James Gunn had a very busy 2014 with the release of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Marvel’s superhero space opera, which went on to become one of the hugest films of the year. But even though Gunn was preoccupied with Marvel business, that didn’t keep him from seeing a lot of great films besides the one he directed, and the director has finally revealed his favorite films of 2014. Unsurprisingly, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is one of them.
One of the reasons fans love Gunn so much is how often he takes to Facebook to share his opinions and answer questions. In his latest post, the director has revealed his favorite films of 2014, in no particular order—though he does note that ‘Whiplash’ was his ultimate favorite:
As you can see above, Gunn makes sure to note that these were his favorites, but not necessarily what most would consider the “best” films. Making a list of the best films of the year is highly subjective, of course, and your mileage may vary. He does include several of the major releases of 2014, including ‘The LEGO Movie
,’ ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
,’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow
,’ along with ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ directed by his Marvel Studios pals Joe and Anthony Russo
There are some interesting titles, too, like ‘The Drop
,’ which has been a bit overlooked on year-end lists, and ‘John Wick
,’ which arguably deserved a lot more attention than it received. Gunn’s list also reveals his affection for action films, like ‘The Raid 2
.’ The more curious film title on the list is the musical drama ‘Begin Again,’ starring Keira Knightley
and Mark Ruffalo
. And if you’re wondering what ‘The Hive’ is, it’s a horror thriller directed by Gunn’s pal David Yarovesky—it’ll hit theaters sometime this year.