Boone’s Top 10 Films of 2014
1. The Imitation Game
I’ll admit I have a bit of a man-crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. He is one my absolute favorite actors. As Cumberbatch says near the start of the film,”Are you paying attention?”, you should absolutely pay attention. Alan Turing’s story deserves to be told and it is told with precision. From the direction to the cast, this film delivers on all aspects.
2. The Theory of Everything
The story of Stephen Hawking and his wife in this movie will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones give fantastic and intimate performances as Stephen Hawking and Jane during their courtship and lives together. Look for Redmayne to take the Oscar home for Best Actor and it is 100% well-deserved.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Super Heroes! This was a close one for me in the comic book movie genre. Captain America is my favorite Marvel hero of all time. The genuine heart of Steve Rogers is always a warm welcome in a world full of dark, vengeful super heroes. From the action sequences to the script, this film takes the cake for best super hero movie of the year.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
This movie came so close at taking the super hero movie crown… It was a tough call, but alas, it had to be second to Cap 2. To no discredit though, the twists and turns along the way in DOFP were such an exciting ride and I loved every second of it.
5. Gone Girl
David Fincher folks. One of cinema’s best. His adaptation of the book of the same name is downright excellent. The tension you feel as the story unfolds will give you knots in your stomach. Rosemund Pike gets my award for Best Actress this year.
This movie was almost like a guilty pleasure for me. Christopher Nolan’s apocalyptic, space tale was (for me) the definition of cinematic this year. His visuals in Interstellar were jaw-dropping and the musical score was just extraordinary in my opinion. Say what you want about plot holes and what not, I loved this movie.
7. Into the Woods
I love musicals. As a guy who participates in the occasional musical, this movies was so much fun. With an all-star cast and excellent music, this movie will make you laugh and teach you some valuable life lessons if you let it. The most fun I had in a theater this year was while during this movie.
8. The Lego Movie
Who didn’t love this movie??? Everything is definitely awesome!
9. Guardians of the Galaxy
Gong back to visually excellent movies, this film also deserves some recognition. Sci-fi is always a tough sell for me, so don’t hate me too much for having this film this far down on my list. However the simple fact that a talking tree-like character can say three little words and bring an audience to tears speaks volumes for this movie.
10. Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is a beautiful film, showcasing how much animation has become. The “bond of brotherhood” between Hiro and Baymax will warm your heart and leave you smiling.
Boone’s Top 5 Games of 2014
1. TellTale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2
For me, I love character driven stories and TellTale brings you in on the action… literally. As the young protagonist Clementine, you are faced with life-altering decisions around every turn and it’s awesome.
2. The Last of Us: Remastered
Let me just say, I have yet to even finish this game and I am absolutely enthralled with the story and gameplay. I had misty eyes within the first fifteen minutes of the game. Sure this game wasn’t released this year, but the next-gen graphics are absolutely gorgeous.
3. Far Cry 4
Man, am I having fun with this game. The open world that Ubisoft presents is almost overwhelming with the amount of activities that can be done. Sure, it’s similar to Far Cry 3… but what’s wrong with that?
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Speaking of gorgeous graphics… The cut-scenes were probably the most gorgeous (for me) of all the games this year. The character models were beautiful. Not to mention the fact that Kevin Spacey is in this, and Kevin Spacey is awesome.
5. TellTale’s The Wolf Among Us
I loved this game. Another well written, character driven game from the guys from TellTale. The graphic novel style production with the neon lighting is spectacular. It was super interesting to see all of my childhood fairy tale characters interact in the dark setting of Fabletown. Very excellent game full of twists and turns and exciting mystery!