It's that time of year again - we're on the final pages of the last chapter of the book of 2014, so it's time to take a look back at the cinematic offerings since January and compile our top 10 lists! Please comment below with your thoughts/ your own lists below. In no particular order:
Continuing his string of stunning novel adaptations, David Fincher has created yet another masterpiece. My advice? Read the book before you see the film - while the film is almost faultless (in my opinion) it would have been impossible to cram in every last plot arc and detail from the book, so inevitably some things were condensed/ missed out.
THE LEGO MOVIE
Everything IS awesome - from what seems to be a frivolous cashcow throwback to a popular toy back in the '70s and '80s, turns out to be a lovely story with moral values at its core. With some hilarious jokes that work on many different levels, it will have both kids and adults doubled up with laughter.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
An epic win from James Gunn (of whom I've been a long time fan) with a fantastic story, unforgettable characters and a kick ass soundtrack. Plus, Chris Pratt with his top off? Exactly!
I had the pleasure of working on the UK social media campaign for this, and I must admit, I didn't foresee it becoming a sleeper hit, despite starring the brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal (who is going through somewhat of a McConaissance at the moment). The story will have you gripped and guessing all the way until the end credits.
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Wes Anderson scores a hit with this crazy tale of hotel life in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka sometime between the two world wars. A winning, Russian Folk soundtrack from Alexandre Desplat (who I'll be seeing at the Barbican on Thursday) and beautiful set designs and direction make it certainly one of the most unique films of the year.