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2014 Top Ten Films

Honorable Mentions

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Going into seeing a Wes Anderson movie, you have to know the kind of comedy that is in store for you. Sometimes it is dark humor and the rest of the time it has a quirky quality to it. It is no different in The Grand Budapest Hotel. The story centers around the hotel in the 30s when M. Gustave (played to perfection by the uber talented Ralph Fiennes) was the concierge there. Fiennes is hilarious and has the comedic timing down to perfection. There’s a murder mystery going on as well; there is actually a lot going on in this movie, but it is always funny. The entire A-list cast will have you laughing constantly. I will be quoting this hilarious movie for years. Read my review of The Grand Budapest Hotel here. Continue reading

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — MOVIE REVIEW

Michael Keaton leads a star-studded cast in the terrific Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Michael Keaton plays an actor who is trying to escape his image as a superhero from a film series he acted in over 20 years ago. So…Michael Keaton is playing himself. Birdman mirrors Batman in so many different ways, and that is intentional. But that is only part of th Continue reading

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The Imitation Game — MOVIE REVIEW

Alan Turing and company race to break Germany’s encrypted coded messages in The Imitation Game.

I can just picture all of the Academy Award nominations this film is going to get. It has pretty much all of the necessary ingredients for an Oscar winner. It has great performances, a good script, and it targets an older audience (like the Academy voters). Plus, extra points for being a historical and tragic true story. The Imitation Game is definitely going to get award recognition, and rightfully so. Continue reading

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Nightcrawler — MOVIE REVIEW

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler

I’ve seen many different versions of Jake Gyllenhaal. I’ve seen creepy Jake Gyllenhaal and I’ve seen serious Jake Gyllenhaal. I’ve seen him play two different characters in the same movie and I’ve seen him do some weird stuff when he was a younger actor. But, in Nightcrawler, this is a Jake Gyllenhaal unlike anything you’ve ever seen. He sinks into this role so much that you don’t even recognize him. Creepy doesn’t even give his character justice as a descriptor. One thing is for sure with Nightcrawler; this movie is not like anything you’ve ever seen. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading

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Wild — MOVIE REVIEW

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild

Wild teaches us very many life lessons. If you are an attractive female, anybody will help you on a long hike. If you’re an average looking male, not so much. Wild is Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow up to his Awards-hit Dallas Buyer’s Club and I gotta say, having those two films on your resumé is a good problem to have. But a movie like this rests entirely on the strength of the main actress. Luckily, Reese Witherspoon decided to bring her A-game for this one. Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — MOVIE REVIEW


Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Well, The Hobbit is finally done. After taking a barely 100-page book and turning it into 9 hours of film, we are finally done with this Middle-Earth saga. There have been epic battles, eye-rolling CGI, and some good performances all-around. But did the final chapter go out with a bang…or a whimper? Continue reading

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Arrow “Corto Maltese” — TV EPISODE REVIEW


David Ramsey, Stephen Amell, and Colton Haynes in Arrow

 Arrow has just been getting better and better as every season progresses. But the second season was so intense and filled with so much drama, I think it will be hard for season three to match it. And even though the iconic R’as al Ghul will eventually show up as the big bad this season, it will be hard to match the villain of last season. Manu Bennett killed it as Slade Wilson hopped up on Mirakuru. And this season is off to a slow start as well. Even season two started the same way, but I just hope this season gets going the previous year did. Continue reading

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Gone Girl — MOVIE REVIEW


Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

Well that escalated quickly. The events that take place in this film definitely get out of hand fast, and a nearly three hour movie never quite feels like it. The reviews for this movie are done by two differents kinds of people; the ones who read the novel that the film is based on and the ones who did not. I fit into the category of the individuals that have read the novel. So you can say I definitely went in with impossibly-high expectations and a certain level of bias. Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy — MOVIE REVIEW


Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel (voice), and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Andy Dwyer, a tree, a raccoon, a professional wrestler, and Zoe Saldana in green skin instead of blue: these are the guardians that we are supposed to love and follow for two hours. But the real question is “does it work?” Yes. Yes it does. This may not be the best Marvel film I have seen, but it is definitely up there. Continue reading

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A Most Wanted Man — MOVIE REVIEW


Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams in A Most Wanted Man

In the last performance of his career, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives us a damn fine one. That is for sure. This role wasn’t an easy one to take on. John le Carré always gives us these rich and difficult characters to latch onto in his novels. Just look at The Constant Gardner and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. They all had these big actors playing the main character, but it was never flashy or showy. They have to sink into these roles in order for the true character to be present. And from what I’ve read, le Carré wasn’t completely sold on Hoffman playing his character right away. But leave it to Philip Seymour Hoffman to be the one to truly stand out. Continue reading

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