Taylor’s Perspective

Manchester by the Sea

The whole time the general public has STILL been gushing about La La Land, they have totally missed Manchester by the Sea. 

This movie did not even come close to receiving the same level of hype as some of the other Oscar nominees. This is understandable from the perspective of casual movie-goers. This is understandable from the perspective of high-tech-movie-lovers. This is understandable from the perspective of several different groups of people, honestly.

But somehow, it so not understandable.

Manchester by the Sea  is a beautiful tragedy that deserves so much damn respect.

I left the theater feeling completely rung out. The movie does a full overhaul on your emotions, thanks to both the writing and the acting. It is an emotional masterpiece that never stops pulling on your heartstrings.

I was in a *slight* argument the other day about what makes film art. My opposition stated that a film cannot be art because “you don’t leave the theater wondering how that was made or where the idea came from”. I sincerely wanted to scream “WRONG”, but alas I did refrain. Instead, I politely disagreed and the argument dissipated. I was left thinking to myself, what really does make a film art?

I decided, for me at least, art is anything that makes you feel. Anything that makes you question or think or wonder. Art is totally open. It is definitely subjective.

To me, a film is even more a piece of art than a painting or a portrait. A film can leave me thinking for days, weeks, even years!

Manchester by the Sea exemplifies this type of art. The amount of feeling it is able to evoke is astounding. Though the movie may not be the most mainstream, or technical, or cinematic, or what have you, it makes you feel bounds more than several other current nominees whom I won’t mention.

TL;DR I loved this movie. So much. I cried, I laughed, I cried way more. 4.5 stars.

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I Watched Some Movies… I Swear

Remember a lifetime ago when I told you I would write soon? Probably not. That’s okay, let’s pretend it didn’t happen.

I am writing now though! TADA

So. So far this year, I have seen around 10 new movies. That may not sound like much, but the reality these days is that I work in a rental store where I can watch movies for free after they are released on DVD. Which, while totally awesome, means that I’m still watching movies that may have originally been released in 2014, and I now see very few movies in theaters (because why pay $10 for something I can watch later for free).

BUT, there have been a select few that I just couldn’t wait for. Let’s chat about two of them for a moment.

Jurassic World. If you’re human and you’re alive, you’ve heard about Jurassic World. I grew up watching Jurassic Park. It might even be likely that Jurassic Park was one of the first movies I ever watched. Who knows. Point is, I have seen and loved and cherished Jurassic Park many times. Because of this, naturally I had mixed feelings about Jurassic World when I first heard of it. What will they do next? Everyone’s dead. Will I ever be as scared as I was during that T Rex/ Jeep scene? Or that Raptor/ Kitchen scene? 

If you’re anything like me, you probably were a little skeptical at first too. So let me make this clear right now, it has its differences and it is awesome. One day I’ll have a beautiful post outlining everything about it. For now though, let’s give it 4 stars and call it a day.

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Moving on because honestly I should be doing so many other things right now. I love this blog and I would probably spend all of my time writing reviews if I could, but it is legitimately so hard to fit this into an every day schedule– or even a once a month schedule apparently. So at this point, my posts are serving solely as a reminder to myself of what I’ve seen and how I’ve felt about it. If you want to know a little secret, I actually have dozens of posts on here that have never been published because of various reasons, but I keep writing them and keep them all in this one location because I have a terrible memory and a love for writing.

So.

Avengers: Age of Ultron was another I decided to splurge on because duh. This sequel (more like installment #11) kept things, for the most part, light and humorous likes its predecessor. I enjoyed the jokes, especially the jabs at Captain America because he deserves it every time. Toward the middle of the movie, however, it did start adding in some darker elements similar to what we saw in Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3, which happen to be my two least favorite Marvel movies of all time FYI.

Every character was given plenty of screen time… some more deserved than others (I’m looking at you Hawkeye). And of course, because we have to pack as much as we can into two hours as possible, every character was given their own to-do lists. Hawkeye gets a family. Thor worries about Natalie and all of Asgard. Iron Man creates an AI. Cap thinks about his friends, his past, and his future some more because what else is he going to do? and Hulk and Black Widow fall in love. I mean what. Was that necessary?

