‘Taken 3’ Review

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Dir: Olivier Megaton

Writer(s): Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen

Cast: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, David Warshofsky, Jon Gries, Andrew Howard, Leland Orser, Sam Spruell, and Dougray Scott

Synopsis: Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name

 

 

 

*Reviewer Note:  This will be a spoiler free review.*

 

 

Believe it or not, Taken 3 doesn’t anybody taken, at least in the way the first two films did. Taken 3 actually has someone close to the Mills family die and has Bryan Mills (Neeson) framed for it. So this should have made the last installment (that we know of) more dramatic, thrilling, and unpredictable. So did we get that? Sort of. Taken 3 has elements that work really well, but with a already limited premise, pretty weak script, and Olivier Megaton’s terrible directing job, the cast does their best to make the movie work and enjoyable.

 

Taken 3 starts off with the villain, Oleg Malankov (Spruell), killing some random accountant to a mystery man because the mystery man owes Malankov money. Of course a beginning like that does two things, makes you wonder how they will connect to the main story/mystery element and shows off how deadly and serious Malankov will be. That is when he shows up, as Malankov disappears until the last half hour and we left to follow his henchmen and Maxim (Howard).  Then we go to the main story of Bryan, like the other movies, being happy and still trying to keep his family connection together. He goes to visit Kim (Grace), who dealing with something of her own, and meets up with his ex-wife Lenore (Janssen) again as they start to rekindle their feelings again.

 

Lenore tells him things aren’t working with her husband Stuart (now played by Dougray Scott replacing Xander Berkeley from the first film), but Bryan being the honorable man doesn’t want things to happen until they are cleared up. This leads Stuart to going to Bryan and telling him he wants to make things work and basically tells him to back off, which Bryan agrees to. Of course the trailer gives this away part away but Lenore is found dead in Bryan’s apartment and is framed to look like he did, which Bryan knows and runs from the police. This brings in Inspector Franck Dotzler (Whitaker) who is in charge to bring Bryan in for questioning.

 

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Like I wrote before, Taken 3 has some good elements working for it. The drama in Taken 3 feels like the first Taken although not as strong and during some of the action sequences it actually feels like they mean something, as opposed to Taken 2. One of the bad things, if not the worse thing next to Megaton’s terrible sense of direction, is the movie feels pretty predictable. It does try to swerve you into another direction but when it comes back to your original predication, you feel kind of dumb letting the movie fool you. That might be nitpicky but considering the movie doesn’t have a ton working for it there is some things to criticize.

 

The movie’s saving grace is Liam Neeson. Neeson is as reliable as ever and considering this is his third and final time playing a man with a particular set of skills. His take of Bryan this time is more determined than before but Neeson is so good at delivering one-liners and acting gruff that it’s probably second nature to him at this point.

 

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The supporting cast is not that bad, although they aren’t without their clichés. Maggie Grace isn’t a damsel in distress like the first film but has less to do here than she did in Taken 2. Forest Whitaker’s Franck Dotzler character is a by-the-books kind of cop but has his own ways of figuring out a case. Whitaker does fine but some poor character choices in script make the character sometimes laughable.

 

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Speaking of laughable, have I mentioned Oliver Megaton’s direction? I have? Well, let me go back then. I don’t mind shaky cam, if done moderation and doesn’t take away from the action sequences, but Megaton doesn’t follow that idea and instead makes all of the action feel and seem worthless, because he’d rather shake the camera and make the audience feel like they are there instead of letting us enjoy the scene for what it is.

 

All in all, Taken 3 is a mixed bag. While not as good the first Taken, it is better than Taken 2 even though that’s not saying much since the sequel didn’t have a lot going for it. Neeson does his best to carry the movie but all in all, this might be the place to end the Taken series.

 

 

Taken 3

3.5 out of 5

January Movie Releases

Happy New Year!!

 

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we have a new year in front of us which means one thing: new movies! Now, January is usually referred to as Hollywood’s “Dump” Month. Meaning they will release movies that they don’t think will perform well or are not confident in. Sometimes that is the case, but sometimes a movie will outshine the “trouble” month. January is also filled with expanded releases of movies that came out in December so there is also that to look forward to.

