Tagged: 2013

James’ Top 10 Films of 2014

 

I’m happy to say I didn’t see very many bad films in 2014, but that also made it difficult to narrow down my 10 favorites and choose which ones I liked better than the other. Nonetheless, I’m proud of my outcome. Hope you enjoyed your movie going experiences and check out some of these films you may have missed. Before we get started, here are some honorable mentions…

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Jourdan’s Top 10 Films of 2013

It’s that time of the year, guys. This is a film blog and if there’s one thing a film blog has to have (other than blog entries related to filmmaking) is that it has to have a year-end list.

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James Rios’ Top 10 Films of 2013

2013 has come and gone and what a great year for movies it has been! It was truly awesome watching a new film every week this year and I cannot wait to spend most of 2014 at the cinema. Before Us vs Film gets 2014 started, however, let’s take a look back at my favorite movies of 2013…

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Becca Noble’s Top Ten films of 2013

 

10. Blue Jasmine – It’s pretty common knowledge that Woody Allen is a sleazy old man who married his stepdaughter, so it pains me whenever I like one of his movies. Blue Jasmine is a truly heartbreaking story of the emotionally crippling effects of financial loss. Cate Blanchett delivers her best performance ever as a waspy mental case who you can’t help but empathize with.

 

 

 

9. The Conjuring – This movie is so scary that, as I sit alone in my room in the dark, I don’t want to write about it. The Conjuring is a truly original horror movie that still manages to pay homage to the classics. With endless carefully crafted scares and a super spooky doll that I continue to be fucked up by, this is one you don’t want to miss (unless you’re a wuss.) Continue reading

12/19/2013 – “Today: A Decade Ago”

I remember what movie I saw exactly a decade ago… Do you? Well if not, let me refresh your memory with another edition of “Today: A Decade Ago.”

10 years ago today on December 19th 2003, the following films were released: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Mona Lisa Smile, Calender Girls.

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Episode 63 Out of the Furnace

This Week Blaise and James review Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace”. We also take a look at the Sundance 2014 Lineup.

Here are the films we are most excited for to see at Sundance 2014

US dramatic competition
“Cold in July” — Directed by Jim Mickle, written by Nick Damici. A small-town Texas man kills a home intruder, only to see his life violently unravel in Mickle’s follow-up to “We Are What We Are.” Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.

“Happy Christmas” — Directed and written by Joe Swanberg. A young woman breaks up with her boyfriend and then moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Swanberg.

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” — Directed by David Zellner, written by David and Nathan Zellner. A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money rumoredly hidden in the Minnesota wilderness. Cast: Rinko Kikuchi.

“The Sleepwalker” (U.S.-Norway) — Directed by Mona Fastvold, written by Fastvold, Brady Corbet. A young couple see their lives violently interrupted when unexpected guests arrive at their secluded estate. Cast: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Corbet, Stephanie Ellis.

US Documentary competition
“Rich Hill” — Directed by Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos. An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town.

“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” — Directed by Brian Knappenberger. Documents the life and accomplishments of programming prodigy and information activist Swartz before he took his life at the age of 26.

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“Listen Up Philip” — Directed and written by Alex Ross Perry. A writer faces various mistakes and miseries affecting those around him, including his girlfriend, many ex-girlfriends and enemies. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume.

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Cooties / U.S.A. (Directors: Jonathan Millott, Cary Murnion, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan) — A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages; then an unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad.

The Guest / U.S.A. (Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett) — A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade. He soon becomes a threat to everyone around him when it’s revealed he’s not who he says he is. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, Brendan Meyer.

Killers / Japan, Indonesia (Directors: The Mo Brothers, Screenwriters: Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama) — Two serial killers post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face to face. Cast: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy.

What We Do in the Shadows / New Zealand, U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement) — This mockumentary follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand–based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them. Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzales-Macuer, Stu Rutherford.

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Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack.

The Double / United Kingdom (Director: Richard Ayoade, Screenwriter: Avi Korine) — Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid and isolated man who is overlooked at work. When James, a new coworker arrives, he upsets the balance because he is both Simon’s physical double and his opposite: confident and good with women. Then James slowly starts taking over Simon’s life. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox.

Stranger by the Lake / France (Director and screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie) — Frank spends his summer searching for companionship at a lake in France. He meets Michel, an attractive, mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects. Stranger by the Lake is an erotic thriller testing the limits of sexual desire. Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao.

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