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The Cinema Monster Update & 2014 Roundup Part 1


This post officially puts an end to The Cinema Monster’s hiatus of 2014! If you hadn’t noticed, I’d neglected the site for roughly two months, for a variety of reasons, the most prominent of which was a lack of passion. Writing reviews simply became too much of a chore, I’d lost any remaing drive and decided to set my most beloved hobby aside for a while. I won’t bore you with the several other aspects that led to The Cinema Monster being pushed to the backburner, just know that from here on out I will do my utmost to post content…weekly, at the very least.

I don’t have any reviews completed at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching flicks. I’ve kept up with the cinematic universe during my absence and have nearly seen every film I set out to in 2014, with the exception of an important few. For now, I will simply list the films I’ve seen below with my rating alongside. I will do my best to get reviews posted for each film listed, but that will take some time. However, I plan on reviewing each film I see in 2015 as close to their release as possible, so I never fall behind again.

Sometime before the end of the month, I’ve scheduled the second half of my 2014 roundup, once I’ve seen the remaining films on my list. Next week, The Cinematic Katzenjammer, a site I contribute to, will be publishing a summary of our most anticipated films in 2015 which I will reblog for your viewing. Additionally, I have two new Vote! polls that I hope to release sometime next week, which I hope you all will participate in. Finally, I’m currently scrambling together my list of 2014’s best films, which I will also publish before the end of the month, again, once I finish seeing the remaining films on my list.

Over the next couple of weeks, expect the appearance of The Cinema Monster to change as well. And before I forget, a post laying out the Oscar nominations and my predictions will also be out before the month’s end. I know there’s a lot to catch up on and digest here, but I hope you’ll stick it out with me. I pray I didn’t lose too much of you during my unwarranted absence, please feel free to lay into me in the comment section below. The truth is, I missed this more than I’d care to admit and I need to get this site back to where it was before this mess took hold. I will also be catching up on all of your blogs, because simply, I missed you all too damn much. Lastly, I’ve made it my New Years resolution to be more active on Twitter, so follow me (@cinema_monster) if you don’t already.

Now, without further delay, on to the roundup!

’71:  9 out of 10

99 Homes (2015): 8 out of 10

The Babadook: 9 out of 10

Birdman: 9 out of 10

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them: 8 out of 10

The Drop: 8.5 out of 10

Force Majeure: 9 out of 10

Foxcatcher: 8 out of 10

Frank: 8.5 out of 10

Gone Girl: 9 out of 10

The Guest: 9 out of 10

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: 8 out of 10

Inherent Vice: Rating Pending Second Viewing

Interstellar: 9.5 out of 10

Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter (2015): 9 out of 10

Mommy: 9 out of 10

Predestination: 7.5 out of 10

Starred Up: 9 out of 10

Still Alice: 7.5 out of 10

Suburban Gothic: 5.5 out of 10

Two Days, One Night: 8 out of 10