2014 was a good year for cinema, there were a lot of great big releases and Beth and I each saw around 20 films, making a top 10 more difficult.

Beth’s list:

10. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
9. Dallas Buyers Club
8. Calvary
7. Belle
6. The Imitation Game
5. The Judge
4. Godzilla
3. The Lego Movie
2. 12 Years a Slave
1. Interstellar
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Jonathan’s list:
10. Dallas Buyers Club
9. Godzilla
8. Belle
7. Edge of Tomorrow
6. Imitation of Game
5. Her
4. Interstellar
3. Gone Girl
2. 12 Years a Slave
1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Beth and I both picked Sci-Fi films this year. 2014 also marked my second such film in a row. We also picked the same film at number 2, which is as close as we have gotten to an agreement on Film of the Year so far. Interstellar was possibly the best cinematic experience that I have seen in a long time. I just had more fun with Guardians of the Galaxy. I have now seen the film five times and still find it an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. Marvel’s latest is exactly the type of film that I want to see and while I am having trouble getting excited for their super hero films at the moment, this seemed fresher, giving us a new space outlaw to (G)root for.

The notable film missing from both of our lists was Boyhood, there is a lot of oscar buzz for that film, however, we watched it and were pretty underwhelmed. The process of making the film was more interesting than the finished product. While I applaud Richard Linklater’s ability to keep the narrative going, that narrative was a little too plain for me. Guardians was practically guaranteed to be my Film of the Year as soon as the lights came up in the cinema.
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Previous winners:

Beth

2013 – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
2012 – Trade of Innocents
2011 – King’s Speech
2010 – Toy Story 3
2009 – Beth was indecisive and picked 5 films
2008 – Juno

Jonathan

2013 – Gravity
2012 – Django Unchained
2011 – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2010 – Inception
2009 – The Wrestler
2008 – The Dark Knight
2007 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford