Favorites of 2014: The Silver Screen
Each year I cut the favorites list in half. The first half is always the movies and TV shows of the past year that I've enjoyed most. The second are the best of books from my reading year. Since, of course, it's the books we love the most, that is the one I publish secondly. Let's jump in.
At the Movies... I really think I found some that were surprisingly good this year. Those I did see weren't "great" in the sense of whatever magic it is that makes a movie truly spectacular - or something like Amazing Grace, but there are some on this list that I found heartwarming. Most of all, there are fun titles that left me feeling happy and right or wrong, that's largely all I require from entertainment.
Belle: Quiet and impactful. We need more of these.
Captain America, the Winter Soldier: *happy sigh* Who doesn't love the Captain? It's no secret I think he's a pretty great guy and in my movie opinion, this sequel was epic. In the best kind of way.
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire: Technically this one came out in 2013, but I didn't see it until this year. So... it counts.
Divergent: LOVED this YA adaptation. I cannot judge it as an adaptation, but as a dystopian picture, it's brilliant. Especially the romance which is (relatively) mess free.
The Fault in our Stars: I'm wavering on this one. On one hand it really was a beautiful kind of love story and I like it simply because it made me like (or respect) a not-so-happy ending.
The Hundred-Foot Journey: this one I added last minute because it's a good, solid quiet kind of film. Moviegoers need more of that amid the "big-action pictures" (which I admit I do normally love). Plus it has some great family values.
If I Stay: I'm not 100% sure about this one being on the list. But I did like it way more than I anticipated and since usually I wouldn't go for this kind of movie, I *had* to add it.
Maleficent: Marvel may have the superhero world cornered, but Disney has the fairytale/fantasy world in their grip. Oh, my! This one is so charming with deeper messages that one might expect. Also, I would love to add another certain Disney title to this list. Alas I haven't seen it yet. This week..
Thor, the Dark World: Again, this one released in 2013, but via the DVD, I saw it earlier this year. Vast improvement over movie number one. Loved it so much.
Veronica Mars: Ah, Veronica. Adding this kickstarter film to the list was a no-brainer.
X-Men, Days of Future Past: Whoever it was that decided it was a good idea to merge the past, younger X-Men with the next generation is brilliant. For a superhero blockbuster I adored this one.
TV Shows... Unlike most years, I actually watched some new season shows by their websites or via instant download. Some I haven't caught up with yet, others I'm still watching and enjoying (while passing it off as work *wink*). Either way, even NOT being caught up on most of these, I have to say, 2014 brought some great TV to our homes.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Been told this one only gets better. Still on season one, but so far, so good.
The Blacklist: Yes, this one premiered in 2013, but I binge-watched it earlier this past summer. So. Darn. Good. (Be warned, it's very addicting.)
The Flash: Loving this one lots. I've had the pleasure of recapping it for Silver Petticoat and am actually missing it over this break. We'll be back to chatting it up in January though!
Forever: Glad this lovely got a full season pick up. The pilot was really good. All the tweets and declarations of its improvement has tempted me to watch more... and I haven't.
The Librarians: Fun is what this show seems to operate on.
The Musketeers: New favorite British bit of sappy fun alert. LOVED this one... until the end. It got kind of sad which makes me wonder: is this going to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors? Robin Hood and Merlin both started out splendidly then spiraled into darkness...! Huh.
Selfie: *sniff* Why did this get cancelled?! It was so cute. This reminds me. I still have to watch the final episodes.
I actually tried a couple of other new shows this season also... but I'm still trying to decide how I feel about them. Sometimes the good outweighs the bad... and sometimes the bad overshadows the good.
That's a wrap.
My favorites from the big and small screen of 2014. Share any thoughts, comments or your favorites down below. Next up are my book picks of 2014! Be on the lookout.
Happy Monday, friends.