Another decent year has come and, now, gone. With next year almost here; set to be one of the biggest years ever, in terms of all the films arriving, we decided to take a little look back at the past 12 months and highlight our favourite films. It's Oasis Awais' top 14 of 2014.

This year played host to a variety of weird and wonderful films. We had our usual fart-bombs and box-office crashes (read our 5 worst of 2014 list here) but we also had a rather glorious range of good films, from masterpiece indies to big budgeted sequels to just wonderful out of the box projects.

It was a mix-bag of arrivals (around 300 or so from January onwards) but a good year overall. When writing up my list (which took forever as decided between films was difficult), I took into account all the films that released (UK release dates ONLY) from January until the start of December and, looking back at them, the ones that I enjoyed most.

Currently popular U.S films that everyone has been talking about and that COULD have featured in this list - like Birdman, Big Hero 6, Whiplash etc. - simply won't just because they've not released here (but they could come up this time next year). That, and the fact that I haven't actually seen EVERY film to have opened this year (I do have a life, you know) so it's possible you may have some different opinions to mine.

But that's enough exposition from me. In the great words of Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan - from Star Trek: Into Darkness; "Shall we begin?"

14. 22 JUMP STREET
Kicking off my list is one of the funniest films of the year. The follow-up to 2012's surprise hit comedy does everything EXACTLY the same as it did the first time round. The film acknowledges that too and even bags on itself. However, I think it's this tongue-in-cheek approach that makes the whole proceedings enjoyable and funny. It's a poignant sequel and is just as good, if not (arguably) better, than its predecessor and it's just a fun movie in general. Oh, don't even get me started on the HILARIOUS "My name is Jeff" scene.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

13. PADDINGTON
At the time of compiling this list, I had just seen Paddington. I'll be honest, I really haven't been too fond of the family films that debuted this year - the majority of them sucked. My expectations were low for this too. However, this film about a lost little bear is so delightful and so great. It's a funny, joyous and light-hearted film that's for the whole family to sit down and enjoy. It's certainty better than what I was expecting and has, quite easily, become my favourite family film of the year. This is also where the UK beats the US and laughs at them because they have to wait until January to see this. We win. After all that, I'm seriously craving some marmalade now.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

12. FURY
I've never really been too keen on War set films and wasn't too excited for this. Well, when I went to see it I was pleasantly surprised when I got a good, fun film and not some garbage. This is a powerful, action-packed and just thrilling new spin on a look at life during World War II and makes for an intense, memorable and even emotional trip to the cinema. Besides, I love Brad Pitt. He's my man-crush. He's everyone's man-crush and, well, he just dominates in this (as expected). Yeah. That sums it all up. That sums everything up. That sums up my life. It sums up your life too. Ahhhh, Brad Pitt; we love you.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

11. SNOWPIERCER
I saw this during the Edinburgh Film Festival. It was a cold day and I wanted nothing more than sitting down with some popcorn, some Mountain Dew and just tuning out to enjoy a good film. This is that film. It's one of the rare occasions in which you can zone out of life for 2 hours to suck it all in and watch a pretty decent movie. It's dark, gritty, awesome and just a film that makes every other film want to question their life and what they are - especially Transformers. F*cking Transformers. If I were a film I'd want to be Snowpiercer.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

10. GONE GIRL
Rolling into my top 10 is David Fincher's Gone Girl. Fincher is one of my favourite directors. Gone Girl is one of my favourite novels. This was one of my most anticipated films. This is one of the few films in which I entered having HIGH expectations. It did not let me down. It's dark. It's thrilling. It's intense. It has your heart pounding. It's a god-damn brilliant film and had me glued to the screen from start to finish. I just loved it - the tone, the drama, everything. Everyone NEEDS to see this. Dare I say it?... It may even be better than book. Sorry fanboys/fangirls but it's true.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

9. THE IMITATION GAME
There's one person I think about when talking about this film: my Computing teacher - who shall remain anonymous - from last year. He was a bit of a legend, let's be honest. Remember how I mentioned that Brad Pitt is a big inspiration of mine? Well, my teacher's was Alan Turing. I respect that. It's because of my Computing teacher that I dragged my lazy ass carcass to see this. I'm so glad I did. It's bloody good. Benedict Cumberbatch is always stunning (duh!) and this was no exception. I'm already betting an Oscar nomination for him for this. The Imitation Game is the perfect combination of intriguing plot, wonderful acting and solid filmmaking and makes for a delightful viewing of an even more delightful film.

8. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
This was, without a shadow of doubt, my most anticipated film of this year. I was dying to see this for so long. There's so much I can say about it but, I mean, you've heard it all before - impressive cast, great story, the Quicksilver scene that ALREADY makes Marvel's version look shit (and we haven't even seen him in action yet). I ADORE the X-Men films and I ADORED this. To be honest, I didn't even mind X-Men: Origins Wolverine that much. Okay, who am I kidding? That was an atrocity of a film that made us all question our decisions in life and ask ourselves why on earth we were there watching it. Sigh.

See the Oasis Awais review here.

