Best of lists are hard. Choosing the films I liked best isn’t hard, but keeping it to a reasonable number and ranking them is. One thing that’s not so much hard as it is annoying: coming up with something to say other than "I loved this and you should watch it".
I saw a lot of films this year but there are plenty I missed. I didn’t see Birdman, Whiplash, or Mommy, all of which are on many other best-of lists for the year (and in the case of Whiplash I can guess it would have made mine) but I also did see Boyhood, Gone Girl, 22 Jump Street, and a host of others that didn’t make my list.
All in all, I saw over 75 movies released in 2014. Not a huge percentage when you think about it but certainly more than the average person.
So with all that in mind here are my favourite dozen movies from 2014.
_Edge of Tomorrow_ has been one of my favourite films this year so far for a lot of reasons but one of them is how well the effects were all pulled off. Here’s a quick behind the scenes look at how a lot of the best ones were created practically on set.
I’m not one to blindly promote products just for the sake of information, so a Blu-Ray release doesn’t usually inspire me to comment. However, when that film is *Edge Of Tomorrow*, and there’s a chance you may have dismissed it at the cinema on account of the worst marketing campaign in recent memory, then I have to try and change your mind. For it’s not just Tom Cruise’s best film in years, it’s also one of the finest slices of sci-fi escapism you’ll ever watch.
This is one of those times that Hollywood confuses me. Here they’ve gone and made a fun, exciting, engaging, and intelligent sci-fi action movie and what little marketing its had has made it seem like something it’s really not: generic.
Yeah, you’re reading this right folks. Edge of Tomorrow is pretty great and you should totally see it.
_Edge of Tomorrow_ may be a fitting title for a guy who is basically living out a nightmare version of _Groundhog Day_, waking up after dying in combat only to be forced to relive that combat over and over again. I, hover, preferred the original title _All You Need is Kill_.
Either way there is a trailer now so let’s take a look.