Films featuring “Potter” alumni make Best Films of 2014 list
Indiewire has released its film critic’s ranked list of the Best Films of 2014. Included on the list were Only Lovers Left Alive, featuring John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) and The Grand Budapest Hotel, featuring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort).
Only Lovers Left Alive came in at No. 8 on the list. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star in this film about a pair of terribly bored “retro-cool” vampires coping with the minutiae of living in a contemporary society. Hurt makes multiple appearances in the film, portraying a vampiric Christopher Marlowe who holds a grudge against the spotlight-stealing William Shakespeare.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was ranked at No. 4 on the list. In the film, Fiennes portrays Monsieur Gustave H., a concierge trying to prove his innocence after being framed for murder.
The Indiewire film critic describes The Grand Budapest Hotel, saying,
Anderson’s colorful period piece reflects the sensibilities of its creator at the height of his artistic confidence. While it notably draws from preexisting material — namely, the writings of Viennese intellectual Stefan Zweig, though Anderson has also tipped his hat to various other sources of wartime literature — one of America’s most distinguished modern auteurs has spun his clutter of reference points into a collage-like fantasy adventure that clearly fuses with the rest of his oeuvre.
Other films that made the list include such titles as Manakamana, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Boyhood. To see where your favorite film of the year may have ranked, check out the full article here.
Have you seen Only Lovers Left Alive and The Grand Budapest Hotel yet? Where would you have ranked them on this list? Which movies do you think were missing from the list that deserved to be on there? Let us know your thoughts!