2014 was a year with many great films, blockbusters, independent productions, European films, you name it.
And since this is the last day of the year and everyone is posting best of & lists, I'll get cheesy and give you my top 10 films for 2014!
Happy 2015 everybody!!!
10. What If
9. Gone Girl
6. X-Men: Days of the Future Past
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Only Lovers Left Alive
1. Grand Budapest Hotel
Exactly 100 years ago, on Christmas day 1914, something remarkable happened. Thousands of French, British and Belgian soldiers put down their weapons and spent Christmas day celebrating with their German enemy soldiers. This was not an organized truce, as Pope Benedict XV had requested earleir that year, but a siege fire that even today, is not clear how it was initiated. It is a fact though that almost two-thirds of the troops stopped fighting for just that day, and sang Christmas carols along side the people that threated their lives and freedom.
Almost 100.000 soldiers are believed to have participated on the siege fire that day, and despite the fact that the following days and years they would resume participating in this fatal war that caused millions of casualties and would mark deeply Europe, on this Christmas day, they put aside their hatred and celebrated in peace.
A century later we remember this day, for the hope that it brings that sometimes love and courage can overcome madness and hatred. Apart from the letters, diaries and oral accounts from the soldiers, we have also two films that tell the story of that day: Joyeux Noël (2005), starring Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann and Guillaume Canet.
Tom Hardy is the rising star these days, from his role in the second season of Peaky Blinders, to the recent announcement that in 2016 he will be part of the Suicide Squad. A really good film that he starred in 2013 (although released in Greece in 2014) and gave a brilliant performance is Locke.
A film shot almost entirely in a moving car, with the main character Ivan Locke (Hardy) starting a 2h drive, after receiving a mysterious phone call. While we try to figure out the plot, he starts making a series of phone calls and life changing decisions...
Written and directed by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders creator), Locke, is a rather minimal film, where all the other characters/actors are only heard through the phone and never seen on screen. A powerful and intense performance by Tom Hardy, who shot his part in 6 days, twice per night, on a single shot. Let alone that he had a cold which was cleverly included in the script. This films demostrates that he is an even better actor away from Hollywood.
Fun fact: The actor playing the voice of Donal, Llocke's co-worker is non other that the vicious Jim Moriarty, the "beloved" Sherlock villain!
This Thursday 4th of December, a special event will take place! Her Dudeness will be "guest starring" at the Nostalgic Button, the radio show broadcasted by chimeres.gr and hosted by Selini.
We shall play movie (& perhaps TV?) soundtracks, focusing mainly on songs that are linked to films, rather than original soundtracks (that would be an even harder choice).
Join us at 20.00 GR time for two hours of films, music and chatting!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....