a solid movie all around. Can’t really complain.

5. Captain America: The First Avenger

I feel this is the best of the Captain America series because of one thing. Agent Carter…. Okay, not just because of her but she has a part in it.

Captain America is just a good triumphant story about a man who wants to do good for others but is too small to do anything. Once he gains his super power, you just start rooting for him on the spot. You want him to succeed at everything because it’s fucking America damn it and fuck them Nazis. America out!

Oh and Agent Carter, possibly the best female lead? I’ll get there in a second.

4. Ant-Man

Surprised? Me too.

To be honest, this a just good story of a man down on his luck. Sure, he put himself there but he’s doing what he can to get back on top. Paul Rudd is excellent in this role and other than the villain being the weakest part, the movie really grabs me. I don’t know whether it’s the action or the comedy or the friendships built but this film really took ahold of me the first time I saw and that feeling didn’t leave upon the second viewing either.

3. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man is my favorite super hero. So judge me if you must.

I don’t read the comics but judging by all of the Spider-Man movies I’ve seen, Tom Holland is the best version by far. The villain, Micheal Keaton, is actually fantastic. And this film really did a great job of sort of reintroducing Spider-Man but also realizing we’ve all seen this reboot done before.
This movie really hit home for me and I can’t give anything lower than a 3 on this list.

2. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2

Did you see this coming any? I know I didn’t at first.

I’ll dive a little more into it in a second but this movie is good. I reviewed when it came out and I didn’t give it the best score. It was the second time through that it all really made sense to me. I made an error that day for sure.

I still stand behind my original thoughts on parts of the film but what I missed was the friendship and teamwork that was built on screen and towards us, the audience.

When it comes to Marvel movies, this one really ranks high amongst them. It’s possible that I’m overrating this film a ton but it really tugged at my heart strings in the right moments and I just can’t let that go of that feeling I get when I see these guys on screen.

1. Guardians Of The Galaxy

This was a surprise hit when it came out and it’s stuck with me ever since.

First, villain sucks. I know. Done. Second, I love this movie and I would watch it the most times out of all these films. Because that’s what you’re really doing when you make one of these lists. You’re asking yourself “What movie would I watch over and over again?” And for me, it’s this one.

I will admit, it’s probably not perfect. Or tightly written. Or whatever garbage you want to say about it. But it’s just fun from start to end. The characters are loveable. The acting is really good. And the action is great. Sure, it has it’s flaws but it always grabs at my heart for some reason. The emotional moments really hit home and that really makes the film connect with me as a whole.
Guardians Of The Galaxy is just film that will never leave my mind and I’m so glad I saw it.

Best Female Leads

A lot of these movies have female leads that are sort of/are romantic leads. So I thought it would be fun to rank them accordingly. This list is based on how useful they are in the fighting or how useful they are on the sidelines. Because love can used for more than war.

Liz Taylor (Betty Ross)

If there’s one thing you can’t take away from Betty is that she does love Bruce. Thing is, she gets more shafted than Jane (Thor) does. Betty is more or less just there to hold Bruce, and while that’s fine, they don’t give her anything  to do and that’s just really sad. Potential wasted.

Natalie Portman (Jane Foster)

Same problem as Betty but she does get to do a little more in these films. Not much but it’s at least something.

Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer)

The thing here is Christine hasn’t had her chance to really shine yet. She’s a doctor so she does have a great chance to contribute. The one thing she is really able to contribute is her love and affection towards Dr. Strange. Well, maybe she’s not totally in love with him anymore but you can tell she has great deal of well being towards him and he can really use that from time to time.

Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne)

Playing off of Paul Rudd, Hope gets to have a lot fun in her role. Unfortunately she gets the same treatment as Christine. But Hope will be heavily apart of the next Ant-Man film so that should help a ton.

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter)

Now, in the movie she’s a bit under used but she does have her own TV show. I never got around to viewing it but if you have your own show you’re already better than the other four by default. Also, she’s just badass in the short few moments she has on screen.

Zoe Saldana (Gamora)

One green girl I’d never fuck with. She’s brutal, strong and holds her own just fine. Her romance with Star-Lord is a bit weak but her skills are tremendous on their own.

Scarlett Johansen (Black Widow)

So she should get the top spot, right? Well she’s missing one thing and that’s the love aspect. While she can kick anyone’s ass on this list with ease, she just doesn’t have great chemistry with her partner Bruce. Black Widow is best left alone. Unless you really think this Bruce thing needs to go somewhere, then by all means, go ahead.

Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Pots)

Maybe Pepper can’t kick ass consistently but oh my God does she do everything for Tony and then some. She runs his company. She deals with his arrogance. Hell, at one point, she has a power to melt things and she totally attacks the villain in Iron Man 3. She does everything. Pepper really is a role model and should be looked up to as strong influence amongst, not just girls, but everyone in general. Now if she was a trained soldier, she’d probably be unbeatable.

If I left some women off, I apologize. I was mainly only targeting the main female leads in these films. Like Mary Jane hasn’t really come into the picture yet for Spider-Man so I can’t really count her but I’m sure I’ll revise this list someday. Not soon. But someday.

Best Actor For The Role
This is going to be short. These are the actors that have done the role perfectly and you can’t seen anyone else doing them. Now what qualifies as “Perfect” varies from person to person but, at this moment, I can’t see anyone else replacing these people.

3. Tom Holland (Spider-Man)

As of right now, no one can replace the best Spider-Man in the business. But can there be problems down the line? Sure. Tom may not be able to do grown up Spider-Man but I think he deserves all the chances he can get until he proves otherwise.

2. Tom Hiddleston (Loki)

I really don’t think anyone else can step in and take over this role. It’s hard to imagine anyone else grasping the fun, decieving, role of Loki. I’m sure there might be “One person” but you go ahead and try to name them. I dare ya.

1. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)

Look, he’s the man that started it all and he’s the man that should finish it all. Robert is just Iron Man. Even when he plays a different role in a movie you just look and say “There’s Tony Stark.” He can never escape it and I don’t think he necessarily wants too. Robert as Iron Man forever.

I’m sure there are other roles that can’t be filled by other actors but you can name them down below. I’d love to see them.

Best Series

This is the final section. Here I’m ranking each super hero with more than one film to their name. And while there are sequels to be made still, I’m just going by what’s out there now.

Iron Man

Sadly, I just didn’t get into this franchise. As you can tell by my rankings, none of the films are that high to begin with. Tony Stark just isn’t my favorite character of the bunch and he just doesn’t click with me as a whole. Add in the slower moments of these films and you’ve got the “Worst” series of all the Marvel movies at the bottom of the list. (Even though two of the three films really aren’t that bad).

The Avengers

I’m going to go ahead and count these because there are way more to come and it does contain super heroes.

The movies just don’t do a whole lot for me. There are a lot of fun parts to them but the substance is so so. If these were never made, I don’t think I’d mind it. And while this series is going to get better, it just has too, it’s just not the greatest as of right now.

Thor

Thor and Loki make this franchise for me. And early reports are saying Ragnarok will be good.

Even though there’s a lot you can complain about, I just like Thor and Loki. You never know what Loki is going to do next and Thor is charismatic. These two are a ton of fun to watch on screen and I can’t wait to see more.

Captain America

This may have the best overall story of the current series available, but Civil War is what makes this come in at second.
The first film is really good. Possibly the best of the whole first phase. The second is just as good, some even think better, than the first. And third, eh. It’s fun but it just seems to be there for no reason other than to create “Controversy.”

It’s a solid series, but it can’t beat the next one on the list.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Well, if they’re 1, 2 on my overall list, how can’t I think they’re the best series?

Look, these movies give you everything. Great comedy, good friendship, a lack of other Avengers, a decent villain (Second one), and one hell of a ride at the theater.
These films are awesome. Now I just hope they don’t mess this up. Because they probably will. But I hope not.

And that concludes my rankings. I could do villains but really it comes down to Vulture (Micheal Keaton, Spider-man) as the best evil guy. He’s relatable and Micheal just knocks it out of the park with his acting. Sure, there are others that aren’t awful but they’re more or less forgettable and not really worth the time to rank them.

If you think my list is wrong, go ahead and complain in the comment section below. I’ve got time to rebuttal your argument just to prove that you’re wrong. (Okay, no one is wrong. Unless you put The Incredible Hulk first. Then you’re just out of line).

As usual, thanks for reading!

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Cayle’s Top Ten Movies of 2016

 

Hello, welcome to my more detailed top ten list of 2016. I tried to go to see as many films as possible within the year. I didn’t get to see every movie in 2016 due to their limited release such as “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land” for example. Anyway, here is my list…

10.) Hacksaw Ridge

There were several movies I wanted to put in the number ten spot. I decided to go with Hacksaw Ridge since I found it to be the most intense war movie since “Saving Private Ryan.” I felt that this movie contained Andrew Garfield’s best performance to date. Say what you want about Mel Gibson but damn, does he know how to direct a movie.

9.) Don’t Breathe

“Don’t Breathe” is the best horror movie of 2016 and possibly the best home invasion movie since “You’re Next”. Stephen Lang plays a frightening yet complex villain in this particular movie.

