Russelling Reviews favourite films, the best art house films and films for conversation in 2014 (+the five worst films)

What were the best films of 2014? 
Overall it was a mediocre year for film. There were some good films released, but they were the exception opposed to the norm. Here are the top 10 films of 2014 on Russelling Reviews. The rankings were based on preference opposed to overall star rating. 

1. Fury - The best film of the year
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Amazing story telling and effects
3. Guardians of the Galaxy - Biggest film of 2014 and great start to a new franchise
4. Chef - Hidden jewel and worth a look! 
5. Hector and the Search for Happiness -You probably missed this one, but worth renting

6. Edge of Tomorrow - Live. Repeat. One of the best films of the first half of 2014
7. Big Hero 6 - Favourite animated film of 2014... Yes, even better than Lego Movie
8. Maleficent - Surprising hit from Angelina Jolie... New look at true love 
9. St Vincent - Come on, you have to love Bill Murray
10. The Good Lie - For lack of a better term, an important film for this generation

Best Art House films - What is an Art House film? 
1. Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal was at his creepy best
2. Birdman - Come back trail for Keaton? 
3. Tracks - A nod to good Australian filming and fascinating story
4. The Drop - Tom Hardy at his unassuming best

Best films that would lead to a conversation about God, Jesus or the Bible
1. Fury - When a film has a character named Bible, you cannot miss the opportunities 
2. The Theory of Everything - There was amazing 'God talk' throughout the film
3. Noah and Exodus - Not for how the films were made, but due to the original content
4. The Good Lie - Jeremiah was one of the most endearing characters in film in 2014

The five films worth missing from 2014
1. Left Behind - The money was spent on Nick Cage
2. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction - Please let this franchise go to the junk heap
3. Exodus: Gods and Kings - Ridley, what were you thinking? 
4. Transcendence - Just unplug this film before you watch it
5. Annie - Saw it, but could not bring myself to review it 

What would your favourites be in 2014?

Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews