What I Watched in 2014

Now You See Me – I began the year with this one specifically because everyone around me talked about it in 2013. Well, it wasn’t such a mind-blowing movie but it was something. That’s the thing about movies that everyone talks about. They are never that good.

Sherlock – what can I say? I still rewatch this every time. I love when stuff makes me think. Still waiting for that next season. If you are a fan, you know we can wait forever for the seasons.

12 Years a Slave – if you did not watch this, you are not Kenyan. The Lupita factor aside, there’s always a beauty in historical movies. I cried, like in every other movie that I watch.

Pitch Perfect – talk about an awesome movie! You know a movie is awesome when you Google stuff about it immediately after. Fat Amy rocks from here to Timbuktu!

Fat Amy: You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave. 😀

The Walking Dead – I don’t know why, but I decided to watch this. I almost gave up when Sophia was discovered in the barn. Then when cannot-remember-his-name killed his best friend. I finally gave up in season 2 or 3. Not sure. The prison season. I cannot understand how people still watch it.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – B.O.R.I.N.G. What?! Only reason I watched it was because ‘John Watson’ is in it. The dwarves singing is all I can remember. Pretty neat.

Modern Family – never gets old.

Once Upon a Time – still watching. You know a series is awesome when I mention it in a post on this blog.

Jobs – what can I say about this one? Wicked.

The Blacklist – gave up. Yeah, lacks the oomph.

2 Guns – eeerrr. Only because Denzel was in it.

Frozen – all my Sunday school babies have watched this thing and they sing the song whenever you ask them to present something in front of the class. I don’t get it. I simply don’t. All the same, Olaf was awesome!Olaf_from_Disney_Frozen

The Internship – EPIC FAIL. The Google credits roll was on point though.

Gravity – maybe it’s because I did not watch it big screen. That will be all.

Les Miserables – now this was an epic musical!

Suits – always about Jessica’s wardrobe. When I grow up, I will dress like her.Jessica wardrobe S04E07

The Bucket List – old movies rock.

Despicable Me 2 – always on point, minions.

Homefront – you can do better than this, Jason Statham.

There Will Be Blood – okay, Daniel Day-Lewis, I don’t know how you won an Oscar with this but I simply did not feel it. Sometimes, old movies do suck.

Revenge – nope. I lost interest. There was a time I watched for the clothes, just like Scandal, but you have to give me more than clothes.

Intelligence – so between trying to remember the chick was Red from Once Upon a Time and the series being cancelled, I actually thought it was awesome.

World War Z – Brad Pitt, you can never go wrong with this guy, no matter how much I don’t like him.

White House Down – for a movie to watch with kids, it was great. Much, much better than Olympus Has Fallen. Sorry, Gerard.

Lone Survivor – double Whoa. Putting the cussing aside, the whole rescue of an American soldier by the Afghan was amazing. Made me Google the story. There are conflicting reports about what really went down but it did go down for real.

Under the Dome – first of all, that opening with the cow being slashed, not cool, Stephen King and company. Other than that, it’s watchable. It drew me in good.

Invictus – I did not know about this part of Mandela’s history. It’s a great movie! Another old movie that rocks.

The Fifth Estate – Just to be clear, I watched this because of Benedict Cumberbatch. I am also a little intrigued by Wikileaks. Other than that, it was an average movie.

The Words – 1. Bradley Cooper. 2. A movie about writing. What else do I need in a movie?

The Fault in Our Stars – the only bad thing about reading a book before watching a movie is that the latter seems inferior in comparison. All the same, the movie still made me cry. And that is all I need from a movie to know its good enough.

I decided to watch old movies towards the end of this year, thanks to my brother’s influence. Needless to say, I will go on with the same trend.

Field of Dreams – WEIRD.

The Hurricane – another true story with conflicting viewpoints. All the same, Denzel was perfect. The story too. Of course I cried.

“…sometimes we don’t pick the books we read, they pick us.”

Good Will Hunting – I wish I could say I loved this one, but I didn’t.

Schindler’s List – now this is what I am talking about! 3 hours of nothing but great history in black and white. All the time I was thinking, man, this guy looks like Liam Neeson. Of course it was him. And it is based on a true story. The all-time heart-wrenching Holocaust. You can never go wrong with Steven Spielberg.

A Few Good Men – well, it was not as good as IMDb made it sound, but it was interesting.

Captain Phillips – I did not watch this in the best position because of work (and to think I was on leave) but I did like it. It’s about and American captain protecting his ship and men from Somali pirates. True story. Thanks to Aviation TV. Psst, Aviation has great movies. Recent movies. Forget your mainstream analogue TV stations who are still airing the same Christmas movies you’ve watched since the 90s. Trust me.

People Like Us – I ignored this movie for the longest time. It’s been on my disk space since campus days. It’s a nice movie. Watch it. I recommended it to someone and he ended up writing a poem. 🙂

The Newsroom – a moment of silence for the fallen giant. I will miss you all, Will, MacKenzie, Jim, Maggie, Sloan, Don, Neal… This was the end of, probably, one of my best TV series in a long time. They always cancel everything I love. Am I weird? You know what, Aaron Sorkin, I am waiting for you to write another epic series. Thanks.

Edge of Tomorrow – well, I love this kind of concepts. Plus Tom Cruise if still fly. Good movie.

Gotham – bro made me watch this. Plus IMDb places it as only one of the two 2014 series that made it to the top 10 TV shows of 2014. So that is what I am watching now. And it’s great alright, even if I don’t even like batman much. That is saying a lot about this series.

I remembered all these movies because of tvtag, formerly Getglue, which is now shutting down. Smh. I also watched Noah (smh), Gone Girl, The Departed (annoying), You May Not Kiss the Bride (silly), Heaven is for Real and some others I probably can’t remember because I do not check into tvtag all the time. But basically that was my 2014 in motion pictures.

The Equalizer is still waiting for me, let me see if I will watch it now. My limbs are sore from running around with my cousins yesterday in Machakos. Man, Machakos be pretty! The “free and super clean” public toilets are what got me. But that is a story for another day. I hope you are having a merry Christmas sweethearts!

What did you watch?