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.

 

The Final Curveball of How I Met Your Mother

After 9 seasons of watching our favorite hopeless romantic and loyal friend Ted Mosby, we will finally get to see him meet the love of his life and live happily ever after. Or will we?

How I Met Your Mother has easily become this generation’s version of Friends. The creators came up with a brilliant concept that not only dragged viewers through addicting cliff hangers year after year…but provided us with lovable and hilarious characters. The trail of breadcrumbs and clues leading to the mother’s identity was just a perpetual bonus alongside the shenanigans of Ted’s memorable gang.  Barney, Robin, Lily & Marshal form a group of friends that although very distinct…relate just enough to your own clique of besties. I don’t think there is a single person out there who doesn’t want to live above the bar Maclarens with their best buds. A tear may be shed as we say goodbye to our favorite canadian pop-star, the Daddest architect, the best couple in the world, and the awesomest of awesome bro. Barney Stinson alone will go down in history as the woman chasing, suit-wearing, bro-code swearing, easily quotable character played by NPH. The point is, fans expect the series finale to be Legen….I hope you wanted milk with thatdary.

Alright, enough of the sob-story worthy compliments.  Let’s get down to the point. Two weeks ago in the episode titled Vesuvius, the writers gave us viewers the most bizarre hint…uhh reveal? (IDK what to even call it)  in HIMYM history.  In a flash-forward to a conversation between Ted and his future wife in 2024, he tells her one of his many stories from Robin/Barney’s wedding. When he tells his wife that Robin’s mother did in fact show up for the wedding, the mother replied “What mother is going to miss her daughter’s wedding?”  This then caused the revealing moment.  Ted broke down and cried. WHYY?  The mother immediately began to console Ted and try to make him laugh, as if to change the subject and take his mind off whatever this matter may be. Theories have been flooding the internet about why this may be.

Theory 1:  The BIGGEST question arising from this is: Has the Mother in fact been dead the entire time Ted has been telling his children this story? Is Ted crying because he knows his own wife will not live to see his daughter walk the aisle?? Is this the real reason why Ted has been telling the story to his kids the whole time? Many have theorized in the past the Mother has been dead, but this is the first time the show has actually hinted that this might be possible. Does the love of Ted’s life that he has oh so craved to find through years of heart break…really end up dying?  This of course is the most morbid theory…but the writer’s are definitely trying to plant this idea into our heads whether its true or not.

Theory 2:  Perhaps Ted is crying because he worries that his own wife might not live to see his daughter walk the aisle.  Key word in this theory: MIGHT. The writers probably want the finale to be just as much of a tear jerker as it is funny. So why not make us all believe that she might be dying. Perhaps we soon find out that she has a medical scare…and maybe this is why he is telling the kids the story. HOWEVER, she lives in the end. I really don’t think that the writers would create such a dark ending to such a positive show. Nor do I think CBS would be too jazzed with the idea that the mother dies. However, I think they LOVE the idea of tricking us all…making us cry our eyes out…then surprising us with the Mosby gift of life. Those jerks.

Theory 3: Something is happening to Ted. We all automatically jump to conclusion that something is wrong with the mother, but what if Ted is the one in fact striken with some sort of condition?  Ted seems to be on the brink of tears throughout entire episode (in the flashforwards).  A key line in this episode is when the mother tells Ted, “I don’t want you to be the guy who lives in his stories. Life only moves forward.”  For the 9 years we’ve known Ted, he is living in his stories from the past. He has a need to explain every detail of these stories to his children. Here’s a thought: Is Ted dying? No, I really don’t think Ted is dying. The emotions and interaction between Ted and the Mother did not seem like this was the case. As ridiculous as this may sound though…could Ted be acquiring Alzheimer’s? Or perhaps suffered from a brain injury?  Maybe eventually, Ted’s memories are really all he has.

For some reason, something in the future scares and sadden’s Ted. We do not know what this may be yet, however it clearly hurts Ted enough to make him cry. The writer’s could simply be trying to trick us, as they often do. This is a show known for its skill with misdirection. They successfully planted the seed to make us worry and theorize…kindof like Inception.  I’m confident that the ending will be nothing less than beautiful. Whether the Mother is in fact dead or not, the writers have been waiting to give us this ending for 9 years. They will provide a finale absolutely satisfying to fans; even if it ends in tragedy, they will find a way to make it perfect. As we say goodbye to the characters we love, and finally learn how Ted meets the mother, I know that the writer’s will find a way to let us leave with a smile.

P.S. There’s one slap left in Marshall and Barney’s slap-bet   I’ll bet anyone 3 slaps…that the finale ends in a slap so epic that it shakes the world. 

P.S.S  ….WHERE THE EFF IS THE PINEAPPLE FROM?