Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2014

I’m determined to get these 100 movies done in the next week or so. It’s getting so, so difficult though! 2014 was a particularly good year for movies and I was fully swept into the awards season by this year too. I went through my Letterboxd list to find all the 2014 movies I’d seen and started my preliminary list, telling myself to be much stricter this time around. I’ve ended up with 15, and it pains me so much to have to take 4 of these amazing movies off my list.

As always, you can see my other Top 100 Movies of the Decade posts here on the master page. This post brings me to the halfway point!

2014 Movies Watched: 94
Movies that just missed this list: Paddington, Interstellar, Nightcrawler, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Chef

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#10 It Follows

Yeah, you bet your ass a horror movie made my top movies list! I can’t even pretend I don’t like horror movies anymore, I’ve fully embraced the genre. It Follows was the first horror movie to actually mess me up afterwards and leave me questioning my reality.

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#9 The Grand Budapest Hotel

This my first Wes Anderson movie. I watched it about a year late after seeing so many other bloggers rave about it, and they were right too. What a crazy world I found myself in!

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#8 The Lego Movie

It’s been 5/6 years Allie, are you still mad that the Oscars snubbed The Lego Movie? I am! It still hurts! It doesn’t matter that the sequel wasn’t as good, The Lego Movie was so original and so funny at the time! Everything’s not awesome.

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#7 Kingsman: The Secret Service

The marketing team behind the first Kingman movie needed firing, because the trailers so missold the movie as a comedy for teens. It’s actually a comedy for everyone, and it’s hilarious. The sequel is just as good, and we’re getting a third this year and I cannot wait.

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#6 Guardians of the Galaxy

I think GotG was the first Marvel movie I felt iffy about before seeing. There was no way I was going to miss it, but I wasn’t sold by the trailer. I ended up having a blast, though. Rocket remains as my all-time favourite MCU character, I think. I love that little trash panda.

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#5 What We Do in the Shadows

Okay, if you haven’t seen this movie yet you need to right that wrong, now. I’ve come to realise that Taika Waititi is a legendary director, and he hasn’t created anything I haven’t liked yet. Not only does he co-direct this mockumentary about vampires trying to live their lives, he stars in it too. I’m yet to see the TV show but I’ve heard it’s good!

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#4 Whiplash

I was blown away by Whiplash when I first saw it and I’m yet to find another movie with an ending as tense. I think I actually stopped breathing in those final few minutes. This is J.K. Simmons at his finest, and I doubt Miles Teller will ever be this good again.

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#3 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

It’s been too long since I saw Birdman last but it is so much more than a gimmick! The whole movie looks like it was shot in 1 long take and it’s so effective. I’m still salty it didn’t scoop up more awards.

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#2 Gone Girl

One of my favourite cinema experiences will forever be watching Gone Girl, having never read the book, and witnessing that twist in a full screen. It was simply brilliant.

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#1 Ex Machina

Criminally overlooked at the awards, there’s no way Ex Machina wasn’t getting my top spot for 2014. Deliciously dark, witty and stunning, it’s just a brilliant movie, end of. Also my introduction to 2 of my favourite Star Wars boys!

The Gentlemen (2020)

the-gentlemen-movie-poster-review-2020Director: Guy Ritchie

Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy

Runtime: 113 Minutes

Main Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Eliot Sumner

Plot: Micker Pearson runs a multi-billion drugs business but is looking to sell and move on. He has 2 offers on the table but things get complicated when one of Mickey’s top-secret locations gets raided by a young gang.

My Thoughts: I haven’t gotten around to making any new years resolutions yet but if I did, I think ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ would be one of them. Or perhaps, ‘Don’t judge a movie by its trailer’ would be more appropriate. It feels like we’ve had the trailer for The Gentlemen thrust upon us for months now, and every time, although I’ll admit it looked entertaining, I wasn’t convinced it would be a movie I could love. I don’t care for gangster movies and as far as I could see, there wasn’t any kind of solid plot.

