Last year when I made my resolutions for 2013 I pretty much
made a list of films that were films I wanted to watch in priority and some
blindspot directors. Just look at my original post here.
During the year, I modified those goals and I got circling
around the list because I thought it was already too planned for me. I still
like to follow my moods when I choose a movie to watch. This is why as you’ll
see I’ve kept a certain freedom in my goals for 2014 and instead of listing a
definite list of films I wanted to watch, I will challenge myself to mix things up with a
wider range of goals.
It is this time of the year when we, film lovers, get a little wet and try predicting the winners of the night of the films.
Having seen more than the half of the movies nominated I can say that it is an average year and that I'm expecting no real surprise for the night of March 2nd. Before sending my final picks for the Oscars here's my personal ranking of all the films nominated I've seen.
2. Before Midnight
3. Dallas Buyers Club
5. American Hustle
6. The Grandmaster
7. 12 Years a Slave
Here are my picks (in bold) for the 2014 Academy Awards:
Well, why not? If this blog is centered on my journey
through the 1000 Greatest Films of All Time by They Shoot Pictures only I will
turn crazy from imposing to myself only acclaimed and older films than the new
titles of each year. When the time of the Oscars comes I’m out of breath trying
to catch up on films of the last year and trying to compile a decent top of the
year that just passed.
All this with my usual penchant for procrastination and a
little loath for more recent released than I should. Since almost two months of
2014 have already past, I’ll include only films to come and exclude the ones
that are already in theaters or available on home video. Since my challenge is
to catch mostly films I’m interested in, I choose ten of the most promising
titles and, you know me, from the most interesting directors out there.
But first, here's an homage to Harold Ramis who starred in my childhood classic Ghostbusters and directed one of the best comedies of the 1990's: Groundhog Day.
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a New York
State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold
into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve
years before his release.