Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Movie List

5  Loved It
4  Liked it a lot
3  Liked it
2  It was okay
1 Nope

So far in 2014 - 46 movies!
2013 --  48 movies
2012 -- 37 movies
2011 -- 54 movies

Interstellar (12/31/2014) looooong - and entertaining (4.5)
Annie (12/28/14) a huge disappointment (2)
Birdman (12/20/14) well crafted and unforgettable.... (4.5)
Hunger Games:  Mockingjay Part 1 (12/4/2014) (3)
Guardians of the Galaxy (11/21/14) adventurous fun (3)
Laggies (11/2014) fun! (4)
St. Vincent (10/31/14) Terrific flic starring Bill Murray (4.5)
This is Where I Leave You (10/15/14) hysterically funny and poignant at the same time (4)
Hector and the Search for Happiness (10/9/14) quirkily terrific (5)
Gone Girl (10/7/14) better than the book, great movie (5)
The Maze Runner (9/21/14) enjoyable, but not great.... (3)
The One I Love (9/18/14) quirky fantastic realism - fun (4)
Tammy () suprisingly good - though a lot of people disagree (4)
Hundred Foot Journey (8/31/2014) cute, fun, and a taste of India and France! (4)
Blended (8/25ish/14) As stupid as it was, I liked it (3)
The Giver (8/17/14) Loved the retelling of a favorite book (4.5)
What If... (8/2014) A new favorite (5)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (8/10/14) A colossal waste of time (1.5)
A Most Wanted Man (8/7/14) Superlative and troubling (5.5)
And So It Goes (8-1-14) Grumpy grandfather raises granddaughter he never knew he had (3)
Million Dollar Arm (7-30-14) Great story, half in India - loved it! (5)
Begin Again (7-13-14) Loved the music and most of the storyline (4.5)
Ida (6-15-14) Overly long, overly dark (literally), and overly depressing.... (2)
The Railway Man (6-11-14) Colin Firth as a POW who underwent great brutality by the Japanese during WWII (4)
Belle (5/28/14) A gorgeous, thought-provoking retelling of history (5)
Chef (5/23/14) Delightful through and through. (4.5)
God's Pocket (5-16-14) Dark and dreary (2)
Fading Gigolo (5-9-14) A lot of fun to watch (3.5)
Bad Words (5-4-14) A freakin' riot - going to be a favorite  (5)
Frankie & Alice (5-1-14) Fascinating (4)
A Birder's Guide to Everything (4-2-14) A sweet and funny coming-of-age (3.5)
Divergent (3-29-14) Equaled expectations and was fun to watch (3)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (3-26-14) A freakin' riot! (4)
Non-Stop (3-21-14) A good mystery (4)
Gloria (3-19-14) For all women of a "certain age" (4)
Labor Day (3-16-14) Tension-filled and slow in places, but very likable (4)
Omar (3/5/14) Whew! Quite a story.... (5)
Winter's Tale (2-16-14) Stupid film.  Enough said. (1)
The Monuments Men (2-15-14) True story, fun-to-watch actors (3)
Run and Jump (2-10-14)  Great storytelling and beautiful Irish scenery(5)
August: Osage County (1-29-14) Dysfunctional family hysteria (5)
The Book Thief (1-28-14) Stunning & sad (4.5)
Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1-15-2014) Loved it - hilarious and clever! (5)
Nebraska (1-10-14) Second half of the movie was AWESOME (5.5)
American Hustle (1-2-14) This movie just tickled me! (5.5)
Frozen (1-1-14) Great music and animation (4.5)

WOW movies of 2014
A Most Wanted Man
American Hustle

Really Good movies of 2014 (4.5 & 5)
St. Vincent
Gone Girl
The Giver
What If...
Million Dollar Arm
Begin Again
Bad Words
Omar (As I add this here, I wonder if it should be in the "wow" movie category....)
Run and Jump
August: Osage County
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Book Thief

Good/Fun Movies of 2014 (3, 3.5 & 4)
Guardians of the Galaxy
This is Where I Leave You 
The Maze Runner
The One I Love 
Hundred Foot Journey
And So It Goes
The Railway Man
Fading Gigolo
Frankie & Alice
A Birder's Guide to Everything
Grand Budapest Hotel
Labor Day
The Monument Men

Not-So-Great Movies of 2014 (Mediocre & Just-Plain DIDN'T LIKE)
A Million Ways to Die in the West
God's Pocket
Winter's Tale
2015 Golden Globe Nominations (for 2014 movies)

Best Motion Picture:  DRAMA
Boyhood WINNER
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actor in a Motion Picture:  DRAMA
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)  WINNER
Steve Carrell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Jake Gyllenhall (Nightcrawler)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture: DRAMA
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)  WINNER
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)

Best Motion Picture:  MUSIC or COMEDY
Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel WINNER
St. Vincent

Best Actor in a Motion Picture:  MUSIC or COMEDY
Michael Keaton (Birdman)  WINNER
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture:  MUSIC or COMEDY
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)  WINNER
Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quenvzhane Wallis (Annie)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)  WINNER
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)  WINNER
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Emma Stone (Birdman)

Best Director of a Motion Picture
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)  WINNER

2015 Academy Award Nominations (for 2014 Movies)

Best Picture
American Sniper
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game
Theory of Everything

Best Actor
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Best Director
Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Morton Tyldum (Imitation Game)

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

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