How wrong could I be? From an unrecognisable cockney Hugh Grant flirting with world’s sexiest assistant Charlie Hunnam, to Matthew McConaughey not only not irritating me with his face alone but actually being my favourite character, I loved every minute of this. It started out a bit complicated but the story is told via Hugh Grant’s character who talks us through everything, and I quickly caught up.

I do wonder how well it’ll be received out of the UK, only because of the humour. It feels very British to me, with a whole load of f-bombs and c-bombs thrown into almost every sentence. If you’re a fan of movies like In Bruges (2008) – also starring a hilarious Colin Farrell, then you’re going to love this, I think. I don’t know if it’s right to give the first movie of 2020 I saw in the cinema top marks but honestly, it deserves it.

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Best Bit: Colin Farrell and his boys. I always forget how funny Colin Farrell is in these dark comedies. The scene at the boxing club where one of his boys complains that another is being racist had me in tears!

Worst Bit: I came into the screen a couple of minutes late, I was starving and the line at Costa was huge, so I think I missed a couple of minutes and like I said, the first few minutes were a bit of an information overload anyway so I panicked for a while thinking I wasn’t going to understand anything.

Fun Trivia: Towards the end of the film Hugh Grant’s “Fletcher” stands in front of a movie poster for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. a previous Guy Ritchie film he also starred in as slick operative “Waverly”.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 perfectly made cups of tea, so beautifully filmed throughout this glorious movie.

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Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2013

This is where it starts to get difficult. In 2014 I started blogging so my first point of call was to go back to the previous year and watch as many movies as I could, including actively hunting out the great ones I would normally miss. I was starting to pay attention to the BAFTAs and Oscars and generally opening up my horizons. At the same time, I’m naturally easily pleased and there aren’t a lot of movies I actively dislike, so trying to pick 10 and labelling them as the best is so hard! But a lot of fun, too.

2013 Movies Watched: 85 (quite a big jump from 2012)

You can find my other lists on the master page here which I’m adding to as I go along.

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#10 Snowpiercer

What a delightfully weird movie Snowpiercer is. It got such a quiet release and then word spread like wildfire through the bloggersphere and that’s how I found out about it. A fantastic cast and an ending that’ll get you talking, so highly recommended from me.

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#9 Saving Mr. Banks

I shamefully care little for Mary Poppins to be perfectly honest so I skipped Saving Mr. Banks at the cinema. It’s such a touching story though, and with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as the leads, it was impossible not to love.

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#8 Short Term 12

Dear internet trolls whining about how Brie Larson has no emotion – see here, please. I looked up Short Term 12 after seeing Room (2015) and ugh, what a beautiful and painful story. This was also LaKeith Stanfield’s first feature movie so worth a watch for him, too.

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#7 Frozen

I’m not apologising for Frozen being here. I don’t care if you don’t believe me but I loved Frozen before the hype kicked in and kind of ruined it all. It swept me up with its catchy tunes, funny lyrics, a plot relatively simple but with a delightful twist.

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#6 Begin Again

Is it not time we got another movie from John Carney? They’re like soup for the soul. Once (2007) will always have a special place in my heart but Begin Again is probably my favourite of his. Great cast, gripping story, beautiful soundtrack. It’s going to get a rewatch this week I think.

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#5 This Is the End

I can’t stand James Franco but I do find Seth Rogan funny. Comedy is so subjective and hit and miss but I really think This Is the End might be the best modern comedy ever. It’s funny from start to finish, has some amazing cameos and you can tell everyone involved is having so much fun.

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#4 Inside Llewyn Davis

If a Coen brothers movie consisting of a beautifully moody Oscar Isaac taking a cat onto the subway and singing a song with Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake about outer space isn’t enough for you, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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#3 About Time

Again, not sorry. About Time is one of the most beautiful and romantic movies I have ever seen. It has a crazy plot about time travel involved which on paper should make it terrible, but it works so well. I watched it for the first time not long before my wedding and it gave me so many nightmares about torrential rain on my wedding day!

