|Posted by CZsWorld on January 30, 2014 at 3:10 AM|
On New Years Eve, I posted a Top Movies, Books, Albums, Video Games, Sport Games and TV Shows of the Year Countdown. One month has passed since then. You are probably wondering why I haven't posted anything since then, and I'll get to that, but first I have to correct something I said last year.
Since a lot of films make their debut in December in order to be fresh in the minds of award committees, it often turns out that some of the years best films don't get watched until the following year. That's exactly what happened to me this year. I finally got around to seeing some of those films that came out in December, and I believe they all belong in the Top 5. Let's start with the new number five.
5 | The Wolf of Wall Street
Sorry Oblivion, but Martin Scorsese's most recent picture is one of the more interesting ones I've seen lately. I'm not going to lie, I hated it for the first hour. Maybe it was the fact that the inciting incident doesn't occur until about an hour and a half into the movie, or maybe it just took me that long to realize that Scorsese wasn't trying to make a typical Hollywood flick. "The Wolf of Wall Street" is basically the opposite of a movie. The character gets away with anything he wants and faces no real hardships. It's a unique, but compelling piece.
4 | Inside Llewyn Davis
Oftentimes, the Coen Brothers are criticized for having incredibly simplistic plots. "Inside Llewyn Davis" was suprisingly thought provoking. It features some very interesting characters, a simple and beautiful score, and just about no wasted time.
3 | Saving Mr. Banks
I got a lot more than I expected with "Saving Mr. Banks". I thought I was getting a movie about trying to win the film rights to a now iconic movie. I expected it to be scored primarily using song from "Mary Poppins". What I got, was both of these things and more. It still would have been a great movie if they has stuck with just scenes of Disney trying to convince P.L. Travers to let him do "Mary Poppins" with some classic tunes sprinkled in. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson turn in excelling performances. What I hadn't anticipated was Travers's origin story, which was a charming subplot that shed light on how some elements of "Mary Poppins" came to be. The "new" score was also fantastic, and the classic tunes are still classic.
I have yet to see "Her" or "American Hustle" but this is probably the last you will hear from me on this topic. CZsWorld is not a movie review site, simply a movie site. That brings me to my next point.
I'd like to release something each month. January is not going to happen, but February and March are all but ready. Two live action films are coming your way, one a Dark Comedy and the other a Psychological Horror. Until then...