Happy Friday, ya’ll!
It’s no secret that Scott and I LOVE movies. Well, let me rephrase that. We LOVE good movies. I know “good” is a loose term since everyone’s idea of a “good” movie is drastically different. We tend to learn more towards the critically-acclaimed, Oscar nominated films, rather than typical fan favorites. Although, a movie can be both in our book. (Wow. I’m really getting nowhere with this.)
We love this time of year because it seems like this is when all the good movies come out. Film advertisers try to hit up Thanksgiving and Christmas to hawk their wares since everyone is usually looking for something to do and there tends to be more down time or, people are just looking to get out of the house. But honestly, it’s the end of the year and producers and directors are trying to get their film in under the door at the last second deadline for all the awards.
This year, there seemed to be a ridiculous amount of epically good movies at the theaters. Unfortunately for us, we live in a small town and our theater shows Frozen in like 4 theaters (not that there’s anything wrong with Frozen, but give us a little variety!).
So, here are the top 14 movies that we have yet to see that we really want to see:
*All descriptions taken from IMDB.com
12 Years a Slave
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Quvenzhane Wallis
Director: Steve McQueen
Description: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Dallas Buyers Club
Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Description: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
Actors: Bruce Dern, Will Forte
Director: Alexander Payne
Description: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Actress: Judi Dench
Director: Stephen Frears
Description: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Actors: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Woody Allen
Description: A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…
Director: Ryan Coogler
Description: The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
All is Lost
Actor: Robert Redford
Director: J.C. Chandor
Description: After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
Actors: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Director: Lee Daniels
Description: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
Actors: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Description: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara
Director: Spike Jonze
Description: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Actors: Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake
Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
Description: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Saving Mr. Banks
Actors: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson
Director: John Lee Hancock
Description: Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.
August: Osage County
Actors: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard
Director: John Wells
Description: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill
Director: Martin Scorsese
Description: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Sooooo….. what do you think?! Any others that we should definitely add to our list? Any ones on the list that you’ve already seen and loved or hated? Let us know. We always love a good movie discussion.
We are pretty excited about the films above and hopefully now that we are done traveling for the holidays we can bust some of these out; because there is nothing I love more than an evening with the husband, watching a movie while chowing down on some popcorn with a homebrew in my hand. Tis the season for movie watching! Cheers!