 

(Movie Release Dates are based on Box Office Mojo and IMDB)

 

2nd

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A Most Violent Year (expansion): Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star as a couple fighting to protect their business and family during the most dangerous year (1981) in New York history. The film looks pretty great and I honestly did not know too much about it until I saw the trailer a while ago.

 

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Set 40 years after the events from the first movie. Angel of Death sets the action during WWII when a group of children are sent to the Eel Marsh house to hide and unleash the evil inside the house. The sequel also continues the trend of horror movies opening up the beginning of the year.

 

[REC] 4: Apocalypse: The last installment of the Spanish horror films, [REC] 4 brings back the star of the first film Angela (Manuela Velasco) who wakes up on an oil tanker to be examined, but the soldiers on board don’t know why she’s on board, and then things start to go wrong. The trailer looks great and the first two film were amazing in my opinion, while the third film left something to be desired.

 

9th

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Expansion/Nationwide Releases:  Inherent Vice & Selma

Taken 3: Taken 3 may seem like they’ve pushed the idea of the first film a bit. Some would argue that the second was that too, but Taken 3 – based on the trailer – has put an interesting spin on it, and even making some callbacks to the first movie. But let’s face it, Liam Nesson kicking ass is worth the price of admission alone. Also, this is the last one so there’s another plus if you need one.

 

16th

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Expansion Release: American Sniper

The Wedding Ringer: Josh Gad plays a shy groom who hires a best-man-for-hire (Kevin Hart) to impress his future in-laws. I honestly had no idea what the movie was about until I saw the trailer and I even though I’m not the biggest Kevin Hart fan (in moderation I can take him) the movie does actually look funny. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jorge Garcia, Cloris Leachman, and Olivia Thirlby also star.

 

Escobar: Paradise Lost: Josh Hutcherson plays surfer who falls for a girl in Colombia and meets her uncle who happens to be Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro). I heard some mixed things about the movie, so it could be hit-or-miss with everyone once he gets a “bigger” release.

 

Spare Parts: Based on a true story, four Hispanic high schoolers form a robotics club with no experience and a very limited budget, they enter a competition against other robotics clubs and reigning champion MIT. The movie looks like another typical believe in yourself and you can achieve anything with hard work no matter what the odds are, which isn’t a bad thing really, but this might get lost in the shuffle of the other films getting released. The movie stars George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Alexa PenaVega.

 

Still Alice: The movie has Julianne Moore playing a renowned linguistics who stars to forget words and is trying to get through it with her family. I haven’t seen a trailer for it yet but some film festival buzz says the movie is great and might get Moore some award nominations. The rest of the cast is filled with Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth playing Moore’s kids and Alec Baldwin playing a doctor.

 

Paddington: A live-action adaptation of the popular book series is finally coming out. Paddington Bear will be voiced by Ben Whishaw – although originally Colin Firth voiced him but left the project. The movie looks okay, I remember reading some Paddington Bear books when I was younger but I remember not being a huge fan, maybe they’ll win me over. Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, and Peter Capaldi also star.

 

Blackhat: Michael Mann is back and this time is taking on cyber-terrorism. The movie follows Nicolas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) who helps the American and Chinese governments take down the man responsible. Mann is really hit-or-miss with me but hopefully this is a hit. The movie will span the globe apparently and will go through Chicago to Hong Kong, the cast is very international, which could be really great to see. Viola Davis, Wei Tang, and John Ortiz also star.

 

23rd

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Black Sea: A submarine captain takes a job with a shadowy backer to search the Black Sea for a sub that is rumored to have lost gold. Jude Law will star as the captain in question with the rest of the cast being filled out by Jodie Wittaker, Ben Mendelsohn, and Scoot McNairy.

 

The Boy Next Door: Jennifer Lopez stars as a divorced woman who after sleeping with – wait for it – the boy next door played by Ryan Guzman, he starts to get a bit to obsessed with her. I’ve seen the trailer in theaters about three times now and every time it does nothing for me. The movie also looks painfully generic and has been done before.

 

Strange Magic: Apparently George Lucas produced an animated movie that no one knew about and it is now being released. The movie is inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and has goblins, fairies and imps meeting for the first time which leads to a clash of cultures. The voice casts includes Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph, and Alfred Molina.

 

Mortdecai: Johnny Depp plays art dealer Charles Mortdecai who searches for a painting that might be linked to Nazi gold. The movie is based off  books (which I haven’t read) but the movie looks pretty funny and has a descent cast in Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt and Aubrey Plaza.

 

30th

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Black or White: The movie follows a grieving widower who is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. I honestly didn’t know about this movie until I started to make his list. The movie stars Kevin Costner, who might play the widower, I’m not sure, it also stars Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Anthony Mackie, and Octavia Spencer.

 

The Loft: This movie has been sitting on the studio’s shelf for over a year now (if that), so it has me a little worried on what to suspect. The movie follows five friends who share a loft for extramarital affairs begin to question each other after a body is found there. The movie stars Wentworth Miller, James Marsden, Karl Urban, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor, Isabel Lucas, and Eric Stonestreet.

 

Project Almanac: Another movie that has been sitting on the shelf for a year (I think even longer) now finally gets released. The movie is about a group of teens that discover a plan to build a time machine and construct one. Of course things don’t go as planned. The movie is producer by Michael Bay and has the found footage format. I honestly don’t know what to make of it.

 

What movie are you looking forward to?

My Best/Favorite Movies of the Year 2014

It’s the end of the year boys and girls, you know what that means? It’s list time!!

 

There were some good movies and films that came out this year, and then there were movies and films that I highly enjoyed that made the list too. The list really ranges all over the place, so you’ll see a wide array of titles. But, of course, this is my list and my opinion so your list might be different and obviously it is okay.

 

The list will have the movies in alphabetical order, just to be fair, and because I really don’t want to go through the trouble anymore of picking a number one because it would be really tough.

 

Movies That I Missed That I Wanted to Watch

Wild

The Theory of Everything

Inherent Vice & American Sniper (although it was only a limited release around here)

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Joe

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Bad Words

Under the Skin

Cold in July

Life Itself

Wish I Was Here

Magic in the Moonlight

Frank

Starred Up

The Skeleton Twins

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Tusk

Kill the Messenger

The Judge

Laggies

Horns

Rosewater

The Babadook

Stretch

Unbroken

 

(To watch a video form of the list, you can go here: )

 

Just Missed The List:

A Most Wanted Man: I love movies that keep me thinking until the end. A Most Wanted Man had elements of that but it was also of the great performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Willem Dafoe. It was odd to hear all of them put on German accents but that’s just being nitpicky right?

 

Boyhood: Don’t get me wrong, Richard Linklater’s twelve-year film following a boy from childhood to adulthood was a great experiment to see unfold. The movie had some great things in it but at the end of year, against some of the other movies that I’ve seen; I had to barely leave it off the list.

 

Nightcrawler: While Jake Gyllenhaal gave one of the best performance’s I’ve ever seen him do and his character is so complex in a compelling and frightening way, Nightcrawler was a mixed bag and while there are gaps of great scenes and what seems like unnecessary filler.

 

The Drop: While the film was filled with strong performances all around (Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthis Schoenaerts, and the late James Gandolfini in his last finished role), the film compared to the others is just a tad bit under the others.

 

The Rover: David Michod’s not really apocalyptic story has Guy Pearce playing a loner gets his car stolen and is eventually left with one of the thieves’ brother (Robert Pattinson) and goes after them. That’s about it for the movie. After that there really isn’t a plot and you’ll mostly catch things on second watch, but performances by Pearce and surprisingly Pattinson makes the movie watchable the first time around.

 

Whiplash: Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons gave great performances in the drama where a young man tries to become a great jazz drummer and meets his match with a well known instructor that pushes him to his limits. Again, the performances make the film worthwhile and the last performance of the movie is what the film really builds up to, but Whiplash does have some moments and decisions that made me question it.

 

Honorable Mentions

300: Rise of an Empire

Birdman

Edge of Tomorrow

Foxcatcher

Her

John Wick

Lone Survivor

The Book of Life

The Guest

The Purge: Anarchy

This Is Where I Leave You

X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

Best/Favorite Movies of the Year

Begin Again

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I hardly knew anything, if at all, about Begin Again before I saw the trailer and final film. I was completely surprised and floored by how good the film was and the original soundtrack they made for it was fantastic.

