Five for the Fifth: NOVEMBER 2014 Edition


Welcome to FlixChatter’s primary blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Can’t believe this is already the second to last Five for the Fifth of the year! First off, I want to highlight one of my favorite character actor who’s definitely got the leading-man charisma: Sam Rockwell. The California-born actor turns 46 today.


I honestly don’t know when I first spotted Rockwell, as I’ve missed out on a lot of his earlier roles in the 90s. But he’s the kind of actor whose presence is always welcomed as he’s so fun to watch. He certainly lives up to his name as he pretty much rocks well in any role.

There’s a chameleonic ability about him that he can effortlessly portray a repulsive killer in The Green Mile and a goofy & paranoid third-rate actor in Galaxy Quest in the same year. I also love his brief performance as a wrongly-convicted felon in Conviction, a flamboyant, surfer-dude type alien in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as a carefree man-child with a heart of gold in The Way Way Back. He’s memorable even in smaller roles in Iron Man 2 as Tony Stark’s rival weapons manufacturer, that’s as equally charming, sarcastic and witty. In fact, his weapons demo is my fave scene of the whole movie! In fact, someone on youtube actually pitches a spinoff of his character Justin Hammer, and you know what, if they make it, I’d watch it! I’m bummed that I missed Laggies last month at TCFF, and I have yet to see Moon as someone spoiled it for me, but I’d still see it at some point just to see his performance.

So what’s your favorite Sam Rockwell role?


2. I saw a couple of trailers this weekend that piqued my interest. I didn’t realize it until today that both of them have Oscar Isaac in it. I think he’s one talented actor so I’m glad he continues to get a variety of roles that highlight his versatility. Now, first one is A Most Violent Year.

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

There are many things that piqued my interest. Firstly, I love the pairing of Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, both Juilliard grads who’ve made good in Hollywood. It’s also cool to see David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola here, two underrated actors I wish would get more roles. Secondly, the director is J.C. Chandor, it’s his third film that he wrote as well as directed. I was quite impressed by his debut Margin Call, and his sophomore effort was All Is Lost, a one-man show starring Robert Redford. Let’s hope the film is as gripping as the trailer.

The other one is a sci-fi thriller with yet another man-and-machine theme Ex-Machina.

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

This is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine, two of the best sci-fi films that happen to be directed by his frequent collaborator Danny Boyle. Garland also wrote Never Let Me Go which I found really heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. So naturally I’m intrigued by this one and the trailer certainly looks promising. Interesting to see Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander pairing up again after Anna Karenina two years ago.

Does either one of these trailers pique your interest?

3. Happy Movember! The annual mustache-growing event to raise awareness about men’s health issues starts on November 1st. I know there are some folks in my company who does this annually, and as the weather’s turning chillier, I suppose facial hair is like a ‘fur coat for one’s face’ 😀

Truth be told, I’m not really a fan of men with mustaches, but some do look good with ’em and I can’t imagine some actors without their mustache (i.e. Tom Selleck, Nick Offerman, just to name a few). So I thought just for the fun of it, I’d highlight some memorable Movie/TV Mustaches, including several of my own personal favorites.


So who’s your pick(s) of favorite movie/tv mustaches?

4. I literally just spotted this as I’m working on the post last night. According to SlashFilm, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has revealed the 20 animated films that have been submitted and will be eligible for up to five nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at next year’s Oscar! Here’s the list:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • Cheatin
  • Giovanni’s Island
  • Henry and Me
  • The Hero of Color City
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
  • The Lego Movie
  • Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • The Pirate Fairy
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue
  • Rio 2
  • Rocks in My Pockets
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Boy there are SO many I haven’t seen yet but my top 3 are easily The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 in that order. Actually, The Lego Movie and Big Hero 6 are pretty much neck and neck for me, as both are REALLY fun, heartwarming and simply a fantastic piece of entertainment.


