365 Movies By Day Reviews of Movies I Watch that I Feel Like Writing About


A Most Violent Year (2014)

The best movie of 2014 that has really flown under the radar is, without a doubt, J.C. Chandor's (All Is Lost, Margin Call) A Most Violent Year. This movie, as I will mention in the paragraphs below, is subtly amazing. But before I get into the movie, I want to talk about Chandor. This guy is quietly establishing himself as a master of two crafts. This is just his third movie, but it is his third that he has both directed and written the screenplay for. And all three movies have earned at least 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes though none of them earned more than $8 million at the box office. All three movies are completely unique from one another and Chandor has already had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood (Robert Redford, Kevin Space, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Oscar Isaac, David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, and Albert Brooks). He has already signed on Mark Wahlberg to star in his next project. And while All Is Lost and Margin Call were both amazing movie experiences, A Most Violent Year is Chandor's crowning achievement to date.


All Is Lost (2013)

The trailer for J.C. Chandor's (Margin Call, A Most Violent Year) All Is Lost was absolutely incredible. It shows a man Robert Redford (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) sailing his yacht in the middle of the sea. He has a smile on his face. The sun is shining brightly. The wind is blowing lightly through his hair. The shots of him are broken by black frame credits that say "Alone at Sea", "A Man Has Only Himself", and "His Will To Survive". And then we go to a shot of him sleeping in his cabin. Seconds later, water comes gushing in and it's obvious he has crashed into something. Then we see all hell breaking loose, including high waves, heavy rain, his belongings crashing off the walls as a result of the yacht being rocked back and forth and all around, his yacht capsizing, him saying goodbye to his yacht from a raft, unsuccessful attempts at making S.O.S. calls, and flare guns being shot into the night sky. All the while, critical praise is being flashed on the screen, making it seem like this movie might be the most suspenseful movie ever made. It's not, but the trailer makes it look that way. Check it out here.