5 Favorite Movies of 2014

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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get out to the theater as much as I would like — for reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that the movie ticket prices in NYC don’t help me stick to my budget. However, thanks to VOD and DVD releases, I did manage to catch many of the movies I was excited to see in 2014. It was a fantastic year for Marvel Studios blockbusters, a rather lackluster year for young adult novels-turned-movies, and a particularly good year for Veronica Mars fans.

Although my list may not be comprised of the best movies released in 2014 (many of which I’m guilty of missing), these are my five favorites from the year that I’ll surely be rewatching even through 2015.

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Why the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie is Perfect (for Fans)

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Photo via TV Line

It was a long wait for Veronica Mars fans, but finally this past weekend, the movie premiered in theaters around the world. As a television series, Veronica Mars ran for three seasons in 2004-2007. The show followed plucky teenaged investigator, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), as she solved cases and generally caused trouble for all criminals in the fictional seaside town of Neptune, California. Veronica made plenty of enemies in her time at Neptune High, as well as her brief stint at Hearst College. However, it’s Veronica’s faithful friends–or, you know, people she coerced into doing her a favor–who helped her survive both high school and freshman year of college: her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni), her best friend Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III), Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie (Tina Majorino), Eli “Weevil” Navarro (Francis Capra), Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), Stosh “Piz” Piznarski (Chris Lowell), and of course Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen).

Photo via Kickstarter

Photo via Kickstarter

Last year, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a movie continuation of Veronica’s story. Since the show was cancelled after only three seasons–and the final episode “The Bitch Is Back” left fans with so many questions–The Veronica Mars Movie Project quickly raised the money. In four hours and 24 minutes, the project raised $1 million; in less than 10 hours, the project reached it’s goal of $2 million. On April 12, 2013, when the campaign ended, over 90,000 backers had pledged over $5.7 million for Veronica Mars. On March 14, the film premiered in theaters and fans were able to revisit their favorite teenaged private eye one more time. Though the movie may not appeal to those who failed to watch the original series, it was everything fans could have wanted (and possibly a bit more).

Attention: there will be MAJOR SPOILERS in this post. 

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Give Me All the Platonic Men & Women Bromances on TV

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Photo via The Examiner

Bromance is not exclusive to dudes: two girls can have a bromance or a guy and a girl can have a bromance. Bromances on TV are loving friendships between two people and sometimes they’re even more interesting to watch than plain, old, romances. But the best bromances are the platonic heterosexual partnerships found on TV shows new and old. Hetereosexual friendships on television are often more interesting when the writers don’t inject it with a dose of cliche romance. Sure, sometimes viewers want TV partners to get together–Scully and Mulder from The X-Files for instance–but I for one am sick of seeing heterosexual friendships and partnerships begin to develop or acknowledge feelings for each other for the sake of drama.

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Photo via Fanpop

There have been plenty of successful platonic partnerships on TV that haven’t gone anywhere. Zoe Washburne and Mal Reynolds from Firefly; Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and Veronica Mars and Wallace Fennel from Veronica Mars the television series (as well as the upcoming Veronica Mars film!) Although none of these partnerships are still on TV–Olivia has a new partner while Firefly and Veronica Mars were cancelled–they showed that platonic partnerships can be more interesting than romantic relationships. Now more than ever, it seems Hollywood has realized that these types of friendships, partnerships, and bromances can work on TV. So, I thought I’d pay homage to the onces I love the most.

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Casts

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Behind the scenes of 'Teen Wolf's EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

Behind the scenes of ‘Teen Wolf’s EW photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of EW on Instagram.)

One of the best things about San Diego Comic-Con–aside from the announcements, the sneak peaks, and the exclusive footage–are all the interviews with actors across the board of television and movies. The interview schedule for all these actors must be fairly grueling; they move from interview to panel to interview (and maybe to another panel if they’re part of multiple projects.) But as a fan, I’m thankful to all these stars for their hard work and it’s nice to get to know a little bit more about the people behind my favorite fictional characters. As I said in my previous Comic-Con post, I didn’t attend SDCC, but I did read about and watch a lot of interviews and panels with some of my favorite casts–plus there are plenty of gif-sets circulating Tumblr.

From all that I’ve seen, I learned some new things about the performers on my favorite shows. For instance, some actors are much bigger geeks than I would have guessed–the two that come to mind are Charlie Carver (who plays Ethan on Teen Wolf) and Rob Kazinsky (Warlow on True Blood and Chuck Hansen in Pacific Rim.) These two might actually be geekier than a lot of the fans walking the floor of Comic-Con. Seriously, SDCC is a great time to understand that the people behind all these fantastic characters in movies and television are people too–wonderful, beautiful people that I’m sure any fan would love to hang out with. For me, here are the actors/full casts that I fell in love with a little bit more through SDCC 2013.

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The Best of SDCC 2013: Sneak Peaks

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Seriously, one of these years I'm going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

Seriously, one of these years I’m going to actually attend SDCC. (Photo courtesy of Comic-con.org)

All nerds, dorks, and geeks can agree on one thing: San Diego Comic-Con is better than any holiday during the year. It’s that wonderful time when fans of anything remotely geeky or cult-ish can come together, wait in massive lines, and watch actors, writers, producers, artists, etc. talk about their favorite television shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, novels and anything else. Fans can also ask questions during many panels or line up to meet the stars in signing events. For those of us who–tragically–could not attend SDCC this year, we get to watch the interviews and panels online either through sites that provided a live stream or after the fact when a kind soul has videotaped an event and posted it online. (In all seriousness, I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who records the events for the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Too bad we have to wait two years. (Photo courtesy of Collider.)

Since SDCC is easily the biggest event in geek culture each year, those behind the scenes of all our favorite geeky projects usually take this chance to release special footage or make big announcements. This year was no different. Before the con, the makers of Divergent and Legend of Korra teased that they would show some exclusive footage during their panels, and the movie studios usually make some big announcements. The Marvel Studios panel is one of Comic-Con’s biggest attractions and they promised to screen some footage from their upcoming films–Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy–but as an additional treat, they released the title for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although it was difficult to pick the best announcements, sneak peaks, and trailer releases from the convention this weekend, especially because I still feel slightly overwhelmed by all the amazing information that came out, here’s what made me scream with fan-girlish joy.

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