I talked about Song of the Sea back in June, but sadly I haven’t seen it yet. I’m also curious about The Book of Life which has been getting some good reviews. As for the rest, some of them I’ve never even heard of and some I simply have no interest in seeing [I’m looking at you Planes: Fire & Rescue].

So which three of these 20 animated features are you rooting for?

5. This month Five for the Fifth’s guest is Josh from The Cinematic Spectacle blog!


The topic is on ensemble-cast movies from the past year. I know I’ve brought up this topic back in April in this discussion about which ensemble cast that fail to deliver. It was inspired by my viewing of All Things To All Men which totally waste talents the likes of Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell and my personal fave Toby Stephens! Of course there are many other ensemble cast movies released in 2014, i.e. Monuments Men, This is Where I Leave You, Grand Budapest Hotel, Expendables 3, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, FURY, Men Women and Children, just to name a few. It’s an eclectic list and some obviously work better than others. But perhaps, some films are still worth seeing just for the cast alone, and sometimes a particular ensemble can actually elevate a so-so film.

So, Josh would like to know … what are your favorite ensemble casts of 2014? 

Well, that’s it for the November 2014 edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 😀

58 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: NOVEMBER 2014 Edition

  1. Ted S.

    1. I like Sam Rockwell too, he’s basically a one man show in Moon so that’s my favorite. Also, he’s very in these films: Matchstick Men, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Seven Psychopaths

    2. I’m intrigued by those two trailers, more for The Most Violent Year. Ex Machina I think might just turn into a slasher film. That’s why I thought Sunshine wasn’t as great as it could’ve been, I loved everything about that film until it became like a Friday the 13th slasher.

    3. I don’t really pay attention to mustaches in movies but I’ll go with Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday in Tombstone.

    4. I have yet to see an animation this year so no answer for this one.

    5. Same with this question, haven’t seen a good movie with ensemble cast.

    1. Hi Ted! I still need to see Moon, even though I already knew the twist of the story which was spoiled for me via a comment I read online 😦 I want to see Matchstick Men too, that’s the one w/ Nic Cage right?

      Yeah, A Most Violent Year looks good, I LOVE Oscar Isaac and I’m glad Hollywood gives him some meaty roles. I hope that slasher stuff doesn’t happen w/ Ex Machina, it’s kind of the same issue I had w/ The Machine as the end became more about a robot killing machine.

      1. Ted S.

        Yeah that’s too bad that someone spoiled Moon for you but then again, it wasn’t like a real shocker you finally find out about his character. It’s still a great film though. Yup Matchstick Men also stars Nick Cage, probably his last great performance before he starts doing crappy action pictures.

  2. You put so much information in these “Five for Five” they could easily be separate posts ;). I look forward to reading them. Hands down, the creepy psychotic in The Green Mile is my fav Sam Rockwell performance. I gotta go with DDL in Gangs of NY. His mustache is very cool. I’d really like to see the sci-fi film by the neo director and the film Ex-Machina. Nothing like a good science fiction to cheer one up. 😉

    1. Hey thanks Cindy! It’s fun working on Five for the Fifth! Rockwell is sooo creepy in The Green Mile wasn’t he? Crazy that he followed that up w/ his goofy turn in Galaxy Quest! DDL’s mustache is da bomb in Gangs of NY! Yep, a good science fiction is always welcomed in my book!

  3. 1. It’s likely Moon, but he’s done so many great ones.

    2. Seems like Ex-Machina is the competing studio concept to The Machine. There’s always something like this. Intrigued.

    3. The one Tom Selleck wore for Magnum, though I’m partial to the one I wear. 😉

    4. The Book of Life, The Lego Movie, and that’s it, and in that order. Haven’t seen Big Hero 6 or How to Train Your Dragon 2, yet.

    5. Easy, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    1. I still need to see Moon but I think I’d agree w/ you, Michael. Rockwell needs to get more leading roles!

