We are half way through 2014 and here is the first half of my top ten of the year from January to June.


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  • Comment number 35. Posted by gareth

    on 21 Oct 2014 03:25

    The raid 2 was an absolute blast and even though its not really much more than that and doesn't pretend to be it so well put together and some of the action was breathtaking!

    Boyhood was a great watch and one of my best this year. Starred up for me was another really good film but in a better year of movies i would not place it at the top, however it was really well made, some great acting and good atmosphere. Calvary is however an amazing film for me and one of my top 3 so far this year.

  • Comment number 34. Posted by tony

    on 29 Aug 2014 21:13

    Cannot believe that a critic of your standing has not seen Locke. An amazing movie and for me THE stand out performance of the year. Just watch Tom Hardy being overlooked for the Oscar because it is not a "prestige" production. Get your act together and GO!

  • Comment number 33. Posted by HedRat

    on 7 Aug 2014 13:56

    Mark, I feel I need to help manage your expectations for The Love Punch. It was the only film a group of three of us could agree on watching. All felt similarly at the end. As a comedy, it's TERRIBLE, but we ENJOYED IT nonetheless as a light diversion. Didn't pass the six-laughs test. There's chemistry enough between Brosnan and Thompson to overlook the other faults, but it's not 'good'. Shame, because Joel Hopkins other films were little treasures.

  • Comment number 32. Posted by GocartMozart

    on 7 Aug 2014 03:05

    If you're going by post Oscar releases, surely 'The Past' shouldn't be in a 2014 'best of list' as it was selected as the Iranian entry for 'Best Foreign Language Film' for the last Oscars, although it wasn't nominated. It actually did receive a nomination in the same category at this years Golden Globes. I'm not I'm not trying to be pedantic, honest! There's 2 reasons I point this out, firstly I like to see how your best/worst top 10 lists compare with mine, secondly, I'm hoping we might just get to see what your number 11 was in an amended list! Wonderful film either way. Cheers Mark, looking forward to part 2 of the list!

  • Comment number 31. Posted by HilaryG

    on 6 Aug 2014 22:19

    Mark, your list will change when you've seen Calvary and Locke. Both of them deserve to be on the list. Go and see them!

  • Comment number 30. Posted by doswillrule

    on 6 Aug 2014 12:53

    Godzilla is a weird one for me. I enjoyed it on a basic level, plenty of pulpy action and some nice cinematography, but the lack of meaningful character development and ropey dialogue stopped it from being anything more than average. I felt exactly the same way about Pacific Rim and Kermode really liked that too. Maybe there are just certain tenets of action/genre cinema you have to live with, but if you're knowingly including bad writing etc. you have to signpost that. I felt like both films wanted to be taken seriously on some level, and were more laughable as a result.

  • Comment number 29. Posted by hbomb

    on 6 Aug 2014 12:24

    Not only Miyazaki's final film, but Studio Ghibli's! http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/aug/04/anime-producer-studio-ghibli-makes-its-last-film

  • Comment number 28. Posted by WSV

    on 5 Aug 2014 19:04

    @26 Bob

    I think you're right sir. The irony of 'Under the Skin' is that it doesn't have anything under it's skin; no depth whatsoever. What makes this worse is that the novel it was adapted from was wonderfully politically satirical and darkly comedic, but the film attempted none of this. It also seemed confused as to what it wanted to be; one moment art house, the next thriller, and then long tracks of staring into space for no apparent reason, etc, etc. It's not the worst film of the year by a long stick, but certainly nearer to my bottom ten than my top ten (I rated it 2/5).

  • Comment number 27. Posted by Chambint

    on 5 Aug 2014 18:03

    Agree with most of Mark's picks (especially Blue Ruin) but one movie I will add which I found to be very intriguing was Denis Villeneuve's 'Enemy' staring Jake Gyllenhaal. A twisted, dark and visceral film about a man's desperate attempt to seek his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. The film had me gripped from start to finish and kept me looking for answers even after it finished (the ending itself has been widely discussed as being very abrupt and indeed unique). If you enjoyed Under the Skin then you will most likely enjoy this film as it deals with similar themes of alienation, surrealism and to a certain extent feminism. Wonderful cinematography also which adds to the story itself.

  • Comment number 26. Posted by Bob

    on 4 Aug 2014 21:23

    I saw Under The Skin today. I thought it was pretty poor. If it had any ideas, I don't know what they were. And I don't feel as badly toward it as I would if I had seen it in the cinema.

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