We decided that today would be a great day to regroup, reflect and single out the best movies we have seen on screen so far in 2014. The outstanding team of Cinema Blend movie writers have chosen to champion movies both massive and small, passionate and intimate. Even by expanding our list to 10, there are titles we had to leave off of the list.
This week, we're halfway through 2014, and the sounds of the year have made their presence known. I've decided to parse through the year's offerings and find my five favorite scores, the one I've been listening to all year, the ones that both enhance the films they accompany, but also stand on their own wonderfully.
Looking to Oculus, Under The Skin and Rio 2 for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted horror, mind-bending science fiction, and high-flying animated adventures.
No fooling, cinema-goers, April is the first month of 2014 that is absolutely stocked to the gills with (hopefully) quality movies in every genre imaginable. I mean, we know some of these movies are going to stink, but the ratio of success to failure will likely be in our favor.
The marketing campaign behind A24’s Under the Skin has had a hard time of it, only able to rely on a subdued mix of Scarlett Johansson’s sexuality and atmospheric visual oddities, as its storyline and approach don’t lend themselves well to hooking huge audiences all at once.
Glazer, who directed Sexy Beast and Birth, uses this original scenario to ask vital questions about how we perceive each other… and ourselves. Under the Skin is exhilarating and weird, but it’s arresting in the way he plays with sound and visuals to keep us invested in his world.
Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as a predatory alien, and while it primarily left the film-fest circuit known as the movie where the Avenger gets naked – a lot – Glazer’s film goes to great lengths to say a lot about how people are judged by their superficial features.
A24 is a new distribution company, having only made its debut in last spring with the US release of Sally Potter's gorgeous coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa. But they have quickly established a reputation for selecting seriously superb indie cinema, and they've set new release dates.
The story centers on an extra-terrestrial focused on finding lone males and luring them back to her strange home where black goop devours them... and I’m really not sure what happens from there. She’s lonely, and beautiful, and the film is also about those things, I think. I really want to know as little about the movie as possible by the time it comes out in theaters.
Adapted from Michel Faber’s unsettling 2001 debut novel of the same name, the film centers on Isserley (Scarlett Johansson), a woman who takes a journey through Scotland preying upon big burly hitchhikers. She’s not just any old female captor, however. She’s an extraterrestrial in human form.
Scarlett Johansson is set to star in a science fiction film where she’ll play an extraterrestrial disguised as a woman, a really, really hot woman. She’ll use her Scarlett Johansson good looks to wander the remote areas of the world seducing