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2014 has been a great year for movies. From the biggies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the critically acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, Birdman and Foxcatcher. But, there were a lot of other films that came and went that you may have been meaning to see but never did or completely missed. There is no way we could see every movie that comes out each year. Heck, we couldn’t watch every movie that came out this year in a lifetime.
But, if you have a few extra hours, we suggest giving these movies a try. You won’t be disappointed.
This movie is as suspenseful as eff. You may not breath for 90 minutes so start your breathing exercises now. The perfect modern revenge film, the story follows the main character Dwight who seeks to enact vengeance against the man who killed his parents. What makes it different is that the moment that you usually see at the end of a revenge story happens in the first quarter of the film. That is when things get interesting. Be prepared to be on edge. Seriously on edge.
The One I Love
This movie is almost impossible to write about so we will keep this one simple. A couple played by Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss are sent on a romantic getaway by their marriage councillor to a gorgeous California estate. On the property is a guest house. A guest house with a secret. What is inside, you will have to find out for yourself. This is one of those movies that the less you know about going in, the better your experience will be. We don’t know about you, but that is out favourite kind of film. We guarantee you have never seen a movie like this.
Virunga was a film festival circuit favourite and winner of Tribeca’s Best Documentary Feature award, that left the audiences emotional and motivated. The next thing you know, Leonardo DiCaprio is in as an executive producer and Netflix is taking it on as an exclusive. The movie tells the story of a violent conflict in eastern Congo and how hungry oil companies are taking advantage of the country’s fragility by exploiting the last natural home of the mountain gorilla, Virunga National Park. The film is part espionage film, part action film, part nature documentary, part activist film and party beautiful love story. Plus, you get to see what happens when a gorilla gets tickled. If you leave this movie not in love with the keeper of the Gorilla orphanage, you have no heart. This is our pick for the Best Doc Oscar.
The F Word
The F Word has a special place in our hearts because it is shot and set in Toronto. Our city is home to so many movies but often we are standing in for New York or Chicago or who the heck knows where else. But in The F Word we get to play ourselves. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver (a pairing we thought only existed in our dreams) and Zoe Kazan, the film tells the simple story of what it is like to be just friends with your perfect match. That well known premise is told with great style and realism. The one problem is that we still haven’t gotten over the fact that the female lead’s name is Chantry. That really just seems like the hardest name to say.
We cannot stop yelling at people to see this movie. If you don’t see this movie you are a LOSER! Okay, reel it in. After Jenny Slate’s character gets dumped, she has a drunk one-night stand with a guy at one of her comedy gigs. And then, whoops, she gets pregnant. The story then becomes a beautiful, funny and sensitive take on dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. Jenny Slate is one of the funniest people in the world and in this film she also shows real heart. The best part of the film has got to be Jenny’s incredible moments of stand-up. No jokes about airplane food here. More like what a woman’s underwear looks like at the end of the day. Ew.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson is a love him or hate him director. We love him and as lovers of the Anderson style, this movie was our technicolour dream. This somehow is both his most fun and darkest (tonally) movie. The film tells the story of an author telling the story of a hotel owner telling the story of how he got to where he is. His mentor, the concierge Monsieur H. is accused of murder and the caper begins when a group of misfits get together to prove his innocence. Oh, and this is also all set against the backdrop of pre-World War II Europe. The cast, as you could guess, is stacked with people from Ralph Fiennes to Jeff Goldblum. Can’t we all just live in Anderson’s stylish worlds forever?
Dear White People
Well we have a film about a violent conflict, a film about murderous revenge, a film set in a fictional pre- World War II and a film about abortion on this list. Why not throw in a movie about modern race relations? But fun! Trust us! Dear White People explores the different paths of four African American characters at an Ivy League College. From reality star ambitions to political radio addresses, their decisions and words reflect how the characters feel about their racial identity. The film was a festival darling and was developed with help by crowd funding on Indigogo. Never more relevant, this movie manages to pose important questions while being wilding entertaining.
If Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver are the duo we could only dream of, Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig are the old pals we never want to see apart. In The Skeleton Twins, the pair play twins who grew out of touch but are brought back together after Hader’s Milo attempts suicide. The pair are capitol “D” Disfunctional. But, it becomes clear that the two of them are truly the love of each other’s lives. Total kindred spirits. Watch the trailer and we dare you to say that you don’t love Starships’ “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”.