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Friday, January 9, 2015

[Article] Eman's Top 10 Movies of 2014

Here are my 10 movies of 2014 that I think are more than worth the watch. I'm pretty much basing this on which movies had good story-lines, general audience appeal, and replay-ability. Well let's get to it. Most of these are available on DVD/Blu-Ray and iTunes for download. I'll provide some links below to make it a little easier for you to check them out.

10.) Maze Runner

This was simply an interesting movie that was surprisingly not predictable. I enjoyed the fact that it didn't fall into the trap of being another stereotypical "teen flick" and left the door open for an interesting potential series. I hear the books are pretty good too. Check it out below:

9.) Annabelle

Probably one of the better horror films that came out this year. As always, producer James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious) creates the perfect atmosphere of real horror and suspense. Check it out below:

8.) Equalizer

Remember that time in the 90's when action movies were cool? Well this brings you back down memory lane while keeping it modern. Denzel is as cool as the other side of the pillow while kicking butt and taking names. If you're an action junkie, you'll appreciate this film. Check it out below:

7.) Lone Survivor

Based on a true story and a best selling book, Lone Survivor was very interesting story of four Navy SEALS who find themselves in a very tough predicament while investigating the Taliban. There's plenty of action and suspense. It also gives an interesting perspective of those who serve our country on a daily basis and the horrors they have to face on our behalf. Definitely worth the watch. Check it out below:

6.) X-Men: Days of the Future Past

Have you been a fan of the X-Men Series ?  If you have then you've probably dealt with a lot of disappointment with the confusing storylines and the inconsistencies that followed. Well this movie sought out to correct that and do a lot of damage control. Whether it was successful or not is still debated, but nevertheless it still created a new foundation, and maybe a new hope for the franchise as well. If you're looking forward to the future X-Men movies, then this is the one that you need to watch to help you get on track.

5.) Interstellar

With director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) at the helm, this was undoubtedly going to be a solid movie. This movie probably was the best sci-fi of this year, and arguably will be for quite some time. It attempts to focus much more on the actual scientific theories rather than on the "science fiction" that typically gets pushed in other sci-fi genres. It's worth the watch, maybe a few times, because some of the concepts are a bit "out there" so to speak. Watch it here:
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4.) The Raid 2: Retaliation

If you've never heard of The Raid, then you should stop what you're doing now, and go pick it up. Once you watch it, come back and watch The Raid 2. The two movies are simply some of the best action films you've never heard about. While Raid 1 takes place on a more confined level, Raid 2 takes it up a notch and a half with more unique characters and much more fighting. You've probably never seen action or martial arts fighting like this and once you do, you'll never look at action films the same again. WATCH THIS. The story line may be blah, but you'll forget about that when you see the fight scenes. Check it out here!:

3.) Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

This was a very close call because many people, especially those who love the Marvel movies (Iron Man, Marvel's The Avengers), will tote this film as the best one out to date. This was one of the first comic-based films that really didn't feel like a comic film. It was more of an espionage, suspense thriller that just so happened to have some comic related characters in it. That opened up the door to audiences who didn't even have to know anything about the comics at all. With that feather in their hat, Cap 2 is a solid movie to watch, even if you haven't watch the previous film or read the comics. Great watch and worth the buy too if you want to see a lot of the behind the scenes footage on the blu-ray. Check them out here:

2.) Gone Girl

Talk about a rollercoaster ride of emotions! This movie didn't appeal to many at first, until you either read the book, or heard about it via word of mouth. I actually went back to watch it 2x because it was that crazy! The twists and turns in this film make it very difficult to predict, and with the tons of comic based movies that released in 2014, this seemed to stand it's ground. I'm not going to give away anything about the movie, but I will just say, once you watch it, you'll probably know why I snuck it up to the #2 spot. You can watch it here:

1.) Guardians of the Galaxy

Well unless you've been living under a rock, this was probably not much of a surprise. Had you seen this in theaters, then you were given a visual treat with the 3D/Imax special effects. This was just a fun movie over-all. You got action, comedy and adventure all into one. Despite the fact that this movie is the same formula that made The Avengers popular, it still was very successful in bringing all types of audiences together to enjoy. You don't have to be a comic fan to love this, especially since many casual comic fans probably never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the first place anyway prior to this movie.  By all means, add this to your collection: 

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  1. Interstellar eh?? hmmm....i'll give it a go....I just bought X men, I almost forgot all about that one. Thanks for the post!

  2. I don't think James Wan directed Annabelle. I'm pretty sure he was just a producer