      Yeah, even the name is basically the same. I’m intrigued too, we’ll see if a bigger budget mean a better film, it’s never a guarantee.

      Ahhh, so you have a permanent ‘tache so it’s always Movember to you every month then 😉

      The Book of Life looks so charming, and I like the voice cast!

      Great pick, all the actors deliver in that movie, which is nice when that happens!

  4. 1. Sam Rockwell: For me he shines in supporting roles, in smaller films such as The Way Way Back (2013), Box of Moon Light (1996), or Lawn Dogs (1997)

    2. Ex-Machina looks interesting! Another new trailer for a man-and-machine film I saw this week is for Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie, which Pete highlighed:

    5. Best ensemble casts of 2014, good question. Maybe Birdman, Maps to the Stars, or Inherent Vice. I haven’t seen any of those three tho 🙂

    1. Hi ya Chris! I still haven’t seen in the last two Rockwell movies I mentioned. He’s a great character actor, I always love seeing him on screen.

      I actually haven’t seen Chappie yet, somehow I became slightly disappointed w/ Blomkamp since Elysium but I’ll check it out!

      Birdman and Inherent Vice are two of my most anticipated for the rest of 2014, fantastic cast all around there.

      P.S. For some reason my comment on your Prince post went missing, I left that a few days ago I believe.

  5. Stu

    My favourite Sam Rockwell role is Chuck Barris in Confessions Of A Dangerous mind. He owns that movie! I’m intrigued by Ex Machina – it looks like a thoughtful sci fi as opposed to an action-packed one. I think Isaac and Gleeson are both in the new Star Wars film too.
    As for best moustache…I don’t think anyone has ever topped Tom Selleck’s. That moustache was the best actor in Magnum!

    1. Ahhh, another Rockwell movie I’ve missed! I should give Confessions Of A Dangerous a watch one of these days.

      Oh right I forgot Isaac and Gleeson are both in the new Star Wars, very cool! Both of them seem to have their stars rising, deservedly!

      Mwahahaha, yep Tom’s mustache is its own character in Magnum PI indeed!

  6. I missed a lot of Rockwell’s movie.. The only one that stood out for me just when he was in the Iron man and Conffesions of A Dangerous Mind. 😉
    I think the Ex Machina really pick my interest.. Since I’m more into the scifi movie genre..
    Speaking of Magnum, have you seen Blue Blood lately?? He hasn’t change much.. 😄
    For animated movie, I leaned toward How to Trained Dragon 2 and Lego Movie.
    The ensemble cast that I’ve been waiting for is actually one movie called The Immitation Game.. Ok, you probably don’t want to missed Benedict Cumberbacth, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech in the same screen, would you.. I won’t, even if I have to drag Tom to the movie theater for this..

    1. Hi Von!! Pa kabar? Oh I haven’t seen Confesions of A Dangerous Mind but since it came highly recommended I definitely should rent it soon! He’s so awesome in Iron Man 2!

      Hey Von, have you seen The Machine yet? I have the Bluray I can lend you. Speaking of which, we should do coffee/lunch soon, just the two of us, how ’bout that?

      No I haven’t see Blue Blood but yeah, Selleck ages very gracefully!

      Oh you should see Big Hero 6, I think you’ll love it as much as those two.

      The Immitation Game is very good and those three Brits are nice to look at, esp. Matthew Goode, mmm mmm 😉

  7. 1. Not sure if I’d call it my favorite, but he was especially awesome in Seven Psychopaths.

    2. Eh, the trailer for A Most Violent Year really doesn’t do much for me. The second trailer you posted won’t work right now, either, for some reason, so I suppose I don’t have much of an opinion on that at the moment, either. 😛

    3. How about Dustin Hoffman’s Hook? 😉

    4. Haven’t seen too many of those, but from what I have seen, I’ll be surprised if HTTYD and Lego Movie don’t get nominations. I’ll reserve judgement on Big Hero 6 until I’ve seen it, but I’m expecting good things from it as well.

