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 of the 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.
Warner Bros. had a lot to say at their Time Warner investors meeting today, and most of it was “YOU WANT MOVIES? I’LL SHOW YOU MOVIES!” CEO Kevin Tsujihara gave us a timeline of what Warner Bros. will be working on over the next 6 years. Buckle up (and maybe submit a resume), because it’s one hell of a breakneck pace they’re working with. One that’s not going to leave much room for error, and I would assume means we won’t be seeing Ben Affleck direct movies for a little while. And that isn’t the only thing we won’t be seeing. Continue reading “Warner Brothers’ 2020 Vision – Harry Potter & LEGO Trilogies and a Justice League Ten Pack”
_The Lego Movie_ is out on Blu-Ray next week and in anticipation the studio has released one of the special features, a hilarious fake trailer for a movie I’d totally watch called “History Cops” starring Michelangelo and Abraham Lincoln.
The *Lego Batman* developers, Traveller’s Tales, have just released a teaser trailer for the third in the series, subtitled *Beyond Gotham*. I think they may have seen *The Lego Movie*. Let’s take a look!
Sometimes you hear about a movie and you think “how are they going to do that?” because the concept is so weirdly specific or, as is the case with Lego, so enormously broad. I’m of the opinion that you can make a good movie out of anything though because, as it turns out, you totally can.
The Lego Movie is one of the best movies you are going to see this year. Bold words for the first week of February I grant you but it’s true. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest theatre with your best friends and watch as all the freedom of imagination you had as a kid is projected on screen. It’s seriously amazing.
I’m going to talk a little bit about why I loved this movie now but that’s going to entail some slight spoilers so my recommendation is that you stop reading and go watch. Ok? Ok.
I’ve actually been avoiding clips and things from _The Lego Movie_ because I don’t want anything spoiled but this ‘Behind the Bricks’ trailer is too damn cute to ignore (and doesn’t seem to spoil anything).
In case you can’t tell from [the trailers](http://awesomefriday.ca/2013/10/stop-what-youre-doing-and-watch-the-lego-movie-trailer/) The Lego Movie is shaping up to be pretty great. Here now are some characters sheets to give us a better look at our.. uh.. characters. Dammit.
I was worried after the [first trailer](http://awesomefriday.ca/2013/06/the-lego-movie-trailer-wait-theres-a-lego-movie/) that The Lego Movie might turn out to be just a toy commercial. This new trailer makes me think it might be a smart, funny toy commercial.
Because of course there is. Now, I’m pretty cynical about this kind of stuff. I mean, it’s a _Lego_ movie; otherwise known as _an extended toy commercial_. However, there’s some talent behind this so let’s watch.