Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Best Director)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The LEGO Movie
Interstellar (Best Visual, Best Sound)
The One I Love
Notable others include American Sniper, The Double, Edge of Tomorrow, Enemy, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, Locke, A Most Violet Year, Obvious Child, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Under the Skin.
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Elisabeth Moss – The One I Love
Essie Davis – Babadook
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
Jessica Chastain – Interstellar & A Most Violet Year
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler & Enemy
Nicholas Cage – Joe
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Christ Evans – Snowpiercer
Oscar Isaac – A Most Violet Year
Early 2014 brought some great movies like Joe and The LEGO Movie. I was certain Snowpiercer was going to be the flick to beat. Blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Edge of Tomorrow surprised me how good they could be. Smaller films were out in force again with The Double, Enemy, and The One I Love, which was just such a treat. For me, though, one did stand above them all.
Nightcrawler immerses you into a dark and thrilling Los Angeles nightscape that’s threatening, yet hard to leave. Gyllenhaal’s transformative performance guides you through the shadowy and dangerous alleyways, proving again why he’s the most under appreciated actor today. It’s neo-noir that, unlike most modern noir, you watch for more than just the styling. Although lightless, it’s never dreary or grueling, and when it’s done, Nightcrawler is a world you’ll want to revisit again and again.
This last episode of A Football Life featured Brandon Marshall. It is, simply, the best one yet. The episode strongly revolves around mental illness and health, which is a subject that gets fairly suppressed and overshadowed these days. It’s a strong recommendation from me, even if you aren’t into football.
Universal acclaim, this movie got. I’m wondering if I just watched the same thing everyone else did. I mean it wasn’t bad, but hearing about the concept was far more interesting than what you actually see on screen. Maybe I’ll try it out again in a couple of months.