Anyway, Scarlet Witch makes her entrance and proves to us all over again that the X-Men are the greatest characters in Marvel history (though they did mess with their stories, but we all know that that was only because of the rights battle over using the term “mutant” (right?)). So for her, I’d give all the stars. For them all together, I just can’t. We’ll call it a three.

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Taylor’s 2014 Awards

I know it’s late, and technically the award season is already over, but here are my awards just for fun! I made them about a month ago, and I have seen several movies since then that definitely would have made it in if I would have seen them earlier, i.e. Whiplash and Big Hero 6. I saw over 115 movies this year; some were amazing and some were not so amazing. Here are the best and a few of the worst:

Worst Films:

5. The Rover

4. Rio 2

3. The Nut Job

2. Noah

1. Wer

 

Visual Effects:

5.Maleficent

4. Hobbit

3. Interstellar

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. The Lego Movie

 

Production Design

5. Hobbit

4. Interstellar

3. Fury

2. Snowpiercer

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Costume

4.Hobbit

3. X-Men

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. Grand Budapest

Sound Design:

4. Fury

3. Locke

2. The Boxtrolls

1. Interstellar

 

Editing:

5. Imitation Game

4. Nightcrawler

3. Boyhood

2. Gone Girl

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

 

 

Cinematography:

5. Gone Girl

4. The Imitation Game

3. The Boxtrolls

2. Grand Budapest Hotel

1. Interstellar

 

Music:

5. Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Hobbit

3. Begin Again

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

1. Interstellar

 

Supporting Actress:

4. Carrie Coon- Gone Girl

3. Rene Russo- Nightcrawler

2. Tilda Swinton- Snowpiercer

1. Kiera Knightley- Imitation Game

 

Actress:

4. Keira Knightley- Begin Again

3. Emily Blunt- Into the Woods

2. Helen Mirren- Hundred Foot Journey

1. Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl

 

Supporting Actor:

4. Tyler Perry- Gone Girl

3. Evan Peters- X-Men

2. Shia- Fury

1. Logan Lerman- Fury

 

Actor:

5. Ralph Fiennes- Grand Budapest

4.David Oyelowo- Selma

3. Jude Law- Dom Hemingway

2. Tom Hardy-Locke/ Drop

1. Jake Gyllenhaal- Enemy/Nightcrawler

 

Best Cast:

4. X-Men

3. Fury

2. Gone Girl

1. Grand Budapest

 

Adapted Screenplay:

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

4. The Imitation Game

3. Hobbit

2. Snowpiercer

1. Gone Girl

 

Original Screenplay:

5. Boyhood

4. Locke

3. Interstellar

2. Nightcrawler

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Director:

5. Richard Linklater- Boyhood

4. Dan Gilroy- Nightcrawler

3. Christopher Nolan- Interstellar

2. Wes Anderson- Grand Budapest

1. David Fincher- Gone Girl

 

Best Animated/Kid’s Movie:

5. Alexander and the Terrible..

4. Book of Life

3. Lego Movie

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2

1. The Boxtrolls

 

Best Action:

5. Sabotage

4. Divergent

3. Nonstop

2. Fury

1. John Wick

 

Best Horror:

4. Deliver Us From Evil

3. As Above So Below

2. Annabelle

1. Oculus

 

Best Fantasy:

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

2. Hobbit

1. Days of Future Past

 

Best Sci-Fi:

5. Zero Theorem

4. Edge of Tomorrow

3. Signal

2. Snowpiercer

1. Interstellar

 

Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

5. Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

4. Longest Week

3. What If

2. Begin Again

1. Adult World

 

Best Comedy (Dramedy?):

5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible…

4. This is Where I Leave You

3. Dom Hemingway

2. Frank

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Drama:

5. Selma

4. Imitation Game

3. Enemy

2. Gone Girl

1. Nightcrawler

 

Best Films of 2014:

