Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Tops of 2014 - August

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY had a great cast, a rocking soundtrack, and wanted to focus more on character-building and comedy instead of the usual superfights and city destruction. It had some flaws but I still had a blast.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE was pitiful trite and its "humorous" look at stalking is distressing.

SNOWPIERCER was an exciting/unnerving thrill ride, constantly bouncing between black comedy, violent action, and weighty dramatics. Unfortunately, the flat ending hurt the full experience.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES may have some hook, line and sinker with its breezy tone but this awful reboot did more damage to the brand than the third entry.

HERCULES was a surprise, in that it was an adequate swords-and-sandals flick and it somehow got a PG-13 rating, despite featuring a flood of bloodshed.

NEED FOR SPEED pretty much proved why Hollywood can't piggyback off of the Fast and Furious franchise.

GOD'S NOT DEAD easily shot up the worst of 2014 ranks. The fact that it ends with the advocation of text spam is disgraceful.

TRANSCENDENCE continues the dilution of the Nolan brand, due to the poor craftsmanship of his disciples.

DIVERGENT is a passable young adult adaptation but can not escape from the shadow of The Hunger Games.

INTO THE STORM was a dumb found footage movie but at least you could sit back and enjoy the fire tornadoes.

TARZAN is an animated fiasco waiting to be rediscovered.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED was a cute little riot. The majority of the Muppet cast sadly sat in the background, plus the soundtrack was good yet very forgettable, but it didn't really hurt my total enjoyment was so ever.

JERSEY BOYS had 40-year-old teenagers, bad renditions of classic pop, and featured Clint Eastwood's worst directorial skills.

13 movies this month. A great haul but I can always watch much more.

Guardians of the Galaxy is now one of a few number of movies given a low rating upon initial viewing, to make it on to my year-end top ten. I saw it twice in theaters this month, a rare feat for me, and its refreshing tone and high excitement helped me forgive its shortcomings. Captain America 2 is a better built Marvel movie but Guardians made superhero movies fun again.

Guess what movie I still didn't re-watch?

Best Films of 2014

1. The Lego Movie

2. The Raid 2

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

4. Snowpiercer

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel

7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

8. Muppets Most Wanted

9. Under the Skin

Worst Films of 2014

1. God's Not Dead

2. A Million Ways to Die in the West

3. The Other Woman

4. Heaven Is For Real

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

6. Winter's Tale

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

8. I, Frankenstein

9. Son of God

10. The Legend of Hercules

11. Tarzan

12. Enemies Closer

13. Welcome to the Jungle

14. The Nut Job

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