Annie (2014) | trailer
Best Picture: tie between
- 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Best Actress: tie between
- Cate Blanchett
- Amy Adams (only because she never won one)
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
Best Animated Feature: The Croods (Frozen might get it though)
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Costume Design: tie between
- American Hustle
- The Great Gatsby
Best Directing: I selfishly want it to be Scorsese because he’s my fav, but it will be Cuaron.
Best Film Editing: Gravity
Best Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Original Score: tie between
Best Original Song: I’m worried because I want Happy to win but it might be Let It Go or Ordinary Love.
Best Production Design; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing; Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Wolf of Wall Street (12 Years a Slave might win)
Best Original Screenplay: Her
I didn’t watch any foreign films (that are nominated — I watched La Vie d’Adele) or any shorts last year and I only saw one documentary film (20 Feet From Stardom)
2.23 — Monsters University (2013) — Grade: A
First of all: Little Mike = adorable.
This film reminded me so much of Pitch Perfect with the way the plot plays out….until, of course, the climax came, and what a climax it was. Wow! Blew me away. That’s when it became a Disney film again and had that Pixar edge. I really love this.
2.25 — Disconnect (2013) — Grade: A
This film made me so fucking sad. By the end of it, I was in tears. Jason Bateman, Colin Ford, and Alexander Skarsgard killed me. Their story lines were so passionate.
Disconnect reminds me so much of Crash, but more cyber, and the music hits me in the right spot. It has a kick ass soundtrack.
Two films in a row that had amazing climaxes.
2.26 — Killer Joe (2012) — Grade: A
Well this is one dark, twisted film, and Mcconaughey is one dark mofo as Killer Joe. He is really an amazing actor. He’s proven it time and time again. I doubt there’s anything he cannot do. I was on the edge of my seat watching this film, it is extremely degrading, disturbing and horrifying, but I love it. It has sick sex appeal to it. Every actor here is wonderful and I love the climax ending scene, again another film that killed me by the end of it.
2.26 — The Spectacular Now (2013) — Grade: A
No surprise here, another film with a climactic penultimate scene to ending that had me thinking about it the next day. This is a very comforting film for me as well, coming-of-age stories usually are.
I used to think Shailene Woodley couldn’t act — because of ABC Family’s bad directors — but I was completely wrong. She is really good in this role and Miles Teller is wonderful to watch. They are both so in depth here, no one else in the film matters.
***All (A) films in one post. That’s a first.
***If I put a year next to a film, it’s the release year.
2.21 — Diana (2013) — Grade: C-
Waiting for it to end the whole time, to be honest. It just isn’t at all what I thought. I wish they showed more of the relationship between her sons and her, or even a little bit on the relationship — or lack thereof — between her and the Queen. Albeit, it’s nice to see the fun side of her.
The movie didn’t start getting good, or build on real conflict until three-fourths in. There’s a little drama and we see well done heart-breaking acting from Watts, and it made me wonder how much of what I’m seeing really happened.
Then the film slows down again. Now I don’t know it’s like this because it is accurately depicted and sometimes life is just slow-fast-slow, or if it’s just badly screen written.
Having said that, I sorta liked it, but I’m leaning towards dislike. It was a little better than The Iron Lady, not as boring.
2.21 — Ride Along (2014) — Grade: C
Very funny until it becomes a cliche. Then half way through it turns into Malibu’s Most Wanted. Thankfully, that is temporary.
I do, however, really like how the film comes around full circle. It’s no Rush Hour though.
2.21 — The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) — Grade: A
I loved it the minute it started: so whimsical and comforting. The transitions are spectacular. I love it, and I love the direction.
We all have an inner-Walter Mitty, I know I do. I wanna beat up my boss and imagine I’m going on adventures with my crushes all the time. It’s just a fun/creative movie.
- The boat scene! That shark! The sound! Whoa ‘dere!
- Skateboard cross country scene.
- Eruption scene.
I love the whole mystery of everything and how everything is connected and the soundtrack is really awesome and it has a really sweet ending. To sum it up this movie made me smile a lot, and I like to smile.
- "Beautiful things don’t ask for attention."
- "If I like a moment…..personally I don’t like to have the distraction of a camera….so I stay…in it."
- "Stop dreaming, start living."
2.20 — Parkland (2013) — Grade: B
Just sad all around. I cried about 3 times, primarily because of Paul Giamatti and Tom Welling’s performances.
I hate everything about JFK’s assasination, but I learned a lot watching this film. For example, I always knew about the Zapruder film but I didn’t know the substance of it and where it came from, as well as how the secret service reacted to Kennedy’s death and how they dealt with it. It’s a well-written piece of work.
2.13 — Blue Jasmine (2013) — Grade: A
The dialogue really is everything. I really enjoyed it. I’m starting to really love Bobby Cannavale. I saw him recently in Lovelace and I remember him being excellent in Boardwalk Empire. He is so damn good in this and of course so is Cate Blanchett. I love her voice.
This movie has its hilarious and awkward moments, i.e.: the dentist scene and the phone scene = laugh out loud funny. Good stuff and yet another typical incredible Allen flick. A great character study as well, reminds me of Streetcar Named Desire.
2.13 - 2.15 — Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013) — Grade: A+
I don’t care if it’s preachy. I don’t care if it’s over-the-top white guilt. I don’t care if the cast is too overwhelming or distracting, and I don’t care about the propaganda. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I love the way it is written. It reminded me of Forrest Gump the way there’s a journey through the civil rights moments of history during the movement. That is what stood out for me.
Oprah’s performance is surprising. Her character of Gloria Gaines is all I saw. She was even better than Whitaker, to me. I can see myself watching this again and again and still loving it. It actually feels like a TV movie you watch on Sundays. I didn’t care for the ending though.
2.17 — The Book Thief (2013) — Grade: A-
Excellent breakout performance by Sophie Nelisse. Excellent script and twist. Super sad, heart-breaking ending.