As I previously stated; 2014 was a difficult year to watch the latest and "greatest" cinema releases. The following are a few others that I felt weren't necessarily my favourites of last year, but were notable in their own little ways:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A surprisingly enjoyable sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable first film of this rebooted franchise. Great performances all round and a story that’s thankfully restrained in scale but retains an essence of grandeur.
Guardians of the Galaxy: A slick and highly energetic first outing for this band of unusual and very likeable characters. Strong performances, great visuals, plenty of action and an underlying level of humour offers something fresh in this increasingly saturated and morbid genre. The villain’s a bit of a letdown though.
Interstellar: Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi epic was visually stunning and sounded amazing, Matthew McConaughey’s performance. But to be brutally honest was rather mediocre. It’s a notable addition to 2014 because of the spectacle.
Killers: Don’t be fooled into expecting balls-to-the-wall, martial arts action by the “producers of The Raid” marketing ploy. This is a slick thriller with a disturbing and uncompromising story of murder, torture and revenge. While it’s final act is too outlandish, this is an visceral and thoroughly engaging film.
The Lego Movie: While the insufferable theme song is still engraved in my brain, this was a captivating and very funny film about toy bricks. Let me reiterate; a captivating and very funny film about toy bricks. Fantastic animation, hilarious characters and a creative script provided laughs and endless smiles from my podgy face.