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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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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 2013 Awards

Worst Films:

5. After Earth

4. City of Bones

3. The Host

2. Beautiful Creatures

1. Movie 43

 

Visual Effects:

3. Prisoners

2. The Hobbit

1. The Great Gatsby

 

Sound Design:

3. The Hobbit

2. Conjuring

1. 12 Years a Slave

 

Editing:

3. American Hustle

2. Wolf of Wall Street

1. As I Lay Dying

Cinematography:

3. Prisoners

2. The Great Gatsby

1. 12 Years a Slave

Music:

3. 12 Years a Slave

2. The Book Thief

1. Frozen

 

Supporting Actress:

3. Sarah Paulson—12 Years a Slave

2. Rooney Mara—Side Effects & Her

1. Lupita Nyong’o—12 Years a Slave

 

Actress:

3. Brei Larson—Short Term 12

2. Amy Adams—American Hustle

1. Emma Thompson—Saving Mr. Banks

Supporting Actor:

3. Tom Hanks—Saving Mr. Banks/ Bradley Cooper—American Hustle

2. Jared Leto—Dallas Buyers Club

1. Michael Fassbender—12 Years a Slave

Actor:

3. Leonardo Di Caprio–

2. Christian Bale– American Hustle

1. Chiwetel Ejiofor– 12 Years a Slave

Best Cast:

3. Short Term 12

2. American Hustle

1. 12 Years a Slave

 

Adapted Screenplay:

Honorable Mentions: The Book Thief, As I Lay Dying, Wolf of Wall Street, and The Spectacular Now

3. The Hobbit

2. The Great Gatsby

1. 12 Years a Slave

Original Screenplay:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners and The Place Beyond the Pines

3. Short Term 12

2. American Hustle

1. Her

Best Director:

Honorable Mentions: Derek Cianfrance—The Place Beyond the Pines and Denis Villeneuve—Prisoners

3. Spike Jonze—Her/ David O Russell—American Hustle

2. Martin Scorsese—Wolf of Wall Street

1. Steve McQueen—12 years a Slave

 

Best Kid’s Movie:

3. Jack the Giant Slayer

2. Monsters University

1. Frozen

Best Action:

3. Trance

2. 2 Guns

1. Catching Fire

Best Horror:

3. The Purge

2. VHS 2

1. The Conjuring

Best Fantasy:

3. Wolverine/ 47 Ronin

2. Thor 2

1. The Hobbit

Best Sci-Fi:

3. Riddik

2. Star Trek

1. Her

Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

3. Her

2. The Spectacular Now

1. The Great Gatsby

 

Best Comedy (Dramedy?):

3. Way Way Back

2. Kings of Summer

1. Saving Mr. Banks

Best Drama:

Honorable Mentions: Place Beyond the Pines, As I Lay Dying, American Hustle, Prisoners, and The Book Thief

3. Wolf of Wall Street

2. Short Term 12

1. 12 Years a Slave

Best Films of 2013:

Honorable mentions: Prisoners, Frozen, Side Effects, and the Bling Ring

10. Her/ The Spectacular Now/ The Conjuring

9. The Great Gatsby

8. As I Lay Dying

7. Dallas Buyers Club

6. Wolf of Wall Street

5. American Hustle

4. Place Beyond the Pines

3. Short Term 12

2. Saving Mr. Banks

1. 12 Years a Slave

Garret’s 2013 Awards

Worst Films:

Dishonorable Mentions: Pacific Rim, You’re Next, Stranded, Elysium, and Much Ado About Nothing

10. After Earth

9. Iron Man 3

8. City of Bones

7. A Haunted House

6. Movie 43

5. InAPPropriate Comedy

4. The Host

3. Beautiful Creatures

2. Hammer of the Gods

1. Crystal Fairy

 

Best Visual Effects:

Honorable Mentions: 47 Ronin, Star Trek: Into Darkness/ 12 Years a Slave, Riddik, and The Conjuring

