December 2014 – Charlize, they’re on the machine!

Men Women and Children PosterAnd so that was 2014. I’ve already published my list of films of the year, but I’m hardly going to let that stop me from picking my film of the month.

I started December with Men, Women & Children, which counter to the critical consensus immediately overtook the likes of Under The Skin and The LEGO Movie to top the aforementioned list of the best 2014 films. Not unusually, it spoke to me in a way that it didn’t anyone else (i.e. not condescendingly) and I haven’t really stopped thinking about it since.

Next up was Penguins of Madagascar, the long-awaited — nee long overdue — spin-off from DreamWorks Animations flagship Madagascar franchise. While not quite as good as it should have been, it was still reliably riotous and one of the smartest spin-offs in years.

December then dropped the ball, with both The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb ending their respective trilogies on an all-time low. Note to filmmakers: not everything has to be a franchise. Sometimes one film is enough.

Luckily, this lull was short-lived, as everything else I saw this month — both current and future releases — had at least something to offer. Life Itself ranked sixth among my films of the year, while Exodus: Gods and Kings and Unbroken just failed to break into my top twenty.

Stay tuned for more from Popcorn Addiction (and @popcornaddict) in the New Year, starting with my review of Birdman in the next few days. For now though, Happy Hogmanay and all the best for 2015. Let’s just hope the Force is strong with this one.

Film of the Month: Men, Women & Children

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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