    5. Guardians of the Galaxy is a phenomenal ensemble, without a doubt.

    1. Hi Chris! Oh I still need to see Seven Psychopaths but I heard it’s not as good as In Bruges?

      Hmmm, the trailer doesn’t play? Let me check and fix that, but it was working for me earlier today.

      Ah yes, pirates must always have bad ass ‘stache 🙂

      I think Lego Movie seems a lock at this point but I REALLY want to see Big Hero 6 get a nod, that’s soooo awesome!

      Ah I almost forgot about Guardians, yes that’s a fun ensemble cast!

  8. 1. Moon, there’s just something about that performance that is just so incredible.

    2. Yes, Ex-Machina looks cool while I also want to see A Most Violent Year.

    3. Right now, I would say the porn-stache that Jameson Parker had in Prince of Darkness which is quite cool. Props to ‘stache.

    4. I haven’t seen any of them but I will root for The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Why in the hell is that Legend of Oz movie nominated?

    5. Gone Girl. Everybody was great in that film.

    1. All right, I definitely need to check out Moon just to see Sam’s performance!

      I’m hoping Oscar Isaac would get some nods since ppl overlooked him in Inside Llewyn Davies.

      I had to google Prince of Darkness, not familiar w/ that one.

      Oh you should see all three of those, Steven, they’re all fantastic animated features.

      I never thought of Gone Girl as an ensemble but yeah, I suppose everyone in the cast did a great job!

  9. YAY!

    I love all of these questions. I’m going to answer these here because my work week is HORRIBLE and I don’t think I’ll be able to make a post 😦

    1) I am not a huge Rockwell fan. I’ve just never gotten the appeal, but I will admit to loving him in Matchstick Men.

    2) I REALLY want to see A Most Violent Year, which looks GREAT. The other one, not so much.

    3) I don’t know why, but the first that came to mind was Lebouf in Fury 😛

    4) LEGO Movie, because it’s awesome!

    5) Josh is going to hate me, but Blood Ties. Despite Cotiallard’s sadly awful accent, the rest of the cast is so uniformly perfect. Then Gone Girl.

    1. Hi Drew! Hey glad you still took the time to comment, I really appreciate it man!

      Oh no, no love for Rockwell? Well I suppose we can’t agree on everyone 😀

      A Most Violent Year have two stellar leads, I love both Isaac and Jessica.

      Ahah, he does sports a big ‘stache in that one.

      Hey, you should absolutely check out Big Hero 6, it’s hard to pick which one I love more between that and Lego Movie now.

      I’ll let you and Josh settle that last one 😛

  10. 1. The trailer for Laggies looked like it could be charming and funny, but then again trailers can be deceiving lol. Other than 7 psychopaths, I’m not that familiar with Rockwell’s work. Looking at his filmography I’ve seen a few of his other films but I don’t remember him in them haha.

    2. When I first saw the trailer for A Most Violent Year yesterday, it didn’t impress me and I didn’t recognize Oscar Isaac until his name appeared … strange since he was actually in one of my favorite movies last year lol.

    (It might sound like I’m not good at recognizing faces but I’m usually pretty good at it haha.)

    1. Hi Drew! Hey glad you still took the time to comment, I really appreciate it man!

      Oh no, no love for Rockwell? Well I suppose we can’t agree on everyone 😀

      A Most Violent Year have two stellar leads, I love both Isaac and Jessica.

      Ahah, he does sports a big ‘stache in that one.

      Hey, you should absolutely check out Big Hero 6, it’s hard to pick which one I love more between that and Lego Movie now.

      I’ll let you and Josh settle that last one 😛

  11. Hey Ruth!

    1. I am a huge Sam Rockwell fan, easily one of my favourite actors. Probably my two favourite roles of his that I’ve seen are Moon and The Way Way Back, he’s brilliant in both of those.

