22. The Lego Movie
Jon Favreau’s come-back. He plays a chef wanting to experiment with his entrees, but the owner of the restaurant will not let him. Yes, the metaphor slaps you across the face pretty hard, but it’s sweet and mostly works. His relationship with his son reminded me of my old man.
20. Obvious Child
19. Only Lovers Left Alive
17. Blue Ruin
16. Guardians of the Galaxy
Here is the intro to the movie if you haven't seen it.
15. Grand Piano
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel
13. Mistaken for Strangers
12. Top Five
10. The Imitation Game
7. Edge of Tomorrow - Live.Die.Repeat
This was one of the biggest box office flops of the year, which is just a damn shame, because it is smart and spectacular. It’s basically Groundhog’s Day in a futuristic war setting. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are equally energetic and engaging. I could not take my eyes off of either of them. And the humor, oh man, the humor. Even though this is a sci-fi movie, I laughed out loud a lot on numerous occasions, thanks to an outstanding Tom Cruise performance. Great stuff!
6. Under the Skin
I don’t want to give away too much of the premise. However, the movie does something that I wish more movies would do. The director literally throws you in the middle of the story. And like Mathew “alirght, alright alright” McConaughey, Scarlet Johansen is simply at the top of her game these days, picking unique movies and challenging roles. She knocked this out of the park. Everything about this is spectacular, including the amazing score and interesting premise of using hidden cameras to record real people (non-actors) that Johansen seduces, not knowing they were being filmed.
5. The One I Love
Like Under the Skin, I don’t want to give anything away. ANYTHING! Alright, well I’ll tell you that most of the movie stars just two actors Mark Duplass (The League and Director of Puffy Chair) and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). It’s a magical love story. I loved everything up to the last 10 seconds. I’m going to make my own cut of the movie that eliminates the very last few seconds.
4. Gone Girl
3. Captain America: Winter Soldier
That’s right, Captain America: Winter Soldier made it this high on the list. I give Marvel credit for allowing their movies to play around in different genres and taking risks, unlike DC. In the vein of All the President’s Men, Captain America: Winter Soldier is basically a 70’s paranoia thriller. Besides the third act, there actually isn’t a lot of action. However, when it is on screen, the action is phenomenal. Unlike most action scenes, you can actually tell what’s happening and you know surroundings around. So people, don’t dismiss it because it’s a super-hero movie. I know it’s easy to do, but DON’T DO IT! Plus, who doesn’t want to see Samuel L. Jackson kick major ballz?
2. The Babadook
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