Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2014
Another one of those movies where high praise may have gotten in the way, but expectations were met… and even feelings were had. Despite the film being about a young man’s journey to overcome his overbearing father’s figure.
9. Auntie Mame
I usually do a LOT of my movie-watching late at night, and test a movie’s ability to keep me up for 2hrs or more. This had me howling at 2-3am because Rosalind Russell is THAT great. No other scene had me cackling as this telephone scene, and I can only picture Russell doing that.
I was an Aamir Khan skeptic. But after 3 Idiots and Lagaan (and Talaash), my opinion of him shifted. Lagaan had been nominated for a Best Foreign Oscar nod the same year Amelie was nominated. And it works, it entertains (kinda started liking cricket after it), and Rahman once again marvels with his music.
The only fault I found with the movie is when the Bollywood “Indian-ness” has a shift to accommodate Rachel Shelley’s (Rachell Shelley is in it!!!) English-ness music interlude. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an English-based musical with a straight up aristocratic pop 1890s soundtrack. lol
6. Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女)
I really enjoyed watching Ang Lee’s Father Knows Best trilogy, but I had a weakness for Eat Drink Man Woman because it’s also SO focused on food. I think it’s the ultimate Food Film. It’s riddled with complicated family relationships and showcases food in such a balanced way that is the most perfect movie on food I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.