8.) The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda knocks it out of the park once again with “The Boy and the Beast”. What makes “The Boy and the Beast” great is the father-son relationship between the human Ren and the bear-man Kumatetsu. That, and its fantastical animation. This is one of the most underrated movies of 2016.

7.) Hell or High Water

What makes this movie great is its cast and its Coen brothers-esque dialogue between its characters. It’s great seeing Jeff Bridges in a great movie again.

6.) The Nice Guys

Another underrated gem is “The Nice Guys”. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe have a great comedic chemistry between them. Shane Black knocks it out of the park once again with his witty script. This film makes a great companion piece to “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”.

5.) Zootopia

Disney had a great year with the release of this movie and “Moana”. While both films were awesome in my opinion, “Zootopia” won out due to its handling of mature topics such as racism and discrimination. The characters of “Zootopia” are likable. Although it has great comedic moments, it does have a heart.

4.) Deadpool

I would be surprised if this movie doesn’t become a game-changer in the superhero genre. Ryan Reynolds manages to redeem himself as the merc with the mouth. Reynolds manages to capture the anti-hero’s mannerism’s with such precision. Plus, it works as a date movie.

3.) Captain America: Civil War

This may be a controversial opinion, but I think “Civil War” is the best MCU movie since the original “Iron Man”. The best aspect of this film is the conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man

2.) Arrival

“Arrival” is a great science fiction movie with a very intelligent script. I thought it was a well thought-out scenario over the possible language barrier between humanity and extra-terrestrials. “Arrival” may be the most thought-provoking movie of the year. Denis Villeneuve has the potential to become the next big director.

1.) Nocturnal Animals

Where do I begin?

“Nocturnal Animals” has a great script that does a fantastic job tying three different storylines together. I was surprised that this was only the second film directed by Tom Ford. He has the makings of a master director already. I love his noir-ish approach to the movie. I felt he was snubbed for the Best Director category at the Oscars. Speaking of snubs…

I thought that Amy Adams was snubbed for her performances in the aforementioned “Arrival” and this movie. But the real crime is the snubbing of Jake Gyllenhaal. He was truly the standout role in this movie. In terms of supporting actors, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon gave really fantastic performances as characters in the titular novel within the movie. Aaron was really haunting as the leader of a gang of West Texas rednecks. I felt that he deserved the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Oddly enough, it was Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor category at this year’s Oscars. I really liked his character as well.

Thanks for reading and have a happy new year!

Top Ten Movies of 2015

Hello, folks. Welcome to my annual list of favorite movies for the year of 2015. Before starting off this list, I want to mention that there are some movies I didn’t get to watch due to other obligations. These films include The Gift, Black Mass, and Sicario amongst others. Then there are those other movies that were in “select cities” before my cutoff date of January 1st such as The Revenant. Without further ado, here is my top ten list.

10.) Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation

It seemed that the Mission: Impossible franchise reached its apex with 2011’s Ghost Protocol. Thankfully, Rogue Nation proves that the franchise still has plenty of thrills left to go thanks to Tom Cruise and the gang.

9.) The Peanuts Movie

I’m surprised this particular film hasn’t been on a lot of critics’ best-of lists. I thought this was a surprisingly faithful adaptation of the famed Peanuts franchise considering the fact it’s from Blue Sky Studios.

8.) Bridge of Spies

Although it’s not as good as 2012’s Lincoln, this is still a great film thanks to director Steven Spielberg. Not only does it have great performances by Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance (who deserves a Best Supporting Actor nod), it also has great dialogue (courtesy of the Coen Brothers).

7.) Kingsman: The Secret Service

I thought this was a better tribute to the old-school James Bond films than Spectre itself. Matthew Vaughn does an excellent job of mixing action and comedy. If Idris Elba doesn’t become the next James Bond, Colin Firth might be a good candidate.

6.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

To say this film was the most anticipated movie of 2015 would be the understatement of the decade. The hype train was as far as the eye could see. Thankfully, JJ Abrams managed to pull it off. This film captures the magic of the original trilogy while creating a new story of its own. Plus, this film has the best overall acting of the entire series.

5.) Spotlight

While both Spotlight and The Big Short had similar themes, I thought that Spotlight had better execution of its themes thanks to its writing. It’s great to see to Michael Keaton in another awesome role after his career apex in 2014’s Birdman. Heck, the ensemble cast in general is one of the best I’ve seen all year.

4.) Mad Max: Fury Road

In this age of CGI over-saturation, it’s great to see big-budget movies such as this one use practical effects again. George Miller deserves a nomination for Best Director for his work on Fury Road.  This movie proves that an intelligent action film could do well at the box office. If this is the direction of future action movies, count me in. Valhalla approves.

