Top 5 Fridays!

I had a goal this year to see 50 new movies.  Now that the year is coming to an end I’d regret to say that I fell short and saw only 40 movies.  I saw a few movies multiple times and I saw other movies that weren’t new this year and it makes me want to write a variety of lists on the subject but I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

 

Top 5 movies you should have seen this year (sans The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy edition)

 

1.  This is Where I leave you:  A movie that is probably described as an adult comedy is probably one of the best movies to come out this year.  Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda are members of a family where the Patriarch passes away and his dying wish is for the family to spend 7 days together to mourn his loss.  Everyone is at a point in their life where they have their problems and their good points and each member is somehow able to help the other siblings.  The movie is well directed and humor is clever and authentic.  From snarky wordplay to a few good physical gags this movie seems like it could really happen and it’s touching as funny at the same time.

2.  The Snowpiercer:  One of my favorite Sci-fi films this year.  It takes place 18 years from now where scientists attempted to battle climate change and inadvertently froze the planet.  All the survivors live on a luxury train that continues in motion and keeps all the people inside alive.  The rich people (whom the train was designed for) live in the front of the train, the poor survivors live in the back where they live off the scraps from the rich.  It’s a great story about classwar and some brilliant satire on the subject.  It’s brutal and gritty and I know a lot of people have conflicts with the ending of the movie but I was thoroughly engaged and I recommend this to anyone who has 90 minutes to spare… and a heart

3.  John Wick:  This guy kills the shit out of everyone in a simple and almost funny revenge story.  It has some of the best action sequences and is one of the darker comedies you’ll find.  One of the best things Keanu Reeves has done in a long time.

4.  Obvious Child:  I’m not a fan of Romantic Comedies but this movie actually is a comedy intertwined with romance.  Jenny Slate is brilliant and adorable and this movie deals with a generation who faces a lot of hard issues without the same kind of comfort former generations could have.  It’s another movie I enjoyed for it being honest and genuine and entirely plausible.

5.  The Book of Life:  my 2nd or third favorite animated movie this year.  A great fantasy story with too many themes and ideas to mention.  It addresses a lot of issues without being preachy and really gives the message about how love will win in the end.  It’s cultural and unique and even though I hate some of the more contemporary references the movie was fantastic in every other way.