2014 Films in Review

. January 2, 2015.
movies

Streaming options and quick digital/on-demand home video releases continue changing the landscape, but there will always be something special about the theater experience. Happy New Year!

Sequels

It was definitely a sequel-skewed year where audiences got second helpings with: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dumb and Dumber To, Dolphin Tale 2, Rio 2, Think Like a Man Too, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Muppets Most Wanted, 22 Jump Street and 300: Rise of an Empire.

Musicals

Music abounded with, Jersey Boys, Into the Woods, Annie, Grace Unplugged, The Song, Get on Up and Jimi: All is by My Side.

Action

While action films included, The Equalizer, Lucy, John Wick, Divergent, November Man and Expendable 3.

Reboots 

Transformers: Age of Extinction moved towards their rewarding international box office and became the first billion dollar grossing film not to have a Hollywood premiere in the U.S. Filmmakers continued “rebooting” familiar franchises with Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Maleficent and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Dramas 

The inspiring dramas God’s Not Dead and Heaven is For Real make great impacts while Son of God chronicled Jesus’s life in this expanded film based on five episodes from the popular The Bible television series. 

Book Adaptations

Book adaptations were plentiful with Maze Runner and Gone Girl.

Food Cinema

While Chef and The Hundred Foot Journey cooked up some good cinema. 

Unique Filmmaking

Unique filmmaking showcases included Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, which was filmed with same actors over several years. 

Sport Films

Sports themed films included When the Game Stands Tall, Million Dollar Arm, and 23 Blast.

Animated Films

While animated films included The Nut Job, The LEGO Movie, The Penguins of Madgascar and Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Good Experiences

Seeing Interstellar, Big Hero 6, Unbroken, Guardians of the Galaxy, American Sniper, Fury, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Edge of Tomorrow was a much better experience.

Holiday Releases

Holiday offerings included The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Trending

Parklike Perrysburg Retreat: Spacious With Classic Charm

Home feature of the month! Learn how you can feature your home and call 4199-244-9859.

Big City Taste: Manhattan’s Revitalizes Uptown Adams Street

Manhattan’s Pub and Cheer on Adams Street in Uptown opened in December, 2002 and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. Toledo native, Zach Lahey, the restaurant’s owner and general manager explains, “For almost ten years, it was a major struggle to keep the doors open, to really find our place in the micro-neighborhood (Uptown) that we’re in.”

Dear Mayo Clinic: Controlling Symptoms of GERD

DEAR MAYO CLINIC,
I’m 62 years old and am having difficulty keeping healthy weight on due to GERD and reflux. I am really confused about what foods and beverages I should avoid, and what foods will not make my reflux act up. What do you recommend mature adults who have this condition avoid, and what healthy food are best for my situation?

Legends of the Lake: Discovering Lake Erie’s Nautical History

A new Lake Erie shipwreck discovery in July, 2015, by the Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) spurred Toledo’s National Museum of the Great Lakes to raise funding to excavate and investigate the unique find. The discovery attracted national news headlines because, let’s face it, a shipwreck is intriguing.