Monday, January 19, 2015

2014 Movie Recap

We all know I love movies and see a lot each year---so obviously I have to give my 2014 recap of movies that came out this year. You can see how this list compares to my most anticipated 2014 list here.

Here are the movies I saw this year:

(After writing it down it feels like a lot but this includes in theaters, on DVD, on Netflix, Red Box, at friends houses, etc. so it really comes out to about 2 or 3 movies a month and considering John Paul and I's favorite/go-to date night is watching a movie at home once a week or two and we only get to the theaters for the ones we most want to see---it's not totally unreasonable, haha).

Odd Thomas
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
I, Frankenstein
That Awkward Moment
The Lego Movie
Vampire Academy
Winter's Tale
Anchorman 2
Captain America: Winter Solider
Heaven is For Real
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men Origins: Days of Future Past
The Fault in Our Stars
Begin Again
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A Most Wanted Man
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Giver
The Mazerunner
Mockingjay: Part 1
Exodus: Gods and Kings
The Hobbit
Wish I Was Here
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Big Hero 6
Dumb and Dumber To
Into the Woods
Gone Girl
American Sniper
Big Eyes

Here are the movies I have not seen yet, but intend to:

The Monuments Men
Earth to Echo
Magic in the Moonlight
The Hundred Foot Journey
The Theory of Everything

So I think the worst or most disappointing movies this year were:

A Most Wanted Man
Left Behind*
Vampire Academy

*I'm just assuming, I didn't actually see it.

Noah and A Most Wanted Man were both done really well and had some incredible acting but just failed overall as movies. Noah had some amazing visual sequences, but just really didn't deliver as far as plot, climax, and overall satisfaction (In contrast, Exodus did much better on all these fronts). A Most Wanted Man was cast perfectly and had a lot of potential but ultimately was hard to follow, a little boring, too long, and anti-climactic. Vampire Academy failed on basically every front. It was truly awful. Many YA adaptions are, but this one in particular had very little to redeem itself. Which is a shame since the books are entertaining.

My favorites are:

Captain America: Winter Solider (okay, all the Marvel movies)
The Lego Movie

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