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2014-New Films Seen

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Reflection: I hit a 60 movie goal in 2013 and ended it with a bang, Lawrence of Arabia. I was very happy to catch up with the older films that I could last year and am looking to continue catching up this year. Best Movie for My 2013- Tough one, but the movie I keep thinking about and going back to was Zero Dark Thirty. 2001 and Lawrence of Arabia are certainly up there, but I had a really good reaction to Zero Dark Thirty. Stuck in Love- Kinnear is good. The script starts pretty cool but then fades by the end. 6/10 Slap Shot- Classic Hockey movie that perfectly catches the tone of hockey culture. 7/10 Drinking Buddies- Mumblecore but I… Read more

Reflection: I hit a 60 movie goal in 2013 and ended it with a bang, Lawrence of Arabia. I was very happy to catch up with the older films that I could last year and am looking to continue catching up this year.

Best Movie for My 2013- Tough one, but the movie I keep thinking about and going back to was Zero Dark Thirty. 2001 and Lawrence of Arabia are certainly up there, but I had a really good reaction to Zero Dark Thirty.

Stuck in Love- Kinnear is good. The script starts pretty cool but then fades by the end. 6/10

Slap Shot- Classic Hockey movie that perfectly catches the tone of hockey culture. 7/10

Drinking Buddies- Mumblecore but I don’t think I’ve seen Olivia Wilde this good. It’s a bit inconsistent but really well done. 8/10

Cloud Atlas- Sprawling and constructed pretty well but I didn’t really connect with much or any of it. I can appreciate it but I didn’t love it. 6/10

Jack Reacher- Better than expected but just definitely clunky. Super pulpy and trashy but oddly entertaining. 6/10

Prisoners- Dark and bleak with great cinematography and performances. I really liked this film. 9/10

Captain Phillips- Tense and taut with good performances. Goes on a bit long. 8/10

Two Lovers- Joaquin Phoenix and Paltrow are excellent. A small story, elegantly shot and truthful. 9/10

Grand Budapest Hotel- Fun and draws you in but so distractedly steeped in the Wes Anderson style that it forgets to tell a story more poignantly and thoughtfully. 7/10

Mud- A beautiful, sort of nouveau fairytale. I thought the performances here were great. Combines a noir sentiment with a coming of age morality play. Really strong. 9/10

Wolf of Wall Street- Not a huge fan but certainly entertaining and had it’s moments. It felt sort of like “lazy” Goodfellas. 6/10

Out of the Furnace- I liked the tone and texture. Pretty good performances but lacked any real oomph. 7/10

X-Men Days of Future Past- Refreshingly minimal with good stakes. A good return to form that’s a bit disjointed. 7/10

Lego Movie- A film on ADD. Some moments of humor and tenderness but I didn’t latch on. 5/10

22 Jump Street- Just as funny as the original and decent action. 6/10

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- As good as a movie as the title could make it be. Well done and entertaining with some touching moments. 7/10

Her- Amazingly touching and subtle. Great performances and script. Reminded me a lot of Eternal Sunshine. Beautifully done. 10/10

The Bachelor Weekend- Kind of klunky dialogue but fun enough Irish-Rom com. 5/10

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