Twenty-fourteen turned out to be another great year for movies. While so many movies come out every year, rarely do I get to see many of them on the big screen. Fortunately, I was able to see more this year in theaters, than in years past. This is only based on the movies I did get to watch this year, although I'm 100% sure that Big Hero 6 would be on here if I had seen it.
1. Interstellar (drama)
I love a good space epic, and Interstellar did not disappoint. Thankfully, I was able to view it on the intended 70mm IMAX that director Christopher Nolan filmed most of it on. I went in with low expectations and came out completely blown away. Although the story was confusing at times, and I left with many questions (this isn't necessarily a bad thing), it was the most satisfying movie I experienced in 2014.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (blockbuster)
Best blockbuster was a close one. I loved The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but GotG was just so much fun! I'm loving all the good comic book adaptations coming to the big screen, and this one was just perfect. It was just as good, if not better than The Avengers of 2012.
3. Mom's Night Out (comedy)
I love a good clean comedy. I like to laugh, and when the humor doesn't make me feel dirty after watching, it makes it so much better. My wife turned me on to this one. After she saw it in the theater 4 times (record for her), I knew it would be great. You don't have to be a mom to enjoy this movie, but it does help if you have kids. So much truth, and good clean fun!
4. Damnation (documentary)
I LOVE documentaries. I can't wait to make my very own some day. When I first heard of Damnation, to be honest, I wrote if off because...who cares about dams? Well, after I read an article about the directors on Music Bed, it sounded much more intriguing so I gave it a watch. I'm glad I did. It was funded by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia and the last movie he funded, 180 degrees South, was simply amazing! The saying, don't judge a book by its cover, should have a similar phrase with documentaries...maybe don't judge a documentary by its subject, especially if you have no interest in it. Just goes to show that great storytelling is key.
5. Grape Soda (independent)
While I don't get to go to the theater that often, I do watch my share of short films on Vimeo. I have a handful of filmmakers that I love to watch anything they produce, and one of them is Justin Robinson. He seems like the kind of guy I would love to learn from if I had the chance to. Since I don't, at least I get to watch his behind-the-scences footage. Out of all these films listed here, I would suggest watching this one. Especially since it's around 17 minutes long, and you can watch it for free here.
This is another indie movie directed by another one of my favorite storytellers, Salomon Ligthelm (& Dan DiFelice). I missed the Kickstarter campaign to help fund this film, but I'm sure they will continue to make more amazing films. Anomaly is a great re-telling of the Christmas story. Beautifully directed/shot/scored. Make sure you watch it! This one is also free to watch here.
Well, that's it for 2014 movies. I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us! Especially in the independent and documentary genres.