10. Enemy

9. Boxtrolls

8. Guardians of the Galaxy

7. Hobbit

6. John Wick

5. Interstellar

4. Gone Girl

3. Nightcrawler

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

1. Grand Budapest Hotel

Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 50-1

50. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
49. Balto (1995)
48. Cinderella (1950)
47. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
46. Madagascar 3 (2012)
45. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
44. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
43. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
42. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
41. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
40. The Jungle Book (1967)
39. Tarzan (1999)
38. Robots (2005)
37. The Road to El Dorado (2000)
36. The Lego Movie (2014)
35. Robin Hood (1973)
34. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
33. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
32. Oliver & Company (1998)
31. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
30. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
29. The Lorax (2012)
28. The Dark Crystal (1982)
27. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
26. Pocahontas (1995)
25. Ratatoulle (2007)
24. The Polar Express (2004)
23. Peter Pan (1953)
22. A Bug’s Life (1998)
21. The Swan Princess (1994)
20. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
19. Up (2009)
18. The Aristocats (1970)
17. Mulan (1998)
16. Anastasia (1997)
15. Toy Story trilogy (1995-)
14. The Lion King (1994)
13. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
12. Aladdin (1992)
11. Hercules (1997)
10. Coraline (2009)
9. Monsters, Inc (2001)
8. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
7. Brave (2012)
6. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
5. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
4. The Incredibles (2004)
3. The Little Mermaid (1989)
2. Frozen (2013)
1. Tangled (2010)

Taylor’s Top Animated Movies 100-51

100. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
99. Hoodwinked! (2005)
98. Rio (2011)
97. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
96. Surf’s Up (2007)
95. Epic (2013)
94. Open Season (2006)
93. Shark Tale (2004)
92. Chicken Little (2005)
91. Bambi (1942)
90. Arthur Christmas (2011)
89. Fantasia (1940)
88. Over the Hedge (2006)
87. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
86. Monster House (2006)
85. Pinocchio (1940)
84. Pippi Longstocking (1997)
83. The Wild Throneberrys Movie (2002)
82. Wall- E (2008)
81. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
80. ParaNorman (2012)
79. The Rugrats Movies (1998, 2000, 2003)
78. Dumbo (1941)
77. Rise of the Guardians (2012)
76. Finding Nemo (2003)
75. Horton Hears a Who (2008)
74. Megamind (2010)
73. Space Jam (1996)
72. Happy Feet (2006)
71. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
70. Ice Age (2002)
69. The Land Before Time (1988)
68. Rango (2011)
67. Madagascar (2005)
66. Monsters University (2013)
65. Osmosis Jones (2001)
64. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
63. Brother Bear (2003)
62. A Goofy Movie (1995)
61. Cars (2006)
60. Thumbelina (1992)
59. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
58. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
57. Lady and the Tramp (1954)
56. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
55. Despicable Me (2010)
54. The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
53. The Iron Giant (1999)
52. Shrek (2001)
51. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Taylor’s The Lego Movie Review

For my first separate movie review, I wanted to start off with something light. So I present, The Lego Movie.

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I read somewhere where someone said that this movie was “the best film about blocks you’ll ever see” (remind me to find where I read that one day) and I loved how true and hilarious that is at the same time. Because yes, it is a film about blocks, but somehow it managed to really be a genuinely good movie. Of course it is a kids’ movie, but I promise you’ll laugh just as much as any kid will.

First of all, this movie has the advantage of being uber- nostalgic. I know that I always had tons of legos laying around everywhere when I was a kid, and I still love a lot of the characters they brought in. They even managed to do a really good job of mixing in well-known characters with some brand new ones (um hello, how cute was Uni-Kitty!?).

Second of all, the digitization! The movie had a pretty big budget, but who even cares when it looks that amazing! It’s the closest thing digital can probably get to stop-motion, and it manages to look flawless while doing it!

**Spoiler Alert!**

I found myself really into the story, which I was slightly shocked about because that doesn’t happen all that often with kids’ movies. And when they stepped out of the lego world and showed what was going on in the real world, I thought I might be pulled out a little bit, but I wasn’t at all! They managed to make it all work really well and the story fell right into place.

