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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Hollywood Movies of 2014

The year ends with a bang! And while we are currently served with MMFF movies, let me indulge you on my list of Hollywood movies I find at par with my standards or even excel this year. We are mostly bombarded with sequels and remakes this year, but there are few that really stood out from the rest. Please let it be known that the movies on this list are the ones I saw (sorry Boyhood). So let's start with the list!

10. The Lego Movie

- One the year's most surprising film which is not made by Disney or Pixar. The Lego Movie is full of fun, adventure and heart. Chris Pratt provides the voice of the Emmet, an everyday worker who turned out to be more than what he knows and Will Ferrell as Lord Business, the powerful president of Octan Corp. The Lego Movie is not just a film for the kids but for those who grew up playing Lego and just being extra ordinary and Special

9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

- A sequel for the prequel. Dawn is the strongest film following the original Planet of the Apes. The film not only tackled human survival but how the Apes look at humans as well. There is a deep message of how humanity can corrupt even the most innocent - a social commentary of how we can push our limits to destruction. Powerful performances from Andy Serkis as Caesar, leader of the apes and Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, leader of the remaining human survivors. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set the pieces for the next installment and we cannot wait.

8. The Babadook

- Few have seen this film here in the Philippines, but this horror film captures the eerie and the haunting without even trying. The Babadook is a haunting children's book which eventually took over a single mother and her daughter. The film is not your typical horror film and that what makes it one of the best.

7. Interstellar

- Christopher Nolan is at it again, playing with our minds. Since Inception, no film has made me confused and amazed at the same time on its first screening. Second screening is required for this film. While Interstellar is no 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar stands on his own. Story-wise, Interstellar will blow you to bits. Stunning performances from Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConughey. Interstellar is at par with Cuaron's Gravity but be sure to have the patience to sit through its long run.

6. Edge of Tomorrow

- It has been so long since Tom Cruise made an engaging sci-flick. Oblivion was not really amazing but Edge of Tomorrow is his best since Minority Report. Based on a Japanese manga, the film showcased a toned down Cruise which is in fact new for him. Emily Blunt plays as Sgt. Vrataski is one of the year's most bad-ass heroine of the year. Engaging story, impressive visuals and a whole lot better Tom Cruise, this is one film that surprised us this year.

5. Begin Again

- Who knew Kiera Knightly could sing? Kiera did not only showed her acting skills but her singing as well. Coupled with a solid story, script and music, Begin Again is a musician and film lover's heaven. From John Carney, director of Once comes a film about moving on and how music can change the course of their lives.

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past

- Bryan Singer revives the franchise combining the successful First Class and the original X-Men. Singer brought back the magic of the first two, totally disregarding the events which took place with X-Men: The Last Stand. He managed to recreate the characters and introduced new ones and even created the coolest action sequence of the year (Yes, Quicksilver. I'm looking at you).

3. Gone Girl

- David Fincher translated Gillian's book into a cinematic masterpiece. Ben Affleck provides one of his best performances to date while Rosamund Pike rises from the ashes and gives Amazing Amy the character it deserves. Gone Girl is twisted and affecting making you feel like strangling the characters.

2. Big Hero 6

- Fresh from Frozen's success, Disney collaborates with Marvel to come up an animated adaptation of their comic book series of the same name. Big Hero 6 is full of fun, surprises and a big heart. Big Hero 6 tells a heartbreaking story of Hiro, Tadashi and his loyal AI, Baymaxx. Big Hero 6 is a masterpiece on its own right.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

- Before the year closed and was bombarded with MMFF movies, we get to see the last Middle Earth Film and 3rd part of The Hobbit series and it ended with a bang. Though we get to see Smaug a lot less this time, the battle is nonetheless one of Peter Jackson's best sequences. The Battle of the Five Armies may not be as epic as Return of the King but we get to see wizards and elves go bad-ass. Galadriel shows her skills and our inner geek is screaming like there is no tomorrow. While most complain that the film is overstretched considering that the source material is not even close with any of the Lord of the Rings book, The Hobbit is a cinematic experience one should not be missed by any moviegoer or fans of Tolkien's great work.

Honorable Mentions:

- Mr. Peabody and Sherman
- How to Train your Dragon 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 1
- Godzilla
- Predestination
- Only Lovers Left Alive