 

Big Hero 6

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Disney’s first Marvel animated property came in the form of a group that no one really knew about and they turned it into their own thing. Disney followed their formula and created a movie that tons of fun and full of heart. It also doesn’t hurt that they created a loveable character of Baymax.

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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I think we all would be lying to ourselves if we thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier was going to be that great. Marvel and the Russo Brothers turned Captain America into a spy thriller with just some comic book elements and made – and dare I say this – the best Marvel film to date.

 

Chef

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2014 has been slightly dubbed the year of comedian actors trying to the public take them seriously. Chris Rock did it with Top Five but the best example for me would be Jon Favreau’s Chef. Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in this uplifting dramedy about a chef and father trying to find his passion again and trying to reconnect with his son. Favreau showed that he handle every aspect of filmmaking and you can tell that he has also found his passion for filmmaking doing an independent film.

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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There is something to be said that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes turned out better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes since Rise was a very well done film that probably shouldn’t have been as good as it was. Dawn continued and elevated what made Rise good and expanded on them. Andy Serkis also continues to prove that he is the master of motion capture and can probably out act a real actor, but now has some competition with Toby Kebbell who played Koba and gave Serkis a run for his money. Finally, that siege scene was a work of art and fantastic to watch.

 

Godzilla

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Godzilla didn’t get a lot love, and I’ll even admit there were parts that made it uneven but the whole movie was an adventure and seeing “The King of the Monsters” back on screen was a sight to see.

 

Gone Girl

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Talk about a total mind-twisting film. Gone Girl had me guessing throughout the whole thing and if you knew what was going on, 1) I’d say you read the book or 2) you’re covering it up. Rosamund Pike was fantastic in this and I’m glad more people got to see how good of an actress she is.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Much to everyone’s surprise, Marvel pulled this off. Dubbed “Marvel’s Biggest Risk to Date” Guardians of the Galaxy had it all: humor, action, heart, and a great soundtrack. The whole cast held their own and this showed us that Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista are going to be bonafide movie stars.

 

Interstellar

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I like Christopher Nolan and there are some people that don’t like for whatever reasons they have. Which is fine since that’s the way the world works, but I do know some people out there don’t like him for the hell of it. Anyway, Interstellar probably isn’t the best Nolan film but it’s still a good one and visually it’s Nolan’s best. Even if you didn’t like the premise you have to at least appreciate the acting from Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, David Gyasi and the youngest and probably best actor of the film Mackenzie Foy.

 

Locke

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If you wanted to stare at Tom Hardy for eighty-five minutes as he drives a car, then Locke was the movie for you. Seriously, the whole movie takes places in a car on one night with Hardy talking to various characters over his phone. Hardy is compelling and gives one of his best performances of his career and one of the best his year. I know it doesn’t so like much but believe me, check this out when you get the chance.

 

Snowpiercer

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Most post-apocalyptic movies (good ones anyway) are usually bleak, dark and somewhat morbid. Joon-ho Bong first American film was all of those and with a great cast behind him of Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Tilda Swinton, Ah-sung Ko, and Jamie Bell, the film was great from start to finish.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Wes Anderson is one of those directors not everyone gets, and I’ll admit I was one of them early on. However, I have quickly become a fan of his and his films, and The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of those films. I don’t think I laughed as hard as I did in theaters this year when watching this. It’s a great quirky film with laughs, mystery and romance.

 

The Imitation Game

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Based on the real life and accomplishment of English mathematician Alan Turing who cracked the Enigma code during WWII, The Imitation Game is a great drama with great performances by Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, and Rory Kinnear. But all of them are lead by Benedict Cumberbatch, who gives one of the best performances of the year and completely embodies the character so well that you really want to see him succeed and feel for him at the end.

 

The LEGO Movie

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Another movie that probably shouldn’t have worked, The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller managed to pull off a great movie based a huge product that literally has no story to it. The LEGO Movie has so many layers to it that every time I watch it I find something new to love. Everything is Awesome!

