Thursday, January 29, 2015

2014 Year in Review Part 2 - Unfinished Business and Accolades

Look, I know nobody cares about 2014 anymore. It has already faded away into myth and memory. But I didn't get a chance to talk about the year in depth, so we're doing it now.  This episode is two things 1) a quick review of six films that I never got a chance to review, and 2) my accolades for Best Performances, Best Trends, Most Entertaining Bad Movie, etc.  With a little bit of talk of the Oscar Race too.

Movies discussed in this episode, with their directors, are:

1. Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller
2. Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier
3. The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum
4. Enemy, Denis Villeneuve
5. The Normal Heart, Ryan Murphy
6. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Midnight, Ana Lily Amirpour

Accolades after page break:

Worst movie to end up on everybody's Best Of List:  "Under the Skin"

Best movie to end up on everybody's Worst Of List:  "Need for Speed"

Most entertaining Bad Movie:  "Winter's Tale"

Least entertaining Good Movie:  "Mr. Turner"

Franchise Least Improved in 2014:  "Godzilla"

Franchise Most Improved in 2014:  "Captain America"

Most Forgettable Movie:  "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"

Worst Performance (Male):  Kellen Lutz in "The Legend of Hercules" as Hercules

Best Performance (Male):  Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler" as Lou Bloom

Worst Performance (Female):  Emily Browning in "Pompeii" as Some Roman Chick

Best Performance (Female):  Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl" as Amazing Amy

New Trend I Hope Never Ends:  Competent Superhero Blockbusters

New Trends I Hope Dies Immediately:  Right Wing/Conservative/Christian Movies made by people who do not know how to make movies

Least Worthy Oscar Nomination:  "American Sniper"

Most Worthy Oscar Snub:  "Gone Girl"

Film I Most Regret Missing in 2014:  "John Wick"

Film I Most Regret Seeing in 2014:  "Juaja"

Biggest Pleasant Surprise:  "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

Biggest Disappointment:  "Godzilla I mean, two hours of Aaron Johnson-Taylor"

Top 15 Movies of 2014 is coming next!

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