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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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Oscars 2014: Who’s Going to Take Home the Gold?

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.
It’s that time of year again when people rush to their nearest theater or video store to try and catch up on all, or at least most of the nominated movies. Every year I fill out a couple ballots. I do this because there are different ways to predict the outcomes. You can go off of your own personal picks; what you think really earned the awards. Then there is also the way of trying to predict what the Academy thinks. That may change a few of your picks. Maybe knowing how much they love Jennifer Lawrence or hate Leonardo DiCaprio will alter your choices. Or you can do a mixture of the two. Have some of your picks be off of your own personal judgment and others taking what the Academy thinks into consideration.  Continue reading

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