I n t e r s t e l l a r (2014) - Christopher Nolan.
We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.
The Internet is over-saturated with top 10 movie lists at the end of the year, but here’s mine away. I got bored. Here are some little gifs attached with a shorthand description of why I enjoyed them. Note: I have yet to watch Selma, Inherent Vice, and A Most Violent Year, all of which I have been heavily anticipating.UPDATE: Finally watched all 3 of the aforementioned movies! Selma goes into my top 5, no question. A Most Violent Year was a surprise and blew me away, and gets a spot in my top 5 as well. Inherent Vice was amazing and gets a strong honorable mention. Though I still haven’t gotten through all of the 2014 films worth watching, mostly foreign, I’m confident about my list and it’s now finalized. Also, a dishonorable mention for American Sniper. Fuck that movie.10. Boyhood
An awe-inspiring, incredible feat of filmmaking that invoked strong, specific feelings of nostalgia (from watching Dragonball Z on a CRT TV to baseball games with my dad in the early millennium). It didn’t do too much for me beyond that, but that’s hardly putting it down.
9. The Babadook
Terrifying, even on the 39 inch TV in my room, and not one cheap scare. I didn’t feel like I had to suspend much disbelief; it felt as real as it could’ve been.
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Despite the unwarranted stigma against superhero flicks among cinephiles, as a huge fan of the comics and (most) of the films, I couldn’t omit this from my list. Apart from the countless plot holes that inevitably come with the 7th film of what was supposed to be a trilogy, this was by far the series’ best entry.
Gyllenhaal’s gaunt figure, oily hair, and bulging eyes, representative of a controlling obsession eating away at the soul and blah blah blah. Nightcrawler sounds like the name of a horror film, but it isn’t, but in a way, it kind of is. Amazing, amazing performance by Bubble Boy.
6. Interstellar/Coherence (tie)
Saw this in IMAX and left thoroughly impressed. I’m a fan of Nolan and his ability to appeal to thrill-seekers and cerebral film nerds alike, and this is his most epic work yet.
Technically a 2013 film, but it had its “wide” release this summer, so I guess it counts. An amazing sci-fi flick like Interstellar, but different in every way possible. For starters, this film barely had a budget compared to the $165 million spent by Nolan and co. The creativity that allowed Byrkit to flip his limited resources into so much more really speaks to the beauty of filmmaking, budget or no budget. One of the most interesting watches this year, for sure.
After being turned away from a show, we watched this very drunk at the Hollywood Arclight at midnight but its poignancy wasn’t lost on me one bit. It definitely had me feelin’ some type of way, watermelon Four Loko or no watermelon Four Loko.
The off-kilter charm, amazing performances, beautiful “score,” pretty-ass cinematography (that “oner” tho), and its overall originality, Birdman is an absolute work of art, ‘nuff said.
3. Blue Ruin
I’m an absolute sucker for films with blue palettes (even films with the word “blue” in the title tbh) and revenge flicks (I mean, I just spent $50 that I don’t have on The Vengeance Trilogy Blu-Ray tin…hell, I even liked The Punisher) so I was obviously sold. A beautifully shot, somewhat fresh take on the revenge genre.
Despite my excitement for the movie since its initial festival run, having been on my 2nd rewatch of The Office (still am), I was afraid that Steve Carrell’s face alone would throw me off. Definitely didn’t. His performance (Magic Mike and Hulk #3 were amazing as well) was the standout quality out of everything that was great about this movie.
1. Gone Girl/Whiplash (tie)
Probably a surprising pick for #1 but then again the ordering of this list is rough and could change any day; top 3 for sure though. Simply put, Fincher is one of my absolute favorites and Gone Girl reaffirmed that sentiment. Also, Rosamund Pike definitely set the bar for characters I’m simultaneously attracted to/scared as fuck of.
The intensity, the thematic ambivalence, and J.K. motherfucking Simmons (aka Tenzin aka Jonah Jameson)! For sure the most low-concept movie on the list and even with its 96% RT rating, I feel like Whiplash was quite underrated and overlooked this year.
-Under the Skin -The Grand Budapest Hotel -Inherent Vice -Snowpiercer -The Skeleton Twins -St. Vincent -Obvious Child -Frank -Top Five -Chef -Guardians of the Galaxy
Do not gentle into the good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right because their words had forked no lightning they do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying light.