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?

My Disappointments/Worst Movies of the Year

Well, it’s the end of the year and you know what that means. The lists of “Best of” or “Worst of” start to come out.  So of course, I have to put my list out there too!

So for the sack of giving the “bad news” first, I’ll do my “Worst/Disappointments Movies of the Year” list first. I know saying “Worst” is a bit harsh and I know a lot of work goes into making a movie so I don’t want to come off as a snob.  But saying “Least Liked” sounds kind of lame.  So the list will be movies that I thought were bad but also disappointing, so I don’t have to say they were pieces of, well you know.

NOTE: This is MY list and is completely my opinion.  I’m in no way trying to make less of these movies and if you liked these movies, IT’S FINE.  I just didn’t care for them.

“Honorable Mention”

No One Lives: The reason I put “Honorable Mention” the way I did is because I respect what the movie was trying to do, a homage to the old school 70s and 80s horror, but the execution at times didn’t get me.  One of the highlights was a scene where the main character/villain, played by Luke Evans, creatively finds a way to get near the other villains.  However, the reason I put it here in the list is because it was a tad boring at times and didn’t care for the end result.

DISAPPOINTMENTS

After Earth: I tried to give this every chance I could.  I didn’t mind (using that statement loosely) that it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  But, watching it was a bit hard and I almost hate saying that.  I didn’t find Jaden Smith an interesting lead and Will Smith could have literally phoned in his performance.  Also, the weird accents really don’t make sense and even though a tag line says “There was a reason we left” is never explained! (I know it’s nitpicky but considering I didn’t like the movie I’m okay with that).

Paranoia: Although I’m not the biggest Liam Hemsworth fan, I was willing to give this movie a shot only because greats like Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford were in it.  But even they couldn’t save this movie. Any form of a thriller was thrown in the last act of the movie and by that point I didn’t care.

The Last Exorcism Part II:  Changing its style from “found footage” to a tradition, the movie was almost an unnecessary sequel to a movie that wasn’t really that good to begin with.  The Last Exorcism for what it was didn’t bring anything new to the found footage genre and for me the ending was probably the best part (NO, not because of the credits or I got to leave), the main character finally found something and went for it.  The sequel however, only brings back Ashley Bell’s Nel as she continues her struggle to move on.  The ending feels like they set up way too much for a third (which I don’t think has been announced) but at this point I don’t want another.

Worst

Spring Breakers:  I feel like every year there is a movie – that doesn’t get a wide release – that is hyped up enough by everyone that I manage to fall for it and go watch.  Spring Breakers was that movie this year.  I will say I wasn’t familiar with director Harmony Korine’s work (I know Kids is the most popular) but I didn’t like this movie at all! For a movie that’s an hour and half long it felt like two and a half hours.  I thought the beginning of the movie was good but once they actually went on Spring Break it completely lost me.  And yes, I didn’t like James Franco’s character either.

Movie 43: If you told me to give you one movie that was the worst of the year, I would tell you Movie 43.  For a movie was suppose to be a comedy and filled with a all-star cast it failed on all cylinders.  I didn’t even chuckle or smirk once! This movie was not funny and any funny parts that could have been where shown in the trailers/commercials, so once I saw them on the big screen I didn’t find them funny anymore.  I don’t know what the cast was thinking but whatever favors they had to the directors of these shorts was not worth it.

So, what were you’re worst movies or disappointments for the year?  Do you agree with my list or not?

End of the Year “Award Show”

Alright folks, it’s the end of the year and when everybody is making their list of best/favorite/worst movies of the year (I will put those up soon) it’s also the time to pick the best of the best when it comes to actors/actress, supporting roles, directors and more.

In my previous account I did just this, I also did this on this accountant as my very first thing.  I did pretty much all the hard work (for the most part) and now it’s your turn.  It’s pretty easy, vote for your favorite in the categories.  It should be noted there are a lot of movies and a lot of people in those movies.  There will be people or movies missing in the categories, please forgive me, it’s not because I don’t want those people on the list (because maybe you think they deserve to be at least in the winner’s circle) it’s because I just forgot.  Obviously the lists are long so you can hopefully see why some people/movies would be missing.

This is purely for fun and is in no way meant to mean the winners are for everyone.  So here are the rules, yes there are rules otherwise what kind of a world would we be living in?

Rules & More:

1) You can vote up to 5 people/movies/fights (expect the Comic Book, Animated and Horror category you only 4 votes)

2) You can vote as many times as you want but PLEASE DO NOT SPAM. It makes the wins more legitimate and spamming is just a dumb and selfish thing to do. If I feel that there is a spamming problem then I will stop the voting all together and this will be canceled.

3) Voting will end Jan 10th (if I have a change of heart I will let all of you know)

4) Winners will be announced the following week

 

The nominees will be up soon (most likely tomorrow or on New Years Eve) so once their up you can just start voting. Enjoy and if you can spread the word so we can get more votes and make this interesting then please feel free.