All in all, The Lego Movie was a great nod to your childhood and great laugh for you even in your adulthood, 4 stars.

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Taylor’s BEST X-Men Characters Explained

T371731his week our Ranking Games were about which X-Men characters are our favorites. It should be made clear that the X-Men are some of my favorite characters from anything ever, so picking and ranking only 5 of them was really difficult for me. I was forced to leave out some pretty awesome people like Professor X, who was my runner up, and Storm, Gambit, and Jean Grey! When you read the Ranking Games and this, just keep in mind that my top 5 are kind of really all my number 1’s in one way or another. For those of you who love X-Men like I do and were surprised or curious as to how I picked my top, I decided that I should go into a little more detail about them than the Ranking Games allows me to do. Plus, I’ll take any opportunity I can get to talk about X-Men. So here is a little bit more information on who my top 5 X-Men characters are and why, with extra emphasis on the characters in the X-Men movies as well.

shadowcat5. Shadowcat- Young little Kitty Pryde has always been one of my favorite characters. Her innocence and ignorance are enduring in a way that only she can achieve, and I’ve always been slightly reminded of myself by her (hence why my gamertag is xSHaD0WKiTTeNx). Her powers are pretty awesome, I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to phase through anything anytime you want?

I was slightly disappointed in her portrayal in the first X-Men trilogy, mostly because she wasn’t given enough of a chance to show off how awesome she is. She had a few cool moments, but nothing that exciting. I’m not letting that get me down though as I can’t wait to see what she gets to do in X-Men: Days of Future Past since she plays such an important role in the comic story line. I’m excited to see what all she gets to do in the movie.

3172751-nightcrawler-nightcrawler-7305243-275-2754. Nightcrawler- How can you not love Nightcrawler? He’s my number 4 choice because he has awesome powers and an awesome story to go with it (I’m admittedly a fan of the idea of him being Mystique and Azazel’s little lovechild.). His faith is another differentiating factor for him because he is so devout and faithful, and the irony of his demon-like appearance is ingenious in itself. I also have a thing for Germans, so that helps too.

As if his comic book character isn’t awesome enough, they heaped on even more coolness with his character in the X-Men trilogy. That White House scene in X2 is by far one of the best scenes in the whole trilogy, and I’ll argue that with anyone who wishes to.

tumblr_inline_n0cs4m27Az1r24r6r3. Rogue- Though she may not be as universally loved as some of the other characters, I have developed quite a fascination with Rogue. Even so much so that when asked which character I’d most like to be, I often choose her. Some people say that I have a cop out reason for it, but saying that is saying that she is a cop out mutant– because my reason for it is that she can have anyone’s powers that she wants at any moment, and guess what, that’s real, she can. Of course I would choose to be her post-learning to control her powers because I genuinely believe that there is some way that she could. Plus, if I had to pick a mutant boyfriend, Gambit would probably be my choice too.

I approve of what they did with her in the movies for the most part, except for a few minor issues. One, Anna Paquin? No. No. No. Two, she took the freaking cure.

3498814-7061009170-Wolve2. Wolverine- This one was a toughie to put in 2nd place because he really deserves to be tied for 1st. My long-term favorite hero, the one and only Wolverine (X-23 is a chick, so he’s still a one and only, ok). I’ve honestly spent more time reading and learning about him than I have probably any other character from anything else ever. He’s just plain and simply awesome and interesting. I’ve dreamed about having healing powers and being made of adamantium… My toothbrush even has him on it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, Bub.

I’m a huge fan of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and he’s probably the only live actor I’ll ever support as him. He is fantastic in the trilogy, and his cameo in First Class was priceless. I will admit that I wish they would have just not done X-Men Origins, but obviously I watched it anyway and still loved seeing him, no matter how bad of a movie it was. The Wolverine was a much better attempt at a movie of his own, and I approve. Especially that credit scene that leads you into DoFP.

magneto-mvc31. Magneto- My 1st place X-Men character is technically not an X-Man at all, so let’s say my 1st place mutant. Magneto is the bad ass of all bad asses, and the villain of all villains. I’m a firm believer in the theory that behind every good villain is an emotionally enthralling backstory that will make you feel more than the original story even does– and Magneto is the epitome of that.

