Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Top Ten Cinematic Discoveries of 2014


So, as you all know, I'm slow to seeing all the great movies that come out in any film year.  In fact, I won't be seeing some of the big Oscar contenders until, like, mid-2015, but the incredible Jeffery over at JDBRecords has asked me to contribute an 'end of year' Guest Post, and I couldn't help but oblige.  In fact, despite not having seen films like American Sniper, Selma or Birdman, I've seen so much awesomeness from this year already, and become acquainted with so many names that, until 2014 I'd never heard of, that making this list was a lot of fun.

So, if you're interested in the ten names I've discovered this year, head on over to Jeffery's blog and take a look!

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  1. I read your list-none of the big movies that are up or won awards are on there (like Birdman or zzzzz =Boyhood). I saw Gone Girl the other day and Holy heavens what a twisted gal. Talk about a marriage made in hell. I didn't care for the ending..it almost seems to be set up for a sequel.

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    1. There was talk recently of a sequel. I hope to god they don't do it.

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  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't watch all the films everyone's talking about until a year later. :-) I'm gradually working my way through my 2014 "to see" list now.

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    1. Yeah, it always takes me till around May of the following year to see everything I want to.

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  3. Just commented on your guest post. Loving the Under the Skin praise, especially with it getting overlooked during awards season! We need to get more people to become aware of that film.

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    1. Yup, Under the Skin is just a brilliant film. It's still my #1 of the year, and it would take something really, truly special to top it.

      Maybe Birdman...?

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  4. Love this post man!

    Paddington is a 2014 film for me, since it was eligible for the Oscars. :/

    Glad you discovered Birdy, James Corden and Guillame Canet. Have you seen Canet's earlier films (as a director) Tell No One or Little White Lies? If not, you should check them out.

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mica Levi, Daniel Landin, Jenny Slate and Gillian Flynn were special discoveries for me too. I'd probably have Gugu at #1 too. How could you not? :)

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    1. I'm just gonna have to throw Paddington in 2014, which is going to completely F things up for me...because, like, I love it so much!

      Supporting Actress is a fricking bloodbath for me. I guess I need to start shifting those grey areas up to Lead, and that is going to lead to snubs I don't want to see happen.

      And yes to all my discoveries because I love them, especially Gugu, who is like my favorite thing about life right now.

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    2. Yeah, I've got snubs galore! I'm going to do another top 50 performances list this year, since there are only 20 I can nominate.

      Paddington only shows up in Production Design for me right now. Hoping it hangs on for a nod.

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    3. I have it in Production Design, Score and Supporting Actress, and I really don't want to drop it from any of those categories, but I'm afraid, with the films I have left to see, that it's best bet to secure a nom will be Supporting Actress...

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  5. Awesome!! Well I concur w/ your pick of miss Mbatha-Raw, she's simply astounding!

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    1. Yes, there was no competition for me...she was a CLEAR #1.

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  6. I love Birdy. Her first album was mostly indie covers was great the highlight being the cover of Bon Iver's Skinny Love...the second album is more original songs and just as good I think.

    Glad you discovered Guillame Canet...I have yet to see the films he has directed...only the ones he acted, and he was in Love Me if You Dare ( which I love) with Marion Cotillard.

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    1. I am so glad to have discovered Birdy too. I can't wait to get more from her.

      I need to see Canet's acting, because I've heard good things about it (and to be honest, I think I've seen him in a movie or two, but just couldn't place name to face).

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