Litro’s Films Of 2014

Litro’s Films Of 2014

2014 was an excellent year at the cinema, with a wide variety of remarkable independent film releases that seemed determined to outshine each other as each month passed. Litro reflects on its favourite films of the year.

 

Honourable Mention

12 Years A Slave

Quite frankly, Steve McQueen’s film would have appeared several times on this list had we included it. It rightly towers above nearly all releases this year; but since the Oscars and BAFTAs have already shown it love, we’ll set it aside in its own special place. If you haven’t seen it already, see it now.

Read Litro’s review here.

 

Documentary

Wilde Salomé

There were many more important and enlightening efforts out there – Return To Homs, in particular, should not be missed – but for sheer entertainment value, it’s hard to argue with Al Pacino’s chaotic and hilarious behind-the-scenes study of his hero, Oscar Wilde. Released as part of a double bill with Salomé, highlights include Pacino realising his vicarious dreams of Wilde with a bad wig.

Read Litro’s review here.

Yes, this really is a still from Wilde Salomé. [Source: Creative Commons]
Yes, this really is a still from Wilde Salomé.

Drama

The Imitation Game

More conventional yet less manipulative than The Theory Of Everything, this British film is the perfect period biopic. Its treatment of Alan Turing’s sexuality should be heralded as the blueprint for all such portraits. Benedict Cumberbatch leads a great cast with an incredible performance: here’s hoping the Academy Awards pay attention.

Read Litro’s review here.

More than just Sherlock in a tie: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.
More than just Sherlock in a tie: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

 

Thriller

’71

Yann Demange’s feature film debut promises an exciting career to come: let’s hope his next directorial effort capitalises on the success of this blistering Troubles-set action thriller. He’s helped hugely by This Is England star Jack O’Connell, whose rise to stardom has been a slow progression. But ’71 put us in no doubt of his charisma and ability – Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken should secure his position as a leading talent.

Read Litro’s review here.

Jack O'Connell finds himself lost in the midst of violent chaos in '71.
Jack O’Connell finds himself lost in the midst of violent chaos in ’71.

 

Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel

To label Wes Anderson’s latest masterpiece as merely a comedy does it a disservice; but we suspect that Ralph Fiennes’ Mr. Gustave would appreciate such a pithy dismissal of its genius. A grand adventure in Anderson’s inimitable style, this superlatively odd film boasts a revelatory performance from Fiennes and a stellar cast.

Read Litro’s review here.

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Ralph Fiennes is utterly charming as Mr Gustave.

 

Horror

Under The Skin

Few films this year were as disturbing or beguiling as Under The Skin. Jonathan Glazer’s first film since 2004’s Birth is another triumphant redefinition of a leading Hollywood actress’s talents. Scarlett Johansson has rarely been more compelling than as the alien manhunter at the centre of Glazer’s haunting sci-fi.

Read Litro’s review here.

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For once, more than just a pretty face: Scarlett Johansson in Under The Skin.

 

Dishonourable Mention

Grace of Monaco

There are not enough words to describe Grace of Monaco‘s underachievements, but Nicola Hodges tried.

Robin McConnell

About Robin McConnell

Robin is an obsessive film fanatic and occasional person. When he is not watching films or editing Litro Film & Media he can be found writing and producing the Alltime channels on Youtube. He is often distracted by the need to write scripts and short stories.

Robin is an obsessive film fanatic and occasional person. When he is not watching films or editing Litro Film & Media he can be found writing and producing the Alltime channels on Youtube. He is often distracted by the need to write scripts and short stories.

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