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The Media Fire’s Top 10 favorite movies of 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Happy Holidays everyone! Well it’s my favorite time of year, the time of year where I get to count down my favorite movies that came out this year. Now let’s make this clear, as much as I tried to be more of a “professional movie critic” this year, I didn’t see most of the movies that will probably be nominated for awards and such. So movies like The Raid 2, Gone Girl, Fury, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budepest Hotel, and many other movies that I herd were great won’t make the list because I didn’t go out and see them. I don’t usually see many R rated movie’s so that usually hinders my movie going lineup a bit. Just expect a very biased, fanboy list. So let’s get down to it!

#10 – Big Hero 6

Disney has been having a bit of a second or third golden-age right now, and this is another fine addition to their line-up. Great animation, cute and likeable characters, lively action sequences, what’s not to love?

#9 – Edge of Tomorrow

Easily in my eye’s one of the year’s more underrated movies, Edge of Tomorrow is one of the best pure sci-fi action movies to come out in a while. The best description of this movie I can give is, honestly, a video game. But in the best way possible that is. Great action, good characters, awesome alien design’s, and a realistic and fleshed out world make this one of the slickest and best movies of the year.

#8 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1 movie review

What can I say, this series just keeps getting better with each installment! Where the movie may lack in action or real plot movement, it easily makes up for with great acting and well rounded characters that are endlessly watchable. Combine that with one of the best and most haunting final act’s I’ve ever seen, and you’ve got a movie which is easily worth the two part installment it’s turned into.

#7 – Noah

If you’re going to make a Biblical movie with freaking rock angles, you better know just what you’re doing. Well this movie not only does, it does it with such gusto and brains it makes this movie easily one of the most entertaining and gripping movies I’ve seen this year. Easily my favorite Bible movie in a while, and one you should check out no matter what your religion or belief.

#6 – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Was this the best Hobbit movie, no. Was it still really entertaining, oh heck yes! Great fantasy action complimented by well developed and entertaining characters help to make this be worth any minor complaints I had. It’s may not be the ending we wanted to the Middle Earth saga, but it’s probably the one we needed, and makes a smooth connection to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy’s. And hey, it’s probably the last we’ll see of Middle Earth we’ll see in a while, so give it a chance if you haven’t already.

#5 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Now we get into the good stuff. Easily the best non-Avengers movie Marvel’s ever made, Winter Soldier not only makes a game changing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but works just as well as a straight up action movie. Speaking of action, if The Raid 2 didn’t exist, this would easily be the best action to come out of a movie all year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a film that probably doesn’t deserve to get overshadowed by Guardians of the Galaxy, though if it did have to get overshadowed by any movie, I’m sure glad it was that one.

#4 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie review

The fact that you can have a movie that contains Apes on horseback with machine guns, while also containing layered and complex characters on all sides is an amazing feat in an of itself. But the fact that most of those said characters are the apes themselves truly shows just how amazing this movie is. To say that Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell deserve Oscar nods is an understatement. This is one of the smartest, most thoughtful sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. And the fact that we got this in the summer is insane.

#3 – Guardians of the Galaxy

What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? Honestly, what can I? If there was ever any proof that people will literally see anything with a Marvel label on, this is it. Oh, and it doesn’t hinder the fact that it has one of the best soundtracks in a movie, period. Now it you’ll excuse me, OOGA OOGA OOGA CHAKA, OOGA OOGA CHAKA, OOGA OOGA OOGA CHAKA, OOGA OOGA OOGA CHAKA!

#2 – Interstellar

Ok, maybe I overreacted a little in my review, but this really deserves to be called one of the years best films. Even if you can’t appreciate all the hugely ambitious ideas and concepts being thrown around in this movie, just that fact that this has some of the best space flight sequences and imagery ever to be put to screen, and little to no CGI was used for most of the movie is an accomplishment in an of itself. Is it perfect, no, but it sure as heck blew me away.

#1 – The Lego Movie

The LEGO Movie

Yep. Still my favorite. First movie I saw this year. And still the best. Oh, it’s not like any other movies came close, lots did. But just thinking about this movie is enough to get me smiling. This movie just has such joy and imagination, it’s stunning. One of the best animated movies to come out in a long time, and absolutely one of my favorite animated movies of all time. And to think that this movie had every right to be just a lame commercial, and Phil Lord and Chris Millar decided to blow the roof is just awesome. Yes, truly everything is awesome with this movie. In fact, this isn’t just a movie, it’s a friggen accomplishment!

So yep, those are my top 10 favorite movies of 2014. Here’s to the new year of awesome movies! Honorable mentions include, The Amazing Spider-man 2, X-men: Days of Future Past, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Godzilla. Next week, top 14 favorite movie moments of this year. What were your favorite movies of 2014? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next time.

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