11 Best Movies of 2012-2014
Today I wanted to share with y’all a list of the best movies I’ve watched in the last three years. 2014 was a great time for cinematography, and because of that most of these were released that year. Enjoy!
This movie tells the real story of a young Italian-american man and his dream of becoming a successful athlete suddenly cut short by WWII. Louis Zamperini struggles with survival as a prisoner of war in a cruel Japanese camp, far away from his family and everything he loves.
Unbroken was for me a very surprising movie in a positive way. I heard about it a long time ago and how it’d be directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, and when I finally decided to watch it I actually regretted not going to the movie theater to enjoy it in a bigger screen. Unbroken was emotional, full of hope and beautiful characters; it made me rage and cry; it even has a great soundtrack, so I truly believe it was overlooked by the big awards.
Trying to summarize the plot of this movie is by far the hardest thing I’ve done today. I’ll only say that it deals with a space exploration mission to save humanity and its’ dying planet.
It just is one of the best movies I have EVER watched. With outstanding special effects and sound editing combined with a strong story, mind griping action and plot twists to keep you at the edge of your seat, Interstellar is in my opinion one of the greats films of the decade. It is emotional in so many aspects, and has a truly amazing cast! If you are looking for something worth your while, look no further.
A one-hit-wonder actor plans a comeback through a Broadway play as he tries to recover his family and deal with his ego. Many emotional breakdowns and a lot of drama make Birdman an unforgettable flick.
Now with this one it would suffice to say that it won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Movie. Let me tell you that I did not know what to expect from it, I just knew it was this or the famously infamous Boyhood (thankfully I choose Birdman). Amazing portrayals by Emma Stone, Michael Keaton and Naomi Watts in a movie creatively filmed in a one shot technique are complements to the metaphor-filled story with by far the greatest concept of the year.
Peculiar mathematician Alan Turing is hired by the English Army during WWII to crack the Enigma Code with a group of fellow scientists. A battle against time to save lives would now lie in the hands of the stubborn man and his unwilling coworkers.
Another great cast with my favorite actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech and Charles Dance. The story not only centers in the dangers of war and the complicated planning against every attack on enemy forces, but also on the life of Alan Turing and the unexpected math genius Ms. Clarke. It is emotional, exiting and thrilling in every way; truly unforgettable!
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Stephen Hawking is a young man discovering the wonders of universe and love. His heroic story of intellect and passion will give us all an insight into the most brilliant minds of our generation and how he came to be the most renowned physicist of the 21st century.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones make one cute couple in this biographical film. If not a conventional love story, The Theory of Everything is a great recount of the amazing life and achievements of Mr. Hawking. The movie has a beautiful score, photography and costume design. Redmayne’s Oscar worthy performance is by far the most deserving one of recognition in 2014.
A young drummer has only one dream, and that is to succeed in the music industry. An opportunity leads him into a music conservatory where he’ll compete to be the core drummer of the band and prove himself to the abusive instructor.
This movie is the pure story of a dedicated musician with his head to the future. Miles Teller bleeds through the commitment of his character while J. K. Simmons as the instructor scares us into never playing an instrument again. Such good performances and music turn this movie into an aggressively good film with a passive reputation.
Dr. Stone and astronaut Matt Kowalksi aboard NASA’s shuttle Explorer escape a debris cloud in space that destroys their shuttle. Both Stone and Kowalksi are left to fend for themselves and find a way to get back to earth alive before their oxygen runs out.
Gravity was probably the best movie I watched in 2013. It is full of suspense like no other and is visually enchanting at another level; I’m sure that if they had only released the sound and music I’d still have paid to listen to it.
Sandra Bullock is known for her great comedies, but I assure you, this is a movie no one ever wants to miss, a fan of her or not. Some say it is overrated and not as good as claimed, yet I beg to differ in both aspects.
Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy who lives life recklessly until he’s given 30 days to live as a result of an AIDS diagnosis. An illegal business is born out of the selling of a not approved drug that would improve his life and the ones of other infected patients, also bringing to the table a potential legal battle
Dallas Buyers Club is another movie that a little later than I should have. Once again Matthew McConaughey delivers an insuperable portrayal of a broken man, while Jared Leto gives us a taste of what a multifaceted artist he can be. A moving story of second chances and how unfair things can be for unlucky people is just the right movie for every film addict. It really is a piece of entertainment that demonstrates how unconventional love is just as powerful as any other.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Solomon Northup lives as a free and respectable man until a deceive leads him into being sold into slavery and ripped away from his family to an abusive life in the cotton fields of New Orleans.
This movie taught me how unfair the 1800s were for the black population in America. I watched with complete indignation as a learned and educated man was reduced to an enslaved servant in a household of complete sadists. How amazing the performances were is another story; Michael Fassbender stole the show with his portrayal of the evil Edwin Epps. Of course, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o were just as good and powerful. I cried as a baby for than once, and I tell you, displays of emotion come rarely to me.
Two Formula One rivals, James Hunt and Nikki Lauda, compete between each other to become the best at their field. With opposite ways of thinking and acting, Lauda and Hunt will face dangers and learn to accept adrenaline as their best friend.
This is the most underrated movie of 2013. It is highly intense and thrilling, with an amazing 1970’s setting and good new faces in the cast. I would recommend this movie to anyone because it is yet another one of those I, for some reason, find utterly heart wrenching. Some have said that not everything in the film was historically accurate, yet I think the essence of the famous rivalry was captured, and the entertainment factor was definitely not lost in the process.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Batman has gone under the radar eight years after the Joker almost destroys Gotham City, but when a new and never-dealt-with terrorist surfaces to threaten the peace and safety, Bruce Wayne will again wear cape of justice alongside Catwoman to put an end to the dangers of war.
The Dark Knight Rises was the best surprise of a superhero movie. It was intensely good with every minute; action filled with epic battle sequences and the most iconic villain out there. It struck me as fantastic how the movie was loosely inspired in Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, with references to the book in various occasions. Honestly, the reason I watched it was because of Tom Hardy as Bane, yet afterwards I was convinced of Christopher Nolan’s superb talent as a director with all TDKR, Inception and Interstellar in his portfolio.