“I’m a soldier, man. I like guns.”

And so, the great ‘sprint to watch the highest-rated films of 2014 because we’ve been slack all year’ begins. We started last night with two fairly quirky ones:

We could see why The Guest (imdb | rotten tomatoes) played in the Midnight Madness program at this year’s TIFF: it’s got that mixture of violence, dark humour, and weirdness. I’m not sure that Nellie knows what happened in the movie though; she was too lost in Dan Stevens’ eyes.

Speaking of dark humour, The Skeleton Twins (imdb | rotten tomatoes) was about as dark as it gets, but it also featured two actors so used to playing off one another — Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig — that the funny stuff felt natural. Well, mostly; I can only imagine that the Starship scene happened once or twice during SNL rehearsals.

.:.

Cover photo by Adriana Lukas, used under Creative Commons license

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