Best of 2014
|Bad Timing (Nic Roeg 1980)|
|Starman (John Carpenter 1984)|
2014 was the year of the Netflix movie for me, I feasted nightly on some atrociousness. Loved Liam Neeson in those Taken films, was disappointed by Iron Man 3, and for some strange reason watched the really mediocre, super smug and very dated Ocean's trilogy. Really enjoyed some Vin Diesel pot boilers (XXX, Riddick and the best of them Babylon AD). John Carter was brilliant fun and the much despised but much enjoyed by me Cowboys and Aliens was almost too good to be true. I watched a lot of Nicolas Cage movies this year and realised just how great he is, even if the film is terrible. The Wicker Man remake was poor, Frozen Ground weak, as was a rewatching of 8MM. But Cage was excellent in Herzog's reworking of Bad Lieutenant. Another remake, Spike Lee's Oldboy was passable fair. Finally got round to watching David O'Russell's slutty The Fighter with a great Christian Bale performance. Ed Wood didn't quite sparkle as much as I remembered, but that other Johnny Depp vehicle The Lone Ranger seemed a deeply flawed yet wonderful film.
|Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs|
1. Chinatown ( Roman Polanski 1974)
2. The Driver (Walter Hill 1978)
3. The Grande Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson 2014)
4. Interstellar (Christopher Nolan 2014)
5. Battlestar Galactica (TV Series 2004-2009)
6.True Detective (TV Series 2014)
7.Twin Peaks (TV Series 1990-91)
8. Shame (Steve McQueen 2011)
9. Avengers Assembled (Joss Whedon 2012)
10. Hoop Dreams (Steve James 1994)
For me this was the year of solo watching and of getting into TV series big time. I loved Nashville and adored True Detective. I was left cold by Orange Is the New Black and feel embarrassed to admit how I enjoyed Offspring so much. But really, this year was so strange and awful that I have already actively forgotten what I experienced. This means that I have forgotten most of the films I saw.
|Nina Proudman – always in boho clothes and knee-high boots|
I did watch a lot of stuff, because lying in bed it was often the only thing I had energy to do. My favorite actor of the year must be Matthew McConaughey. He was golden in True Detective and great in Interstellar. I have a vague recollection of seeing 12 Years A Slave at the beginning of the year and really being shaken by it – in a good way. Mostly though I went through streaming services full of rom-coms from the 1990s and teary dramas with Julia Roberts or some other big Hollywood star (with lots of beautiful hair). Movies and TV was a get-away and a consolation.
|Rayna and Juliette – the slick country superstars|
Earlier in the fall I got hooked on an Australian soap called Offspring. My viewing began from the middle of the last ever season, but then I got into it so much I started from the earlier seasons (might have been 4 and 5). Offspring follows the life of an obstetrician Nina Proudman as she deals with her ticks, awkward ways, work life and family life. The Australian background and accent somehow added to the charm. I'm happy to find myself at an age of the leading ladies – you know, when the stories I love are about people my age.