    2. Both of these look pretty decent. I love some good sci-fi so Ex Machine looks very interesting.

    3. Bill The Butcher’s moustache has to reign supreme! Partly because it’s attached to DDL!

    4. Depressingly, I’ve only seen The LEGO Movie from that list, but that was brilliant so I hope that does well. Big Hero 6 looks fantastic though, really want to see that. I’ve heard good things about Boxtrolls as well though.

    5. I’d say Grand Budapest Hotel is probably my favourite ensemble cast, that was just so much fun!

    1. Glad to hear, Chris! It’s nice to see an actor who can do both drama and comedy so effortlessly, Sam rocks! 😀

      Yep, could always use a good sci-fi, and Garland certainly has the cred to do it right.

      I actually haven’t seen Gangs in NY but somehow I remember DDL’s look in there, ahah.

      Big Hero 6 is so much fun! I knew it’d be enjoyable but it even surpassed my expectation and there’s some genuinely touching moment that made me tear up, too!

      Yes, that’s my answer too! Gotta love GBH and that crazy cast!

  12. 1. Moon – hands down. Literally, held that film together on his own. Impressive work there from him.

    2. Ex-Machina has definitely piqued my interest! Alex Garland knows how to weave a story, all the more when there’s some sort of slightly psychological thriller/horror theme to it. This looks good!

    3. There is only one moustache worth mentioning – Tom Selleck in everything. Except when he foolishly shaved it in Friends.

    4. Only seen The Lego Movie and HTTYD 2 out of that list. Though, heard nothing but great things about The Boxtrolls. Need to check that out!

    5. Haven’t seen many new releases this year 😦 Can’t quite answer this one!

    1. Hi Jaina!

      I believe you that Rockwell was great in Moon, though I still haven’t seen it yet.

      Yep, the psycho thriller part of Ex Machina intrigues me, let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a slasher action flick though.

      Wow, I forgot Selleck did that for Friends, I should look that up.

      For some reason I have no interest in seeing Boxtrolls, but you should check out Big Hero 6!

  13. 1. I first came across Rockwell in The Way, Way Back and I loved him, can’t wait to see him in some other movies now, particularly Moon that a lot of people seem to have mentioned here.

    2. Ex-Machina looks really interesting and like you I found Never Let me go very emotional and really peaked my interest so I’m intrigued to see how this one goes.

    3. Without a doubt, Tony Revolori’s as Zero in Grand Budapest Hotel.

    4. I haven’t actually seen many off this list but HTTYD2 is a big winner for me. I’m looking forward to Penguins of Madagascar as well, I think that could come pretty close.

    5. Not seen to many ensemble cast movies this year so far, but Grand Budapest Hotel was brilliant.

    – Jenna

    1. Hi Jenna!

      Oh so you just discovered Rockwell fairly recently then? Oh you should see more of his stuff, I know I have lots I still need to see too.

      Never Let Me Go is really heartbreaking, this one sounds far more action-packed though.

      Oh, I love Revolori, he’s so endearing! Totally forgot about his mustache, but hey Ralph is sporting one too now that I think about it.

      HTTYD is a great animation franchise, I hope the 3rd one will finish it on a high note!

  14. Hey Ruth,

    1: Choosing a favourite Sam Rockwell role is nigh on impossible. I won’t be drawn into that. Lol 😉

    2: gotta go with both of these Isaac films. Especially ex-machina. The mans on fire just now.

    3: moustaches are certainly a strange breed aren’t they? Can fault Selleck and his famous mouser but Day-Lewis sported a beaut in Gangs of New York.

    4: How to Train your Dragon 2 was an outstanding little film. That’d be my choice!

    5: ive not seen that many movies this year with special ensembles so I’d have to go with Grand Budapest. What a line up! Sin City 2 had a great cast but they failed to deliver on that one.