 

The Raid 2

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I didn’t think it would be possible for Gareth Evans to top what he did in the first The Raid, but wow, was I wrong. The Raid 2 might be one of the best action films of the year, if not the best. I know a lot of people were irked by how slow things moved, but looking at how all the things turned out, all that build up made the ending so satisfying

 

So what is on your list? What do you think of my list?

 

Happy New Year!

and here’s to another great year of movies

Favorite Directors, Actors, Supporting Roles, Genre Movies, Action Sequence, & More

This is the first year I’ve done this myself. A couple years ago I started an “Award Show” where I’d get some of you vote and leave it at that. However, that’s taken a bit of a plunge but I’m okay with that because I can now give more of my opinion. Which is why we all start a blog right?

 

So this is my first time doing a Best/Favorite Actors, Actress, Directors, etc. I did end up enjoying a lot people and things in every category so there is going to be a lot of nominations and winners so bare with me. (Everything will be an alphabetical order)

 

 

Directors

Christopher Nolan – Interstellar

David Fincher – Gone Girl

Don Hall & Chris Williams – Big Hero 6

Gareth Evans – The Raid 2

James Gunn – Guardians of the Galaxy

Jon Favreau – Chef

Joe and Anthony Russo – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joon-ho Bong – Snowpiercer

Matt Reeves – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Phil Lord & Christopher Miller – The Lego Movie

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

 

Honorable Mentions

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Bryan Singer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Doug Liman – Edge of Tomorrow

Gareth Edwards – Godzilla

Jorge R. Gutierrez – The Book of Life

Mike Flanagan – Oculus

Steven Knight – Locke

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Ball – The Maze Runner

 

 

 

Actors

Andy Serkis as Caesar – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – The Imitation Game

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne – Gone Girl

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowoski (voice) – The Lego Movie

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill – Guardians of the Galaxy

Dan Stevens as David – The Guest

Frank Grillo as Sergeant – The Purge: Anarchy

Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom – Nightcrawler

Jon Favreau as Carl Casper – Chef

Ralph Fiennes as Mr. Gustave and Tony Revolori as Zero – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tom Cruise as Cage – Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke – Locke

Scott Adsit (voice) as Baymax – Big Hero 6

 

Honorable Mentions

Chris Evans as Curtis – Snowpiercer

Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz – Foxcatcher

Guy Pearce as Eric – The Rover

Iko Uwais as Rama/Yuda – The Raid 2

Keanu Reeves as John Wick – John Wick

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper – Interstellar

Michael Keaton as Riggan – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Russell Crowe as Noah – Noah

Steve Carell as John du Point – Foxcatcher

Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles – 300: Rise of an Empire

 

 

Actress

Emily Blunt as Rita – Edge of Tomorrow

Emma Stone as Sam – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne – Gone Girl

Rose Byrne as Kelly Radner – Neighbors

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

Honorable Mentions

Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy (voice) – The Lego Movie

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon – Need for Speed

Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell – Oculus

Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke – The Imitation Game

Maria Valverde as Zipporah – Exodus: Gods and Kings

Zoe Saldana as Gamora – Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

Supporting Actor

Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Bradley Cooper as Rocket – Guardians of the Galaxy

Bill Irwin (voice) as TARS – Interstellar

Charlie Day (voice) as Benny – The LEGO Movie

Dave Bautista as Drax – Guardians of the Galaxy

Evan Peters as Peter/Quicksilver – X-Men: Days of Future Past

J.K. Simmons as Fletcher – Whiplash

Kang-ho Song as Namgoong Minsoo – Snowpiercer

Michael Rooker as Yondu – Guardians of the Galaxy

Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt – Gone Girl

Vin Diesel as Groot – Guardians of the Galaxy

Will Arnett as Batman – The Lego Movie

 

Honorable Mentions

Antonio Banderas as Galgo – The Expendables 3

Bill Paxton as Master Sergeant Farell – Edge of Tomorrow

Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody – Godzilla

Emjay Anthony as Percy – Chef

Joel McHale as Butler – Deliver Us from Evil

Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa – Godzilla

Mark Strong as Stewart Menzies – The Imitation Game

Neil Patrick Harris as Foy – A Million Ways to Die in the West

Thomas Lennon as Chief of Staff – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Will Poulter as Gally – The Maze Runner

 

 

