I never actually intended to set myself any challenges for films in 2014. I certainly thought about it – see all of the films nominated for an Oscar, watch X amount of foreign/indie/British films, finally see the classic film X. But in the end it came down to realising that I’d already proven I could watch over 50 in a year, if I made time to do so, and at times at the expense of other things. And I didn’t really want to give up another year to excluding things for the sake of a silly challenge that was too similar to one I’d completed.
So for 2014 I decided all challenges were off and to watch whatever I wanted whenever I had time (but still keep a list). A year of going to the cinema whenever something semi-decent and I sort-of had time put me into a routine of thinking about going more. Which translated into actually going more. And is probably how I ended up at 45 films in 2014, without even really trying. Sure there were still cinema days (three films in one day), but because I realised it was the best way I could recapture old days of binge watching films, something I struggle to do at home now because I get easily distracted by twitter/facebook/instragram/blogs/news/cat videos. If the phrase didn’t make me shudder I’d suggest that it was much more a sense of being ‘in the moment’ of which what I really mean is absorbed in a good story.
Much like 2013, the list for 2014 is an eclectic one. There’s was a lot less watching films in non-cinemas and one month I didn’t see anything on a big screen. However there were still films apparently aimed at children where the audience was mainly made up of adults (I’m looking at you The Lego Movie), superheros, love stories, thrillers, romcoms, action movies, chick flicks, foreign films and even one set in Birmingham itself (Arjun & Alison – good work Cineworld for showing it). Some of 2014’s gems, for me, were the aforementioned Lego Movie, Her, Veronica Mars, Boyhood, Calvary – and the two films that made me cry, Pride and the Fault in Our Stars.
Anyway, should you be interested, here’s the 2014 Film List.