Friday, October 31, 2014

My Tops of 2014 - October

THE EQUALIZER was a satisfactory action flick, badly lit finale aside.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES was a welcome throwback to pulpy noirs and featured another great performance by Liam Neeson.

ROAD TO PALOMA was the 2nd most pretentious vanity take of Easy Rider I have ever seen.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE has a game Eva Green but it's a boring video-game-like action-fest.

A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 was an unbearable laugh-free movie and made me long for another Scary Movie.

OCULUS brought some chills with its mirror play and parental abuse.

THE ROVER was a basic revenge tale but the acting and its sci-fi elements gave it some life.

NURSE is my most hated movie of 2014.

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM had some charm to it but was mostly ruined by its producers' philandering with the film.

DEVIL'S DUE was yet another bad found footage horror movie and it will eventually disappear into the ether.

BANG BANG! rehabilitated Knight and Day and brought a lot of fun to the table.

OBVIOUS CHILD had a honest and funny take on modern romance and pregnancy drama, largely thanks to Jenny Slate's phenomenal lead performance.

12 films this month. In the next 61 days, I'm going to have to play catch up fast.

Still no re-watch of Under the Skin. I'm a bad 'lil boy.

Similar to what I experienced last year, I seem to avoid the movie theaters during October. I've been kicking myself for still not paying a ticket to see Gone Girl, The Boxtrolls, Fury, and The Book of Life.

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. Boyhood

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel

8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

9. Muppets Most Wanted

10. Under the Skin

11. Obvious Child

Worst Films of 2014

1. God's Not Dead

2. A Million Ways to Die in the West

3. Atlas Shrugged: Part III

4. A Haunted House 2

5. Nurse

6. The Other Woman

7. Heaven Is For Real

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

9. Winter's Tale

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

11. I, Frankenstein

12. Son of God

13. The Legend of Hercules

14. Tarzan

15. Enemies Closer

16. Welcome to the Jungle

17. The Nut Job

18. Devil's Due

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