7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Do you even need to hear it? You have a hilarious badass protagonist; a smoking hot Green alien; the fierce thug wanting to kill her that everyone is, now, wanting to be; a fricking talking raccoon wielding a gun and the coolest character EVER - a tree that only has 4 different words. This is Guardians of the Galaxy folks. One of Marvel's greatest films as they turn an unknown team of misfit heroes into the year's biggest hits. Amazing. You're welcome. Now hurry up and give us Guardians 2, damn it! 

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

6. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Now, whilst Guardians was an AWESOME movie, it's Captain America: The Winter Soldier that is Marvel's best! I've never enjoyed any of their films as much as enjoyed this. I wasn't a huge fan I The First Avenger and, let's be fair, Captain America isn't exactly the studio's most exciting hero so this had some potential downfalls. It basically was Kevin Feige and Chris Evans giving us the middle finger and raking in his trucks of cash as we demanded to see this!!! It is remarkable, magnificent, enthralling, brilliant and just any other kind of awesome you can think of. I owe Marvel and Cap an apology; he's such an EPIC superhero. I'm VERY excited to see next year in Age of Ultron. But, even more so, for Captain America: Serpent Society. Sorry, I meant Civil War. What's the difference? Oh.. wait.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

5. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1
We're in the top 5 now and it's the alpha of young-adult adaptions. Having become the biggest franchise playing today, the latest The Hunger Games film is exceptional. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is not only a magnificent first part of the epic 2-part conclusion to Katniss' story but it's an even better film in general. With the actual titular games, now, not present, expectations for this have dropped. However, this is the best THG film yet and stuns in every way possible. It certainty has me EVEN MORE hyped for next year's Mockingjay - Part 2. HELL F*CKING YES!!! Of course, it has Jennifer Lawrence as the lead as well. Do I need to say more? Yeah, thought so.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

4. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Now, this, ultimately, is the BEST sequel of 2014 and just one the best films of 2014 too. I saw this TWICE in its opening week. That just says it all; how much I loved it but also how I have nothing better to do with my life (actually, the second time was kind of a date... so yeah)! I was a huge fan of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was uber hyped for this. It's awesome and hits no wrong notes. A peak point for films this year, I'd say. Oh, it also has apes riding on horses whilst wielding machine guns and destroying tanks. We need more scenes in films like that. Yeah. I don't need to say anything else. If Transformers had apes on horses with guns, it would have been so much better too. Make them robotic apes for all I care. Just do something right Michael Bay!

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

3. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
Leomardo NoOscario, I mean DiCaprio, is a man of vastitude masses of talent. He and Martin Scorsese have had a slew of wonderful films together. The Wolf of Wall Street is their best collaboration yet. It's fun, it's sexy, it's exciting and it's just plain awesome. You have money, you have parties, you have sex, you have Margot GORGEOUS Robbie. It's a shame this didn't win any Oscars (better luck next time Leo) but it's still one of the best 18 rated films I've seen - easily. It puts a smile on your face. I also love how they drop the f-bomb like every other minute. It's f*cking great (see what I did there). F*cking awesome I think.

2. BOYHOOD
We're getting close to wrapping up now as we approach the #2 spot. 12 years in the making, Richard Linklater's latest film falls nothing short of a classic. It's a revelation for the world and for cinema as we watch Ellar Coltrane's Mason grow from the age of 6 to 18 right before our eyes! It's unbelievable to think that the whole cast has been working on this for OVER an entire decade! It's this very unique and magical way Boyhood is filmed that makes it so captivating. The whole proceedings feel so real, to a powerful extent that you forget you're watching a film. It's a moving, insightful piece of cinema that transitions us through the last 12 or so years, from 2001 to 2013 - taking us back through this timeline. It's mesmerising, beautiful and shows to the world what a genuine masterpiece is; something so glorious that stuns and entertains from start to finish. I have never been so emotionally attached and in love with a film. Richard Linklater, you have really outdone yourself sir and have made cinematic history with a jaw-droppingly spectacular, yet tediously simple piece of quality entertainment.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

1. NIGHTCRAWLER
So, whilst Boyhood was SO amazing, my favourite film of 2014 is none ohter than... Nightcrawler! This is a dark, thrilling, intense look at just how morbid and scary our world can be and shows us just how far people will go for success. However, it does so in a brilliantly delirious manner. If you're not into dark humour, this is not for you. If you don't like dark, brooding (but real) stories, this is not for you. If you're already scared of the dark and of the night, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU! If none of what I just said applies to you and you're a bit twisted in the head and want a grueling, gritty, fun movie to sit down and enjoy then this definitely is for you! How do I know that this is my favourite film of the year? I have not stopped thinking about it and recommending it to my friends and family ever since I walked out of Cineworld after having seen it! It's sooooo bloody good!!! It had me, quite literally, on the edge of my seat from start to finish and when the credits rolled I wanted to watch it again! That's how I know it's awesome. Jake Gyllenhaal is AMAZING in this and I, now, want to see everything he is in. My friends, go and see this if you haven't already. Nightcrawler is grade A filmmaking and a fine piece of cinema indeed.
My favourite film of 2014, without a doubt.

Read the Oasis Awais review here.

So, there you have it everyone. That's my top 14 films of 2014. I hope you enjoyed reading. I just want to thank you all for the support towards Oasis Awais in the past year and I look forward to bringing you more posts, more awesome content and just talking MORE about movies in 2015. From myself, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and I'll see all next year - when we open the doors to Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and lots more.

About the Author

Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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