Many people wonder why it takes me almost a half a year to post my Top 10 blog of last year. Truth is, with my salary and time, it is really hard to see all the movies of a year in that same year. Always when the year starts, that’s when the Oscar movies starting premiering to regular audiences, and I have to binge watch the movies I missed in theaters to Netflix and sometimes illegal downloading sites (Please don’t arrest me NSA). If only some company want to pick me up and pay me to watch and write (Hint, hint, Boston Globe, Grantland, heck anyone who would pay me). So that’s why, and even then, I haven’t seen all the movies. So let me start with The ill Awards. Some awards picked by me that really, or kind of, impacted me as I watch movies that year.
Funniest Movie of the Year
Dumb and Dumber To
I know people will call me crazy for picking this as the funniest movie of the year. However, I thought 2014 was weak for comedy movies, and out of all the movies this one made me laugh the most. I am a big fan of the first movie Dumb and Dumber, and was excited to see Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry. Their stupidity is what made this movie hilarious for me, and if a comedy makes me laugh, they have done their job. A close second place belongs to the movie Neighbors, and trust me, it was that close for me. Speaking of Dumb and Dumber To, it leads me to my next award.
Movie Where Most People Hated, but I Enjoyed It
Dumb and Dumber To
For the reasons I said above, I found the movie hilarious, and honestly I have a soft spot for Jim Carrey’s comedy, because growing up watching his movies have always entertained me. No matter what, I will always love Jim Carrey, even though he made the movie The Number 23. A close second has to belong to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mainly because I’m a big fan of TMNT, and the movie did justice with a weak storyline.
Best Animated Movie
The Lego Movie
No other animated movie comes close to this very thought provoking movie. Once you get past the stop motion capture filming, which I did very quickly. You can really enjoy what this movie is all about. This leads me to my next award.
Movie That Exceeded My Expectations
The Lego Movie
Before I saw this movie, I thought it was going to be a typical kids movie that the toy company Legos will benefit from financially. When I watched it, it was more than that. This movie had heart for all ages to enjoy, and really enjoyed the thought provoking twists. (Rant on their Oscar snub will come later.
Most Disappointing Movie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
I had some very high hopes for this film, even though they were dividing the last book to drain all the money they can make. (A trend that needs to stop.) I really enjoyed the first too movies, and I was ready for another epic, but all it was, was nothing but drama. I can understand that it is setting up for the epic finale, but I feel like I got jilted at the alter. Hopefully the next movie will make me forget this movie happened, like Rocky V.
Movie Where Most Peopled Liked, but I Didn’t
The British have hyped this movie up. It had some Oscar accolades, so I had to watch it. As I woke from the boringness of this movie, I witnessed the worst cry acting from an actor since I can’t remember well. This movie was so dull, that I couldn’t give a care to what Mr. Turner is all about. People may like it, and even call it a classic, don’t count me in with that dullness. A close second was A Most Wanted Man, for the same reason, but since it is Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last movie, it gets a pass.
Best Romantic Movie
Beyond the Lights
No other romance movie comes close, even The Fault Within Our Stars. I liked this movie way better for how grounded this movie is, and how a Hollywood life can really take a toll on somebody, and how true love can fix that. To me the movie showed some realness than cornyness like most romance movies. I was actually entertained with this drama.
Just when I thought that this year movies didn’t have a weird movie, it had to be the last movie i saw to receive this award. I didn’t get the message of this movie whatsoever, but seeing reality become a Ren and Stimpy type of animation was enough for me to say what the heck is going on. Great to watch when you’re high on anything.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Creepy as in the villain of this movie is sickly and maniacally creepy which makes this dark movie very creepy but engaging to watch. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. The way some people die in this movie makes you jump in an entertaining sort of way.
Now without further ado my Top 10 Best Movies of 2014. I will start from 10 to 1. So here we go:
This movie has exceeded my expectations, and really make me enjoy and respecting the work of a percussionist. J. K. Simmons was awesome as a jerk (an understatement) and deserving of his Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor. This movie comes with probably the best line this year, “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job”.”
