Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top Ten Movies of 2014 by Daniel Kilgallon



My Top 10 Movies of 2014
By Dan Kilgallon



1.      The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13)
      Run Time: 144 mins
      My Rating: 10/10
As a massive fan of the Middle Earth franchise, this movie did a perfect job concluding The Hobbit trilogy while also connecting it to the beloved Lord of the Rings movies. By far the most action packed and exciting film in the franchise, The Battle of the Five Armies is my favorite of The Hobbit trilogy and in my opinion, the best movie of 2014.


 2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13)
       Run Time: 131 mins
       My Rating: 9.5/10
In a year filled with some incredible comic book blockbusters, this movie edges out the next two titles on the list by the slimmest of the margins. I loved absolutely everything about this time-traveling, seventh installment of the X-Men series and Days of Future Past is perhaps the most well written comic book film ever made.




3. Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
       Run Time: 121 mins
       My Rating: 9/10
Marking the tenth installment in the extremely popular and incredibly profitable Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is by far their most imaginative, unique and hilarious movie to date. Completely entertaining from start to finish and loaded with amazing visual effects.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13)
       Run Time: 136 mins
       My Rating: 9/10
I loved everything about The Winter Soldier. The film did everything that a sequel should do, introducing awesome new characters, a more advanced plot and an outstanding villain. The action scenes were absolutely phenomenal and the visuals were incredible; this stands among the greatest of comic book films.

5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13)
       Run Time: 130 mins
       My Rating: 9/10
Dawn of Apes totally blew me away as it managed to top its impressive predecessor in every way possible. The apes looked even more realistic, the action was thrilling, the plot was unpredictable (a Hollywood rarity), the visuals were breathtaking, and Andy Serkis completely owned the role of Caeser.
 
6. Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13)
      Run Time: 130 mins
      My Rating: 8/10
I honestly wasnt expecting much more than two hours of fun, sci-fi action and some cool explosions from this summer blockbuster. Edge of Tomorrow completely shocked me as it provided all of that at the highest level possible, plus much, much, more.


7. Interstellar (PG-13)
      Run Time: 169 mins
      My Rating: 8/10
Critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolans first film since his monumental Dark Knight Trilogy is one of the most ambitious movies of the decade. In comparison, I think the effects are just as remarkable as the breathtaking visuals in last years Gravity, however the story is much improved along with some phenomenal acting from the impressive cast.

8. Gone Girl (R)
             Run Time: 149 mins
     My Rating: 8/10
David Finchers Gone Girl kept me fully interested for every minute largely due to the intrigue and mystery of the story combined with the seemingly endless string of unexpected plot twists and dark humor. However, this movie is not for everybody, simply due to its very dark subject matter and occasional graphic images.

9. 300: Rise of an Empire (R)
       Run Time: 102 mins
       My Rating: 8/10
Similar to its 2006 predecessor, this film does a phenomenal job of faithfully adapting a graphic novel to the big screen through an intense mix of live action and CGI animation. Improved visual effects and action from this thrilling sequel makes Rise of an Empire just as entertaining as the beloved 2006 film.

10. The Amazing Spiderman 2 (PG-13)
Run Time: 142 mins
My Rating: 8/10
The sequel to 2012s The Amazing Spiderman surprised me in a big way and is actually my favorite out of all five of Spideys big screen appearances. This movie was action-packed, visually stunning and well-acted, especially by the talented duo of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.