Supporting Actress

Ah-sung Ko as Yona – Snowpiercer

Alison Brie as Unikitty (voice) – The Lego Movie

Anaalise Basso as Young Kaylie – Oculus

Carrie Coon as Margo Dunne – Gone Girl

Mackenzie Foy as Young Murph – Interstellar

Tilda Swinton as Mason – Snowpiercer

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Amy Adams as Amy – Her

Alison Pill as Teacher – Snowpiercer

Emma Watson as Ila – Noah

Ingrid Bolse Berdal as Atalanta – Hercules

Katee Sackhoff as Marie Russell – Oculus

Mireille Enos as Lizzy Murray – Sabotage

Sally Field as Aunt May – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

 

 

Villain

Cecep Arif Rahman as The Assassin – The Raid 2

Eva Green as Artemisia – 300: Rise of an Empire

Julie Estelle as Hammer Girl – The Raid 2

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Toby Kebbell as Koba – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Very Tri Yulisman as Baseball Bat Man – The Raid 2

Will Ferrell as Lord Business/President Business – The LEGO Movie

 

Honorable Mentions

Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain – Noah

Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop – The LEGO Movie

Karen Gillan as Nebula – Guardians of the Galaxy

Marton Csokas as Teddy – The Equalizer

Mimics – Edge of Tomorrow

Sean Harris as Santino – Deliver Us from Evil

 

 

Horror

Oculus

Everyone is saying that The Babadook is the best horror movie of the year, I haven’t seen it, so that honor to me goes to Oculus. Not to say that the honor of best horror movie goes to it by default, there were some things about the movie that I liked and that were good. Director Mike Flanagan did some neat camera tricks that made the experience really cool to watch and did some nice interweaving of the different stories and timelines. Add in the fantastic performance by Annalise Basso as the younger version of Karen Gillan character I had myself a good time watching Oculus.

 

 

Animated

The LEGO Movie

Big Hero 6

 

Honorable Mention

The Book of Life

 

 

Adaptation

Big Hero 6

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edge of Tomorrow

Gone Girl

Guardians of the Galaxy

Snowpiercer

 

 

Honorable Mentions

300: Rise of an Empire

A Most Wanted Man

Lone Survivor

The November Man

This is Where I Leave You

X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

 

Comedy

Begin Again

Chef

The Grand Budapest Hotel

This is Where I Leave You

 

Honorable Mentions

Let’s Be Cops

Top Five

 

 

Fight/Action Sequence

300: Rise of an Empire: Themistokles vs. Artemisia

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Georges Batroc

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Falcon’s Flight

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America vs. Strike Team

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Steve Rogers vs. The Winter Soldier (Street Fight)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Caesar vs. Koba (Finale)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Siege

John Wick: Nightclub Shootout

The Equalizer: Finale Showdown

The Purge: Anarchy: Sergeant vs. Rich Purgers

The Maze Runner: Thomas and Minho Maze Run

The Raid 2: The Prison Riot

The Raid 2: Hammer Girl vs. Guards

The Raid 2: Car Chase

The Raid 2: Rama vs. Baseball Bat Man & Hammer Girl

The Raid 2: Rama vs. The Assassin

Snowpiercer: The Siege (Tunnel)

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Quicksilver Saves Logan/Erik/Charles

 

Honorable Mentions

A Walk Among the Tombstones: Graveyard Shootout

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Nick Fury’s Chase

Deliver Us from Evil: Butler vs. Santino

Edge of Tomorrow: Beach Takeover

Godzilla: Godzilla vs. M.U.T.O. (Both)

Guardians of the Galaxy: Prison Riot

Lone Survivor: Forest/Canyon Shootout

John Wick: John Wick vs. Kirill

Robocop:  Robocop vs. Vallon and Henchmen

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter vs. Shredder

Transformers: Age of Extinction: Chase off the Yeager Farm

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Sunspot/Blink/Warpath/Colossus/Bishop/Kitty vs. Sentinels

 

 

Action

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

John Wick

The Raid 2

 

Honorable Mentions

300: Rise of an Empire

Edge of Tomorrow

The Expendables 3

 

 

Drama

Boyhood

Birdman

Gone Girl

Locke

Whiplash

 

Long list right? I did warn you though. So who and what are on your lists?