The Year So Far

Ok, so we’re now well over 4 months into 2014 and I’ve officially seen, as of yesterday, exactly 50 of the year’s film releases. Yeah, I know, I have no life. Whatever.

Anyhoo, to celebrate this momentous milestone, here’s a quick countdown of my top 10 films of the year so far, based on UK release dates (whether that be in cinemas, on Netflix or straight-to-video). I’ll include a link to my reviews of each film (where relevant), along with a brief summation to spare you the pain of having to read through my ramblings all over again.

So, without further ado, here are my top 10 films of the year so far:

#10
The Double

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orl_t3vdsqg]

Richard Ayoade’s sophomore effort sees him take on Dostoyevsky with a glorious combination of dark wit and cynicism; a must watch for all fans of “noir comedy”.

#9
Blue Ruin

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SD_xzxMuHs]

Review to follow… however, let’s just say it’s one of the best explorations of the fruitlessness of cyclical violence that I’ve seen in years.

#8
Raze

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWHlYtqpgj8]

Old school exploitation cinema with a distinctly modern twist, topped off with a badass performance from Zoe Bell.

#7
August: Osage County

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHPsIbfNcLQ]

Like Raze but with a bit more talking…

#6
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llf4gGCZ9gs]

Marvel attempts to recreate the aesthetic of a seventies espionage thriller and somehow pulls it off beautifully in a film that puts its predecessor to shame.

#5
The Wolf of Wall Street

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od-uTyD3gFc]

Marty and Leo engage in copious amounts of sex, drugs and debauchery… what’s not to like!?

#4
12 Years a Slave

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXnwpVLuEyU]

Steve McQueen demonstrates incredible restraint alongside brutal, uncompromising honesty in this devastating and engrossing film about the horrors of American slavery.

#3
Calvary

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvHl53Krxs8]

Brendan Gleeson reunites with John Michael McDonagh in this bleak and harrowing comedy about the state of the Catholic Church, amongst other things, in contemporary Ireland.

#2
The Zero Theorem

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M95zzYF3k4Y]

Brazil and Twelve Monkeys director Terry Gilliam is at his wackiest, though perhaps not his “best” per se, in his look at the literal purposelessness of all human existence.

#1
Starred Up

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsKKJ6Cg8Mg]

Skins alumnus Jack O’Connell puts in a truly star-making performance in David Mackenzie’s caustic prison-based drama that dares to test the audience’s preconceived notions about the British justice system.

What about you then? What are your top 10 films of 2014 so far? Let me know in the box below! =)

Also, for balance and to put the above into some sort of context, here are my five worst films of the year so far, complete with links to reviews.

46 – That Awkward Moment
47 – Ride Along
48 – The Other Woman
49 – Endless Love
50 – I, Frankenstein(‘s Monster)

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