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!

Movie Review: Tammy (2014)

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Plot: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother (via IMDb)

 Rating: a surprised 6.5/10

Well it seems like 2014 can still deliver some pleasant surprises. I didn’t expect was that I would like this. I am currently having a little bitchfit every time I see an overweight lady portrayed as dirty, sloppy, rude and not in control of her life. I hated The Heat, McCartney’s movie before this, and I was certain that Tammy would be just an adaption of that nonsense. Tammy started off looking exactly like I was destined to have a fit again, but the movie redeemed itself by letting Tammy access her full potential and shine. Tammy tries to show that you can hit rock bottom and find a way to pick yourself up and carry on.

This movie had a rather star studded cast but it didn’t overwhelm, and the stars were really good in their respective roles.

Let’s just discuss Allison Janney for ten seconds. I am simply in love with this woman’s acting. I’ve seen her now in Tammy as a comfortable urban mom, in 8 Simple Rules for Dating my teenage daughter as a slightly harassed mother of three, in Easy A as a perverted school headmistress, in countless other small roles and in Sons of Anarchy as the formidable biker matriarch Gemma. She is as convincing as a soccer mom as she is in the SOA, and the roles could not be more difficult. She is always utterly believable, and she can be funny, scary, intense and charming without even breaking a sweat.

I found Mark Duplass adorable as the love interest Bobby and the cautious and mostly awkward relationship development much more real than most movies. Susan Sarandon was a huge reason this worked because she played an excellent harmless looking granny with a seriously mean streak. I adore Kathy Bates (it has so much to do with that cool voice of hers) and she was also charming for the few seconds of screen time she got.

Recommendation: Perhaps I was just in a good mood, but I had a good time with this, and if you are looking for some light-hearted fun that has surprising depths, give this a try!