His portrayals in the trilogy and in First Class were both spot-on. Ian McKellen is one of my favorite people, and he plays him with the class and sassiness that exudes from every fiber in Sir Ian’s body. And then Michael Fassbender. He brings more to the character than I’ve ever seen anyone bring to a so-called villain. By the end of First Class I was crying for both Professor X and him, and that’s a big deal when you’re supposed to believe that he is wrong and bad and someone you aren’t supposed to believe in at all. But it isn’t the actors’ fault, it’s purely just the fact that he is such a deep character with so many layers. He’s just a really, really good character.

And that’s how the mutant’s cookie crumbles.

Taylor’s Best Picture Noms Reviews

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Having seen over 75 new movies that were released in 2013, it is a little bit crazy to admit that I didn’t get a chance to see all of the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominees. Movies that received a lot of attention like Gravity and Captain Phillips somehow managed to never make it on to my “watched-list”. And then there were the other movies that seemed to slip through some of the cracks like Nebraska and Philomena. I have heard and read some really great things about those movies and promise to try to watch them one day.

With all of that being said, I did get to see 5 of the nominees, so let’s talk about those.

First up—The Wolf of Wall Street.

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We’ll start here because out of these movies I saw it first (and maybe also because it was fantastic, I mean come on.) The Wolf of Wall Street is a too-exciting, overly-energetic, and slightly (only slightly?) ridiculous portrayal of Jordan Belfort’s real-life story. Under my main man Marty—ahem, Mr. Martin Scorsese’s—direction, the brilliancy of Leonardo DiCaprio being, well, a terrifically fun, somewhat insane Leo, is brilliant indeed.

Now, I’m not sure if this would be a real review if we didn’t at least touch on the Lemmon Quaaludes scene… The hilarity and craziness this entire scene captures is top-notch material, and that camera work on the stairs—perfection.

Aside from the always-lovely Leo and always-surprising Jonah Hill, there’s Margot Robbie, and if Margot Robbie didn’t accomplish what she was casted to accomplish, then I don’t think any female ever will.

While the story isn’t all that different from other Wall Street tales, the truth is—no one asked it to be.

I should say that I walked into this movie with already very high expectations, which can sometimes make or break a movie watching experience. In this case, my mostly met expectations turned out to be a big positive.

The Wolf of Wall Street gets 4 bright and shining Leo stars from me.

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Next—American Hustle.

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I’m going to start off here by saying that I did not have the highest of expectations for American Hustle, mostly because everything I saw and heard about it was almost exclusively about Jennifer Lawrence, and don’t get me wrong, I love Jennifer Lawrence, but I am not a fan of marketing a movie solely on the pretty female character. BUT! Fortunately I was very surprised and ended up being pretty happy with this movie.

So, it’s no secret that what makes this movie so exciting is the cast. With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and yes, Jennifer Lawrence (and who could forget about Robert De Niro and Louis C.K.), it would be pretty hard to make anything but a good movie. Christian Bale manages to soar above pretty much everyone else here, with his beer-belly and hair piece, and makes the whole experience something you kind of just want to revel in. I mean really, how often do you see Batman sporting a style like that? He proves, as always, that he’s right where he needs to be. There’s also Amy Adams, who really surprised me here. After seeing her in Man of Steel earlier in the year (in which I really wasn’t impressed with her), it was nice to see her trying a little bit harder. And it was just that little bit of try that bumped her up into one of my favorite female spots of the year.

Aside from the brilliant cast, we also get a refreshingly original and amazingly well-written script, as well as a pretty picture. You get to follow along on this exciting scandal, while also just enjoying the dialogue and scenery. Really, A+ work David O Russell.

And to top it all off, the ending. You can call me a little bit of a sucker for good, unexpected endings, and this one really got me.

American Hustle gets 4.5 stars. You go David O Russell.