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#2 Enemy

I might be wrong but I think Enemy is a criminally under-watched movie. If you’re a Jake Gyllenhaal fan or a mystery fan, this is the movie for you. It’s one of those with a feeling of unease and confusion throughout, but every single detail along the way is there for a reason. It’s not a horror in any sense but the ending still haunts me now!

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#1 Prisoners

Denis Villeneuve is one of my favourite directors, and Prisoners is without a doubt my favourite movie of his. When a child goes missing and the police can’t help, the parents take matters into their own hands. It gets so dark, and I felt so conflicted watching it. But it’s such a compelling story and just like with Enemy, I’m still not over the ending.

Little Women (2019)

little-women-2019-movie-review-posterDirector: Greta Gerwig

Genre: Drama, Romance

Runtime: 135 Minutes

Main Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, James Norton

Plot: Based on the classic novel, Little Women is the story of the 4 March sisters each eager to live their own lives, as told by one of the four herself, Jo March.

My Thoughts: Are we talking enough about Florence Pugh? Because I don’t think we are. In January 2019 she went from an actress I’d never heard of to my favourite actress of the year. Which is how I found myself watching Little Women after Christmas. I’ve never read the novel, nor watched the original movie, and I don’t think there will ever be a day I can say I love period dramas but damn it, I will watch one for Florence Pugh!

I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. With a cast like this, it’s hard not to enjoy it, and Saoirse Ronan was made for roles like Jo March. I found the sisters slightly irritating to begin with but it was so easy to warm to them. Timothée Chalamet gets more interesting the more I see of him too. Were we meant to both love his character and want to slap him at the same time? Because that’s how I felt!

From watching Friends all those years ago I knew there was going to be an upsetting moment somewhere along the way but I’d forgotten who/when/why. Ugh, even though you know what’s coming before it happens it doesn’t make it any easier. Why am I like this? When I left the cinema I was positive I liked the movie, but the more I’ve thought about it the more I actually enjoyed it. It’s one of those I need to sleep on.

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Best Bit: Florence Pugh having a tantrum is big, floofy (yes, spellchecker, floofy is a word, take your red, squiggly line away from here) skirts is what I live for. Also, there’s a scene in which she’s wearing a flower crown and dancing in a circle and I got Midsommar vibes. So need to see that movie again.

Worst Bit: Time jumps! I’m not thick enough that I need a ‘7 years earlier’ stamp in every scene but oh man was I confused. One sister had a fringe in the old scenes that she doesn’t have in the present scenes but that was honestly the only way I could tell which timeline we were on.

Fun Trivia: Emma Watson took over the role of Meg March from Emma Stone, who became unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with promoting The Favourite (2018). Ironically, Stone previously took over the role of Mia in La La Land (2016) after Watson dropped out of the project due to the commitment of her role as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017).
I love both Emmas but this definitely worked out for the best.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 peaches that thankfully Timeothée Chalamet was not holding at any moment in this movie.

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Going Off Topic (#23) Who, What, Where, When, Why?

I’m doing a grand old job at posting all my Top 10 lists for the decade, aren’t I? I’m just stuck in that time between Christmas and New Year when I don’t know what day of the week it is, what time of day it is or what a decent meal looks like. Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and wine…wine whenever! So whilst I’m in no shape to be ranking movies or attempting to review anything I’ve seen, enjoy some word vomit from yours truly.

I hope you all had a grand Christmas, by the way! Mine’s been fab. I’ve spent the days with family and friends and it’s genuinely been lovely. Speaking of friends, my bestie Steph is going to get an ODEON Limitless card in the New Year so I’m going to have a cinema buddy for 2020! Hurrah! I mention her often here but she’s actually been my best friend since we were about 14. We lost touch after school but reunited around 6 years ago and now we live literally seconds away from each other! She’s as nuts as me, and she was grateful I didn’t mention how she broke down in tears in my car after watching Rise of Skywalker. Whoops.

Movies wise, I think I’ve only seen 2 new ones since I wrote anything here.I’ve rewatched Rise of Skywalker twice now but I also watched Parasite on Boxing Day (bloody brilliant) and I saw Little Women last night which was good, if not my usual cup of tea, and ever so slightly confusing with the time jumps. Oh! And I did see Jumanji: The Next Level as well which was surprisingly good, just like the first.

