12 Favourites from 2014

I watched 144 movies in 2014. For the past four years I have kept a record of each and every film I see. It's nice to look back over the list at the end of the year and be reminded of all the wonderful movies I've enjoyed in the past twelve months.

So here are my favourite films from each month of 2014 -

JanuaryThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty

For me, there was something magical about this film. It was beautiful to watch, with its stunning scenery and perfect soundtrack. But I think what really charmed me was the film's message about embracing life and living it to the full. I left this movie with a big smile on my face.

February - Her

This was such an intense film that made me feel a range of emotions. It was a little creepy because this could easily be our world in the not-so-distant future. The film was very thought-provoking on issues of technology, lonliness, and our human desire for connection. A touching film with a spectacular performance by Joaquin Phoenix.

March - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Full of typical Wes Anderson crazy, this film had me laughing throughout. A fantastic cast headed up by Ralph who-knew-he-could-be-so-funny Fiennes helped make this a very enjoyable movie.

April - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I'm a sucker for all things Marvel. This film took a more serious turn than previous Avengers-based movies. Yet it was still very entertaining. It was overflowing with action aplenty and focussed on deeper character development for good ole Steve Rogers. A vast improvement on the first Cap movie. 

May - X-Men: Days of Future Past

Who could ask for more? The wonder that is James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender paired with the brilliance of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Not to mention Wolverine himself, and the rest of the X-Men cast all coming together in one huge movie. I was in heaven for two hours! A fantastic film.

June - Edge of Tomorrow

I never thought I'd see the day when Tom Cruise could surprise me. I've grown used to seeing him play an action-man version of himself for years now. But something changed in this movie. Yes, his character was action-man, but he was also a coward. That was interesting to see. This was a thrilling, fast-paced ride that kept me enthralled throughout. Plus Emily Blunt rocks!

July - About Time

This was a re-watch of a film I'd seen, and enjoyed, at the cinema in 2013. Watching this again made me fall even deeper in love with it. Such a beautiful film about making the most of each day. It's typical Richard Curtis sentimental, but I just adore that stuff. Domnhall and Rachel make a very cute couple.

August - Back to the Future

I watched this film in Hill Valley! I attended the phenomenal Secret Cinema Hill Valley Experience and got to see one of my most beloved movies with 3000 like-minded fans after having had fries and a chocolate milk at Lou's Cafe and danced at The Enchantment Under the Sea dance. It really was like being inside Back to the Future. Truly one of the best cinema events of my life.

September - Radio

I didn't think I would enjoy this film as it had a real made-for-television feel about it. It was on t.v one afternoon and I'd never heard of it, but as I adore Ed Harris I found myself getting swept up in the story. The fact that this film is based on a true story was beautiful and life-affirming. Proof that people can be kind to one another!

October - Gone Girl

Having not read the book prior to seeing this film, I was captivated by the story and suitably surprised by all the twists. I was glad I didn't know what was coming as it made this a very intense film for me to watch. Both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike gave brilliant performances. A thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.

November - The Imitation Game

My favourite film of 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch gave a phenomenal performance. I was able to really connect to the character of Turing and feel every single one of his emotions. A stunning and engaging movie with the right amount of emotional pull and action to leave me very satisfied. It was heart-breaking to watch given the appalling way Turing was treated once his homosexuality was revealed. A truly wonderful film about an important moment in history.

December - Wild

A seemingly simple film about one woman hiking 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail is actually a very moving story of this woman's grief and the way she pulls herself back to life by running away, alone, into nature. One of Reese Witherspoon's best performances. Reese successfully captured Cheryl Strayed's debilitating grief and hopeful optimism all at once. A beautiful film.

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