Here is my annual look at movies. Take a deep breath, hold your nose and wade through the best and then five that were squeezed out of the turd factory.
I would also like to change the name of the third Hobbit movie to: The Hobbit: Legolas, Who Stares Dramatically Into the Distance.
11. Nebraska – A look at that thing called ‘family’. Told from the perspective of a father, who believes he’s right, and the children who don’t believe but indulge him.
10. Philomena – Heartbreaking. Poignant. Disturbing. Those words.
9. Enough Said – One of James Gandolfini’s last roles, and one of his best movie roles. Julia Louis-Dreyfus bumbles relationships. But does learn something, in the end.
8. Gravity (3D) – If floating weightless in space is your thing, you’re in luck.
7. Her – Scarlett Johansson’s voice + Joaquin Phoenix / technology x heartbreak = love. Don’t check my math.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy – Whiz. Bang. Marvel takes little known characters up a steep mountain – to get you to care. With a go for broke attitude, they finally make a superhero movie as good as the first Iron Man.
5. Out of the Furnace – Gritty. What would you do to avenge your brother? Ask Christian Bale. And Woody Harrelson is crazy.
4. Chef – Food truck enthusiasts unite! A fine tale of finding your passion. Again. Now I need a Cuban sandwich.
3. Gone Girl – A forceful adaption of the novel by the same name. If you know nothing going in, you will be shocked, mortified and ultimately ready to watch it again.
2. The Imitation Game – Crackling good yarn about how Alan Turning helped win World War II by cracking the code to the Nazi’s Enigma machine with his precursor to modern computers.
1. 12 Years a Slave – Unflinching. Brutal. There was a good reason this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture. That is all.
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – I blame Netflix streaming… I had lots of G.I. Joe action figures when I was a kid. I gave the second G.I. movie a chance. For nostalgia’s sake. Bad move.
4. Lone Ranger – What the? Stupid. Johnny Depp you are on notice. Desist with the weirdness.
3. Day of the Dead (1985) – No. The Dead did not have their day. Probably the worst zombie movie ever made.
2. Sharknado 2: The Second One – I had choices. Netflix streaming plopped this in front of my face. I bit, no pun intended, so I should blame myself for pressing my eyeballs to my iPad. I won’t. It had to be watched. Yet. Wow. What a flying pile of steaming shark feces. Sadly, Sharknado 3 is based in Washington, D.C. Sigh. Now I have to watch that one too.
1. The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Amazing, it was not. In the expansive bloat of superhero movies, this one is just about cashing in. It’s the worst movie on this list because it had potential AND was the least necessary. Failed, it did.
Stats on Movies Watched
- 91 movies watched in 2014
- 27 on a plane
- 0 on a train
- 0 in an automobile
- 17 Oscar Best Picture Winners
- 2 AFI Greatest Top 100
- 5 superhero movies
- 7 repeat viewing
Extra Special Bonus Time (All 91 movies)
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