    1. Hi Mark! Totally understand, Rockwell is great in so many roles!

      Nice to see a talented fellow like Isaac getting noticed, finally! I remember seeing him as Prince John in the Robin Hood movie w/ Crowe and I was like ‘who is THAT guy?’

      Mouser, ahah, is that what the Scots call ’em? 😉

      Yep, both HTTYD films are astounding indeed, nice to see Blanchett in the second one!

      Sin City 2 kinda wasted its cast but Grand Budapest Hotel is my fave, too!

      1. Ha! D’you know, I have no idea where came from. As far as i knew it a Mouser is a Cat but ive heard it getting used often for a moustache. Maybe it is a scots thing 🙂

  15. 1. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind – he was a good Chuck Barris!

    2. Ex-Machina – I’m a sucker for these kinds of movies ever since I saw Westworld when I was 7.

    3. No one’s mentioned the real king of the ‘stache’: Sam Elliott!

    4. I’ve only seen Lego Movie so…

    5. Haven’t seen much of these either…

    Great Post!

    1. Hello Vince! Will definitely rent Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as it got so many mentions!

      Westworld? I haven’t even heard of that one, I have to look it up.

      Oh right, Sam Elliot is a good one! He’s like Selleck in a way, iconic mustache man 🙂

  16. 1. Oh I love Rockwell! I’m not even sure I can choose one performance, I always liked his small part in Jesse James, he was just wonderful there. But he is excellent in everything, even crap like Charlie’s Angels. He was so much fun in Iron Man 2!

    2. These both look good great for Isaac for becoming a big deal

    3. I hate mustaches. I love the scruff but mustache screams bad retro porn to me. BUT I am watching in the Cut tomorrow where Mark plays a very naughty detective (his sex scenes are insane in this movie) and he manages to be hot in spite of having mustache

    4. I don’t watch animated movies 🙂

    5. Gone Girl so far but I have big hopes for Foxcatcher

    1. Hi Sati, glad to see you participating on Five for the Fifth, yay!

      Wow, Rockwell is in Charlie’s Angels? I’m sure he’s still watchable in that. Yep, he’s hilarious in Iron Man 2, I don’t even mind seeing a spinoff w/ his character!

      Oh I forgot Ruffalo is In The Cut w/ Meg Ryan! No doubt there’ll be plenty of gifs made on that one, ahah.

      Not a fan of animated movies eh? Funny, I have a friend who says that too but she actually wanted to see Big Hero 6 so I took her and she LOVED it!

      I’m very curious what you’d think of Foxcatcher!

  17. The year has flown by! Can’t believe we’re less than two months away from 2015!

    1. Great actor. First noticed him in Charlie’s Angels but my favorite performance of his is Conviction.

    2. Very interested in both! Great casts 🙂

    4. Can’t say I’m rooting for a specific movie. I’ve only seen The Lego Movie and I wasn’t much of a fan. However, I predict the 5 nominees will be: Lego, Big Hero 6, HTTYD2, Song of the Sea and Kaguya.

    5. Budapest Hotel, X-Men: DOFP, Gone Girl.

    1. Hi Fernando! How’ve you been man? I know, time flies like crazy, I for one am not ready for Winter yet 😦

      Glad you’ve seen Conviction, it’s overlooked by many but it’s actually a good movie.

      Hey I hope you’ll give Big Hero 6 a shot, it’s sooo much fun!

      Oh man, how could I forget about DOFP, the cast there is simply AMAZING!

      1. I’ve been great. Super busy! 2014 has gone so fast, especially these last few months for me. I am so ready for winter, but here it doesn’t get nearly as cold as over there!

        Yes! So many great performances there. Not only Rockwell but also Swank and Juliette Lewis,

        Hope to see BH6 soon!

  18. Definitely one of my favorite posts I look forward to every month, Ruth!

    1. My favorite Sam Rockwell film is definitely The Green Mile. He’s just so great (and horrible) in that movie, that it’s his most memorable role for me. I think the idea of him having his own spin-off movie from his small role in Iron Man 2 would be epic! Of all the most recently released Marvel films, Iron Man 2 is near the bottom of my favorites list. So I’d be totally interested in that idea!

