Here we go again- another year, another LATE posting of non-relevent opinions. I watched 259 movies in 2014. 58 were new releases the others were mostly from the 80s. Because I KNOW you care, my top ones of 2014:
1) THEY CAME TOGETHER: I’m still grinning from the best comedy to come out Since the last Michael Showalter/David Wain screenwriting collaboration WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. Take THAT every rom com trope ever! Buy this movie to watch at your house once a week HERE.
2) The Lego Movie: This is the number one Shaquille O’Neal movie of 2014. Taco Tuesdays, Where are my Pants, Everything is Awesome- this movie was SO cram packed with good meta-laughs it’s hard not to smile just thinking about it. Also- there was some great social commentary and it had an inspirational message…. or whatever.
3) Boyhood: This was filmed over 12 years and deserves all sorts of industry awards for the heart it packed into that 2hours and 45 min. The way that all of the performances and nuances worked together made this heartstring puller plain lovely no matter how you cut it. The thing that sticks with me the most is the scene where the dad is excited to share his ultimate Beatles collection with his son… just wonderful.
4) OBVIOUS CHILD: Jeny Slate in an abortion rom-com? Sure ! I’m in and ready for the sequel!
5) INTERSTELLAR: This is super good sci-fi that’s almost as good as Black Mirror yall! Also- I was crazy lucky to get to see all that dystopian Matthew Mcconaughey on 70mm! That’s twice as much Mcconaughey per frame!
6) THE OVERNIGHTERS: Not that I’m writing much about any of these movies right now, this is one that must be seen to understand how it’s so profound. Beginning as one thing and ending up as about 10 different entirely different things, this documentary shows representations on screen that are seldom seen elsewhere and gets down to the core of what it means to be a human in a lot of ways. Hey, isn’t that part of what movies are supposed to do?
7) X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST There are tons of problems with this movie but it was also a ton of fun for a lifelong mutant dork. I’ll always show up to these movies and leave with a smile. I’m a sucker.
8 ) THE BOXTROLLS: Check out this cheese scene!
9) THE BABADOOK: Fantastic, so much so, that it won Best Horror Film and Best Horror Screenplay at this year’s Fantastic Fest! Dook Dook Dook!
10) Frank: This off the wall weirdness works. The cast is as strong as can be with an extra special shout out to Maggie Gyllenhaal. Note: this masked musician movie would have been so much higher on the list if it didn’t have the silly representation of SXSW.
See you at the movies yall.