I love going to the cinema, if you read this blog much you would have picked up on that. We are very, very lucky to have such amazing parents who love our son so much that they have him stay over 2-4 nights per month, which he totally loves, as he loves his grand-parents, he has his own room there and a billion or so toys, and for us it means a little break, and time to be a couple. I believe it is very important for parents to get a rest every now and then, especially when you have young children. Because as much fun as they are, it is exhausting, so a little break does everyone a world of good.
Anyway, getting back to the point, we have a cineworld Unlimited card and therefore go out to the cinema at least twice a month. So here is the first part, the first 5 of my top 10 favourite movies from 2014:
- Begin Again
This movie was such a surprise, don’t you love that? I watched it because there was nothing else I wanted to see, I had never heard of it, I was prepared even to dislike it. The first time I saw it, I thought, yeah not bad, but then I went home and it was obviously playing around in my subconscious because within a few days, I wanted to see it again, and dragged my husband with me. The second time was even better, I loved the music, and was even singing along to some bits of it. I was so surprised by Keira Knightley’s voice, she had such a unique sound, and what a fabulous idea of making an album all over the city of New York. I could tell straight away by the guy’s voice that it was the lead singer from Maroon 5 (Adam Levine). I absolutely loved the song ‘Lost Stars’, so much so that I downloaded it, give it a listen, it is so beautiful:
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I never saw the original Planet of the Apes movies from the 60s, however I did see the prelude to this movie “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” from 2011, which I quite enjoyed, though I have to say this movie is far superior to that. I was so blown away by their little community of Apes, they reminded me so much of early tribes men and women with what they wore, the face make-up, how they lived and communicated, it was fascinating. Caesar, the leader of the apes, and Malcolm the representative of the remaining humans forge a relationship and have high hopes, but both Caesar and Malcolm are double-crossed by those they trusted, it is sad, but intriguing to see how very similar apes and humans are. The giant and very motherly ‘Maurice’ was my favourite ape, although I think, judging by his name that he is a dude – oh well. If that doesn’t convince you to watch, maybe this will: Apes on horseback!!
- Monuments Men
A war-movie with a twist! I don’t actually usually enjoy war movies, mostly because of the fighting element, but this one was different, it was a bunch of funny old guys trying to save art from the Nazi’s. I have to admit that when I saw paintings from Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh etc going up in flames, I did get a little teary eyed, and I am not even an art enthusiast. This movie totally opened my eyes to the smaller tragedies that happened during the second world war. Obviously it is nothing as bad as the horrific monstrosities that happened to the people who died, but it was a nice change to watch a war movie with a different focus. The main thing that makes this movie is the cast – the cast was amazing including: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville (from Downton Abbey, love Downton!) and more.
- Lego Movie
Everything is Awesome! Need I say more…Ok I will. We took Nate to see this at the cinema, although he found it a bit intense (he was 2.5 years at the time), we now have it on DVD and he absolutely loves it (mostly because Batman is in it). I’m not ashamed to say I really enjoyed it too, and I am not a 7 year old boy, but who cares. Liam Neeson, is one of my favourite actors, and is fabulous as Good Cop/Bad Cop, it is funny, creative and fun. Plus there is a very catchy theme tune that you will never get out of your mind no matter how hard you try, the only real question is…do DFS sell the double-decker couch?
- A Million Ways to Die in the West
I’m not really into western movies, so this very non-traditional western was a breath of fresh air. This movie was just funny, maybe there is nothing else to say, it was unique in that it showed how dangerous the West actually was, and that you could die in all sorts of stupid, benign, painful and mostly funny ways. It was genius, and I can’t wait to watch it again on DVD. It was made by the makers of Ted, so if that made you laugh, you should enjoy this – especially as there is a little less swearing although a bit more violence. Oh yeah and Liam Neeson is in it! Still need convincing: there is a song about moustaches.
Please come back in a few weeks to read part 2, where I will be talking about: Gone Girl, The Imitation Game and more.
What was the best movie you saw this year?