What films did we like in 2014? I'm not gonna pick a round number or do the countdown and pick a number one. Instead we'll go through films, some well known, some less, and just try to remember what was happening on the big screen in recently past 2014.
Flipping through last year, speaking about Boyhood is unavoidable. This story about a boy growing up first attracted attention because the film was shot during 12 years with the same actors. But that's not what makes this film great (even though it's impressive watching actors, not just their characters, growing up and maturing on screen). What makes it great is that director Richard Linklater makes all these little insights on life, romance, politics and parenting while telling the story of Mason and his family. Without overly dramatic stories, every minute showing us their life is extremely captivating.
Released at the beginning of 2014, Inside Llewyn Davis is a little gem from the Coen brothers. Perhaps flying a little under the radar, it tells us about, as the title suggests, a folk singer trying to find his place in life in 1960s Greenwich Village. He makes beautiful music but is not a beautiful person, and we're not talking about his looks here. Nonetheless, at one point you find yourself rooting for him as life throws him punches in this gritty cinematic experience.
One of the most talked about titles was definitely David Fincher's Gone Girl. This fun thriller with excellent lead actors was a true joy to watch, especially if you had the chance to see it in a certain Seattle theater with a drink in your hand. Reflecting upon this exciting film about a missing wife and guilty looking husband full of twists and transformations, you may find some plot holes and unanswered questions. But that doesn't take away the fact you've watched an interesting piece that you liked talking about after.
The Lego Movie was a surprising hit of 2014! My husband watched it during a transatlantic flight and I was somewhat amazed by the fact that he laughed so much. The idea of a Lego movie sounded basically like a long TV ad for Lego, but it turned out to be more. It turned out to be a funny movie with a catchy tune you'll end up singing for days if you're anything like my husband.
Tuning in to what was going on outside the US takes us to Lukas Moodysson's latest picture We Are the Best! Even though everybody claims that punk is dead, two young girls in 1980s Sweden don't think so. Together with a third outsider they form a punk band. And it's not about musical skills; it's about youthful enthusiasm, friendship and a don't tell us what to do/Punk attitude of teenage girls told through the lens of a comedy that Moodysson does so well.
There is more to write about, but we'll leave you with additional titles of praised and talked about films of 2014. If you haven't seen them, don't miss out on Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under the Skin, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Selma, Leviathan, Two Days, One Night, Force Majeure and Wild Tales, to name some of the people's favorites from last year.
-Tomislava Lijović, TWIF Blogger and Social Media Coordinator