Matt's Top & Bottom 10 Films Of 2014
365 days. 203 films. The 2014 year has come to a close with, as expected, a mix of good and bad. You can check out my top 10 and bottom 10 films of the year by clicking here. It also includes a link to my 612ABC podcast where I discuss the films and take feedback from listeners.
Mini Review - Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (out Dec 26) is trying to prolong this successful franchise but it's a tired-looking film with a weak plot and no new ideas. The humour also feels amiss and I suspect most jokes will be beyond the reach of younger audiences. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 (out Dec 26) is an animated feature centred around the adventures of a super-intelligent kid and a cute, hug-able robot. The story gets a bit too complex in the later stages but the characters are fun and this looks like the start of what could be an Avengers-style superhero series targeted as kids. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Mr Turner
Mr Turner (out Dec 26) follows the life of 19th Century British painter J.M.W. Turner whose work divided the art community. Star Timothy Spall has been showered with praise this awards season but I'm not sure why. I found this to be a slow, dreary, fragmented drama that didn't provide me with much insight into Turner's apparent brilliance. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (out Dec 26) is action, action, action with a splatter of dialogue in between. At 2.5 hours, there are lengthy chunks that feel tired and repetitive. The visuals and special effects are impressive but to be frank, I'm glad this trilogy is over. A single film would have been sufficient. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Water Diviner
The Water Diviner (out Dec 26) is set in the aftermath of World War I and centres on a Victorian farmer (Russell Crowe) who travels to Gallipoli to find his three lost sons. It’s a curious piece of history and I was intrigued by the broad subject matter. However, the film has a layer of “spirituality” that borders on science fiction. It's a strange plot device that lessens the film's emotional impact. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - Annie
Annie (out Dec 18) is a mess. The songs have been overproduced and the writers have failed miserably in their attempts to take this classic tale, which was originally set in the Great Depression, and adapt it to a current day setting. You'll need thick rose-coloured glasses if you're to like any of these characters. Grade: C-.
Mini Review - St Vincent
St Vincent (out Dec 26) stars Bill Murray as a grumpy old man who drinks, smokes and gambles. He goes through somewhat of a transformation thanks to a shy, insightful kid who has moved in next door. The script is jumbled (some subplots go nowhere) but this poignant mix of comedy and drama will win over most audiences. Grade: B.
Mini Review - Paddington
Paddington (out Dec 11) follows the much loved Peruvian bear as he moves to London and goes in search of a new life and a new family. The special effects are superb (seamlessly mixing animation with live action) and the film's heart is squarely in the right place. Not fully sold on Nicole Kidman as the villain but the remaining cast are terrific. Grade: B+.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 18 Dec 2014|
|- Reviewing Annie & St Vincent|
|Podcast from 11 Dec 2014|
|- Reviewing Horrible Bosses 2 & Paddington|
|Podcast from 4 Dec 2014|
|- Reviewing Alexander & My Top Films Of 2014|
|Podcast from 27 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing Nightcrawler & Men, Women & Children|
|Podcast from 20 Nov 2014|
|- Reviewing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay & The Dark Horse|