Casually Judgmental: Movies I still NEED to see in 2014

I know, I know;  I’m a bit behind with my summer movies.
Plain and SimpleThese are the films I want to see this upcoming Summer… and Fall…and Winter.
Chef
There is no movie I want to see more this summer than Chef. I don’t know whether its the foodie side of my personality, or the fact that Jon Favreau is returning to his indie roots of “Swingers,” but this is a must see. The film follows a Chef (played by Favreau himself) as he unexpectedly quits his job at a hot LA restaurant, refusing to compromise his creativity for their mainstream dishes and arrogant owner. He returns to his home in Miami to reevaluate his life, which leads him to open up a Cuban food truck with his son, friends, and ex-wife. I’m really pumped about this movie. Favraue does a really great job of depicting the importance of striving for your passions in order to find love/happiness.
Word on the street: Apparently this film mirrors Favreau’s current state in life:  Ditching the big man in the industry to return back to his roots and original career passions. Hell yea Favrau. Stick it to the man.
Side-note: With a cast including– Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sofia VergaRRAa…you can’t go wrong. So money baby and ya don’t even know it  (real awk right now if you’ve never seen Swingers..)
 
Neighbors
So I already saw this movie… I thought it looked hilarious in trailers. Seth Rogen has really been on his game with summer comedies the past couple years, so I figured this one would be no different. It wasn’t the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, but it definitely made me laugh a lotttt. lol.
Begin Again
You’ve probably began to slowly see these previews. New York City, subways, catchy indie song…why is Adame Levine here….wtf is the Celo Greene? why is he there? So many questions. What is this movie!?   Ignore the strange cameos. Directed by John Carney, this has a similar backbone to his previous film Once, of 2 musically creative individuals falling in love. Kiera Knightly plays a struggling songwriter who comes to the end of a long-term relationship from her BF Adam Levine, after the taste of fame goes to his head. When she meets Mark Ruffalo, a tainted record label exec, both their lives beging to change for the better. Beautiful.
Question of the day: hold up, can Keira Knightly actually sing? AND bend it like beckham?
Foxcatcher (Nov)
Starring Steve Carrel, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, this follows the story of Olympic Wrestler Champion Mark Schultz (Tatum). This isn’t your average sports film though, this focuses on the real events in which schizophrenic John Du Pont murdered Mark Schultz’s brother, also an Olympic champion, Dave Schultz. Very interesting and exciting casting choices for this movie. We’ve seen Carrel in serious roles before, but nothing like this. This goes the same for Channing Tatum–he impressed me in 21 Jump St, now I’m expecting big things from him in this film.  Director Bennett Miller seems to have a knack for casting unpredictable actors and completely transforming them, as seen in his other films Capote and Moneyball.
Word on the Street:   Whispers are goin’ around that this will be a big hit at the Oscars this upcoming year heyooo.
PS: HOLY HELL. take closer look at that nozee
Unbroken (December)
Directed by Angelina Jolie (have I got you yet?) she takes one of the most gripping novels of the decade and turns it into cinematic gold. Unbroken chronicles the biography of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Oh and before this he was stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Angelina’s past directorial debut seemed to really focus on raw emotion and the reality of violence more than exciting michaelbayish action sequences – which I believe will really bring this story to life.
What a SICK behind the scenes pic B. thanksss
22 Jump Street
If you saw 21 Jump St, how could you not want to see this. I don’t think it will be nearly as good as the first, simply because that seems to be an anomaly for comedies. Despite this, I still want to see it, and still think it will be entertaining.  21 Jump St made me have a new found respect for Channing Tatum.  I always thought, yeah he’s a beautiful man, but he is nothing more than a pretty face reading lines from a script while gyrating. He seriously proved me wrong. This guy can be really funny, which means he can probably do even more in the acting world.  As for you Jonah,  stfu we already know you’re funny and were an oscar nomineeee.
NO IDEA where this pic is from. But it looks like 90% of my tagged photos on facebook
Into The Woods (christmas)
Meryl Streep. Ma gurl Anna Kendrick. Johnny Depp. Emily Blunt. Am I dreaming. Maybe. This fairytale has a killer cast. This twist on some Brothers Grimm tales has Meryl playing the witch, and dis bitch wants to teach some these fairytale characters a lesson.
Bad news: We have to wait all the way until Christmas…
*Also, I will relax with the awkward hilarious behind the scene photos. sarry.
Boyhood (July)
To make a long story short: this movie was filmed across the span of 12 years. Same cast. Rated 100% fresh on rotten tomatoes.  Follows the story of a boy growing up. Literally. In front of your face. That is all. I want to see this. thx. bye.
Interstellar   (Nov)
This is already becoming the most talked about film of 2014. We all know Christopher Nolan is a genius (I just spelled genius wrong and had let autocorrect rub it in my face) when it comes to action films. He really knows how to put an audience at the edge of their seat for 3 hours straight. Props man.   We don’t know much about Interstellar. Let’s count what we do know: it stars Matthew Mcchonahay, involves the world running out of food resources, there will be space travel, and something with wormholes.  AND, that’s about it.  They are trying very hard to keep this film extremely quiet; which is awesome.

 

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The Maya Rudolph Show is a dream come true….and we didn’t even know we wanted it

After the recent announcement by NBC, our prayers have been answered: MayaRudolph will have her own variety show. This is the show we have always wanted, but didn’t realize it..

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will air Monday, May 19, at 10 p.m. on NBC. No judgement here if you’re setting your DVR over a month in advance. People do that for blood baths on Game of Thrones or to see Lena Dunham naked, so why not for our gurl Maya. The structure of this show will bring us back to the vintage variety format of the Carol Burnett era. There will be song, there will be dance, there will be laughs, and there will be woman power. Can I get a hallelujah.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will premiere as a one episode special, but doubling as a pilot. I’m making a big assumption here, but I think we can all agree that this has the potential to become a full series. Her guest list for this special is star-studded with funny people including: “Frozen” star Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, and a performance by Janelle Monáe.  I’m also assuming there will be several surprise appearances from our other favorite SNL alum (crossin’ my fingers for some Jimmy and Tina). Lorne Michael’s will also take his well deserved role as executive producer, no surprise there.

Living as a sappy, confused, 20something in NYC, there are moments when I can’t help but to feel so fortunate to have grown up in an era watching such talented, creative, and funny women on television. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph have fully removed the words “woman are not funny” from existence. Carol Burnett and early SNL alum like Gilda Radner first proved to society how girls can keep up with the Kings of comedy. Growing up in the 90s & 2000s, I feel so lucky to have had these incredible role models to look up to in the media, who in the end inspired me to pursue a career in television. Funny women in the entertainment industry are the new fashion models and pop stars. Society is changing. Young woman are now looking up to actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, or Mindy Kahling. Talent, honesty, and humor are finally being noticed and praised over appearance or lifestyle. Times are changing. Fake is out, real is in. I’m blessed to be living among this ongoing change within society.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” is simply providing a very talented and funny comedian with a  variety show….who happens to be a woman…in what happens to historically be a very male driven genre & time-slot.   I think both men and women will be looking forward this special, and both hoping that it becomes approved for a series. In the end, funny is funny. Whether you are male, female, orange, black, orange is the new black, gay, puppy, or even a cat on the internet–funny will always triumph.