As Christmas approaches, we as movie goers are going to be hit by a slew of movies. From The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies to The Interview (maybe things are looking pretty shaky for Sony Pictures right now), I think it's time to remember those summer blockbusters and going-to-be-nominated-for-an-Oscar movies before the epic battle in Middle Earth takes place, which I am only too excited for.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The rest are in no particular order but this is definitely my number one. Lionsgate has really capitalized on this franchise in all the right ways. From a marketing standpoint, they have been promoting hard with Propaganda stylized posters from the Capital to utilizing popular YouTube niche specific channels to promote the districts. I love it. Then as a viewer, we are not getting some half-baked movie with the 'If you make they will come' mantra. The films are well thought out, really good (not great) casting, and beautiful set and costume design. Finally, Jennifer Lawrence can sing, and she does it well.
Personally everything was not awesome for me I don't know if I was tired that day or what, but I do recognize the nerdgasm that people experienced whilst watching this movie. Where else are you going to see a ninja turtle, Batman and William Shakespeare share the screen? Also there is a great appreciation for the animators working on this movie...and it has Will Ferrell.
22 Jump Street
Rare is it you are going to find a movie sequel that is just as funny as the first. The second installment brought just as many great laughs going through the typical 'college changes you' story line but so much better. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum prove once again they are the leading men who could be really funny as hell.
If you haven't seen this movie, stop reading and do that instead. The opening night Sundance film is one of the most captivating things to witness this year. It starts out slow but there is mounting tension as you see them come to a breaking point that you don't dare turn away from. With close almost agonizing shots and beautiful cinematography, Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons shine as aspiring student and abusive and intelligent instructor.
I didn't see any of that coming, like at all. I know, I know there is a book but you have to understand, I didn't read it. This was the craziest thing ever.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I think everyone can agree that Marvel is killing it on the big screen. I love this movie for many reasons and just to name a few: the soundtrack, Chris Pratt, great casting, Chris Pratt and Groot. Just like the Iron Man series, the movie was mostly fun. It knew when it had to be serious but there were parts that were laugh at loud. It didn't try to be anything it wasn't if that makes sense. Also, not only is the screenwriter a woman (because sometimes comics are a little bias in favor of men), but it was her first screenplay to movie, and it was a huge it.
The Theory of Everything
This is one of those movies you just have to see. The story of Stephen Hawking is truly amazing one but the story of Stephen Hawking and his wife, the book it was based off of, is astonishing. Eddie Redmayne is the standout performance from this movie portraying the extraordinary physicist who beat the odds.
An origin superhero movie without being an origin superhero movie. Lucy is the clear cut example of why Scarlett Johansson deserves her own Black Widow movie.
Once again Seth Rogen does what Seth Rogen does best. This frat vs. family movie definitely had some memorable scenes aka the dildo fight between Seth Rogen's character and Zac Efron's. It posed the question what would you do to protect your family? And it answered it with the raunchiest movie of the year.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Even though I had some problems with the story line aka timeline paradoxes (thanks Doctor Who, I can't enjoy anything now), I was in nerd heaven seeing the X-Men I grew up with and love with the next generation; who not only held their own but killed it. It was also particularly cool to see new X-men from the future timeline with new powers. Though at times it was a little too Raven heavy (which I can only complain so much since it is off the comics), I was thrilled to see Peter Dinklage bring on his inner villain.
Granted these are out of the movies I have seen, these are movies that I thought stood out for 2014... so far. Have any recommendations comment below!