3.) The Hateful Eight

I know that this movie is a divisive one, even among Tarantino films. Personally, I thought it was another great addition to his resume. I thought it was a great mystery movie that has a great script. Not only that, it also has a great ensemble cast that consists of the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh amongst others.

2.) The Martian

After a string of mediocre movies, it’s great to see a great Ridley Scott movie again. It’s probably the best representation of the Martian landscape I’ve seen in a movie. Although Matt Damon is a great lead with his upbeat sense of humor, there are no passengers in this movie with its great ensemble cast. This is the best hard science fiction script to be put on the silver screen since Moon.

1.) Inside Out

If this isn’t the comeback story of the year, I don’t know what is. Similar to Ridley Scott above, Pixar has been going through a rough patch over the past few years. Thankfully, they have managed to re-discover their gift for great storytelling. In my opinion, Inside Out has the best script of any movie I’ve watched all year.

Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve had a great new year!

Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films

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Instead of a review this week, I’d figured I’d write a top ten list of my personal favorite Studio Ghibli films. I must point out that the Studio Ghibli movies I haven’t watched (yet) are “Only Yesterday”, “Ocean Waves”, “Pom Poko”, “My Neighbors the Yamadas”, “The Wind Rises”, “The Tale of Princess Kayuga” and “When Marnie Was There”. After I watch those movies, I will do an updated version. I hope you enjoy reading this list…

10.) The Cat Returns

Remember that Cat Baron in “Whispers of the Heart”? Apparently they made a spin-off movie starring that character and it’s awesome. It’s the closest thing to an animated version of “The Princess Bride” we have (Cary Elwes voices the titular Baron in fact). The reason why it’s not higher on the list is because of its rather short runtime of 75 minutes.

9.) The Secret World of Arrietty

Based on a fairly popular children’s novel, “Arrietty” manages to take its intriguing premise and make it larger than life (pun intended). I really liked the friendship between Arrietty and Shawn. I’m glad that I managed to watch this particular movie in theaters.

8.) My Neighbor Totoro

I’m quite aware this is a favorite of Studio Ghibli fans. Heck, Totoro is pretty much the mascot for Studio Ghibli. The reason that this movie isn’t higher up on this list is because it lacks a plot. Whatever it lacks in plot, it makes up for in situations. This film is a perfect example of a typical childhood Saturday.

7.) Kiki’s Delivery Service

It’s another great example of a coming-of-age story by Studio Ghibli. Like My Neighbor Totoro, it makes use of situation instead of conflicts. It’s a very unique that witches aren’t seen as outcasts but as gifted individuals.

6.) Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind

Although it was made a year before Studio Ghibli was founded, it is retrospectively referred to as one by fans. Even Studio Ghibli considers it to be an honorary Ghibli film. It’s a well-animated post-apocalyptic tale with strong characters. Not only that, “Nausicaa” has a surprisingly subtle environmental message.

5.) Porco Rosso

Out of all the movies on this particular list, “Porco Rosso” may be the most underrated Studio Ghibli film. This film deserves more attention. Michael Keaton is perfect as the titular character with his abrasive yet lovable personality. Out of the more humorous Studio Ghibli movies, this may be the best one.

4.) Grave of the Fireflies

This is a very emotional movie. It’s a great film that contains great animation and a very mature script dealing with how people can get desperate in a bad situation and how pride could get the best of us. It’s not the type of movie you would watch over and over again but it’s special in its unique way.

3.) Castle in the Sky

Considered the first “official” Studio Ghibli film, it is a great old-school adventure film in the vein of such classics like “Indiana Jones”. Not only it has a great story, it also has some great action scenes that are also very comedic in nature. It also has some very memorable characters such as band of pirates led by their mother (played by the always awesome Cloris Leachman) and the antagonist Muska (played by Mark Hamill…yes that one).

2.) Princess Mononoke

This may be Hayao Miyazaki’s most mature work to date. The best part about this film is its great characters. The film eschews the traditional good vs. evil plotline in favor of character development instead. For example, we have the character of Lady Eboshi. In another movie, she would be an outright villain if it weren’t for the fact that she provides not only employment but also refuge for the outcasts of society such as prostitutes and lepers. Like Nausicaa, it has a very subtle environmental message.

1.) Spirited Away

This is the movie that won Hayao Miyazaki the Oscar. It is very imaginative movie with very imaginative characters. It may be the “Alice in Wonderland” of the 21st century. Not only that, it also serves as a great coming-of-age story in which Chihiro becomes a more mature individual because of the experience she had in the movie.

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.