Conventional best 10 films of the year (so far) – Part 2


The final 5 of my top ten films of this years releases

 

5. Starred up – Directed by: David Mackenziestarred-up-movie-poster-jack

British films usually have a tendency to create a very raw and gritty feel to the film and in this case it’s really no different.

This is a tough prison drama that goes some way to questioning the way troubled youths are handled. It has a sensational central performance by Jack O’Connell who is sure to have a great career and it leaves the audiences gripping on to every scene.

 

4. Inside Llewyn Davis – Directed by: Ethan and Joel CoenInside-Llewyn-Davis-Poster

By now the Coen brother’s have established themselves as some of the finest Directors of modern cinema and
their back on full form here.

What makes this such a delight of a film is that old and new actors to the Coen fold are excellent, quite essential
for such a piece. Oscar Isaac (now onto Star Wars fame) not only manages to deliver on the failing musician he portrays but he also performs many of the songs himself. Such was my joy for this film that I immediately downloaded the soundtrack and I still enjoy listening to it now.

 

3. Grand Budapest Hotel – Directed by: Wes AndersonThe-Grand-Budapest-Hotel-UK-Quad-Poster-620x330

Just like the Coen brother’s Wes Anderson has an easily recognisable style making him one of the very
best auteurs out there.

I’m a real fanboy when it comes to any of Anderson’s work, there’s just something about his individual tone
that rings true with me. Many of his past work centred on a rather contained plot that didn’t look to push too far from it’s boundaries.

Grand Budapest Hotel felt much larger than any of the other’s helped no doubt by a massive but brilliant cast list. It also happens to be one of the funniest films of the year delivered perfectly by Ralph Fiennes, added to some truly beautiful set pieces.

 

2. They came together – Directed by: David Wainthey-came-together-poster-2 (1)

It was tight between a number of films in making this list but in the end David Wain’s parody flick makes it simply based on enjoyment.

When I got to see this I didn’t really know what to expect, my knowledge was that it was a comedy
starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd which really was enough to draw me in. I hadn’t expected the
satirical outlook on romantic comedies that was so brilliant observed by cast and crew alike.

The rest of the films this year will sure find it hard to match the delivery of jokes that are perfectly executed in this film. It’s hilarious, clever and yet ridiculously daft all in one.

 

1. 12 Years a Slave – Directed by: Steve McQueen12yas-poster-art

Now with it’s multitude of Oscars that for a change is actually thoroughly deserved, it’s still easily one of the best films of the year.

It’s hard to know where to start praising this film, with so many qualities adding up to a shattering experience that does it’s subject matter as much justice as possible. Steve McQueen is known of course for tackling those areas that some might not have the confidence to express appropriately.

It’s a tough watch in many parts but for all the right reasons as in the past Hollywood has rather shied a way from this.
The central performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor just goes that one step further in making this outstanding.

Honourable mentions:

These films are also good – X-Men: Days of future past, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie, Calvary, Cold in July, The Double, Dallas Buyers Club, Only Lovers Left Alive and Snowpiercer

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