10 Oddly Specific Trends In 2014 Movies

by Peter D. Marshall

by Alex Leadbeater.


t’s the end of the year and, on top of having yet another return to Middle-Earth and a barrage of Christmas movies trying to be hip, it’s the time when everyone gets a little recollective.

Best, worst and most-disappointing lists are rife, but there’s more to reviewing the year than just ranking its standout entries. Looking back over the movies of 2014 there’s a lot of oddly specific traits that more than a few share. You’d naturally expect there to be some vague similarities between movies produced around the same time, although maybe not to this extent.

Part of this is to do with the fact that movies aren’t made in isolation – unless a director goes full-Mike Leigh and locks away his actors for months, real world events are going to have an impact on the film-making process, while knowledge of what other studios are up to can greatly influence a production – but some of these ten shared themes have strangely come about by simple coincidence.

There’s obviously a lot of trends that permeate modern cinema in general, but this list will look at those specific to the past twelve months; overarching themes that have either sprung up, or gained a whole new level of prominence, this year. Prepare to see originality busted open.

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