In the middle of a short blogging break, I do have to post one of my favourite posts of the year: the best of the year in film! In my case this list is very subjective, with a mix of award-darlings and huge blockbusters, and must be seen as a list of personal favourites. As always, due to release dates differing sometimes to those in the US, films I have in this list here, may have been released back in 2014 elsewhere. Also some films that will most likely make the list next year, are lacking now, because those films have not been released yet. So:
Cinderella Exactly the classic fairy tale it is supposed to be. With a charming princess (Lily James), a hilarious fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) and a wonderfully evil villain (Cate Blanchett).
Jurassic World The first of two major reboots that turned out well.
Star Wars The Force Awakens And yes, this is the second one! And in this one a star is born: Daisy Ridley.
Still Alice Julianne Moore won everything an actor can possibly win for her perfect portrayal of a fifty-year old linguistics professor who suffers from early on-set Alzheimer's. Deservedly so.
The Theory of Everything Much like fellow redhead Eddie Redmayne won pretty much everything by transforming into Stephen Hawking. In the process he established himself as the one actor to watch.
No Wait, Love Wins...
Pride Wonderful movie about the London gay community stepping up for the mining community.
The Imitation Game The much too unknown story of Alan Turing, one of the masterminds in WW II, who got punished for being gay. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, two of the brightest of British stars, were just great in this one.
The Unexpected Ones...
De Surprise A Dutch movie! Bizarre, stylish and just incredibly, incredibly sweet.
Amy This documentary about Amy and the rise and fall of one of this generation's most gifted musicians is truly heartbreaking.
Inside Out And to end things a bit lighter; this Pixar animated feature. A smart and touching insight in what is going on in all of our heads.
... and some Honourable Mentions...
Spy and Kingsman: The Secret Service For reinventing the spy genre in hilarious ways.
The Woman in Gold Dame Helen Mirren again.
Trainwreck Because this was Amy Schumer's year and with a Jennifer Lawrence collab, the best has yet to come.