3. Welcome to the Punch /Upside Down/Man of Steel

2. Thor: The Dark World

1. The Great Gatsby

 

Best Sound Design:

3. Trance/Riddik

2. The Place Beyond the Pines

1. 12 Years a Slave

 

Best Editing:

Honorable Mentions: The East, 12 Years a Slave, Trance, Prisoners, and As I Lay Dying

3. The Counselor/Broken City

2. Gangster Squad

1. Side Effects

 

Best Cinematography:

Honorable Mentions: The Conjuring, Side Effects, Gangster Squad, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave, and 47 Ronin

3. Welcome to the Punch/ Upside Down

2. The Counselor

1. The East

 

Best Music:

Honorable Mentions: 12 Years a Slave and Spring Breakers

 

3. The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

2. Frozen

1. The Place Beyond the Pines

 

Best Supporting Actress:

3. Patricia Clarckson– The East

2. Evangeline Lilly– The Hobbit

1. Penelope Cruz– The Counselor

 

Best Actress:

3. Emma Thompson– Saving Mr. Banks/Noomi Rapace– Dead Man Down

2. Roony Mara– Side Effects

1. Vera Farmiga– The Conjuring

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Honorable Mentions: Leonardo DiCaprio– The Great Gatsby, Javier Bardem–The Counselor, Bradley Cooper– American Hustle, and Tom Hanks– Saving Mr. Banks

3. Geoffrey Rush– The Book Thief

2. Jared Leto– Dallas Buyers Club

1. Michael Fassbender– 12 Years a Slave

 

Best Actor:

3. Matthew McConaughey– Dallas Buyers Club/ Chiwetel Ejiofor– 12 Years a Slave

2. Christian Bale– American Hustle

1. Joaquin Phoenix– Her

 

Best Cast:

Honorable Mentions: Now You See Me, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Side Effects

3. Broken City

2. 12 Years a Slave

1. American Hustle

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

3. As I Lay Dying

2. The Book Thief

1. The Great Gatsby

 

Best Original Screenplay:

3. Prisoners

2. The Place Beyond the Pines

1. The Counselor

 

Best Director:

Honorable Mentions: Steve McQueen– 12 Years a Slave, Denis Villeneuve—Prisoners, James Franco- As I Lay Dying, Ridley Scott– The Counselor

3. David O. Russel– American Hustle

2. Michael Bay– Pain and Gain

1. Derek Cianfrance– The Place Beyond the Pines

 

Best Kid’s Movie:

3. Jack the Giant Slayer

2. Escape from Planet Earth

1. Frozen

 

Best Action:

Honorable Mentions: Killing Season, Catching Fire, and Phantom

3. 2Guns

2. Welcome to the Punch

1. Trance

 

Best Horror:

Honorable Mentions: VHS 2, Insidious 2, Mama, and Evil Dead

3. Lords of Salem

2. The Purge

1. The Conjuring

 

Best Fantasy:

3. The Wolverine/ 47 Ronin

2. Thor 2: The Dark World

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

Best Sci-Fi:

3. Europa Report

2. Star Trek: Into Darkness

1. Riddik

 

Best Romance/Romantic Comedy:

Honorable Mentions: Admission and Drinking Buddies

3. Upside Down

2. The Great Gatsby

1. Her

 

Best Comedy:

Honorable Mentions: We’re the Millers and Dealin’ With Idiots

3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

2. This is the End

1. Pain and Gain

 

Best Drama:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners, The East, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Book Thief, and As I Lay Dying

3. Dallas Buyer’s Club/ 12 Years a Slave

2. American Hustle

1. The Place Beyond the Pines

 

Best Movies of 2013:

Honorable Mentions: Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Purge, Trance, Lords of Salem, Broken City, Gangster Squad, The Book Thief, and Phantom

10. As I Lay Dying

9. The Counselor

8. Her

7. The East

6. 12 Years a Slave

5. Pain and Gain

4. Side Effects

3. The Conjuring

2. American Hustle

1. The Place Beyond the Pines