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Moving on to—Her.

Spike Jonze and Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Her

Her was undeniably the movie I was most skeptical about going in to it. I wasn’t really convinced that a love story between a man and Siri (for the most part) was something I could believe in or even enjoy watching. And I’m not going to lie, I was not a fan of The Master, and that was the last thing I had associated with Joaquin Pheonix. So you could easily say that I went into this movie with fairly low expectations.

Spike Jonze made me a believer (for the movie’s sake, at least). I don’t think it would be normal or acceptable by any means for someone to have a relationship like Theodore and Samantha’s, but this movie made me believe in theirs. Between Joaquin’s impressive acting and Scarlett’s lovely voice, I was captured. I wanted to know what was going to happen, I felt invested in their relationship. It was the most perfect love story set in the most unusual circumstances.

And if all of that lovey-doveyness wasn’t enough, this movie also successfully made me excited for the future in technology. The ear piece that reads you all of your messages, the virtual video games, and a Siri that would actually be able to help you do things… Of course those “things” should strictly be contained to handling computer and phone type jobs, but still. Any movie that can touch on my love of technology is a good movie indeed.

4 stars for Her.

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And then—Dallas Buyers Club.

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This one had a fairly clean slate for me going in because, I’m going to be honest here, I had no idea who Ron Woodroof was or what this movie was even really about. All I knew was that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (one of my favorites) was in it, and that Jared had recently been posting pictures of himself dressed as a girl. But it turns out that that ignorance that I had is exactly what this movie was striving to clear up, and clear it up it did.

Even from the very first opening (pretty ridiculous) scene, Matthew McConaughey kills it as this sex-addicted, drunk and drugged, homophobic loon. Though that sounds like a person you probably shouldn’t care much for, you somehow do. He makes you believe in his cause and in his character transformation throughout the movie. And that is coming from someone who has never been a huge fan of Mr. Alright, Alright, Alright. He somehow manages to take you away from his McConaugheyness for just enough time to see the Ron Woodroof within, and that is a pretty freakin’ big deal for him. Good job, man.

And you literally can not talk about acting in this movie without bringing up how incredible Jared Leto was in this. I have watched countless interviews from Jared, and have even seen him live twice, but I have most definitely never seen him like this. Not only is he… well… Rayon, he’s also just emotionally and creatively on point the whole time. Never once do you stop and question “is this really happening? Is he really doing this?” because you just believe it. This was, no doubt, a perfect role and a perfect execution to come back to acting with.

The movie successfully did what it sought out to do and managed to instill in every single viewer  a deeper enlightenment on AIDS, medicinal drugs, and life. I have to say, personally I was pleasantly surprised and most certainly impressed with this movie.

Dallas Buyers Club gets and most definitely deserves a beautiful bunch of 4 stars.

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And last but most certainly by no means whatsoever least—12 Years a Slave.

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This is a great place to end because honestly it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. The cinematography, the sound, the script, and the acting were all unquestionably outstanding. The story takes you through a normal, free life in New York, to a highly emotional and raw slave life in the south in 1853.

Chiwotel Ejiofor brings Solomon Northrup’s wrenching memoir to life in the most alive way. I felt his anger as he was abducted, I felt his pain as he was hanging from that tree, and I felt his hope as it was finally restored to him. And dammit I felt Michael Fassbender’s villainy, which is a big deal for a huge Michael Fassbender fan like myself because it’s pretty tough to see someone you adore be that cruel. But he did it, and he did it well.

Steve McQueen somehow managed to get a huge, amazing group of actors and actresses to work together in the most cohesive and complimentary way. Chiwotel, Michael, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti– all brilliant, and they all fit together like beautiful little pieces falling into place along with the screenplay, together building a captivatingly inspiring movie.

The raw unglamorized scenes are enough to make you want to look away, but I found myself completely unable to. I watched every bit of it, every bit of suffering. It all told the story of a man that needed his story to be told, and it did it with every single ounce of respect and sorrow that it deserved.

And 12 Years a Slave gets all the stars from me. Bravo.

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