Directed by Jonathan Glazer
After watching this film, I’m convinced that Jonathan Glazer is an alien. Or a genius. Under The Skin is pure voyeurism: except we’re get a glimpse of ourselves rather than other people. Glazer exposes the human as the creature of toxic superficial desires, and provides us with some of the most stark imagery of the year. Entrancing. The film was made even better as the credits rolled, as I heard a woman in the audience rant about “how ugly Scarlett Johansson was in the film”. The irony was relentless.
Directed by Doug Liman
Essentially a two hour video game (not in a bad way), Edge of Tomorrow was a huge surprise. It had all the possibility of being a cheap gimmick, but the film itself never felt repetitive: on the contrary, the film was incredibly fun to watch, and had some really empathetic characters. It’s the best role I’ve seen Tom Cruise play in a long time. And Emily Blunt. Wow.
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller
I couldn’t believe it. The Lego Movie was immensely enjoyable in about every way. The filmmakers completely exceeded all expectations, and gave us a film exploding in energy, intelligence, and most importantly, imagination. Probably the most I’ve laughed in a film this year so far. It’s far from a guilty pleasure, because it’s impossible to feel guilty when watching it. The only feeling that comes is joy.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
It feels like such an honour to get to finally watch a film by the great Hayao Miyazaki in cinemas. All his films are injected with pure imagination and love for the art-form, and The Wind Rises is no exception. It’s a beautiful, tender film about love and dreams in times of war and sickness. Miyazaki makes films which illicit that rare, magnificent effect in an audience: he makes you feel truly alive.