The Peoples Movies Best Of 2014 Top 10 – Andrew McArthur


2015 is than a week away it’s time The People’s Movies does their bit towards the best of 2014 and first up is Andrew McArthur. Of course everyone has there own tastes in film and as you’ll see from Andrew’s list diversity is the name of the game with Andrew picking his top 10 favourites not just from mainstream Hollywood but a broad range of genres including ones from the independent film, documentary.

We do love to hear what you think of Andrew’s choices and like  any of the other lists we hope to post are those of that particular writers opinion. These films are based on UK cinematic or Home release though some films are from UK film festival circuit too.

10. The Green Inferno 

The Green Inferno is without doubt Eli Roth’s finest work to date. Shot with masterful suspense and a nerve-shredding atmosphere, Roth has presented a future classic horror that is filled with wonderful shocks, stomach-churning gore and also a huge amount of fun. [read review]

9.Catch Hell

Ryan Phillippe’s directorial debut Catch Hell was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. This darkly intense Southern kidnap thriller may have been limited-release but is destined to become a cult favourite.Excelling as a grisly kidnap thriller and as a satirical glimpse at Hollywood, Catch Hell is an exciting first chapter in the actor’s directing career. [read review]

8.I Am Divine

I Am Divine is an immersive and joyously entertaining glimpse into the live of Harris Glen Milstead aka John Waters’ much-missed muse Divine. No stone is left unturned whether it be detailing the Waters’ collaborations, Milstead’s stage and recording careers, or breaking the cult titan down to a raw human level by detailing his personal struggles and generous character. [read review]


Pride feels like an effortless watch – it is charming, fun and packs a strong emotional punch without relying on schmaltz and clichés. This tale of people joining together to fight social and political injustice is an outstanding feel good experience that truly inspires. [read review]

6.Map to the Stars

A dark, highly-satirical narrative combined with bold surrealist direction makes Map to the Stars one of David Cronenberg’s most refreshing and uncompromisingly original features in recent years. A magnificent performance from Julianne Moore and exceptional supporting appearances makes this sinister tale of Hollywood depravity, ghosts, pyromania and incest a must see. [read review]

5.Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco is a sheer force of nature. Olivier Dahan has crafted an overblown, theatrical and superficial melodrama filled with sparkling glamour and a fairytale-like visual awe. Grace of Monaco is the first truly magnificent camp classic since Showgirls. I loved every minute of it. [read review]

4.The Dance of Reality

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This a true exuberant masterpiece from Alejandro Jodorowsky, both a visual feast and ideological one. Filled with a sense of magical realism and mysticism this is a consistently enlightening look at the creation of a titan of cult cinema.[review here]

3. The Two Faces of January

The combination of Patricia Highsmith’s ever-thrilling literary mind and Hossein Amini’s tense and engaging direction, The Two Faces of January is a gripping watch. Rich visual detail in the form of jaw-dropping gorgeous costumes and photography, coupled with magnetic performances help The Two Faces of January assert itself as one of the finest films of 2014.[review here]

2.The Guest

The Guest is a no holds barred throwback to the glory days of the late-eighties horror-thriller. Packed with stirring visuals, a tone that is unsettling yet darkly comic, and a career defining turn from Dan Stevens, The Guest is one of the best films of 2014. [read review]

1.Cold in July

Cold in July is more than a throwback to the vigilante B-Movie, it’s an unpredictable experience from start to finish that successfully grips, amuses and delights throughout. Don Johnson and Sam Shepard have never been better than this. [read review]

Andrew McArthur