My Top 20 Films of 2014

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Yesterday I posted my list of films that as I generally wade through the years of film canon I enjoyed immensely. If you missed it go and check it out for me and say something about it (or not).

Today I will be talking about the topic that if you’re reading this you’re probably already tired of hearing about. My favourite films of the year gone by. I’m certain I share a lot of titles with many of my online colleagues and I can spend the next 2/3 lines mentioning the myriad of films that I’ve not seen due to geographical or many other reasons. Regardless here are 20 films of all the 2014 theatrical releases that I love and would love to widely recommend to you guys to check out.

*I just want to say that while you may see a number ranking in this post I really don’t mean it. I honestly feel that this list order is interchangeable dependent on the day and mood I’m in. Feel free to take all of these films as a collective and not a competitive rout. Continue reading

What I’ve Been Watching: Apr 5 – Apr 18

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I don’t really have much of an intro to add this week. Last week I was just plain lazy and this week I’m trying to figure out some things.

Let’s just say now counting near eight months… let’s hope.

So here’s what I watched in the last couple weeks:

ZIP & ZAP AND THE MARBLE GANG (2013) – If you hated the Goonies, you’re gonna hate this.
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL. II (2014) – I become more dirty
CRADLE WILL ROCK (1999) – Probably one of the most interesting films about a play.
NEW TALE OF ZATOICHI (1963) – More fun blind swords, with his master now.
GODZILLA (1954) – Craft A+, Effect C-
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER (2014) – Falcon wins me…
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1991) – I will now fear the universe more…
NASHVILLE (1975) – What kind of stuff happens in Dallas???
WHITE REINDEER (2013) – Not enough cocaine spinach
NOAH (2014) – Aronofsky remains untarnished…
JOE (2014) – If only there were more Nic Cage…
WOLF CHILDREN (2012) – Adorable, adorable, adorable…
WADJDA (2013) – Lots to ponder, but is it good?

REWATCHED

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES“If you ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.”
HOUSE OF GAMES “You can’t bluff someone who’s not paying attention.”
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS “If it was never new, and it never gets old, then it’s a folk song.”
WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?“Keep ’em shiny and clean”

My count for the year of 2014 is updated to 101 First time watches (21 from 2014); 52 Rewatches; 153 Total Films

A Week of News: Feb 4th

I may not be a fan of writing about film news due to the rumour-like quality that a lot of the articles are. However, I do follow the news on a lot of film blogs and I do think that there’s something to keeping track of all of the “news” that’s mentioned throughout the week as it relates to the world of cinema.

So every Friday I’ll be posting a list of links of the week’s news around the internet. Highlighting my favourite stories of the week and those stories so ludicrous I jut can’t imagine them to be true.

MY FAVOURITE STORIES OF THE WEEK:

Tom Hooper says he won’t cut THE KING’S SPEECH to PG-13 rating

The King’s Speech is one of the many films of 2010 that if I had seen before I had written my Top Ten of the year would quite easily bebreaking into the Top 5. The film gained an R rating for one particular scene where Lionel makes Albert (aka. King George VI) to swear profusely. We’re then treated to a couple of minutes of many four letter words, and a few with some more characters. That scene is the one and only reason why the film didn’t get it’s PG-13 rating, and even though I’d be regurgitating a lot of other bloggers’ feelings about the MPAA by talking about how stupid that is I agree that the film should not be edited just for the sake of that one beautifully foul scene that honestly I don’t know who would watch it and be worried for their children’s innocence. The scene is contextualized in such a way that it never becomes dirty or foul.

Ricky Gervais may host the next GOLDEN GLOBES

Love him or hate him you have to admit that he knows how to bring the smart British humour in taking the mickey out of some of the most vein people in the world. In a society where image in 90% of your job it’s nice to have someone like Gervais who’s willing to just go no holds bar and just rip everyone a new one. Even though this year I didn’t love it that much in retrospect I blame the overall ceremony rather than Gervais who was definitely spot on.

Javier Bardem offered role in BOND 23

Javier Bardem is one of my favourite actors to reach the top of the star ranking in the last five years. He’s calm but scary and always charming. Thinking of him as the next villain in the next James Bond movie kind of excites me. It could definitely not work out, but on paper it seems cool enough.

THE REST:

PRODUCTION NEWS

CASTING NEWS

TV NEWS

OTHER NEWS

POSTERS

TRAILERS

What was your favourite story of the week?

The Unnamed Movie Podcast [Episode 50 – Che]

This week Damion and I attempt to make our way through the jungles of Cuba as we attempt to enact the revolution with Steven Soderbergh’s Che. Continue reading