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Corey’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Editor’s Note:  My husband is a bit of a movie connoisseur so every once in a while, I ask him to write a movie post.  Since the Oscars are this weekend, I figured it might be time for a “best of 2014” post.  The only issue here is that we have not seen all (or even most) of the Oscar nominated movies.  But that’s ok.  Also, we don’t always agree so just because these are his top 10 does not mean these are my top 10 (looking at you Edge of Tomorrow.)

With the Oscars tomorrow, Colleen figured that I should bring you my movies of 2014.  Now let me first warn y’all that I have not seen as many movies this year as I have seen in the past, but I have seen some good ones.

1)  Interstellar – This movie had EXTREME expectations which probably let some people down.  To me this movie was just what I wanted.  I hope everyone saw this, because very rarely do we get a movie that will make such attempts to be original.

2)  The Guest – Drive meets Universal Soldiers with a dash of Cabin in the Woods.  The Guest stars the dude that quit Downton Abbey (Dan Stevens) who is probably going to be a big star.  Don’t want to ruin too much, but its a campy fun horror.  Go watch it.

3)  The Drop – Tom Hardy adopts a puppy.  Tom Hardy does some other stuff.  The movie is great; Colleen will back me here.  Editor’s note:  He is right.  Tom Hardy plus adorable puppy is an unstoppable combination.  If you liked The Departed you will probably like this.

4)  Nightcrawler – Not really sure why Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get nominated for best actor, because the man is awesome in this movie.  Nightcrawler is about a creepy sociopath that goes from stealing scrap metal to attempting to break into the news industry by filming nitty gritty violence.  Editor’s note:  This is a whole lot of Jake Gyllenhaal being real creepy.  But it was interesting.

5)  The Imitation Game –  Benedict Cumberbitches!!!!!!! (There is a twitter page.  It is fantastic.) I honestly did not know anything about Alan Turing before this movie but he is one of (if not the) most important people of the past century.  This man probably had more effect on the current world than anyone else and then he was arrested for being gay which makes me want to punch things.  Editor’s note:  This is my favorite of the year and you need to go see it immediately.  I had chills.

6)  Guardians of the Galaxy – This movie was a great surprise.  Lately most of the superhero movies have not been my cup of tea but this movie had the benefit of being about an obscure group of superheroes and having a great cast.  It’s hilarious, has great action, and awesome music.

7)  The Grand Budapest Hotel – I have to say that Wes’ last film, Moonrise Kingdom was probably one of my least favorite of his films (Editor’s note: Whhhaaaattt????), but The Grand Budapest definitely is up there at the top, right with Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Colleen and I had a great time watching this at the Manor.  If you haven’t seen this yet, you are in for an enjoyable delight.

8)  Frank – This is a Fassbender classic. You will not even realize Fassbender is in it, because he wears a giant paper mache head pretty much the entire movie.  However, this is a moving comedy about a group of musicians with their own problems who create music to express themselves and not to become famous.

9)  Gone Girl –  David Fincher can do no wrong.  Think about it, his worst movie is Panic Room and thats still a good movie.  I didn’t read this book, so I was treated to an original story with great acting and a great score.

10)  Edge of Tomorrow – I do not remember the last Tom Cruise movie I was excited about.  I watched this on a rental and was disappointed that I did not see it in theaters.  Great choice for an action/Sci-Fi movie.  (Editor’s note:  Sorry Tom Cruise, I did not make room for you in my collage.  And I am not sorry.)

Bonus pick:  John Wick – John Wick’s puppy gets murdered.  He spends the rest of the movie getting revenge on Theon Greyjoy and company.

Movies I need to see:  The Babadook, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, Predestination, Whiplash and many more.


All images taken from IMDB

Gatsby Style

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that new adaptation of the Great Gatsby is coming out in theaters this weekend.  Meg and I have been ready for this for awhile, seeing as how we did this Gatsby wedding post about 50 years ago.  I have to admit that I’m still a little nervous because Baz Luhrmann is not my favorite director.  He gets real Bazzy sometimes, which is a word that I think can most efficiently be described as feeling like you took drugs right before you started watching the movie.  Romeo and Juliet?  Loved.  Moulin Rouge?  Wanted to throw things I hate it so much (although I’m sure a lot of you loved it).  Anywho, I am excited nonetheless, and all these trailers that show Carrie Mulligan looking like a goddess have gotten me to thinking about why it is that we dress so lame these days.  We don’t wear sparkly dresses or ridiculously great headpieces unless it is our wedding, but Daisy got to wear them all the time.  Here are some dresses I would definitely be wearing if I was going to one of Gatsby’s parties.  Maybe I would even have a costume change situation.  And that gold headpiece is absolutely a necessity.

Image Credits: Movie stills via IMDB;  1  2  3  4  5






For the Love of Friday – Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Friday, April 12, 2013

Maybe it’s because of how much we love movies, but a pretty heavy percentage of our favorite songs seem to be from movie soundtracks.  Whenever I hear a song from one of my favorite films, it always takes me back to how I was feeling when I was watching it – happy, sad, wistful, or content.  I hear Tiny Dancer and I instantly visualize the band from Almost Famous singing on the bus.  In Your Eyes, which is actually Corey and my song to which we danced our first dance, makes me thinking of John Cusack, ever the romantic, holding a boombox over his head.  La Vie En Rose makes me remember how sweet Wall-E was with Ev-a, always trying to keep her out of harms way.  To hopefully invoke a little nostalgia, we put together some of our favorite songs from films for you guys to listen to.  Did we miss any really good ones?

 All images taken from IMDB

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Here is a link to the playlist for listening on mobile devices.

Romeo and Juliet – Radiohead “Talk Show Host”

Vanilla Sky – Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill”

Almost Famous – Elton John “Tiny Dancer”

Last of the Mohicans – Promentory (part of the score)

Say Anything – Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes” (the song Corey and I danced to at our wedding)

Crazy, Stupid, Love – The Dead Weather “I Can’t Hear You”

Jerry Maguire – Bruce Springsteen “Secret Garden”

Empire Records – Gin Blossoms “Til I Hear it From You”

500 Days of Summer – Regina Spektor “Us”

Garden State – Frou Frou “Let Go”

Beaches – Bette Midler “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”

13 Going on 30 – Pat Benatar “Love is a Battlefield”

Sunshine – John Murphy “Adagio in D Minor” (one of Corey’s favorite movies along with one of his favorite scores)

Ice Age – David Newman “Send Me on My Way”

Juno – The Moldy Peaches “Anyone Else But You”

Dazed and Confused – Aerosmith “Sweet Emotion”

Wall-E – Louis Armstrong “La Vie en Rose”

Notting Hill – Allison Krauss “When You Say Nothing At All”






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