I am honestly really impressed by Vin Diesel. The Riddick franchise wasn't in prime condition for resurrecting and yet he not only starred in the newest sequel but also used his own production company to make the movie. Talk about having faith and passion for his work. We're used to seeing directors put their career on the line for movies they love, or even actors becoming producers on the side, but rarely does one do so with such fervor.
|1. The Butler|
One of my favorite films from last year. It tells the story of two ways two men, a father and son, fought for their civil rights. It's filled with great acting and an interesting examination of how one could fight against some very disgusting injustices.
It's amazing Vin Diesel has been able to keep this franchise alive on his own. Not many actors care enough to use their own studio to make their own film starring themselves. It also helps that the end product is pretty good. That shows some real passion for his job.
|3. Enough Said|
What turned out to be James Gandolfini's last film has also been getting plenty of attention at award shows. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has turned into a re-surged comedic actress and Enough Said is one of the reasons.
This revival of the this horror film didn't go as smoothly as some may have wished. A shaky critical response and a decent box office showing isn't the impact I imagine plenty of people were looking for coming from a known horror franchise.
|5. Blue Caprice|
A retelling of the Washington DC sniper shootings from 2002. After premiering at Sundance it eventually went wider but didn't get a lot of fanfare. However critics generally liked the film so maybe this is one to check out or at least wait until it pops up on streaming.