2014 PICKS IN FILM

  • SNOWPIERCER

Chris-Evans-Tilda-Swinton-and-Octavia-Spencer-in-SnowpiercerTerrific mash up of action and sci-fi accompanied with impressive visuals and a strong showing from Chris Evans in the lead. Full review

  • EDGE OF TOMORROW

Edge-of-Tomorrow-5Never forget this was and original piece of intense sci-fi action which left room for thought. This for me trumps every other blockbuster released this year amidst this era of sequels, reboots and adaptations. This is Tom Cruises best performance in a minute. Full review

  • GONE GIRL

ben-affleck-gone-girl-710x399-4371Starts out as a “did he dunnit” and shifts gears seamlessly into a terrific satire that elicits lots of uncomfortable laughter. Bless you David Fincher and bless you Rosamund Pike, I really do forgive you for Die Another Day. Full review

  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYMarvels-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Reviews-starring-Chris-Pratt-Vin-Diesel-and-Bradley-Cooper

I’m just going to go on and call this the funniest film this year and one I did not see coming. Flawed it is but that does not take away from the tremendous heart it brings and if Andy Serkis had played Rocket, I bet some folk would have be talking Oscars. Full review

  • GODZILLA

maxresdefaultEvery year there is that one film I regret not seeing in the cinema. Last year it was Gravity (and I am still waiting on my penance from God for that) and by the time I had finished watching Godzilla on my laptop, I knew I had another regret. Godzilla has its issues (*cough cough* Aaron Taylor Johnson) but the direction from Gareth Edwards shines through with aplomb. He films the colossus with total reverence for the “God” they purport it to be.

After viewings of Interstellar, some section of audiences felt the terrific lift of sequence justified the whole film to which I say K but the final 30 minutes of Godzilla starting from the Halo jump sequence makes up for the 1 hour of Taylor-Johnson putting on his “improbable white man act” justifies the existence of this film. It totally left me spell bound and I cannot emphasize enough how much I regret not seeing this in theatres. It is cinema at its purest with a score to die for anchoring the spectacle which was a love letter from Edwards to silent cinema. I must have seen that section of the film 20 times.

  • LOCKE

locke-movie-photo-3If I was to pick an outright number 1 film, it would be between Locke and Nightcrawler. First time director Stephen Knight delivers this compact piece on different levels set almost entirely in a car on a high way and the film is driven to success on the back of Tom Hardy’s strong acting. Full review

  • NIGHTCRAWLERmaxresdefault

Another film from a first time director sees and incisive mordant media satire and with a terrific central performance and very original DP work. Full review

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