Top 10 Films of 2014 – Part 2

20 03 2015

Film Reel 2014

Continuing on from Part 1; here are my Top 5 Favourite Films of 2014. That’s about all there is to say really. Don’t forget, please feel free to comment, Like, and Rate the post too. Enjoy.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (Paramount Pictures - 2014)

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction – I absolutely love the Transformers films. Each time a sequel was announced I was so happy and have enjoyed every single one of them. Age of Extinction though is by far the best one to date. Easily the most enjoyable and memorable film in the series to date culminating in a very long film but in my opinion better than the previous 3 put together. The only issue I had with it was that it could have been a bit more violent, but sadly not. A great cast of characters, both human and robotic which includes human stars Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Nicola Peltz. The transformers themselves also featured a great cast which including series regulars Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Megatron; now Galvatron (Frank Welker) but also new members including Hound (John Goodman), Drift (Ken Watanabe), Crosshairs (John DiMaggio), Lockdown (Mark Ryan), Stinger and best of all; The Dinobots. One amazing film which instantly jumped up my list after I saw it.

Gone Girl (20th Century Fox - 2014)

4. Gone Girl – When I heard that Gone Girl was coming, I was very interested for one reason more than most; David Fincher was directing it. I had seen the book on shop shelves in train stations for a while now but did not know what it was about. I heard a brief scene on the radio, but then I went to see it. It is a hard film to talk about because in essence, the story involves a really horrible person doing something extremely outlandish to get revenge on the person they married, and in the end getting away with it, forever. It reminds me a lot of a story I heard about the production of the original Alien film, where Ridley Scott wanted the Alien to win by killing Ripley, maybe back then he couldn’t do that, but after the release of Gone Girl; he can now. Gone Girl is an extremely good film and one of the best of 2014, but it’s hard to say that I like it as that statement, just sounds wrong. The film did have some great characters from Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike but top marks (in my opinion) have to go to Carrie Coon for the part of Margo. Brilliantly directed by David Fincher and thoroughly gripping. I don’t think I have been to see a film and heard that much gasping from the audience until I saw Gone Girl.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Lions Gate - 2014)

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1The Hunger Games series continues with the release of Mockingjay Part 1. While I do not fully agree with Hollywood’s part 1 part 2 philosophy of making films as it is mostly just a form of making more money more than anything else; I am however OK with The Hunger Games doing it as it prolongs one of the best film series not just to date but in movie history (at least to me). I was unsure of where the film was going to be split though. Having finally finished the book series back in April I came up with an assumption, and I was right to about 5 minutes. While in essence Part 1 just covers the first half to just before the third part of the book, the film I felt was a lot like the first Hunger Games film. While I still prefer the first two films to this one, the essence and feeling captured in Mockingjay Part 1 reminded me a lot of why I particularly liked the first one and several scenes felt like the first film was being revisited. When it was all over I was singing The Hanging Tree song chorus out of the cinema and all the way home. The films main stars continue to provide excellent characters for the film, plus plenty new characters to enjoy too, but stealing the spot light is still the dynamic duo of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). With the scene now setup from another spectacular film, it leaves the stage open and ready for the final act; I’m probably going to cry when it’s all over.

The Raid 2 (XYZ Films - 2014)

2. The Raid 2 – I had heard about The Raid but had not seen it by the time The Raid 2 came out. I went to see 2 at The Dukes in Lancaster and got a huge shock within the first 10 minutes or so which makes it, quite easily; the most violent film I have seen to date. From start to finish it was one huge compilation of fights involving lots of blood, broken limbs and people getting killed in the most brutal of fashions. But the film was another thing as well, it wasn’t just an extremely violent film, it was also FANTASTIC. Really good story telling, terrific fights and spectacular martial arts sequences, brilliant action moments including one amazing car chase taking place inside and outside more than 5 cars and at least one motorbike and on top of that truly terrific characters including series protagonist Rama played by Iko Uwais and especially so to the character of Hammer Girl played by Julie Estelle. Simply Fantastic and Brutal, Awesome.

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

1. Godzilla – My year in 2014 can be summarised by my excitement and expectancy to one particular film. From the first trailer to opening night, the one thing I was most looking forward too was the New Godzilla, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. I saw it on the big screen 3 times during its release. Every second was movie gold to me. The film was led by a really good cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and (briefly) Juliette Binoche. But the biggest star was of course Godzilla himself. While it does take a while for him to appear on the screen in full force, the film includes little sightings and mentioning’s of him here and there including the terrific opening intro, but while it may take time for him to appear in full view, it makes that first moment in full view all the more special and spectacular. While it has been pointed out that he had little screen time, I feel he had plenty for now, and overall was a great introduction for new audiences. For me though I was more pleased over that it wasn’t just a creature called Godzilla or looked like Godzilla, but that it was Godzilla on-screen, right down to the iconic Atomic Deathray. One absolutely, fantastic film that I consider not just the best film of 2014, but also; one of the best, Godzilla films.


