Recent Favourites

by tbsteele | created - 09 Oct 2014 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

I watch a lot of movies and some TV, so here are my favourites I have seen recently!

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1. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 794,608 | Gross: $167.77M

Amazing. I read the novel, and it was perfect. Everything about the movie I loved. Please watch this movie. 10/10

2. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,368,632 | Gross: $188.02M

I am in awe of this film. It was perfection. I heard so many things about this movie and thought, "Could it really be THAT good?" Um.. yes. It was better. I wish I could give it a bigger rating than 10/10.

3. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook

Votes: 233,129 | Gross: $21.38M

I saw this one in the theatres, and although it came out two years ago, I am always thinking about this movie. I adore it, the plot, the characters, everything. 10/10

4. Short Term 12 (2013)

R | 96 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever

Votes: 76,346 | Gross: $1.01M

I wasn't expecting to love this movie so much, but I did. It was so heartwarming in a melancholic way. I really recommend this movie if you wish to have the feels. 9/10

5. The Maze Runner (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 397,551 | Gross: $102.43M

Read this as well, and this was a great movie. I was entertained the whole time! Really awesome, action filled movie! 8.5/10

6. Maleficent (2014)

PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Family

56 Metascore

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville

Votes: 324,765 | Gross: $241.41M

I have always loved the character Maleficent ever since I saw Sleeping Beauty when I was a kid. So this lived up to my expectations! 8.5/10

7. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 144 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim, Joon-Hyuk Lee

Votes: 99,000 | Gross: $0.13M

I watch a ton of horror films, but this was one of the more gory ones I've seen lately. Very good storyline, action-filled, and shocking. Great cat and mouse film. 8/10

8. American Horror Story (2011– )
Episode: Monsters Among Us (2014)

TV-MA | 61 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

After their mother's murder, conjoined twins Bette and Dot are hired by struggling freak show owner Elsa Mars.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Michael Chiklis, Frances Conroy

Votes: 4,862

Of course I watched this when it came out after being long anticipated and it was SO freaky. That clown.. wow. 10/10

9. What If (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

Director: Michael Dowse | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver

Votes: 66,347 | Gross: $3.45M

Super cute and quirky. Well done. 8/10

10. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 181,857 | Gross: $0.92M

So artistic and beautifully filmed, while having rather dark and eerie subject matter. A perfect "horror" film. 9.5/10

11. Horns (2013)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his forehead.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson

Votes: 72,687 | Gross: $0.16M

Way better than I expected! I loved how dark and twisted it was, while also having some humour to it. 8/10

12. Enemy (2013)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 151,576 | Gross: $1.01M

I just keep loving Jake Gyllenhaal more and more. This movie was amazing, and once you find out the true meaning behind it (I had to do some research and use my English class skills to figure it out) its perfect. 9/10

13. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,084,765 | Gross: $116.90M

Okay, this movie was insane start to finish. It took a while for me to agree to watch it for who knows why, but I am so glad I did. 9.5/10

14. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 193,664 | Gross: $14.67M

Amazing. Nothing what I was expecting! Really quirky, independent, unique, and truly creepy. Like, SUPER creepy. Basically it was a nightmare but I loved it so much. And the music was perfect and a really nice 80's horror homage twist I liked quite a bit. 10/10

15. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 653,082 | Gross: $13.09M

16. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 425,581 | Gross: $32.38M

17. Maps to the Stars (2014)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack

Votes: 35,999 | Gross: $0.35M

18. The Night Of (2016)

TV-MA | 525 min | Crime, Drama

After a night of partying with a woman he picked up, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

Stars: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro, Bill Camp, Amara Karan

Votes: 105,615

19. Sex Education (2019– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Drama

A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

Stars: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey

Votes: 95,392

20. You (2018– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.

Stars: Penn Badgley, Ambyr Childers, Victoria Pedretti, Elizabeth Lail

Votes: 98,048

21. Russian Doll (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.

Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 52,653

22. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

A housewife in the 1960s decides to become a stand-up comic.

Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 60,315

23. PEN15 (2019– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

The comedic story of middle school seen through the eyes of two 7th grade girls dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager.

Stars: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine, Melora Walters

Votes: 3,090

24. Midsommar (I) (2019)

R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 105,250 | Gross: $27.33M

25. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 190,610 | Gross: $44.07M



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