Over to TV…I didn’t catch up with Mr. Robot in time to watch the finale as it happened. I haven’t seen any spoilers yet though, so I’ll get there eventually. I did finish The Mandalorian which was glorious, and I’m interested to see where Season 2 takes us. Me and my husband have started watching The Witcher together which is actually really good so far, even though we’re only 2 episodes in. Can we all agree that Toss a Coin to Your Witcher is the greatest song of 2019? And finally – I’ve started Season 2 of You which is everything I wanted it to be. Life is good, guys.

So, once I’m back into the swing of things I’ll be posting regularly again, and I desperately need to catch up on the blogs I follow too (sorry, guys!). I’ll be finishing my Top 100 Movies of the Decade posts, announcing my 2020 Blind Spot list, and probably making a few New Year’s Resolutions too.

For now – I hope you’re enjoying the break, if you’ve got one, and I’m super excited to be sharing the movies of 2020 with you all next year!

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2012

Two days in a row, baby! And a happy Christmas Eve to you all! I’ll be offline for Christmas Day and Boxing Day whilst buried under torn-up wrapping paper with a plate of pigs in blankets in one hand and a bottle glass of wine in the other, but I’ll be back soon. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

I’m back with my next 10 top movies of the decade, this time looking at 2012. These lists are starting to get more and more difficult to narrow down, but it’s so fun to look back on what I’ve watched and enjoyed. You can find the other lists for the decade here.

2012 Movies Watched: 50

2012 was the first year I watched the BAFTAs, and although most of the movies nominated were completely unheard of to me, I loved watching the ceremony and I haven’t missed a year since. I guess this year was the start of my movie hobby, although I wouldn’t start blogging for another 2 years.

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#10 Magic Mike

Wait, wait, don’t close the tab just yet! It gets better, I swear. Come on, though. Not only was Magic Mike a wildly fun movie to watch the cinema with friends (or your Mum, if you’re me), it was actually a decent movie at the same time!

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#9 Chronicle

Chronicle is a criminally underrated movie. It’s found-footage done well. It’s a perfect blend of superhero and thriller and it’s darker than expected. And if nothing else, it introduced me to Dane DeHaan who never fails to put in an excellent performance.

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#8 Dredd

I was mostly forced to go and watch Dredd, it’s not my usual go-to movie. At face value, it’s an extremely simple movie but it does action and gore very, very well. If I remember right it was a 3D-only release at the cinema (in the UK, anyway) which seemed odd at the time but worked brilliantly!

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#7 Silver Linings Playbook

I miss the old Jennifer Lawrence who seemed super down to earth. Regardless, I loved Silver Linings Playbook. It was a touching representation of mental illness and two individuals finding love despite their problems. I haven’t seen it since but I really ought to.

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#6 Disconnect

This one I didn’t watch until after I’d started blogging, and I can’t remember who it was who put this on my radar but I was so glad I watched it. I guess the TV show Black Mirror took away the need for movies like Disconnect, but it shows the stories of several lives ruined by the internet and social media.

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#5 Argo

Basically, on the night I watched the BAFTAs for the first time, Argo was the movie I was rooting for. It was possibly the only nominated movie I’d watched but I loved it and was rooting so hard for it! The scenes at the airport were so intense, I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing for a while.

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#4 Django Unchained

I guess 2012 was a year of a lot of firsts because Django Unchained was my first Quentin Tarantino movie. I’d seen clips of Pulp Fiction in college but didn’t watch it fully till much later. There are still a few of his that I need to see but Django Unchained will probably stay as one of my favourites.

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#3 Looper

After Looper, The Last Jedi, and Knives Out, I will blindly watch anything that Rian Johnson makes. I must literally be his target audience. Looper was so much fun! I’ve always enjoyed the theory of time travel and it was so well done in this movie.

