Current Top 10 of 2014 // Quick Thoughts on Gone Girl

My Top 10 lists go through revises and revises and...revises. It's never complete until maybe a year or two afterwards. And some movies fly all around, never finding a secure spot. Like Boyhood. It's a fantastic film, and I believed nothing would top it this year. But something has. And I believe more will as we reach these final months of the year. In my Boyhood review, I said it had become one of my favorite films. And yeah, in a way it had, but not Top 50 worthy. It's a memorable, beautiful film, but it will get buried, and I know it.

Before I go into more, here's my current top 10...

1) Gone Girl
2) Boyhood
3) X-Men: Days of Future Past
4) Edge of Tomorrow
5) Locke
6) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7) The Lego Movie
8) The Raid 2
9) Captain America: The Winter Solider
10) Guardians of the Galaxy

Honorable Mentions: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Enemy, Under the Skin

Now I saw Gone Girl last night, so it's fresh in my mind, and it's the only thing I have been thinking about since. It's simply amazing. Not flawless, I've learned to not overstate my opinions, but it's about as slick as can be.

David Fincher is my all-time favorite director. His favorite films of mine are, in order: Zodiac, The Social Network and Se7en. And Gone Girl is next. It's just fantastic, all across the board. Nothing lacks, Fincher is only getting stronger. I cannot wait to see this again (and again (AND again)).

I did read the book, and I do plan on writing something on book adaptations so I won't get into that just now.

Two things that absolutely stood out for me was this film's editing and score; they're something new. I have never seen a movie edited this way; its use of fades and quick cuts are mouthwatering somehow. Kirk Baxter is a genius. The score is interesting and grabs your attention, as well. It adds a whole new layer of suspense and proves, once again, how effective film scores can be. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are 3-for-3 in Fincher's filmography.

Affleck, Pike and everyone else are just flat out amazing in it, with Pike being the standout. No doubt she'll be a popular nominee next February. I was also very pleased with Tyler Perry, who couldn't have been better as the lawyer.

Gone Girl is definitely the best film of the year so far, and I know it'll stay up there by the end. I won't forget how many times my jaw dropped, even though I knew what was going to happen. The film just took charge and never doubted itself. It was confident, collected and more than smart. One that leaves you addicted and wanting more, a common occurrence when watching a David Fincher film.

I'm hoping to start writing a lot more on here, we'll see how that goes.

Have a great weekend!

Reflecting on Boyhood

Half of my life I've waited for Boyhood. Since I read about it all of those years ago (approximately 11), I have gotten my driver's license, experienced a few relationships and survived through elementary, middle and three-fourths of high school. I've completely changed from the time I heard about this movie to now. And that's miraculous to think about. Aging and life, and how, through all the highs and lows, I was still anticipating this film. Back then it was "Complete 12 Year Movie Project" so I did not know exactly what it was. At one point I believe it was "A Boy's Life", but I think that was just IMDb being IMDb. Barely any news or rumors or anything at all were exposed through those first 11 years, but there was still this sense of magic that the movie was building year in and year out.

Revisiting An Unexpected Journey

Taking a whole day to comprehend a film may be a hobby of mine, but taking a whole day to determine if I liked one or not isn't. And that's how it went with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. When it ended and the credits rolled and the midnight audience clapped, I was lost in what to do. I didn't want to clap. I didn't have that feeling of awe I was so looking forward to. The film just didn't impress me; I tried so hard to like it, but things just kept going east to Mordor. I waited six months to see it again, and I've decided to record my thoughts this time around.

Favorite Films: American Beauty

American Beauty is not the greatest movie ever made. I know it has flaws and issues. But I'll never forget it. The first time I watched it – three or four years ago – was such an unexpected experience. I thought it'd be a good movie. Hell, it had won Best Picture and numerous other awards so I knew I was in for something good. But I can honestly say American Beauty changed my life. I'm not just saying that to be different or dramatic; my outlook on life has changed because of this film. And that's one of the reasons why I say this is my favorite movie of all time. It's the first thing that pops up into my head when asked that deadly question of what is your favorite movie? Now, I am not exactly certain that it is, but it close.