Blackadder Is A Spy The Second – Johnny English Reborn

25 11 2011

In the history of my Blog I have not done a sequel Review. While I have done both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight I did The Dark Knight first. I have also done Godzilla vs King Ghidorah and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack and while Godzilla vs King Ghidorah was made first Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack was made 6 or 7 films later. So this is a first. Two film reviews chronological order of when they were made. Last Month it was Johnny English. This Month it is Johnny English Reborn (or Johnny English 2).

It has been Seven Years since the first film and the film almost replicates this by having the film set 5 years after an incident where Johnny messed up. A lot has changed in the film but the biggest change is the cast. Only one person from the original is still in it and that is Rowan Atkinson. The cast includes James Bond Girl Rosamund Pike, X-Files Star Gillian Anderson, The Wire Star Dominic West, Torchwood Star Burn Gorman, West Wing Star Richard Schiff and Blackadder Star Tim McInnerny (Darling). The film has a different tone to it than its predecessor. It has the idea of English trying to be a spy where as in the first film he was a spy although not a very good one. The several times in the film that it is trying to be a spy film and not a comedy so it is hard to get into but when the big jokes start you can’t stop laughing.

The beginning of the film shows English living with Tibetan Monks trying to forget an incident in Mozambique and training with the monks. This scene looks similar to both the training scenes in Batman Begins and early scenes in Hot Shots! Part Deux (which Rowan Atkinson did star in). English is eventually told to go back and work for MI7 which is now owned by Toshiba (hahahahaha). He is sent on a mission with another agent called Tucker (Skins Star Daniel Kaluuya) to China so they can meet up with an informant and possessor of 1 of 3 keys to a secret weapon. Before heading off to China they get some Gadgets from Darling (I did wish that Darling would get said in this film) and a voice activated Rolls Royce. The contact is killed by a cleaner and English chases one of the people working for the evil gang known as Vortex all over Hong Kong in a funny scene (hahahahaha).

While accidentally attacking Pegasus’s mother thinking it was the killer cleaner an MI7 psychologist thinks he may be telling the truth that what happened in Mozambique may not be entirely his fault and is able to help English identify the second member of Vortex. English and Tucker go to a Golf Club and talk to a Russian Guy who maybe the other guy who is then shot by the killer cleaner. They take him to a hospital in a helicopter with some impressive helicopter flying (hahahahaha) and also a reference to one of the adverts which inspired the Johnny English film in the first place (hahahahaha). The Russian dies but gives English another key and tells him that there is a mole in MI7 which English hears as vole and tucker tells him mole and so English thinks there is both a vole and a mole in MI7.

English goes to speak with another MI7 agent called Simon (the bloke from The Wire) and talks to him about the keys and tucker discovers that Simon is the Mole and English does not believe him. He gives Simon the keys and Simon then tells Pegasus that English is the third guy in Vortex, setting him up. English then runs from MI7 throughout London in Darling’s Wheelchair (hahahahaha). He goes to the psychologist’s flat and they have a Takeaway and find out what the secret weapon is, a mind controlling drug, the same thing was used in Mozambique. The psychologist and Simon go to Switzerland for the negotiations with the Chinese Premier (who the bad guys want to kill) and English is attacked in the psychologists flat by the killer cleaner. English escapes to Tuckers house and gets his help and together they go to Switzerland to stop the evil plan.

When they get there they try to get into the cable car station using a hook. English mistakes a device thinking it is the mechanism used with the hook and it is actually a distress beacon as loud as a panic alarm or smoke alarm. All the guards can hear this and set out to capture them. English and Tucker hide the beacon in the snow and it then fire’s off a flare showing the guards where they are (hahahahahahahahahaha, funniest scene). English asks Tucker to capture him so they can get into the base. They get into the base and find out that Simon plans to use Pegasus as the killer and give her the drug but they give it to English instead. English uses the lipstick gun originally meant for Pegasus and tries to shoot the Chinese Premier. English’s mind training comes into effect and tries to stop himself. Tucker manages to cut the signal communicating with English. Simon shouts at the microphone but reveals himself as the actual villain because Tucker changed the output device to the speakers. He also manages to stop English by making him dance to Word Up by Cameo. English dies from the drug but is brought back to life by a combination of the psychologist kissing him and his monk training. English chases after Simon in the cable car and finally kills him with a rocket launcher umbrella.

English is given his Knighthood back by the Queen but it turns out that the Queen is the killer cleaner in disguise. He chases after her and thinks he has captured her and starts beating her up. Some agents enter the room with the killer cleaner and English discovers that he is beating up the real Queen.

In the credits English is shown cooking the Takeaway at the psychologists flat to the tune of In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Johnny English Reborn is an enjoyably Funny film but it is not as good as the first. It is trying to be a spy film instead of a funny film with a spy story. If it was like the first in story and how it was presented it may have been better. Also what happened to the Good Opening Theme of the original. The cast is an interesting mix of characters and you will be going through the film thinking wasn’t she in or isn’t he. Overall it is a Fun film but it could have been better but don’t let that put you off from seeing it. If you like to laugh there are points in this film where you won’t be able to stop. 


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