This Month In Media: November 2014

There are a lot of good movies out there right now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have some free time this month to get out and see them. Interstellar lived up to the hype for me, but I’m a big mark for Christopher Nolan, so that’s no big surprise. I really enjoyed Big Hero 6, and was surprised when it got to the credits and I saw that Scott Adsit (Pete from 30 Rock) was the voice of Baymax. I think it was a smart move to get someone who’s a great improviser for that role, because it gave them a lot of room to play and make Baymax’s personality really stand out. Gone Girl was a great adaptation of the book; very true to both the content and tone (that’s what happens when you let the author also write the screenplay.)

Finally, John Wick was the big surprise for me. I wasn’t expecting much more than a mindless action movie, which it kinda was in the sense that the story was just a simple revenge story. But that’s really all it needed to be, because it had a great cast and some of the best action scenes I’ve seen in recent memory. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that they let you actually SEE the fight scenes, rather than hide it all behind edits.

Movies:

  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • John Wick (2014)
  • World War Z (2013)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

Books:

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne (audiobook)

Music:

  • Butch Walker – “Battle Vs. The War”
  • Fall Out Boy – “Immortals”
  • Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night to End”
  • OneRepublic – “Something I Need”

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