-Sam Haine (@S_Haine82)
Yes, I know it is February and New Years is just a dirty shot glass in the memory in your minds. However I have my late-pass and you are going to have to deal with it. 2014 was chock full of shit-cinema. It's true. Hollywood's got you by the balls and your choices have been made for you before you can even log into fandango. You have spandex hero worship on one side and then you have douche-chilling comedies with the same people playing the same roles on a recurring production helmed by the same twats. If it ain't a remake it's a cheap knockoff. Or those P.O.V. flicks where the camera has Parkinsons Disease. And don't get me started on those bullshit based on a true story that never happened films that never have an ending. But it wasn't a total disaster if you looked outside the box that recommended you see Hunger Games for date night. There were some very well executed crime dramas, animated films, two good superhero flicks from a studio that shall not be named and one amazing Horror film from down under. So here is my list of favorite films from 2014:
Starred Up (British prison drama)
Road to Paloma (starring & directed by Jason Momoa)
The Fake (S.Korean animated thriller)
Nightcrawler (neo-noir) a success story.
Gone Girl (neo-noir directed by David Fincher)
Snowpiercer (cyberpunk S.Korean/USA)
Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (drama)
FILTH (based on the Irvine Welsch book)
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (Giallo from Belgium)
White Bird in a Blizzard (mystery directed by Gregg Araki)
Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It (Comedy)
Magic in the Moonlight (Romantic Comedy)
Babadook (Australian Horror)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Marve-ehh)
So unlike other people who will try and sell you on why you should see each of these films, I will just let you all be grown ups and see for yourselves and make up your own minds.
Go and google search the titles that spark your interest and watch them. You'll be happier for it, trust me.
P.S. A majority of the 2015 releases will be shit.