Movies of 2014

I’m a bit behind the times, but I wanted to review the things I did in 2014, particularly since I was lax in the past couple of years about posting to my blog (instead tending to post to Twitter for tiny things that used to drive my blog posts).  I did see a good number of movies last year, so that’s my first 2014 recap post.  Thanks to a friend having an interest in oddball movies, I have quite a few unusual entries on the list.  I’m also sure I’ve missed a few, particularly if they were 2013 end-of-year movies that I saw at the beginning of 2014.

I noticed recently that the reason I see a movie in the theater vs. at home is because the movie benefits from the big screen format (i.e., big scale action movies or rich animation) or because there’s some groundswell of discussion about it that I want to participate in currently.  If you look at the list of ones I saw in the theater, they fall into those two groups distinctly.  Much of my movie-viewing has clearly shifted to on-demand services, like Amazon Instant Video or Netflix.  That Harrah’s offers free PPV movies to Seven Stars members in many of their hotels didn’t hurt, either.

Of the movies I saw last year, I think The Wolf of Wall Street is probably my favorite, though I have no interest in ever watching it again.  It was the most impactful, but it also just made me feel icky.  Of the 2014 movies, I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy the most, but Big Hero 6 and Mockingjay Part 1 are very close in the running.

Movies released in 2014 that I saw in 2014 (* indicates I saw it via on-demand services, not in a theater):

  • The Lego Movie
  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Divergent*
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Big Hero 6
  • Mockingjay Part 1

Movies released earlier that I saw for the first time in 2014:

  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Tampopo
  • Rubber
  • Wrong
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Raid
  • The Raid 2: Redemption
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • American Hustle

Movies released in 2014 that I still want to see:

  • Her (technically released at end of 2013 but didn’t go wide until 2014)
  • The Monuments Men
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Maleficent
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Into the Woods
  • Tammy
  • Unbroken
  • Wild
  • Big Eyes

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