In celebration of Deadpool’s release yesterday, and the oncoming Superhero onslaught, I have been piling together a list of the greatest superhero films (in my humble opinion). With 15-11 and 10-6 out the way, we finally reach the ones that made the final cut: the fearsome five!
It’s only been one full month into 2016, and we’re already getting started on the superhero film onslaught that awaits. Starting with Deadpool, and ending with Doctor Strange, there are a total of eight comic book flicks this year – and the numbers are only increasing over the next few years. Truly it is the golden age of Superhero films. So, as a minor countdown to the first flick of this genre this year (one about a certain merc with a mouth) I have decided to compose my personal top 15 greatest superhero films. I should note that the only requirement for this list is that the films must involve a superhero, regardless if they are a comic book movie or not (sorry Scott Pilgrim and others, you don’t make the cake!). The other day we went through 15-11 (which can be found here), but now we move on to the next five!
It’s only been one full month into 2016, and we’re already getting started on the superhero film onslaught that awaits. Starting with Deadpool, and ending with Doctor Strange, there are a total of eight comic book flicks this year – and the numbers are only increasing till 2020. Truly it is the golden age of Superhero films. So, as a minor countdown to the release of Deadpool in a few days, I have decided to compose my personal top 15 greatest superhero films. I should note that the only requirement for this list is that the films must involve a superhero; regardless if they are a comic book movie or not (sorry Scott Pilgrim and others, you don’t make the cake!). Let’s begin with 15-11!
Now we’re officially at the end of the beginning of 2015, I figured now would be a good a time as any to share my favourite films of the last year. The Oscars still haven’t happened, so this is still relevant I promise. No, I haven’t procrastinated this piece since December. Shut up.
2014 was, unquestionably, a remarkable year for filmmaking with record-breaking box office turnouts and, more importantly, an absolute cavalcade of top-notch films. It was also an especially exciting year for me personally in the world of film, as Jack and I attended the London Film Festival in October and then followed it up with a number of screenings around London in the months preceding Awards Season.
Because we here at Watching Between the Lines are on the ball, we’ve put together our predicted Oscar nominations a whole few minutes ahead of the actual announcement ceremony. Some categories have their runaway winners such as Julianne Moore for Best Actress, but others, like both Screenplay categories, are still at least a three way tie. It’s been an excellent year for cinema, and almost anything mentioned here will absolutely be a worthy nominee or winner.
UPDATE: Not bad. We nailed Original Screenplay, but we were met with some bizarre choices this year. In addition to the LEGO Movie snubbed (bullshit), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) got the Best Actor nomination instead of David Oyelowo (Selma), meaning that there are precisely twenty white faces of the twenty nominated actors and actresses. Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead with nine nominations each, Imitation Game earns eight, and Boyhood and American Sniper trail with six apiece. A lot of disappointment with Selma and Nightcrawler’s lack of presence this year.
2014 was an excellent year for all kinds of films, from blockbusters to family films to the major Oscar contenders, with some high-quality art house output to round it all out. 2015 promises to be equally exciting, not only featuring what are likely to become two of the highest-grossing movies of all time in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also original, efforts from Disney and Pixar. We’re also getting the new films from all-time great directors like Scorsese, Tarantino, Spielberg and Terence Malick. To pick just 20 of next year’s scheduled releases was hard enough, and some honourable mentions to films that just missed out go to Ant-Man, Trumbo, Mockingjay Part 2, and Suffragette, but I could not be more excited for the following movies. (more…)
The Lego Movie is out, and it seems to have the building blocks for success – both with the critics and the box office. But is this really such a big surprise? Last year, out of the top three highest grossing films worldwide, Despicable Me 2 and Frozen took both 2nd and 3rd place. So it’s pretty clear that the animation medium is a popular choice nowadays, and judging by the box office numbers, it’ll just get bigger and better. Everyone has a favourite animated movie, and in order to mark the release of The Lego Movie (and I guess Mr Peabody and Sherman…) I’ve decided to compose a list of my favourite cartoon gems on the silver screen. So without further ado, here are my personal top 15 animated films of all time!
After a spectacular 2013 for film, it’s time to look forward to the year ahead at cinemas, and 2014 looks absolutely fantastic, from some of the most interesting blockbusters in years, safe but exciting sequels and excellent indie fare. Some of my favourite directors have projects in the works (new Christopher Nolan! new Paul Thomas Anderson!) as well as some relatively untested film-makers attempting to show just what they can do. It’s a very exciting time. Just a note, some of these films may eventually miss out on a 2014 release, but are currently slated to arrive in the next 12 months in the UK. Also, I have already seen the majority of the films being released in January/February this year thanks to screeners, so the fact that 12 Years a Slave, Wolf of Wall Street etc. aren’t here isn’t a testament to me not being excited for them.
Awards season approaches. Oscar predictions pile up. Top ten lists emerge from every corner of the internet. I figure now is as good a time as any to share my personal favorite films of 2013. I didn’t come close to seeing all the films I wanted to this year, missing American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, and Her to name a few (I will be seeing these films in the coming weeks as they finally get released in the UK). However, I feel this list does an excellent job at summarising my favorite theatrical experiences of the last calendar year. 2013 seems to be universally praised as a marvelous year for cinema, and I think the scope of films represented on my list speaks to that opinion. I loved every film on this list for a variety of reasons, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.
My list is based on US release dates, just to add extra confusion into the mix.