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on 25 May 2014 10:04

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Best Picture 2014...

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People who added this item 222  Average listal rating (256 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
1. Boyhood (2014)
I don't have to watch it to know IT'S OFFICIAL! This is our hands down winner for 2015. Now that the nominations are out. Check out my other lists to know the rest...

People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. Selma (2014)
This would be my second prediction. Everybody likes racism(???) Well that's honestly what I think of when I keep seeing this endless bombardment of racial tension movies Hollywood is obsessed with?

Anyway, I've heard great things about it. It could cause an upset?...

People who added this item 789  Average listal rating (608 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Probably one of Anderson's most complex film he's produced thus far. Still, I don't think it's chances are strong of actually pulling off the big win!...

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People who added this item 111  Average listal rating (157 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
4. Birdman (2014)
Haven't seen it yet, will give a better opinion once I do...

People who added this item 78  Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
5. The Imitation Game (2014)
'Overrated', still an interesting bit of history that needs to be told.

I just didn't quite find anything overall 'profound' about the movie. Didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. And I'm sure left out quite a great deal of information, that would have made the Alan Turing story much more complex than people realize...

People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.7 
6. American Sniper (2014)

People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (103 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
7. The Theory of Everything (2014)

People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
8. Whiplash (2013)


Films that are either lacking a trailer or don't sound appetizing. I significantly 'doubt' their chances - to clarify, only for professional reasons. My personal taste is ALWAYS likely to differ from what the Academy swallows every year *sigh*...
People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
9. Big Eyes (2014)
Interesting. The kind of world my mom came about in. She had to deal with a lot of this male egotism herself. I think she'd like this movie.

The packing of the picture itself I don't think will be enough to convince the Academy of Tim Burton's -long overdue- Best Director consideration, but may be enough to warrant this particular category. This may be his strongest -'professional'- effort to date (y'know, like "A History of Violence" for Cronenberg) but something tells me though that's entirely the wrong approach. Where's the darkness? If Burton's to be taken professionally serious, it should be for what brought admirers about; "Scissorhands", "Beetlejuice", "Ed Wood", "Nightmare Before Christmas", ect...

Look at me telling Burton not to betray his art - fits with "Big Eyes's" motif...

People who added this item 239  Average listal rating (471 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.3 
10. Gone Girl (2014)
WOAW! The movie is nothing like the film the trailer presents it to be. This isn't really a missing persons film so much as a passive-aggressive allegory toward the rigors of marital deception! Enough to perhaps get it nominated but still not Fincher's strongest work...

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People who added this item 73  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
11. Inherent Vice (2014)
Heard the script is juicy as shit. Had a dream about a month ago that this was gonna be an 'awards darling' - maybe not the stand out favorite but quite possibly the cool choice amongst the rest?...

People who added this item 72  Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
12. Foxcatcher (2014)
HANDS DOWN! Probably the favorite going in to this year and so far the most likely to win. Very atmospheric and observational. I found it very disturbingly absorbing. Mostly though, it contains some of the best acting of the year and that's probably what gives it it's leverage to perhaps pull off a sweep!...

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People who added this item 275  Average listal rating (433 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.9 
13. Interstellar (2014)
What d'ya know - it is the "Contact" of the 21st Century! Although not quite living up to the expectations I had for it - it's still pretty scientific and worth of praise.

Sadly though, my gut instinct tells me this is gonna be more of a 'personal choice' for folks rather than professional opinion. I think it's worth getting to the Best Picture category but not sure it has the juice to get it the 'win'. But still a worthy cinematic spectacle!...

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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.3 
14. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
In spite of the white Moses, still worth watching -although, relating to the Bible in name only (Moses as a 'pragmatist'? Where does Hollywood come up with this shit!- but still, resembling old school "Gladiator" Ridley - and I like how it was done as a bidding tribute to his now departed brother Tony.

Sounds like there's something personal behind the lavish production?...

Just call it a hunch, but every year the Academy seems to include something that almost seems like an after-thought to the mix. This could be is for this year? Y'all know how sneaky those December releases can be...

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People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
15. Unbroken (2014)
America LOVES their sentimental distractions. And this looks like a nice one. Set to come out around Christmas time. What a nice, warm cozy picture to settle into - to make Americans forget about the loss of basic civil liberties, starving third world countries. The epidemic of 'white supremacy' in modern culture. Or any of the potential global disasters that may be occurring at the time of this film's release?...

People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
16. Kill the Messenger (2014)
This is the one "I'm" most excited to see. Based on the ALL TOO TRUE story of the CIA's illegal involvement of narcotics and backdoor arms dealing in the Iran-Contra affair. I wonder how much of the TRUTH is actually gonna be IN this movie.

How much, will no doubt determine how much the Academy loves it this year of that I have no doubt. Baaaaa...goes the sheeple!

People who added this item 32  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
17. The Homesman (2014)
My folks are gonna love this one, they grew up on Westerns. Tommy Lee Jones never disappoints even when he's staring in surefire garbage. The trailer makes it look pretty authentic and accurate. Finally, none of this clean cowboy shit!

But as far as a win goes?...

People who added this item 160  Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.6 
18. Into the Woods (2014)
MASS Princess Programming right on cue. What is Disney's obsession - or for that matter what is the obsession of the public?

I have no doubt (since it's been hyped so bad) that it will mostly likely no doubt get the Big Nominations. I just personally don't feel all that enthusiastic to see it. *gag*

People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
19. Trash (2014)

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
20. A Most Violent Year (2014)

People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
21. The Search (2014)


TOO SOON? ...I haven't really seen much from 2014 yet and am in no big hurry to to be perfectly honest. Nevertheless each year I like to torture myself with these types of predictions.

So here is this year's annual roundup. So far these aren't actually MY choices, I found them off a list on the IMDB. These series of lists I plan to post I want to make perfectly clear - some or most of these are films I haven't seen. I'm simply posting my choices here based on buzz that I've heard over the net. Please keep that in mind. Let's see how many I get right this time. Will update as the year goes along...

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