    2. Both definitely look interesting. A Most Violent Year looks like it heavily features, Jessica Chastain, an actress I can’t get enough of. I was totally impressed with J.C. Chandor’s work in Margin Call, so I’d be up for seeing it for that reason alone. Ex Machina looks terrifyingly awesome. Never Let Me Go has one of Kierra Knightly’s best performances (and it’s just such a great movie, really). Not to mention, Isaac looks great in both.

    3. Haha, I can’t help but think of my dad when I was kid. He’s half-Italian and he sported a mustache (and no beard) for a while. I still remember crying as a child when he shaved half of it off just to be funny. When I think of characters with mustaches, Ron Burgundy comes to mind instantly.

    4. Ooo, Lego Movie! Also, I just saw How To Train Your Dragon for the first time over the weekend, so I’d have to see the sequel first (which I’ve heard great things about). I’m actually seeing Big Hero 6 over the next week and then podcasting it up with Ryan at The Matinee about that film. So I hope I enjoy it! I’ve heard great things about it.

    5. I loved The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was one of my favorite films of the year. I felt like This Is Where I Leave You kind of missed the mark, being all over the place. I heard similar things about Sin City 2. Gone Girl was pretty awesome too!

    Great post, Ruth!

    1. Hi Kris! Rockwell’s image in The Green Mile is tough to forget, which is amazing as he did his goofy role in Galaxy Quest the same year! Oh man I’d love to see a Justin Hammer movie, he and Loki really should get their own films!

      I’m really hoping Isaac would score some noms in A Most Violent Year. He’s truly one of the best [newish] actors working today. I love Chastain too, she hasn’t been as prolific lately but I always like seeing her on screen.

      Ahahahah, your dad sounds like a hoot! He shaved half of it? Oh my, that’s gotta be hilarious! Ron Burgundy’s ‘stache is part of his ridiculous appeal 😉

      Hey, nice to see you doing podcasts w/ Ryan. He asked me a while back but I hate listening to my own voice so I turned it down. Send me the link when yours is up ok? Well, now that you’ve seen Big Hero 6, do you like it as much as The Lego Movie?

      Grand Budapest Hotel’s cast is definitely amazing and they all delivered! Plus the movie itself is a lot of fun.

      1. I know, my dad is one crazy guy sometimes! Haha.

        Oh definitely, in regards to the podcast! I totally understand – hearing your own voice is just weird sometimes, haha. But hey, I understand. Will do! I’m very excited to participate again. Ryan has one organized, professional way of doing things, and he’s a great person to share a conversation about a movie with.

        I loved Big Hero 6 – it’s definitely my favorite animated movie I’ve seen so far, even more so than The Lego Movie. I can see what all the hype about. Even the short film before the movie actually had me tearing up a little bit (I’m such a dog person!). I was totally moved by Big Hero 6 and its characters, plus it was so much fun!

  19. Tom

    Always enjoy these threads, Ruth! This one’s a good one as well.

    1) Fave Sam Rockwell role? Great question. For me it’s the most recent thing I’ve seen him in, and that would be The Way, Way Back. He’s great, and with a heart of gold as you mentioned. 🙂

    2) I am digging both of those Oscar Isaac-featuring trailers! I think I like the idea of Ex Machina more than the immigrant story, but both sound great. Good to see him getting much more recognition.

    3) Mustaches. . . hm. . .I’ll go with something quite random here and say that Neil Patrick Harris’ mustache obsession in the disappointing A Million Ways to Die in the West this summer was perhaps one of the funniest running gags they had in that movie. Through-and-through that was a Seth Macfarlane movie, but I thought his mustaches were pretty creative. Also funny.

