2014 Spring Movie Preview

Spring preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Spring and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for March, April, and May.

  Top 5 Most Anticipated Spring 2014 Movies

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, May 2nd

– I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man but none of the Spider-Man movies have really captured me. I like this new direction as much as the first trilogy I would say, but the question is can the sequel be as strong as the first trilogies?

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4. The Grand Budapest Hotel, March 7th

– Looks like Wes Anderson being very Wes Anderson, which i enjoy. Always enjoy the look of his films and the quirkiness of them. His imagery is one of a kind and something that can’t be duplicated. It will either be one of my favorite movies of the year or it will fall in the good but not Top 10 list worthy. Hard to see this being bad movie.

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3. X-Men: Days of Future Past, May 23rd

– X-Men: First Class was a near perfect movie and by far my favorite X-Men movie followed by X2. Combine both those casts with Bryan Singer directing … sounds like another perfect movie. I love the youthful X-Men but understand the importance of the past cast and the legacy they have built. I can not wait for this!

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2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, April 4th

– Marvel does amazing stuff and takes non-comic book readers like me and turn me into a wannabe comic book nerd. I love this stuff. First one was good not great but like Thor… it looks like the sequel will be better… much better. It looks like a thriller movie that happens to have a comic book hero in it. Just awesome!

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1. Godzilla, May 16th

– This looks amazing!!! Godzilla was done so wrong before and this looks like the perfect way to rectify one of the worlds most dangerous beasts. A giant lizard fighting other giant monsters with Bryan Cranston running around… SIGN ME UP!

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • Draft Day, April 11th
  • Neighbors, May 9th
  • Million Dollar Arm, May 10th
  • Maleficent, May 30th
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West, May 30th

2nd Watched It Awards

Drumroll, please….. The 2nd Annual Watched It’s!!!!

And the Watched It goes to…

Best Picture – 12 Years A Slave

Best Director – Alfonso Cuerón (Gravity)

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress – Brie Larson (Short Term 12)

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Film – Despicable Me 2

Best Documentary – Blackfish

Most Surprisingly Good – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Most Surprisingly Bad – Man of Steel

Most Overrated – This is the End

Most Underrated – Short Term 12

Worst Film of the Year – A Good Day to Die Hard

 

Top 10 of 2013

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Gravity
3. The Spectacular Now
4. Fruitvale Station
5. Short Term 12
6. Mud
7. Dallas Buyers Club
8. The Wolf of Wall Street
9. American Hustle
10. The Place Beyond the Pines

Bottom 5 of 2013

1. A Good Day to Die Hard
2. Movie 43
3. Grown Ups 2
4. The Internship
5. Only God Forgives

2013 Watched It 100 Movie List

Here is my list of 100 movies from 2013 I intend on seeing. I did my best and managed to see 51 before the Oscars. I will update this as I continue to make my way through this list. Watched It Awards come out tomorrow night!

2013 Movie List

72/100

January 2013 – (3/7)

  • Movie 43
  • Gangster Squad
  • Broken City
  • The Dirties
  • The Last Stand
  • Promised Land
  • In A World…

February 2013 – (3/3)

  • Side Effects
  • Identity Thief
  • A Good Day to Die Hard

March 2013 – (4/9)

  • Spring Breakers
  • 21 & Over
  • G.I. Joe Retaliation
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Stoker
  • Admission
  • The Place Beyond the Pines

April 2013 – (4/4)

  • Oblivion
  • Mud
  • 42
  • Pain & Gain

May 2013 – (7/9)

  • Now You See Me
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Iron Man 3
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • After Earth
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • The Hangover Part III
  • Kings of Summer

June 2013 – (8/9)

  • Man of Steel
  • World War Z
  • This Is the End
  • The Heat
  • Monsters University
  • White House Down
  • The Internship
  • The Conjuring
  • The Bling Ring

July 2013 – (10/12)

  • The Wolverine
  • Pacific Rim
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Only God Forgives
  • Red 2
  • R.I.P.D.
  • The To Do List
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Way, Way Back
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Blackfish

August 2013 – (6/11)

  • Kick-Ass 2
  • The Worlds End
  • Elysium
  • We’re the Millers
  • 2 Guns
  • Jobs
  • Drinking Buddies
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Lee Daniels’ the Butler
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • Short Term 12

September 2013 – (4/5)

  • Rush
  • Don Jon
  • The Family
  • Prisoners
  • Hell Baby

October 2013 – (5/10)

  • Gravity
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Counselor
  • Captain Phillips
  • Runner, Runner
  • Bad Grandpa
  • A.C.O.D.
  • Bad Milo
  • All Is Lost
  • About Time

November 2013 – (9/10)

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Frozen
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Last Vegas
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • OldBoy
  • Delivery Man
  • Philomena
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Nebraska

December 2013 – (9/11)

  • 47 Ronin
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Out of the Furnace
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • American Hustle
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Grudge Match
  • Her
  • Lone Survivor

86th Oscar Predictions

My 86th Academy Awards Predictions

Total…. 20/24

My picks are in BOLD.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave – WINNER
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaròn (Gravity) – WINNER
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – WINNER

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – WINNER
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) – WINNER
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) – WINNER
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Animated Film

  • Frozen – WINNER
  • The Wind Rises
  • Ernest and Celestine
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Croods

Best Cinematography – Gravity
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Documentary – The Act of Killing (20 Feet From Stardom)
Best Documentary Short – Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (The Lady in       Number 6: Music Saved My Life)
Best Film Editing – Gravity
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Original Score – Gravity
Best Original Song – “Let It Go” – Frozen
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby
Best Animated Short – Get a Horse! (Mr. Hublot)
Best Live Action Short – The Voorman Problem (Helium)
Best Sound Editing – Gravity
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity
Best Visual Effects – Gravity
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Screenplay – Her

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave is by far the heaviest and most emotional movie I saw in 2013. It takes on the ugliest period of American history in the most raw and uncomfortable way I have ever seen on film, all while telling the story of Solomon Northup, a free man abducted and thrown into slavery. This movie has made some viewers uneasy or upset and the term “torture porn” has even been thrown around. Personally, I strongly disagree with those people, because if you are going to make a movie about a horrific time in American history, you have every right as a director or writer to make it has historically accurate as possible. Watching what our ancestors did to each other is hard and most people don’t want to have visual images of it in their heads. If that’s the case for you, then don’t watch this movie. If you can get past that and appreciate this movie for what it is, you will really enjoy it as weird as that sounds.

This fairly unknown story is extremely well told, the acting is fantastic, and the eye-opening learning experience the film provides is a rarity in films these days. There are always hidden messages or moments of clarity in film to show character growth and storyline but the learning experience here is way different and not only because of the nature of the topic. What we have here is a story that could be the prime example from a horrible situation. For example, the Anne Frank story of slavery, which by saying that I mean, a personable attachment to a horrific event. It’s hard to think Holocaust and not think about Anne Frank. Well with slavery, I think schools would benefit greatly from teaching students the story of Solomon Northup. It helps envision what a day in the life of a slave was like and how twisted our countries views were for a time.

Steve McQueen directed a visually beautiful film and told a tragic story. This is my favorite movie of the year, barely edging out Gravity. I put it at number one because it has longevity. Gravity is an absolutely marvel of a movie but for me, 12 Years a Slave has is complete package.

Rating – A

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Last Month in Watched It: February 2014

What I Watched in February 2014

 

Movies:

  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  • In a World… (2013)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • Short Term 12 (2013)
  • Thor: A Dark World (2013)
  • Philomena (2013)

The Good:

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The Bad:

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The Old or Surprisingly Good:

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