Talking Movies: The Year End List (2014)

The Guest

The Guest
Only Lovers Left Alive
Nymphomaniac vol 1
Gone Girl

Any list without The Guest on it is just sad. Go give it a hug. Haider keeps going on about chutzpah, this movie is the definition of chutzpah. Only Lovers Left Alive is the first of the three vampire flicks I am going to bring up in this post. Starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, this movie is simply about hanging out. Nymphomaniac vol 1 is a Lars Von Trier film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg among others. It’s explicit obviously but also surprisingly funny. Gone Girl doesn’t need any introduction. When Nightcrawler first came out, I said we aren’t deserving of this film. Props to Jake Gyllehnaal for taking up such a role. Snowpiercer is a sci-fi film made by a Korean and starring Captain America. Curiously, it stars two of the actors who play leading roles in Only Lovers Left Alive, and Mia Wasikowska isn’t one of them. Those who love Jazz will probably love Whiplash from the first minute, those who aren’t into Jazz will start digging the movie from about 70 mins in. So have a little bit patience and you’ll see what the hype’s all about. Little bit disappointed that I’ve found no foreign language film to include in the top tier.

Movies I haven’t seen but with potential to join the above:
A Most Violent Year
(foreign film!)

More movies I wouldn’t mind recommending: Enemy, The Double, 22 Jump Street, Neighbors, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Noah, Coherence, The One I Love, Locke, Ida, Night Moves, Starred Up, Fury, Palo Alto.

The first two deal with doppelgangers. And are both based on books. One by Jose Saramago and the other by a relatively unknown called Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Both of those books have the same title, ‘The Double’. I highly recommend Saramago’s book. Coming to the films, Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon. Not short on looks, that ensemble. The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, her again. It’s made by Richard Ayoade- the man behind Submarine- and the stars of that film pop in for short cameos too. One of those stars, Craig Roberts also pops up in the comedy double feature of Neighbors and 22 Jump Street. If I had it my way, Craig Roberts, no relation to Julia Roberts, would be in every film that’s ever made. Moving on to films from summer, I am going with X-Men and Noah. Sorry, Guardians of the Galaxy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  I am also choosing two indie low-on-budget and high-on-concept Sci-fi films going by the names of Coherence and The One I Love. Locke is a film wherein Tom Hardy drives a car while talking on the phone, for the entire duration of the movie. It’s as entertaining as McConaughey’s Lincoln commercials. The Empire magazine gave a shoutout to Locke for “making concrete pours sexy.” Ida is a Polish film which I mistakenly assumed was a comedy but is actually about the holocaust. I plan to write an entire post on this movie. Take me to task if I don’t. Night Moves is a film starring Jesse Eisenberg. It’s about hippies planning to blow up a dam because it’s hurting the environment. Yeah, it’s the kind of film you expect Brit Marling to show up in. She never does, fyi. Starred Up, the prison drama, had the potential to be a classic, it never makes full use of it and makes do with being good. I was expecting Fury to be as bloated as its final set-up. It isn’t. It’s alright. Brad Pitt: Logan Lerman: the tank: the second world war :: Krishna : Arjuna : the chariot : the Mahabharata. You can call Palo Alto a guilty pleasure. In fact, you can call every movie starring Emma Roberts, yes relation to Julia Roberts, a guilty pleasure of mine. This movie is actually based on the writings of James Franco. Can you believe that? James Franco writing a half-decent movie? That’s nothing short of a full blown miracle.

Emma Roberts Palo Alto

Even more supposedly good movies I haven’t seen: Goodbye to Language, Timbuktu, Mommy, Inherent Vice, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, National Gallery. 

Goodbye to Language is a made for 3D film, which I won’t be getting to see in 3D. Boohoo. Inspired by the events in Mali of 2012, I wrote a half-baked post on my blog. Inspired by the same events, Abderrahmane Sissako made a full-baked movie that has been garnering praise from all over. Timbuktu. Jessica Chastain (you seriously didn’t think I could write a post on movies without mentioning her at least once, did you?) loves Mommy. Mommy is Xavier Dolan’s latest. I myself am partial towards Xavier Dolan’s 3 hr movie about a transsexual called Laurence Anyways. The thing is Jessica Chastain is going to star in Xavier Dolan’s debut English language film and I am eagerly looking forward to it. Inherent Vice is a collaboration between PT Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix. Even with the grating narrative voice, the trailer is largely dope (pun intended). A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an Iranian vampire film. Can’t get more intriguing than that. It’s also the 2nd of the three vampire films I promised to mention, and the 3rd is What We Do In The Shadows, a Kiwi film that makes full use of the Vampire stereotypes to generate laughs and is well cast. Foxcatcher is the film Channing Tatum is going to get snubbed for. The Imitation Game is about Alan Turing as you must be knowing and National Gallery is a documentary made by the people behind At Berkley. I Intend to see them both.

Soundtracks worth a listen or two: Gone Girl, Interstellar, Locke, Under The Skin, The Imitation Game.

Ps: Movies of Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson don’t make my annual lists as a rule, Fantastic Mr. Fox being the sole marvelous exception. I love the Dardenne bros but I didn’t love Two Days, One Night enough. Maybe I didn’t like them working with an established star.  Edge of Tomorrow missed out because Emily Blunt’s character is a major badass in the book but not in the movie. Babadook misses out because it is well, Babadook.


5 thoughts on “Talking Movies: The Year End List (2014)

    1. It’s simple. I don’t enjoy their movies as much as others. Boyhood, for instance, was for me all about Patricia Arquette making the same mistake over and over again.

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