This movie was filmed in my hometown, and damaged my cousin’s car while in production. I really enjoyed the action and grittiness of this movie, and probably some of the best acting I’ve seen from Denzel Washington since his Oscar winning performance in Training Day. It is a good movie that shows there still some good guys with heart that uses his skills for good.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This movie had the best twists that not only affected this sequel, but a TV Show in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie has me going crazy waiting for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and see what happens next in this great shared universe franchise.
Guardians of the Galaxy
This movie proves that Marvel Studios know what their doing with their Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and take a story that involves a tree that says, “I Am Groot,” and a wisecracking Raccoon. I was a skeptic coming in to watch this movie, especially when it comes after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, the comedy and action in this movie really makes it enjoyable, and really kick starting Chris Pratt’s career.
X-men: Days of Future Past
This movie I was hoping that they do it right. Just leave it to Bryan Singer to make a great X-men movie. This movie was written with a lot of care and really revitalizing a movie franchise. That Quicksilver scene in the kitchen had to be one of my favorite scenes in 2014. It made me excited for their next movie which is one of my favorite storylines in X-men. Apocalypse is coming, and I can’t wait. Even though Channing Tatum is playing Gambit. (NOOOOOOOOO!!!)
David Fincher can make a movie so dark and psychotic. It actually made some men afraid of women, or better yet afraid of being unfaithful. This movie was thrilling from beginning to end, and the fact that the ending got me so annoyed, but yet still love the movie shows how great this movie really is. One of the few Oscar snubs for Best Picture.
This movie grabbed me emotionally, and I’m still pissed off that David Oyelowo didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The movie had the best song, “Glory” with Common and John Legend, and that Oscar performance almost gave me a tear (unlike Chris Pine at the Oscars). Finally a movie about the great Martin Luther King, and a great biopic of 2014.
This movie exceeded my expectations tremendously, and I really appreciate Alejandro G. Inarritu’s artistic style and filming. Who knew that Michael Keaton still got the acting chops, and create this Oscar deservingly winning masterpiece, and make Broadway cool.
The Lego Movie
As I said before, it had blew my expectations away, and enjoy the emotional sincerity this movie brings. A great family movie for the year 2014. I wish the Oscars knew that when releasing the nominees for Best Animated Movie.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I knew this movie was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be great. It has a great blend of war action between humans and apes, and emotional punch for each side. To me, you can side with anybody in this film, and you can’t blame them for what they did. It gets you emotionally torn, and this movie did that to me. I can’t wait what else this franchise will bring, but I hope for the best.
Now from the best to the worst.movies of 2014 starting from 10 to 1:
Hopefully Johnny Depp’s new agent will get him better film roles that are not boring as this film that had a great story to begin with, but Zzzzzzz at the end. I still believe Depp has some great movies left in his repertoire.
Another yawner, and probably the worst crying scene I have ever seen.
Let’s Be Cops
This movie had potential, but had to be one of the dumbest movies that would make Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber proud. Insulting my intelligence will annoy me.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Just typing this title makes my blood boil. Even though it is a kid’s movie, it just did not make any sense to me. The script was so juvenile, even for kids age 5 and up. I remember the children’s book when I was a kid, and how I enjoyed it, and how this movie kind of ruined a childhood memory. Just hope they don’t make a movie on Goodnight Moon (I really hope they don’t).
A movie I regret watching. The storyline was intriguing, but everything else was just a complete mess. Maybe Daniel Radcliffe should make more Harry Potter movies, cuz he hasn’t made a good film since then. maybe he should chill with Emma Watson more.
The Other Women
When a movie makes their actresses so annoying to watch, that watching Nicky Minaj in her first acting role as not annoying, you have a serious problem. That sums up everything with this movie, annoying.
That Awkward Moment
A movie where you want the protagonist to not get what he wants cuz he doesn’t deserve it, should really rethink what this movie is really about. Then again, a movie with no real point than cheap laughs, really shouldn’t be cared anyways.
