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Fuzzy's Favorite Films of 2014

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Top Films of 2014:
My Top Films this year:
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#1: “Whiplash”: (Dir: Damien Chazelle).
ZZ4
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"Whiplash" is such an amazing film in every way. The Directing, the Writing, the Editing, the Cinematography. The performances are outstanding.

A film about Talent, Ambition, Obsession. Pushing oneself beyond known abilities. - -Soaring above the rest.

"Whiplash" won both The Audience Award and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance - an amazing feat.

Filmed more like a thriller than a film about music, it becomes a battle of wills between our protagonist [Miles Teller] and his mentor-[a truly amazing J.J. Simmons]. It is an exhilarating work from the start to it's adrenaline-rushing finish.

#2: “Boyhood”: (Dir: Richard Linklater).
ZZ5
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A celebration of Life and being human. A simple story of growing up becomes profound and moving. Filmed over 12 years, the story and characters grow as the real-life filmmakers do, and the end-result is wonderful.

Richard Linklater is a talented, insightful director. I think the time has come to acknowledge his achievements.

3. “Calvary”: (Dir: John Michael McDonagh)
ZZ6
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Beautiful, sad and scathing portrait of a simple priest struggling with his own humanity and trying to do good in a small sinful town.

A truly great performance by Brendan Gleeson and a portrait of the True Power of Forgiveness. It is a film of Faith, of Doubt and Transcendence.

4. “Birdman” (Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
ZZ7
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Michael Keaton shines in this fascinating exploration of Creativity, Talent and the cost of Fame. The tale winds seamlessly and breathlessly to the last shot.

5. “The Babadook” (Dir: Jennifer Kent).
B2
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A superior horror tales that is brilliant in every way. What an amazing first film: Writing, Direction, Cinematography --- pitch-perfect performances.
An amazing film that works on a few different levels.

Sadly, I had to watch it online, as it never got a theatrical release in Buffalo, NY.

6. "Edge of Tomorrow"

7. "Enemy"

8. "Ida"

9. "Into the Woods"

10. "Jodorowsky's Dune"

11. "Locke"

12. "The Immigrant"

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Acting:
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Lead Actor:
Although he won't get recognition in Award Season, my vote goes to Brendan Gleeson for "Calvary". It's a delicate, subtle performance full of humor, sadness, and understanding.

Lead Actress:
Essie Davis for "The Babadook". A marvelous peformance in every way. Her work elevates the film from a simple horror story into other realms. An amazing job.

Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash" -- His amazing work in this role is astounding and thrilling.

Supporting Actress:
Although I loved Patricia Arquette in "Boyhood", I have to give it to Meryl Streep.
Her Witch in "Into the Woods" is one of the best performances of her career,

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Disappointing:
"Jersey Boys": Nobody wanted "Goodfellas", the musical.

Magic in the Moonlight”: A weak Woody Allen, with a script that needed much revision

Neighbors”: Pointless, unfunny and disappointing

Nightcrawler”: A film trying so hard to be a dark satire. Sadly its ending betrays everything that comes before.

"Snowpiercer": starts out interesting, only to find out that in the last 20 minutes of the film it has absolutely nothing to say.

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The Most Fun I had at the Movies This Year"
"Tusk" (Dir: Kevin Smith)
Funny, Disturbing, Outrageous. A totally Entertaining ride!
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Monday Thought . . .

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Karen Blixen: "How do you manage it?
to keep us friends
"

Baron Bror Blixen: (shrugs) "We started that way"

---from the film 'OUT OF AFRICA' (1985 Dir: Sydney Pollack)

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To My Angel

Today is angelsboi's Birthday. Love you and miss you forever, my friend.

Wednesday Thought . . .

"He who swaps his liberty for the promise of 'security' deserves neither."

--Ben Franklin

Thursday Thought . . . .

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

---Helen Keller

Friday Thought . . .

A married Irishman went into the confessional and said to his
priest, "I almost had an affair with another woman."

The priest said, "What do you mean, almost?"

The Irishman said, "Well, we got undressed and rubbed together, but
then I stopped."

The priest said, "Rubbing together is the same as putting it in.
You're not to see that woman again. For your penance, say five Hail
Mary's and put $50 in the poor box."

The Irishman left the confessional, said his prayers, and then walked
over to the poor box. He paused for a moment and then started to
leave. The priest, who was watching, quickly ran over to him
saying, "I saw that. You didn't put any money in the poor box!"

The Irishman replied, "Yeah, but I rubbed the $50 on the box, and
according to you, that's the same as putting it in."

Monday, Columbus Day, Thought . . .

Charles Schultz Philosophy
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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia ." (Charles Schultz)

Thursday Thought . . . .

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"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

--Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
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Monday Thought . . .

Jigsaw Falling into Place
Just as you take my hand
Just as you write my number down
Just as the drinks arrive
Just as they play your favourite song
As your bad day disappears
No longer wound up like a spring
Before you've had too much
Come back in focus again

The walls are bending shape
You got a cheshire cat grin
All blurring into one
This place is on a mission

Before the night owl
Before the animal noises
Closed circuit cameras
Before you comatose

Before you run away from me
Before you're lost between the notes
The beat goes round and round
The beat goes round and round

I never really got there
I just pretended that I had
Words are blunt instruments
Words are sawn off shotguns

Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out
Come on and let it out

Before you run away from me
Before your lost between the notes
Just as you take the mic
Just as you dance, dance, dance

A Jigsaw falling into place
So there is nothing to explain
You eye each other as you pass
She looks back and you look back
Not just once
and not just twice
Wish away your nightmare
Wish away the nightmare
You got the light you can feel it on your back
[A light,] you can feel it on your back
Your jigsaw falling into place

--Radiohead "In Ranbows"

Friday Thought . . .

"I get asked occasionally why I don't make a comedy, which surprises me... I'm making them endlessly."

— David Cronenberg, at the New Yorker festival, Saturday