Last year, to wrap up movie season, I created categories and picked favorites.
I don’t have time to do that this year, so I’m doing something a little different. I saw 19 movies this season. Here’s something I learned either about myself, or movies, or life from each one.
Romantic Comedy is not dead! It can come back and be exceedingly good and lovely and personal to the people that create it. I’ve decided not to watch Woody Allen movies anymore, but if Chris Rock keeps making Woody Allen movies, then I don’t need them.
Guardians of The Galaxy
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will probably be good, because blockbusters are allowed to be fun again.
Big Hero 6
Disney knows how to make me cry. They always have and they always will. TJ Miller makes most things a lot better.
Mockingjay: Part 1
Jennifer Lawrence is definitely as good as you think she is. I should stop denying that and accept it. Philip Seymour Hoffman was an incredible performer who will be missed.
Into The Woods
Although scary is exciting, nice is different than good. Chris Pine should play Fiyero when Wicked hits movie theaters, allegedly in 2016. Anna Kendrick, also worth the hype.
I learned a little about relativity, remembered that I love John Lithgow, got annoyed that people still ignore Anne Hathaway for no reason.
I will never not be thrilled when giant monsters are around. Monsters are the best.
Amazing performance can elevate trite material
People should follow their bliss. Jon Favreau is well shed of Marvel if he’s going to keep making awesome personal stories.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
It’s over. I think I’m happy about that. But I will miss it.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
We get it. Wolverine is the best. Streamline your characters please.
The 100 Foot Journey
I like movies about food, and families. This has both!
Remember what I said about great performances? Didn’t quite work here.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Dragons are great. The Lego Movie was still better. The Academy and The Hollywood Foreign Press should be held accountable.
Scarlett Johannson kicks ALL the asses. Women can open action movies. I wasn’t the one who learned these things, that would be society at learn.
Ehhhh, turns out I’m not as distracted by stop motion as I thought I was.
Ditto musicals. I can spot a bad movie even if it’s hidden in something I love.
Wasted potential. So much wasted potential. It’s a real shame.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
With great power, comes great dead girlfriend.
So that’s what we learned. Thanks for following along on this year’s cinematic journey! Movie Season 2015 kicks off with Avengers: Age of Ultron in May! In the meantime, we’ll talk every once in a while.