“To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But I don’t make films for Oscars, I make them for the audience.” – Peter Jackson
In the midst of the Birdman flying high with the big Oscars, here’s a compile of movies (my favourites) that never stood a chance of getting any love from Mr. Oscar last year. I am in fact getting more and more inclined to agree with some who say that Oscar movies are pre-dominantly the arty farty types. Which is not to say that I don’t love most of them and I would be hard pressed to label them such, I am failing to find reason in Mr. Oscar’s prejudice against ‘Blockbuster Entertainers’
Anyway, I digress. This topic shall be broached another sunny night. I’ve picked 20 movies that I thoroughly enjoyed from last year. They aren’t ranked strictly in order of favourites, but higher up in the order would mean that I’m showing it a bit more love than the long tail. I’m also throwing in my tweet from after the movie to get you to follow me in case you like them – @sandy00014
1. Fury – A 5 man crew, including a rookie soldier, in a tank, behind enemy lines, against an entire army. (‘Tank’ you Brad Pitt for your Fury is all I want to say. #iLikeMuch)
2. Lone Survivor – Story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high- level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. (At times it’s best not to be alone #iLikeMuch)
- Edge of Tomorrow – It’s Groundhog Day in an action movie avatar starring Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt… and if you haven’t watched Groundhog Day then I’d rather you watch that first before you even read the rest of this post. (I’m still on the edge. Go watch, enjoy, repeat. #iLikeMuch)
- The Fault in our Stars – Two teens who have cancer fall in love. (Don’t start thinking ‘mush mush’). (Didn’t find much fault with these stars. #iLikeMuch) Bonus Tip: My favourite music album from last year.
- Chef – A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (I’m still smacking my lips, second helpings banta hai #iLikeMuch)
- The Lego Movie – An ordinary Lego construction worker saves the world (Lego World) from an evil tyrant. (All I can say is ‘Everything is Awesome’ #iLikeMuch)
- X-Men: Days of the Future Past – Wolverine goes back in time to change history to prevent. (I had a blast, tip, go watch it fast #iLikeMuch)
- Guardians of the Galaxy – A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to get together to save the world. (All I can say is ooga chaka ooga chaka ooga ooga chaka #iLikeMuch)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Finale of The Hobbit trilogy. (If all battles were so beautiful, poets would write about war & not love. #iLikeMuch. Action Jackson, please learn from Peter Jackson).
- Begin Again – A young singer-songwriter’s (Keira Knightley) love for music, love for her estranged musician turned celebrity boyfriend and the discovery of her talent by a washed out record label executive. (I won’t mind watching this again #iLikeMuch)
- Maze Runner – First part of a three book trilogy. Trapped in an unknown place with memory wiped out and a maze that changes every night, stands in the way of their escape. (I wasn’t a-mazed. But I didn’t mind the run while my popcorn was done #iLike)
- Oculus – A psychological super-natural horror film in which a young woman is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the deaths in her family. (Mirror mirror on the wall, this is the deadliest mirror of them all #iLike #scary)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The second installment of the superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. (I won’t end up reciting “O Captain My Captain’ for him, but I’ll give him a feather to put on his captain #iLike)
- Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – The first part of the last part of the series. (It’s darker, less action, more brooding, still gripping #iLike)
- The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Superhero saves the world (New York city) from evil villain. (I guess I won’t grow up #iLike)
- The Raid 2 – Picks up directly from part 1. Rama goes undercover to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. (Action choreography that rivals the grace of ballet dancers #iLike)
- Pride – U.K. gay activists work to raise money for the miners despite the prejudices they faced from the miners during their strike in 1984. (If you thought gays had it hard but never quite comprehended how hard watch hard, watch this. #iLike)
- Big Eyes – A true story about painter Margaret Keane life as an oppressed wife and her journey to freedom. (A look at art with fresh eyes and a marriage with unfiltered lens #iLike)
- Skeleton Twins – Reunion of estranged twins. (Phoolon ke taron ka sabka kehna hai, ek hazaaron mein meri behna hai #iLike)
- Nightcrawler – A driven man desperate to excel in his work as a crime reporter blurs the line between what can be crossed and what should not. (The twisted thriller trend continues #iLike Gyllenhaal crawls and creeps under the skin. Think he’ll stay there 4 a bit)
Any movies you enjoyed that didn’t get any Oscar love and isn’t on this list?