YAM’s Top Films of 2014
You know what I’m realising? My life is just going to go. Like that. This series of milestones. Getting married. Having kids. Getting divorced. The time that we thought you were dyslexic. When I taught you how to ride a bike. Getting divorced… again. Getting my masters degree. Finally getting the job I wanted. Sending Samantha off to college. Sending you off to college. You know what’s next? Huh? It’s my fucking funeral! Just go, and leave my picture!
Boyhood will easily stand the test of time in film history and it is concrete proof that Richard Linklater’s mind, vision and scope are one of a kind.
Guardians of the Galaxy captured the kid in us all. From the rise of the Wannabe Hero to the Silent Sidekick, it had something for everyone and enough laughs to last a lifetime.
You… don’t have to be… the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you, and you… still… can change everything.
What makes the film memorable happens near the end when it takes an unexpected direction, managing to give a strong payoff by balancing the “use of creativity” versus “following the rules in life” that is seen throughout, tying everything that happens in The LEGO Movie. It’s wonderful to watch in terms of what’s it like to play with Lego (or toys in general), and it’s a standout moment for this year in film viewing.