    4) Top three for me are probably going to be no different than others: The LEGO Movie, Ill go ahead and venture a guess that Big Hero 6 is gonna be awesome. . . and. . .I don’t think I’ve seen many others on that list, so I’ll go with the only other one that I have: Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Didn’t think much of it, but it was a gorgeously animated film for kids.

    5) Hmmm. . .on the subject of favorite ensemble cast? Wow. That’s a tough one. So many to choose. So I think I’ll randomly select. . . .The Judge. Really loved that cast! Too bad the film kind of fell down around them a little. Still it was the cast that drew me in.

    1. Hi Tom!

      Rockwell was the main draw for me to see The Way, Way Back and he’s the best thing about it!

      I’m thrilled to see Isaac on both of those films, I didn’t know he was in Ex-Machina so that made me want to see it more.

      Haven’t seen A Million Ways to Die yet but do you think it’s still worth a rental? I’m curious to see Liam Neeson in it!

      Big Hero 6 is definitely awesome Tom, hope you’ll check it out.

      The Judge was a let down for me, but the cast is pretty darn good indeed.

  20. Dan

    Of the Oscar-nominated animated films I’m hoping Mr Peabody is good as I’ve bought it for my four-year-old nephew’s Christmas present – an impulse buy! 🙂

  21. It’ll be between Lego Movie and HTTYD2 for Best Animated Picture. Everyone else will not even be in the hunt.My tip? Dragon 2 for a surprise win. The animation in that film was sublime.

  22. 1. Moon is definitely my favorite Rockwell performance, and he’s a CinSpec nominee for it. 😉 I’m hoping to see Laggies this weekend.

    2. Both projects look good, but I’m more interested in A Most Violent Year. I liked Margin Call and All is Lost a lot, so I’m hoping Chandor has made his best film yet.

    3. It has to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ mustache in Gangs of New York. It’s magnificent!

    4. I’m rooting for The LEGO Movie, but I’d be happy to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls and The Book of Life be recognized as well. I’ve already seen more animated films this year than I did last year. 🙂

    5. Thanks again for having me Ruth! I’d probably have to agree with you on The Grand Budapest Hotel as my favorite, but I really like the ensembles from Interstellar, Begin Again and Fury as well.

    1. Hey Josh!

      So did you end up seeing Laggies? I really wanted to see it at TCFF but couldn’t make it.

      I’m impressed by Chandor as he usually writes AND directs his own works. Haven’t seen All is Lost but Margin Call was good!

      Ha! That seems to be a lot of ppl’s fave 🙂

      I definitely will rent The Book of Life but for some reason Boxtrolls doesn’t appeal to me at all.

      Interstellar does have a great cast but for some reason I’m not really wowed by them, not crazy about Matt Damon casting on there.

      1. Yeah, I saw Laggies. It was a pleasant, if somewhat forgettable, comedy. I loved Knightley’s performance though. She’s in my Best Actress lineup right now. 🙂

  23. Great questions as usual Ruth. I’m very interested to see A Most Violent Year and as for the best animation, I’m The Lego Movie all the way! Grand Budapest Hotel probably tops my list of ensemble casts too. And my favourite mustache has to be Mr Rochester’s, more specifically that belonging to Ciaran Hinds in the television version of Jane Eyre 🙂

    1. Hi Natalie! Have you seen Big Hero 6? The Lego Movie was my fave of the year until I saw that one. Ahah, Ciaran Hinds as Rochester is too ominous for me, but yeah he does have a memorable mustache there.

  24. I’m a big big Sam Rockwell fan! My favourite performance has to be Moon; one of the greatest male performances ever in my opinion. He was also a lot of fun in The Way, Way Back.

    Looking forward to A Most Violent Year, Chastain looks like she’s having a lot of fun in it.

  25. Haven’t seen the majority of the animations there and I’m only going to see Big Hero 6 tonight but I’d have to say my 3 choices are Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart, Big Hero 6 and How to Train a Dragon 2 🙂

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