Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 15 of 15
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles- San Fernando Valley
    Posts
    815
    Reputation
    Points: 9,705, Level: 68
    Level completed: 19%, Points required for next Level: 245
    Overall activity: 0%
    Current 2014 top 10
    1. Guardians of the Galaxy- 9.5
    2. Grand Budapest Hotel- 9
    3. The Last Man on the Moon- 8
    4. Big Hero 6- 8
    5. Whiplash- 8
    6. To Be Takei- 7.5
    7. How to Train Your Dragon 2- 7.5
    8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- 7.5
    9. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)- 7
    10. The Search for General Tso- 7

    I actually didn't see GotG till last fall during my (still ongoing) MCU binge. Being the Star Wars fan that I am it blew me away with how heartfelt it was, a love letter to all things 80s including those great space operas. The music was of course fantastic, and the casting was perfect. I'm a big fan of the Cherry Bomb lock and load montage. So far it's my favorite MCU product that I've seen.

    The Last Man on the Moon, To Be Takei, and The Search for General Tso are all great documentaries that I found on Netflix that may still be on there. The first is about Gene Cernan and Apollo 17, the second is about, well, George Takei, and the third is about the rise of Chinese-American cuisine and to a lesser extent the Chinese-American immigrant experience generally.

    Big Hero 6 is a fun superhero team-up movie, great visuals and a well-done if also well-trod story. Lots of great fight scenes, and San Fransokyo is gorgeous.

    Started getting into Wes Anderson the past few years and loved everything of his I've seen, nuff said.

    As for Whiplash, well, Simmons makes that movie the great show that it is, but Teller's performance is great too, and the music can't be beat.

    Not in my top 10, but one other I'd bring up is Chef, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. A pretty basic story about a renowned chef who loses it and has to find his roots, opening up a lunch truck. It's got a lot of heart, with a great feeling of camaraderie between the main character and his friends/co-workers and some mixed in father-son themes, while being a nice love letter to food. Just a nice feel-good movie.

    Boyhood was interesting and not bad at all, and of course the way it was shot is worth mentioning, but it just didn't wow me. A decent if unremarkable movie, at least in terms of the final product. Maybe if I'd been able to relate more to that kind of life I would have gotten more out of it.

    Then there are a little under 20 more movies that are a general mishmash with varying quality. The Imitation Game and Winter Soldier were pretty good. Big Eyes and Expelled from Paradise... weren't.

    Movies I still need to see: Nightcrawler, Days of Future Past (will probably do an X-Men binge some time after the MCU binge), John Wick, Frank, Inherent Vice, Mr. Turner, plus probably a few foreign language movies that aren't completely on my radar
    Steam Profile: "Mr. ZAP" (what else?)
    Feel free to add.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    North of U.S.A, in a place called Canada
    Posts
    2,198
    Reputation
    Points: 11,686, Level: 74
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 64
    Overall activity: 0%
    I really enjoyed Nightcrawler!! Highly suggest checking it out soon. Also a big fan of Grand Budapest and Whiplash, so those are a couple of great choices. Have you seen Rushmore? I think it might be my favourite Wes Anderson flick.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles- San Fernando Valley
    Posts
    815
    Reputation
    Points: 9,705, Level: 68
    Level completed: 19%, Points required for next Level: 245
    Overall activity: 0%
    Haven't seen Rushmore yet, though I know I should. I love his style of filmmaking. So far I've seen Grand Budapest, Moonrise Kingdom, Royal Tenenbaums (a long time ago), and Steve Zissou (just recently). Grand Budapest and Steve Zissou were my favorites but they were all great. I need to rewatch Tenenbaums though. Planning to see Isle of Dogs this weekend with friends!

    I think Nightcrawler is on Netflix so maybe I'll catch it soon.
    Steam Profile: "Mr. ZAP" (what else?)
    Feel free to add.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    2,881
    Reputation
    Points: 9,457, Level: 67
    Level completed: 36%, Points required for next Level: 193
    Overall activity: 93.0%
    I need to rewatch Budapest. I doubt my opinion would have changed from four years ago though.

    This feels like a time capsule of my thoughts.
    "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
    -Winston Churchill

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    5,850
    Reputation
    Points: 19,992, Level: 97
    Level completed: 73%, Points required for next Level: 108
    Overall activity: 99.9%
    I had not seen it yet when I made my last post years ago, but Whiplash is definitely my favorite movie from that year.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •