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The 4th Annual JKIRE Awards

Welcome to the 4th Annual JKIRE Awards! It’s just like the Golden Globes except without a tv broadcast, interaction with the people receiving the awards, or any tangible manifestation of the reward. Check out 2013, 2012 and 2011‘s awards!

Best TV Series and Best New TV Series – True Detective
Incredibly well made in every way, it must be seen by anyone interested in the crime/mystery genre.

Best Film – Birdman
The best made film of the year overall, however my favorite film of the year is The Gambler.

Best Podcast – Mysterious Universe
Still my favorite, I’ve been an MU+ subscriber all year.

Best Sci-Fi Film – Interstellar

Best Comedy Film – 22 Jump Street

Best Horror Film – The Babadook

Best Animated Film – Big Hero 6

Best Comedy TV Series – Veep
Runner-Up – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best New Comedy TV Series – Silicon Valley
HBO is killing it

Best Reality Competition Series – The Amazing Race
The pring season was fantastic with a perfect ending. The fall season was quite a bit more satisfying overall than the fall season of Survivor.

Best Actor: Michael Keaton
Incredible job in Birdman, and one of the best things about RoboCop

Best Actress: Scarlett Johansson
I enjoyed every film I saw her in this year.

Best Animated TV Show – Bob’s Burgers


Movies I Saw In 2014

Wow, last year I saw 49 new movies in the theater, this year I saw at least 71 (I keep remembering more independent films that weren’t on the list of 2014 releases I used for reference, I seriously keep updating this number) plus a bunch of special events like Ghostbusters, Memento, a bunch of anime, Dismember the Alamo quadruple feature… I’m not including all that stuf fon this list though, it may very well double the list. This year I’m also going to list them roughly in order of my favorite to least favorite! Here it goes….

  1. The Gambler – I really can’t quite explain why I loved this movie so much.
  2. Interstellar – Amazingly shot, great music, loved the story. Saw it three times in the theater. Must win all of the technical awards, except cinematography which has to go to…
  3. Birdman – Best made film of the year, it must win all of the awards. The top three are very close, hard to decide. Saw it in the theater twice.
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy – So funny, so well made. Saw it three times in the theater.
  5. Snowpiercer – Chris Evans is great, really well executed sci-fi action. Saw in the theater three times.
  6. Edge of Tomorrow – Also really well executed sci-fi action, and really funny. Saw it three times I think?
  7. Whiplash – So so so so good. Anyone who has played music of any kind needs to see it.
  8. 22 Jump Street – best comedy of the year, and best comedy sequel ever.
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – This is a really great action thriller. Forget about it being a comic book movie, it just happens to be about comic book characters. And Scarlett Johannson…
  10. Gone Girl – Really great mystery film, glad I knew nothing about the plot when I saw it.
  11. X-Men: Days of Future Past – Best X-Men film yet, it came out before Edge of Tomorrow so I thought it was awesome… but then Edge of Tomorrow came out and did something with time travel I enjoyed even more.
  12. John Wick – Really great action film. We need more of this.
  13. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – I love Dragon Ball, that’s all there is to it!
  14. Big Hero 6 – Best kids movie I saw this year (of the three)
  15. Lucy – So weird and awesome! And Scarlett Johansson…
  16. The Raid 2 – Amazing action, a bit slower paced than the first film.
  17. Under The Skin – So weird and creepy! And Scarlett Johansson…
  18. Nightcrawler – Didn’t know much about it, turned out to be great!
  19. The Interview – So much hype. Possibly overhype. I really enjoyed it. Puppies!
  20. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – pretty good action but I got distracted by the CGI too much.
  21. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – Didn’t see any of the films until a couple days before I saw this one. Really like them all, looking forward to the final film!
  22. The Babadook – Great horror film, Australian, different, fun.
  23. Horrible Bosses 2 – Really funny, on the same level as last year’s We’re The Millers
  24. Locke – Great film consisting entirely of Tom Hardy in a car. Well done.
  25. The Maze Runner – I knew nothing about the books and ended up really enjoying it, I can’t wait for the second installment.
  26. Fury – New favorite war film.
  27. The Lego Movie – This probably should be further up on the list but I saw it so long ago… Very good!
  28. Men, Women & Children – A great recommendation from Maggie! I really like a lot of people in the cast and they did a great job.
  29. The Purge: Anarchy – Great followup to the first film, lots of good action and interesting further exploration of the Purge world.
  30. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – So much better than Rise, a really solid sci-fi film.
  31. Noah – I really liked this rock monsters and all.
  32. Hercules – I really liked this Rock monster and all.
  33. Exodus: Gods and Kings – I really liked this despite a lack of rock monsters.
  34. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson. Fun, stylized, and it’s a heist so I can’t really dislike it!
  35. The Fault in Our Stars – Good recommendation from Maggie. Bit of a bummer, but glad I saw it.
  36. This Is Where I Leave You – Pretty good ensemble comedy, Jason Bateman doing his thing. Works better in HB2 though.
  37. Godzilla – Godzilla was awesome, the people were not.
  38. Transformers: Age of Extinction – Cool robot fights. I like Mark Wahlburg and T.J. Miller. Otherwise, nothing out of this world… That might be a joke in reference to the movie with the robots coming from space or something I don’t know.
  39. Chef – Funny, heartwarming, food! And Scarlett Johansson….
  40. Calvary – Very dark comedy, some might think less of you for thinking it was very funny.
  41. Neighbors – Not a dark comedy, some might think less of you for thinking it was very funny.
  42. Oculus – I almost forgot about this one, this was like the only horro film for the first three months of the year. I enjoyed it!
  43. Annabelle – Great prequel/spinoff of the Conjuring. I really just want to see The Conjuring 2 though.
  44. Horns – Pretty solid horror/fantasy.
  45. Foxcatcher – Very well made. Made me anxious/stressed pretty much the entire time.
  46. Dumb and Dumber To – Very funny, very dumb, hard to live up to a comedy classic.
  47. The November Man – Unexpectedly good, looking forward to any sequels though it is nothing groundbreaking.
  48. The Skeleton Twins – Pretty good but kind of a bummer for me.
  49. A Million Ways to Die in the West – Funny and dumb, but met/exceeded my expectations. Glad I saw it. Honestly only the last three movies on this list did I actually not enjoy.
  50. The Equalizer – Pretty decent, some aspects of it didn’t make sense, but I enjoyed it.
  51. Deliver Us from Evil – Nice mid-summer horror film
  52. Laggies – Decent comedy, I always enjoy Sam Rockwell
  53. Blended – Less zany than other recent Adam Sandler films, had a bit of hear to it
  54. The Book of Life – Decent children’s film, great unique animation, I wouldn’t run out to see it again or anything though.
  55. St. Vincent – Pretty good, but something a bit off about it.
  56. The Monuments Men – Some great moments, but was expecting more of an Ocean’s Eleven in WWII Europe.
  57. RoboCop – It was pretty entertaining but I didn’t care for some of the characters. Mainly RoboCop.
  58. Tusk – Entertaining but gross and weird. Great story behind it being made.
  59. The Judge – Pretty good but a bit all over the place and tough for me to watch at times.
  60. Rosewater – Pretty good but not subject matter that I get pulled in by.
  61. Non-Stop – Taken on a plane. I think I would have enjoyed this more later in the year after I had seen Taken and Taken 2.
  62. The Pyramid – Some cool stuff… but shouldn’t have been a found footage film.
  63. The Theory of Everything – Nice story, well acted, but I feel like there were at least 62 more entertaining films that came out this year! Also blue and blue then red then more blue.
  64. Jessabelle – Oh boy.
  65. Ouija – Well, it was, hmm…
  66. Fed Up – Ah, well you see….
  67. Reach Me – Okay…
  68. Before I Go to Sleep – Now you’re not even trying…
  69. The Signal – No, please stop.
  70. By The Gun – Seriously, stop.
  71. America: Imagine A World Without Her – ….

The 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards

Welcome to the 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards! It’s just like the Golden Globes except without a tv broadcast, interaction with the people receiving the awards, or any tangible manifestation of the reward. Check out last year’s awards, and the year before that!

Best New TV Series – Almost Human
This fall I haven’t been nearly as on top of television as I have in the last few years, but luckily I was turned on to this delightful sci-fi buddy cop show from some of the people who brought us the amazing Fringe. It’s funny, has tons of action, and Karl Urban is legend. Urban legend. Yep.
Runner-up – Orphan Black Holy cow this show is great. Actually I could swap these. They both win.
Co-Winner – Orphan Black!

Best Movie – Gravity
I can’t say enough how much I love this movie. That’s all.
Runner-up – Rush This took me by surprise. That’s not entirely true, I finally went to see it after it had been out for a while because I had heard it was great. I wanted to see for myself. It was great. I can’t wait to see and own both of these movies on Blu-ray.
Honorable Mention – We’re the Millers I also didn’t expect this to be as good as it was. I unfortunately didn’t see it in theaters, but I feel like it delighted me more than the other excellent comedies I saw this year This is the End, The Heat and Bad Grandpa.

Best Podcast – Mysterious Universe
I’m a proud MU Plus subscriber, how can this not be my favorite podcast? A new podcast I started listening to this year that’s worth checking out is The Star Wars Minute. I’ll also shout out to Doug Loves Movies and Doug Loves Minis since I was present for the Benson Interruption of Lethal Weapon!

Best Sci-Fi TV Show – Almost Human
Of course.
Runner-up – Orphan Black Damn it this problem again….
Co-Winner – Orphan Black!

Best Non-Sci-Fi Show – Breaking Bad
Do I even need to explain this?

Best Non-Sci-Fi non-AMC Show – Justified
Yet again. Last season was fantastic as always, and the new season starts TONIGHT! Yes!

Best Animated Film – Did Wreck-It Ralph come out in 2013? I guess that. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 3 was pretty good but totally insane. Eh, why did I even carry over this category…

Best Sci-Fi Film – Thor The Dark World
This is my favorite Marvel film so far and the action sequences were fantastic. If the new Star Wars comes close with it’s dogfights and lightsaber battles I will be happy.
Runner-up – Star Trek Into Darkness I just realized that I did see this in theaters and didn’t include it in my list of movies I saw in 2013. If you consider Gravity a sci-fi film then obviously it wins this category, but it doesn’t contain anything that doesn’t exist in the real world so I just see it as fiction.

Best Reality Competition Show – Survivor
Of course. No runner-up this year because I have only seen the first few episodes of Amazing Race’s spring season, and haven’t watched any of the fall season.

Best Actor – Bryan Cranston

Best Actress – Tatiana Maslany
Wow. What she pulls off on Orphan Black… Wow. Also she was on Parks and Rec. That’s an automatic ten point boost.

Best New TV Comedy – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
If you haven’t seen this yet CHECK IT OUT. I hope this show lasts a long, long time. It has all the greatness of Parks and Rec without any of Office-y stuff (the documentary style).

Best TV Comedy – Parks and Recreation
You should always see this coming.

Best Animated TV Show – Bob’s Burgers
This is the only animated show I watched this year so I had to choose it, but I’m sure I would choose it anyway! No runner-up because I have yet to watch the latest season of Archer.

That concludes the 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards! If you have other categories you’d like me to weigh in on please leave a comment and I will add it!

My Heist Film Criteria

I’ve been thinking a lot about heist films lately and figured it was time that I established a set of criteria that I can use to determine whether something is a heist film or not. I have come up with three criteria. If a movie’s primary story contains at least two of the following then I consider it a heist film.

1) a plan or a hunt (examples: break into a high security vault or follow a trail of clues to find a treasure)

2) a rescue or an escape (examples: rescue a princess or escape from a prison)

3) a theft or a plant (examples: steal some diamonds or plant an incriminating document)

Simple as that. Stay tuned for more about the importance of this…