FAVORITE FILMS OF 2014
1. The Tale of Princess Kaguya
3. The LEGO Movie
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
Kaguya speaks for itself, so I have nothing to say. Except that I'm going to miss Studio Ghibli.
As for Godzilla...I consider the original 1954 Gojira to be the greatest motion picture of all time, so Gareth Edwards' remake certainly had a lot to live up to. Not that Gojira was the benchmark - I was only hoping that this new Godzilla would stand among the more decent entries of the series. What I did not expect was that it would be such an unusual modern blockbuster, and in doing so deliver what I always wanted to see from a Godzilla film: ground-level perspective. With only eight minutes of screen time for the title character, the focus instead is on the helpless humans who have to navigate the rubble while unfathomable monsters fight it out in the background. And those eight minutes are spent wisely, as Godzilla has not been presented with this level of terror and awe since the original.
I am also quite fond of the other selections, for various reasons.
FAVORITE FILM SCREENING OF 2014
Akira at the Uptown Theatre
FAVORITE MOVIE TRAILER OF 2014
Birdman teaser trailer
FAVORITE OTHER THINGS OF 2014
True Detective, Community's "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics," Craig Ferguson's farewell song, and the Lego Research Institute set