TSOTA’s Top 5: Films of 2014

By December 7, 2014

Film, TV & Tech. Leeds.


Leading up to Christmas, the TSOTA Team have been compiling some December Top 5s. This week we give you…
TOP 5 FILMS OF 2014.


1. ‘A Story of Children and Film’ directed by Mark Cousins.

‘A Story of Children and Film’ is the world’s first film about children in global cinema. It is a real eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.

A Story of Children and Film

Suggestion from TSOTA film writer Eleanor Roche:

“Cousins creates a charming documentation of children on film. The conclusion he comes to about why children will continue to be a lasting interest to filmmakers around the world is enlightening and heartfelt in equal measures.”

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2. ‘Mr Turner’ directed by Mike Leigh.

Timothy Spall stars in this exploration of the last quarter century of the great, albeit eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.

Mr Turner

Suggestion from TSOTA team.

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3. ‘The Imitation Game’ directed by Morten Tyldum.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the English mathematician and logician who helped to crack the ‘unbreakable’ Enigma code during World War II.

The Imitation Game
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Suggestion from TSOTA team:

“Cumberbatch gives arguably his best performance to date playing the brilliant but eccentric Alan Turing. His moving enactment of the sad tale of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers lingers in your mind long after you’ve left the cinema…”

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4. ‘Boyhood’ directed by Richard Linklater.

Filmed over 12 years, ‘Boyhood’ documents the life of a young man, Mason between the ages of 5 to 18.


Suggestion from TSOTA writer Eleanor Roche:

“A great importance is placed on unremarkable, passing moments that most people would experience but would most likely instantly forget. It is in these depictions of everyday life that the tenderness of Linklater’s filmmaking shines through.”

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5. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ directed by Wes Anderson.


Suggestion from Becky Walker:

“Wes Anderson’s unique craft has been finely honed over recent years and The Grand Budapest Hotel stays true to that same twee, off-kilter formula. The zeitgeist cast, the meticulous attention to detail and the witty poetic dialogue all in Anderson’s inimitable style, make it one of my film highlights of 2014.”

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Other nominations included:

‘Interstellar’ directed by Christopher Nolan

‘Her’ directed by Spike Jonze

‘Northern Soul’ directed by Elaine Constantine

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ directed by Martin Scorsese

‘The Beloved Sisters’ directed by Dominik Graf


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