Monday, June 30, 2014

My Tops of 2014 - June

THE NUT JOB could have been inoffensive fare for kids if it didn't have a setting full of anachronisms and a plot where Darwinism is thrown right in the trash.

THE MONUMENTS MEN will be perfect for Sundays, Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day on TNT. Its heart was in the right place but it's just another so-so product from George Clooney.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY was a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, even though the exposition-filled dialogue wouldn't stop and it had the attitude of a black pot, stupidly daring to call out other YA movies.

I, FRANKENSTEIN surely had an abnormal brain. And where the hell were all of the people?!

SON OF GOD was religious malarkey. It sucked on TV and it still sucks here.

POMPEII was a cheesy fun epic, making Cecil B. DeMille proud. Any detractors will at least have to agree that it had the balls to be nihilistic in its ending.

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is just rentable. It quickly dissipates from the viewer's mind once you hit stop, except for how bad Kenneth Branagh is as the heavy.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is certainly not better in any way over the first film but it is an enjoyable watch.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS wasn't my thing. God bless Willem Dafoe.

The same number of films watched as last month. Need to do better.

Halftime. So far, this year has been really good.

As you can see, Under the Skin has found its way onto the "Best of" list. As predicated, the movie has stuck with me and improved with time. I'll revisit it next month when it hits video, so it has the opportunity to jump up the chart.

Best Films of 2014

1. The Lego Movie

2. The Raid 2

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

5. Under the Skin

Worst Films of 2014

1. The Other Woman

2. Heaven Is For Real

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

4. The Legend of Hercules

5. I, Frankenstein

6. Enemies Closer

7. Son of God

8. Welcome to the Jungle

9. The Nut Job

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