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#2 The Avengers

There was no stopping the MCU train at this point. I remember thinking this Avengers movie was bold by bringing so many superheroes together! The Avengers was everything it needed to be. It was funny, it was captivating, it had great action, and it had heart.

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#1 Moonrise Kingdom

Another movie I can thank the bloggers for introducing me to. After watching The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014 and wondering what on earth that colourful, crazy and amazing movie was, you all told me more about Wes Anderson and the rest of his work. Moonrise Kingdom is where I turned to next and it did not disappoint. It was so sweet.

Top 100 Movies of the Decade: 2011

Remember how I said I was going to publish one of these posts a day in the run-up to the New Year? Yeah, sorry. Don’t worry, at my usual rate I should be done by Easter! I’ll create a page on my blog’s menu bar for these lists now as I try and pick up speed a little. If you didn’t see my 2010 list, I’m trying to put together a Top 100 Movies of the Decade list, but with 10 movies from each year as opposed to an overall list. I’m weak.

These lists will get better as they go, but as I mentioned last time, I only started movie blogging in 2014, and I still have so many movies I should see. I guess there’s always an option to update the lists, though!

2011 Movies Seen: 45

This was surprisingly difficult to rank. Although I haven’t seen many 2011 releases, I really liked a lot of them, so finding 10 was no problem. I’m not completely happy with the order though, I think I would change them every day.

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#10 Thor

I know the original Thor movie wasn’t at the top of many people’s lists but for me, it was the movie that got me invested in the MCU. I loved the simplicity of it, the introduction to Asgard, to one of the MCU’s best villains, Loki, and well, Chris Hemsworth as Thor. What more can I say!

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#9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

I’m glad the idea of splitting final movies in franchises into 2 parts didn’t stick around long, because it’s just unnecessary. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 might not have been my favourite Harry Potter movie, but even on a bad day I still love the franchise.

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#8 Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America has grown on me over the years. I don’t know why for sure, but I was never a big fan to begin with. It has nothing to do with Chris Evans, who is fantastic, but the character just didn’t do it for me. I’ve seen the error of my ways, though!

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#7 Horrible Bosses

You can admit it, you hate me for this being here, higher than 2 MCU movies. It’s okay. But the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis is too perfect for me to not include it. I saw it in the cinema back when it was busy every night, and comedies are best watched with company, strangers or not.

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#6 The Help

I need to see this again. 2011 me was painfully naive when it came to movies. Comedies and action movies were my go-to, and I only watched The Help because of my little obsession with Emma Stone. It was moving, upsetting and hilarious at the same time, and well worth a watch.

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#5 The Muppets

I’m going to stop trying to defend my choices now and just run with them. The Muppets were basically my childhood. I was raised on them. There was no way I was not going to love this new movie. The soundtrack is to die for, the cameos are brilliant and relentless, and it was funny from start to finish. Fun fact – at my wedding, after we said our vows, we walked back down the aisle to ‘Life’s A Happy Song’.

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#4 Source Code

Jake Gyllenhall. On a train. Trying to stop a bomber. He dies, he’s brought back to the train. Mystery! Explosions! Plot twist! If you need more than those things to enjoy a movie, I don’t know what to tell you.

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#3 Crazy, Stupid, Love

Literally the best modern-day rom-com out there. Don’t tell me I’m wrong. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have perfect chemistry together. We’ve since had Gangster Squad (not that good) and La La Land (perfect) with them together and I’m sure we’re due a reunion by now!

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#2 Drive

Speaking of Ryan Gosling. Drive is a weird one for me. I watched it, yes, because I was on a Ryan Gosling thirst, and I hated every second of it. It was pretentious and boring, but it felt like something my husband (then, boyfriend) would love, so the next day I told him to watch it and ended up watching it with him. On a second viewing, everything made sense, and I loved it! Weird, right?

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#1 The Cabin in the Woods

I’m still not sure if The Cabin in the Woods should stay as my #1 choice for the year, but it certainly deserves its place for now. On the surface, this should have been your average modern horror movie but somehow it’s a horror, comedy and sci-fi movie in one and it works!