Top 10 movies that rocked 2014

Posted: December 10, 2014 by youngstar911 in Tough Stuff

Am really proud to say 2014 has been a great year for movies lovers everywhere and this are definitely 10 movies you cant pass on. You just have to get them…….
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Though the Avengers ensemble dominated the superhero conversation in 2014 with all their sleek, snappy antics, the good old X-Men delivered a dark, time-skipping adventure that resonated like no other blockbuster spectacular this year. A grim fantasy about altering the course of history, Days of Future Past is full of pathos and bracing, cannily staged action. And it features one of the year’s most sublime sequences, a breathtaking slo-mo interlude that, like the whole film, mixes eye-popping thrills with an alluring tinge of melancholy. Few superhero movies have provoked as much post-viewing discussion as X-Men did this summer.
9. Pride5380c04a191cb483718bbafc_pride

Sure this charming, effervescent film has moments that are sloppily saccharine, or a bit too quaint and convenient. But when a film is otherwise this big-hearted and gamely, brazenly progressive, it’s easy to overlook its indulgences. A based-on-a-true-story film about a group of London gay-rights activists taking up the cause of Welsh miners on strike during Thatcher-era pit closings, Pride is, yes, about tolerance and whatnot. But more slyly, it’s a celebration of liberal, grassroots political activism, ending on a note of triumph and a galvanizing call to action. Lest you think that makes for a preachy movie, that message is dressed up in wistful British feel-good movie clothes. A true delight.
8. Mr. Turner

5374d767affd8f73755f2532_mr-turnerAs is often the case with Mike Leigh movies, not much seems to happen in Mr. Turner, a gentle, episodic, lovingly filmed look at the life of 18th- and 19th- century British painter J.M.W. Turner. Sure there is death and romance, but they mostly happen as hushed and simple as anything else. Leigh beautifully simulates the textures of everyday life, all the little graces, failures, wishes, joys of it. It may sound silly, but Mr. Turner feels very true, humming with a sense that life really was like that back in the old days. Turner, given gruff dignity by Timothy Spall, may not outwardly seem like a man of refined taste, but he is an ever-watchful observer of beauty, channeling his quiet appreciation for the world into his near-impressionistic paintings. In its own mellow, humane way, Mr. Turner urges us to take note of the splendor all around us. What a nice sentiment in such frequently ugly times.
7. Snowpiercer

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A startling, inventively realized class-struggle allegory, Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language feature is somehow both gritty and elegant. Set on a high-speed train circumnavigating the globe in the aftermath of an environmental apocalypse, the film is composed of a series of striking set pieces, as the have-nots in the back of the train make their way to the privileged cars in the front. Throughout, Bong mixes grinding, gory action with sociopolitical and existential mystery, creating something terrifying and oddly cathartic. Snowpiercer felt like nothing else at the movies this year, a gripping, rousing fable with true real-world relevance.
6. Selma

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Director Ava DuVernay’s film is no staid, boring, lifeless biopic. In crafting an account of the 1965 Selma marches led by Martin Luther King Jr., DuVernay has made a film of genuine muscle and tenacity. Anchored by a sterling David Oyelowo as Dr. King, and populated by a wonderful supporting cast, Selma teems with life, bringing an urgency and a clarity to seismic events that are too often occluded by a hazy mist of inexact reverence. Filmed crisply by cinematographer Bradford Young, Selma doesn’t forego artistry to focus on its rumbling themes. Sure the film has some heightened timeliness in light of the recent outrages in Ferguson and Staten Island, but DuVernay has made something of real power that would be necessary viewing in any year.
5. Boyhood

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Unclassifiable as either comedy or drama, Richard Linklater’s wise, enriching film experiment is a genre unto itself. Filmed over 12 years using the same actors, Boyhood gives us a fascinating glimpse of the quotidian, but no less interesting for it, life of a Texas family. As we watch actor Ellar Coltrane go from little boy to young man, Linklater doesn’t try to shock us with change. Rather Boyhood unfolds in fluid, easygoing vignettes, time both slow and swift, compressed and limitless, just as we experience it in our own lives. There are few dramatic scenes to pin our emotions to, there is no real story arc. But in offering up this simple, sweet chronicle of youth, Linklater has nonetheless given us a deeply moving film. Life really is beautiful, isn’t it.
4. Citizenfour

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Taking us right into the heart of the Edward Snowden affair, Laura Poitras’s beguiling documentary is a very rare thing indeed. Both a reflection on events and a primary-source document, Citizenfour illuminates not just the content of Snowden’s massive leak of intelligence information, but the mechanics of the leak itself. Watching Snowden debrief reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, nervous but focused in a Hong Kong hotel room, is utterly fascinating. But Citizenfour isn’t so much a character study as it is a gorgeously shot, tightly built inspection of a moment in time, the liminal place between an event’s happening and the subsequent news of it. Eerie and unsettling in myriad ways, but also comforting in its depiction of principled whistleblowing and diligent reporting, Citizenfour is thoroughly, uniquely captivating.
3. Force Majeure

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The year’s hardest-to-watch film was also one of its most unexpected pleasures. A scalpel-sharp Swedish comedy about a couple coming unraveled after a split-second betrayal, Force Majeure sports a wonderful, whirring mind, but also has a deep emotional intelligence, telling a piercing story about love, gender, and family with merciless but never cruel honesty. It’s also filmed exquisitely, zooming out to show us stunning alpine vistas and peering in close at mundane mechanical processes, imbuing them with a sudden, sinister spirit. Impeccably, viscerally acted and fizzing with big ideas, Ruben Östlund’s dazzling film left me shaken and giddy, tingling with relief and anxiety. It’s quite a ride.
2. Mommy

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A vivid, exuberant gush of cinematic poetry about a scrappy Montreal mother and son duo, wunderkind director Xavier Dolan’s smashing fifth film bounces and swoons with youthful verve, but also exhibits the nuance and careful construction of a maturing filmmaker. As the salty, sassy mother of a seriously troubled teenage son, Anne Dorval gave one of the most spellbinding, lived-in performances of the year. She’s well-matched by Antoine-Olivier Pilon as the wayward youth, and Suzanne Clément as a kind neighbor who rescues and is rescued by the big personalities next door. Daringly shot and cleverly scored, Mommy is bursting with beauty—though often bruising and sad, the film never feels anything less than gloriously alive. It’s a major achievement and career milestone for Dolan.
1. Love Is Strange

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Giving particular, intimate life to a massive political issue, Ira Sachs’s achingly poignant film is ostensibly about gay marriage. After an older couple, played by the superb John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, finally tie the knot, Molina’s character loses his long-held job at a Catholic school for violating its morality clause. The film that follows, though, is far more complex than just a story about that fallout. Love Is Strange, as it turns out, is about all kinds of love, and about time, and about living in a city. For all its thoughtfulness and grace, its heart and humor, Love Is Strange bowled me over when I saw it this spring and has not left me since. But I’m happy to have it still lingering—its warmth and unassuming wisdom are a rare, lasting gift.

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