2014 Movies: Part Three

Welcome back to the third and final installment of the rundown of the movies released in 2014 that I got to peek at. Some of it has been good and some has been really, really bad. Let me know what you think of these, my opinions on them, and any other additional ones you might have seen!

22 Jump Street

Sequels aren’t often on the same level as its predecessor, but 22 Jump Street managed that for me, and more. Who knew that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum could be so hilarious together, or even that Tatum had such a hilarious streak to him? These movies are silly and fun and exactly what you need after a really bad day.

Tammy

Hmm, even though I enjoyed this movie, I have eternal beef with Hollywood because the second they have a big lady in a film she is naturally stupid and dirty. You can do better, guys.

Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit

Oh, Chris Pine. It is good to watch you no matter what. It took me a while to finish and get to this movie, but it wasn’t bad. The first half hour is slow enough to be a cause for serious points deduction, but further on it picks up pace and becomes entertaining.

If I Stay

If I Stay is the vastly inferior tear jerker of 2014, because TFIOS was so major and amazing. It was good though, and I will probably watch it again.

Mockingjay Part 1

I liked it. Can’t wait for the second part!

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies

I think this may have been my life’s biggest disappointment, ever. It insincere, rushed and exploits a fandom that didn’t deserve this.

Sex Tape

Yeah, another Cameron Diaz film where she does the minimum work and still wants a pat on the back and to hear that she is good at what she does. I am unsure whether she will ever be capable of doing more than things like this though, so well done at least in that sense.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

This movie is definitely on my favorites of the year. Everything was just so right about it.

What have you seen this past year and loved? Tell me!

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Five Things Friday: Five stars who completely changed my opinion about them in the last few months.

Happiest of Happies, dear readers! I do hope that you had an amazing NYE and had loads of fun.

Today, for our first FTF post this year, I bring a list of actors and actresses that changed my opinion of them during the last few months. I might have disliked them for their bratty appearance or been indifferent to them overall, but hey, ladies and gents, you can rest assured now that Natasha of LOTCG likes you know (I do know that they can’t sleep at night knowing I disliked them :D)

Angelina Jolie

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I mainly hated Jolie because my ex boyfriend loved her (yeah, I was real grown up back then), so when I went to see Maleficent I was like “Okay fine, I will just take a gracious hit for the team”.* The movie isn’t really her best movie, but she is good in it, and I really enjoyed her as the evil woman I had always secretly been fascinated by in the Disney world.

Chloe Grace Moretz

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Ah, Chloe Grace. I thought you were such a brat. Well, you probably are, but since I based my perception of you on the character you played in the disastrous Barnabas Collins: Dark Shadows, I do apologise and am sorry. Carrie and If I Stay are both movies that endeared her to me. Her performances are solid and I could find nothing wrong or irritating about it. You go girl!

James McAvoy

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I do think Bkushi would defriend me if I ever hated on McAvoy, so I am so relieved that I never did, although I was very indifferent to him. Then, I saw X-Men, and I felt glorious sunshine over my face as I was awakened to his brilliance.

One of my favorite genres are superhero movies, there is no two ways about it. However, save a few exceptions, they are not overly deep and the characters are very one dimensional. James McAvoy takes his Professor and makes you believe that he is who he says he is, not just some oke wanting a paycheck. Anything with his name on is what I will be watching next, because this guy is heading to my favorite actors list so fast it’s not even funny.

Scarlett Johansson

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Despite the fact that I can’t ever manage to type her surname correctly, and always have to go back and effing fix it, I realized that Scarlett (note lack of use of damn surname) isn’t nearly as bad or talentless as I always said she was. I really, really liked her kick ass retaliation retribution in Lucy, and her Black Widow in Captain America, Winter Soldier, was better than the annoying Black Widow she sometimes plays.

Shia LaBeouf

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What is it with these ridiculous surnames? Anyhow, I read a lot of celebrity news on the internet (as a vice and when I don’t want to work). The Beefster REALLY loves his attention so I felt very MEH about him because I hate attention ho’s. I watched Lawless and was reminded that even though he was a twat and probably a bit of a narcissist, he could act at the end of the day.

What is your opinion about these stars? Do you have anyone else you would like to add to this list? Let me know! 🙂

Movie Review: If I Stay (2014)

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Plot Synopsis: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on (via IMDb)

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Rating: 7.5/10

Releasing this within the same year as The Fault in Our Stars was really quite risky, because the movie runs on the same emotional scale as FiOS. No one has cancer, but a lot of people die and you form an immediate emotional bond with the shy and awkward Mia.

This is a book adaption from the book with the same name by Gayle Forman. I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t really discuss how well the adaption went, but I really liked it as a movie. It feels slightly too long at the end, but didn’t really bother me as I was really wrapped up in the story by then. I went in completely blind with no idea what to expect and I’ve really come to love watching movies that way instead of knowing the basics – where is the fun in knowing what is going to happen?

I’ve always considered Chloë Grace Moretz as a bit bratty, not really with sufficient evidence, but she has finally grown on me. Her acting was the most convincing and she carried the story when it was needed. If she continues with movies like these, I can see myself supporting her more and more.

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Adam (Jamie Blackley) is every girl’s dream to have as her first boyfriend. Cute, talented, sweet and devoted, he ticked all the right boxes. I supported him when he fought with Mia because I could see where he was coming from, because most of his fears were based on legitimately losing her in the end. Mia and Adam’s love story had enough cheese in to make it very YA and high school romance, but I was in the mood for it so I really liked their story. Their attraction is unconventional, but they are both talented in their vastly different musical fields and they shared that passion which made them match.

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Finally, a female friendship that wasn’t riddled with bitchiness and insincere gestures! The friendship between Kim (Liana Liberarto) and Mia was sweet and sincere. Can this happen more often???

Parents are often misrepresented in cinema: they are either uber cool, cruel, incredibly indifferent or stupid by Hollywood’s standards. I did enjoy Mia’s parents, but they came off as too cool and relaxed to be very realistic. I found what her father did to further her training in the Cello beautiful and a sign of true love though. I liked her grandfather as well, his admittance of how he made mistakes praising his own son’s talents, his determination to support Mia’s as a result, and his heartfelt acceptance that it was Mia’s choice to make whether she would continue to fight for her life.

Overall, the movie was cheesy and predictable but was once again about choosing to live when life completely sucked, so I enjoyed it.

Recommendation: I can see how this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a surprisingly feel good movie while still having some tearjerker moments.

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Favorite quote from the movie: “But the you who you are tonight is the same you I’ll be inlove with tomorrow”