29 Dec 2014

2014 in Review - part 1 Movies

This year the film scene has been very surprising. There were films that had tons of risk and in many cases they did well which is nice when you think about it. Voting with the almighty dollar (or whatever currentcy you use) has failed a few times in the past but I'm glad it won more than once this year.

Top 3 Films (that Dozer thinks you should watch)

Number 3 - The Hundred Foot Journey

Helen Mirran does a brilliant job and acts as the anchor for the rest of the cast who are all also brilliant in their roles. When I think of food and movies this will be at the top of that list that includes movies like Julia and Julia, Ratatouille, Tampopo, Ramen Girl, and Romantics Anonymous.

I love me foreign foods - Indian has a huge place in the Bear house. Lady Bear had been exposed to tons of non-American food and she ran with it. Now she's showing me around foods so we're exploring the worlds of taste together... wait this is about films. Back on Track.

Hundred Foot Journey could have easly fallen into the remose trap after the reason for the family's move to Europe is given. It could have been a love story between the two young and tallented chefs. It could have been a conflict of culture... it could have been lots of things but instead its all of those things. It's made like a perfect balanced meal of salty, sweet, and savoury.

Honorable Mention: Chef, and Trip to Italy


Number 2 - Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: Winter Soldier had the connection with the Agents of SHIELD TV series as a catch for folks to watch the film. It was good, don't get me wrong... but Guardians was better. James Gunn blended action with comedy and brilliant fun was the key word of the film. The film was simply fun to watch, listen to, and experience.

Rocket 'needing things', Groots line(s), and Star Lord have tons of fun. Each character stole their respective scenes and did so well. They each had fun with their roles and it's easy to see that come off the screen. No world (galaxy) building, no giant exposition - just get this and go. Tons of fun to be had

Honorable Mentions: Captain America: Winter Soldier, John Wick, Fury, and LEGO




Number 1 - Interstellar

Watch this movie.

I'd say more about this film, but I'd spoil some of the best parts of this film. It's the movie that Aronofsky was trying to make with the Fountain without the love story.

This film is an experience that harkens back to classic old school sci-fi from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.

It does not feel like 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Honorable Mentions: Lucy and Edge of Tomorrow