Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Highest-grossing films of 2014

Highest-grossing films of 2014

Rank Title Studio World wide gross
1 Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount Pictures $1,104,404,499
2 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema / MGM $955,113,783
3 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios $774,176,600
4 Maleficent Walt Disney Pictures $758,654,942
5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Lionsgate Films $752,100,229
6 X-Men: Days of Future Past 20th Century Fox $748,121,534
7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Marvel Studios $714,766,572
8 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Columbia Pictures $708,982,323
9 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 20th Century Fox $708,835,589
10 Interstellar Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros. $672,974,414

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Whiplash


Whiplash

Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the film depicts the relationship between an ambitious jazz student (Teller) and an abusive instructor (Simmons). Paul Reiser and Melissa Benoist co-star as the student's father and love interest respectively. The film opened in limited release domestically in the US and Canada on October 10, 2014, gradually expanding to over 500 screens and finally closing after 24 weeks on March 26, 2015. Over this time the film grossed $33.1 million against a production budget of $3.3 million.

Whiplash premiered in competition in the US Dramatic Category at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 2014, as the festival's opening film. Sony Pictures Worldwide acquired the international distribution rights. At the 87th Academy Awards, Whiplash won Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz student at Shaffer who plays the drums.
J. K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher, the jazz instructor at Shaffer.
Paul Reiser as Jim Neiman, Andrew's father, a high school teacher.
Melissa Benoist as Nicole, a movie theater concessionist, who becomes Andrew's girlfriend.
Austin Stowell as Ryan Connolly, another student drummer who later joins Fletcher's class.
Nate Lang as Carl Tanner, the original core drummer in Fletcher's class.
Chris Mulkey as Uncle Frank, Andrew's uncle.
Jayson Blair as Travis
Kavita Patil as Sophie
Michael Cohen as Stagehand Dunellen
Kofi Siriboe as Greg
Suanne Spoke as Aunt Emma
April Grace as Rachel Bornholdt

Monday, June 8, 2015

Birdman

 We just watched Birdman this weekend, what a weird and wonderful film!

You can buy it on blu-ray here.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), commonly referred to as simply Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The story follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor famous for his role as superhero Birdman, as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

Most of Birdman appears as if filmed in a single shot, an idea Iñárritu had from the film's conception. Such an effect required an atypical production approach, with many elements of post-production requiring consideration before principal photography; the script took two years to write, the cast went through several weeks of meticulous rehearsals, and during shooting takes were cut for the slightest mishaps. The film was shot in New York City during the spring of 2013 with a budget of $16.5 million jointly financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, New Regency Pictures and Worldview Entertainment. It premiered the following year in August where it opened the 71st Venice International Film Festival.

Birdman had a limited theatrical release in the United States on October 17, 2014, followed by a wide release on November 14 which has grossed more than $103 million worldwide. The film garnered wide critical acclaim, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with the Best Director for González Iñárritu, the Best Original Screenplay, and the Best Cinematography from a total of nine nominations, tying it with The Grand Budapest Hotel for being the most nominated film of the Academy's 87th annual awards ceremony. It also won the Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Keaton and Best Screenplay at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.