JK’s TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2014

365 days in the making, a list that I have been chopping, changing and amending on a weekly basis, a list that takes great pains. In total this year I have viewed and reviewed 132 films. The biggest in my career to date. I have noticed in the last few years my tastes in films are changing and I am getting more judgmental and picky in my tastes (I suppose this should happen – I am a freaking critic after all) but one thing you notice when you watch so many movies is how so many of them just suck, it is the few pieces of brilliance that keep you watching, viewing movies is like fishing, you know there are huge fish at the bottom of the ocean but occasionally you pull up a great one (fewer and further apart than the others), occasionally a little baby and sometimes you get rorted and the fish takes all your bait. And so it is with movies.

There is something I would like to bring up, films are subjective, something I have been learning over the years. I am usually offended if someone does not like the same movies as me. If someone says a film I have loved beyond compare is shit, I think that person suffers a form of mental retardation. This is something I am coming to accept and something that makes Salty a good site for reviews, so many reviewers, you might not like my style of film love but you may love Andrew’s, John’s, Emma’s, or some of the other Kernels, this is fine – films are an each to their own liking – you will eventually find your critic or site that you agree with – hang on to them. That being said, if you do not like my list, my writer’s lists or the Salty list, good for you, we disagree, if you want to whine or bitch about it then it will just slide off our back, if you want to debate or discuss and say something positive including what you liked then you are a true popper and are welcome! In the words of a million parents the world over “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Just judge internally – (totally my own addition :)).

I have already published our WORST MOVIES OF 2014 and this year I have two more top 20 lists to publish, that of Kernel Andrew and that of the combined score votes of Salty Popcorn. Stay tuned more to come. Now enjoy my list, the few big fish that came to the surface, what are your thoughts? All the best…………JK

 

20) ALL IS LOST

Incredible story, incredible performance.

 

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19) THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Shit timing for this movie, came out right at the start of the year. Superb movie, Leo is my god but it was too long. That scene with the drugs just bloody hell, I think I was bleeding through laughter and haven’t quite seen a vagina like that before – thanks Margot Robbie – this gay man blushed 🙂

 

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18) THE LEGO MOVIE

Genius movie! An entire movie marketing a product that was still next level brilliance. Batman for the win and Astronaut guy was my all time fave.

 

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17) BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL LIVE

Now I did debate this briefly with a friend the other day, Rixy Dix did not believe it should be in a top 20 movie list but in my defence it was a movie that played in cinemas. It was three hours, it had an intermission and it blew my mind – visit the article for more information.

 

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16) THE ROVER

Only saw this last week and just WOW – best Australian movie for the year. RPatz deserves an Oscar nomination for supporting actor, but alas, the academy will not even consider it.

 

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THE ROVER | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

15) ANY DAY NOW

Saw this movie with the parents and we were all floored, occasionally schmaltzy but Cumming is a master of the stage and screen and the movie is worth it for him alone.

 

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14) VENUS IN FUR

Was sent this to review at home, was not really that keen but then sat glued to the screen, such a superb movie, Polanski is a winner!

 

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13) THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Best Marvel film of all time. There, I said it but seriously WTF with the credits scene – any movie that makes me get a crush on a racoon deserves a Top 20 place 🙂

 

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12) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Better than the first movie and the best animation of the year, I think this is possibly my favourite animation series/ franchise of all time – Hiccup and Toothless – I bow to thee!

 

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11) THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson GOLD = the end!

 

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10) SNOWPIERCER

The most under-rated movie of the year that was sorted the world over on cinema release. Sublime OTT action movie. It has Tilda – that is all you need!

 

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9) ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Speaking of Tilda – in this one she is the sexiest vampire to ever live – sorry Louis.

 

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8) NIGHTCRAWLER

My future lover’s masterpiece of the year. Jake is amazing in this movie and the script is standing ovation worthy!

 

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7) YOUNG ONES

Subtle nuanced and bleak, a great science-fiction Western thriller that has a very nuanced cast delivery of a scary looking possible future of planet earth.

 

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SALTY POPCORN AWARDS | JK’S TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2014 | YOUNG ONES

 

6) LAND OF STORMS

A great year for gay cinema, this movie is remarkable and the ending – just a punch in the face!

 

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5) PRIDE

The Billy Elliot/ Brassed Off movie of 2014 – standing ovation for gay films this year!!

 

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4) BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

You can’t help but fall in love with this stunning children’s/ family movie, cutest child actor of all time and the story so innocent but also dangerous – can watch it over and over – will be seeing it with the parents on boxing day again – thanks for my Blu Ray Icon 🙂 Should also be known the band named themselves after this story.

 

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3) WHIPLASH

The Black Swan for the jazz world – JK Simmons for supporting actor Oscar!! The sublime art of abuse for brilliance – it was how Michael Jackson became so brilliant and James Teller is a great match to Simmons!

 

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2) INTERSTELLAR

The movie that divided a planet 🙂 You will love it or hate it, for me this is a film that I could watch a thousand times and still be asking questions. Any movie that can come close to the level of excellence of 2001 is a supreme work of cinematic art, seeing it in 70mm Imax was also an experience I will forever remember. Pity a lot of the viewing public do not grasp it’s achievements.

 

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INTERSTELLAR | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

 

Drumroll……………………………………………………….

 

1) BOYHOOD

One of the best movies I have ever seen, a film that I literally cried in because it was ending at 3hrs long. A movie with no plot but a movie that welcomed me into a family and allowed me to stay for 12years – god I hope they are continuing and making a sequel I can watch when I am 54. I applaud this film on every level.

 

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