your wild girl

One of my least favorite things is when a younger person is interested in something or just like, talks about some general subject and an older person is like ????? what??? you weren’t even alive/you were so young when X!! like imagine if you started talking about how much you love Shakespeare and some rando time traveled just to tell you “But you weren’t even alive when he was writing!” like did you know that it’s a lot more fun if you expand your interests to things that haven’t existed exclusively in your lifespan & that the past will inevitably affect the present so it’s good to be aware of it

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26 days to EOYs - {05/10/16} 
‘everything has changed and, now I can’t tell what matters, i will find any way to your wild heart’

YA GIRL WAS LITERALLY SO PRODUCTIVE TODAY!!!! i finished every single thing i needed to do ++ went to the library super early to get all my stuff done! but i dont have anyone to go to the city with tomorrow so my motivation to go to the city library tomorrow has dampened…. oh well..

check out my studygram to see all the stuff i did today?!?! @/grangergrades

My Top 10 Movies of 2014

Due to high amount of requests (from no one), I’ve decided to compile a list of my favourite movies of 2014. Here goes:

1. GONE GIRL

My favourite movie of the year. David Fincher gives us a dark and unnerving look at the dark side of marriage, and also that ALL women are monsters. That last part may not be true, but it has spawned countless discussions on whether the movie was misogynistic or feminist. The ensemble is strong, and Rosamund Pike gives a downright terrifying performance as Amy Dunne. On top of that, it also has an amazing score, gorgeous cinematography, and overall a well-written script. These are the things that no one at the Academy said.

2. THE BABADOOK

Definitely the best horror movie I’ve seen in a long time, and it has quickly become one of my favourite horror movies of all time. It focuses on a human story about an exhausted mother filled with grief and is struggling with her troubled child. Unlike most horror movies nowadays, the horror is secondary and is gradually built up throughout the course of the story, serving as a tool to represent grief, depression, and mental illness. Also, it has no jump scares, which is something modern horror is very fond of, and they are almost never done right. First time writer/ director Jennifer Kent delivers a brilliant piece of filmmaking, as well as introducing the audience the amazing Essie Davis, who gives the best performance I’ve ever seen in a horror movie, and it is a travesty that she is ignored during awards season. 

3. BIRDMAN

Birdman tells the story of a washed up actor with schizophrenia who tries to become relevant again by putting on a Broadway play. I will never understand the Oscar’s decision to not nominate Birdman for Best Editing. The way the movie was edited so that it looks like one continuous long take was masterful, and it is bizarre that the movie did not get recognition for this. Alongside with Gone Girl, this movie features one of the best ensembles of the year. Everyone was excellent. Michael Keaton gave the best performance of his career, Edward Norton effortlessly dives into his role, Emma Stone has never been better, and Naomi Watts is captivating. If only there was a Best Ensemble category.

4. WILD

Wild tells the story of a woman who goes on a hike to cleanse her soul after a series of tragedies in her life.  This movie was a pleasant surprise as I did not expect to love it as much as I did. Some may call it boring, but I find Cheryl’s journey to be extremely compelling, and the way pieces of her life are revealed through flashbacks are very well done. Reese Witherspoon is at her best here. She is touching, soulful, tortured, and there was never a false note in her portrayal. And despite her limited screentime, Laura Dern gave a warm and effective performance and her presence was felt throughout the entire movie. And again, the Academy fucked up by not giving this movie more recognition. 

5. THE SKELETON TWINS

The Skeleton Twins tells the story of estranged twins trying to reconnect after 10 years of not talking to each other. Presented as a dramedy, The Skeleton Twins is bleaker than the trailer suggested, but it still has its fair share of laughs. I love that as an LGBT movie, The Skeleton Twins manages to give Hader’s character layers and complexity and not make his sexuality the only trait that he possesses. This is something that I’ve noticed in lots of LGBT and I love this movie for making Milo someone who is not defined by being gay. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig give excellent performances, which are elevated by their amazing chemistry. The two play off each other extremely well, and they manage to balance the comedic and dramatic aspects of their characters flawlessly. It is a shame that these 2 have virtually no buzz during the awards season. 

6. SNOWPIERCER

Thoroughly entertaining without a dull moment, Snowpiercer is a welcoming entry to the dystopian sub-genre, only this time it’s on a train. It is superbly directed with several breathtaking action sequences, namely the one with the masked mercenaries and the night vision. Chris Evans gives a strong dramatic acting turn as the leader of the tail section, and Tilda Swinton is a riot and arguably the best part of the movie. 

7. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Did I choose that particular picture of shirtless Chris Pratt for this? Yes. Why? Who cares, it’s Chris Pratt. I could just post a photo of Chris Pratt for all of these movies and there’s nothing you can do about it. Known as the lovable Andy Dwyre on Parks and Rec, Chris Pratt is Starlord (who?) in this ridiculously entertaining and hilarious movie about a band of misfits who have to save the galaxy and all that jazz. This is by far my favourite Marvel movie, and it is also the funniest. Bradley Cooper is hilarious as Rocket Raccoon and a fan favourite for many. The visuals are gorgeous, the directing is great, and the soundtrack is simply the best.

8. WHIPLASH

Probably the most intense and powerful movie of the year. Whiplash tells the story of a music teacher who will stop at nothing to make a student realize his full potential. The story is simple, yet it keeps me intrigued the entire time. J. K Simmons’ portrayal of a menacing professor is pitch perfect, and Miles Teller plays off him naturally as an ambitious drummer. The last 15 minutes of the movie were pure nail biting and on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the editing during this sequence is flawless. Since Birdman was snubbed, I hope Whiplash wins for Best Editing.

9. NIGHTCRAWLER

In this slow paced thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal gives a chilling performance as a sociopath who will do anything to get what he wants. Nightcrawler is thoroughly compelling, and the slow burn approach is effective, leading to a truly tense climax that is unpredictable and will keep the audience guessing and glued to the screen.

10. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Days of Future Past is my favourite X-Men movie, and not just because they erased the awful trilogy. The movie is dark and has an emotional core to the story. The Sentinels are menacing, ruthless, and frightening. The future sequences are filled with dread and hopelessness, something that Bryan Singer pulls off amazingly well. I enjoy seeing Old Gen and New Gen clashing together, but I would have preferred less Wolverine, or no Wolverine at all (he needs to go away tbh). Despite limited screentime and virtually no lines, I really enjoyed the future mutants and wish we got to know them better. Overall, DOFP is a very solid entry that manages to fix its past mistake and gives the franchise a new exciting direction. 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

LILTING: a touching LGBT movie about two souls connecting through grief in spite of language barrier.

22 JUMP STREET: A hilarious follow-up of the successful revival of the TV series with the same name. 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2: While not as good as the first one, the sequel is enjoyable, heartwarming,  and remains one of Dreamwork’s best.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER: A welcoming change to the usual Marvel movie. The sequel is a compelling political thriller that follows the corruption of S.H.I.E.L.D. Black Widow gets to shine as her character is given some truly great development. And yes, Chris Evans in white tank top was the only image I could find for this movie. For real.