A Haunted House 2
Why this movie sequel was green lit is beyond me. If I wanted to hear Marlon Wayans screaming in the whole movie, I rather hear a baby next me crying during the whole plane ride when I’m trying to sleep.
I knew this movie was going to be horrible. However, this movie exceeded my expectation of terribleness that I wanted to gauge my eyes out. Teens that like this movie needs to be on house arrest and home schooled until she is 40 years old. Cuz there is nothing good out of this movie, and the sudden fascination with romantic vampires. (Ugh) I thought Twilight was over.
If this movie is suppose to be a Christian movie, then I rather be an atheist. I’m disappointed in how bad Nicolas Cage is getting with his movies. It’s almost a shame. They plan to make two more movies after this, I hope people have some sense in them.
Well, there is my Top 10, 2014 has been great, and looking forward to what 2015 has to bring. Here is my ranked list of all the movies of 2014. Starting with the the Best to the worst. Agree or disagree. Hit me up on the comments section.
Top Movies of 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 5 Stars
The Lego Movie 5 Stars
Birdman 4.5 Stars
Selma 4.5 Stars
Gone Girl 4.5 Stars
X-men: Days of Future Past 4.5 Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy 4.5 Stars
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 4.5 Stars
The Equalizer 4.5 Stars
Whiplash 4.5 Stars
Nightcrawler 4.5 Stars
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 4 Stars
Edge of Tomorrow 4 Stars
Godzilla 4 Stars
Interstellar 4 Stars
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies 4 Stars
Get on Up 4 Stars
Boyhood 4 Stars
The Imitation Game 4 Stars
The Theory of Everything 4 Stars
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4 Stars
A Walk Among the Tombstones 4 Stars
Draft Day 4 Stars
Dear White People 4 Stars
Dumb and Dumber To 4 Stars
Neighbors 4 Stars
Million Dollar Arm 4 Stars
22 Jump Street 4 Stars
Top Five 4 Stars
The Grand Budapest Hotel 4 Stars
Big Hero 6 4 Stars
American Sniper 4 Stars
Big Eyes 4 Stars
The Maze Runner 4 Stars
The Judge 4 Stars
How To Train Your Dragon 2 4 Stars
Unbroken 4 Stars
St. Vincent 4 Stars
The Book of Life 4 Stars
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4
300: Rise of an Empire 4 Stars
The Boxtrolls 4 Stars
Mr. Peabody and Sherman 4 Stars
Non-Stop 4 Stars
Cesar Chavez 4 Stars
Stretch 4 Stars
Paddington 4 Stars
Penguins of Madagascar 4 Stars
God’s Not Dead 4 Stars
Muppets Most Wanted 4 Stars
Fury 3.5 Stars
Foxcatcher 3.5 Stars
John Wick 3.5 Stars
Chef 3.5 Stars
Beyond the Lights 3.5 Stars
The Fault in Our Stars 3.5 Stars
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 3.5 Stars
Hercules 3.5 Stars
Robocop 3.5 Stars
Divergent 3.5 Stars
3 Days to Kill 3.5 Stars
The Hundred-Foot Journey 3.5 Stars
The Giver 3.5 Stars
Kill the Messenger 3.5 Stars
Cantinflas 3.5 Stars
The Skeleton Twins 3.5 Stars
Reasonable Doubt 3.5 Stars
Transformers: Age of Extinction 3 Stars
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 3 Stars
Need For Speed 3 Stars
A Most Violent Year 3 Stars
Annie 3 Stars
The Gambler 3 Stars
The Drop 3 Stars
Wild 3 Stars
Hector and the Search for Happiness 3 Stars
Horrible Bosses 2 3 Stars
Earth to Echo 3 Stars
Rio 2 3 Stars
The Expendables 3 3 Stars
The Interview 3 Stars
Maleficent 3 Stars
When the Game Stands Tall 3 Stars
Heaven is for Real 3 Stars
Son of God 3 Stars
Rob the Mob 3 Stars
The Purge: Anarchy 3 Stars
Exodus: Gods and Kings 3 Stars
Sabotage 3 Stars
Jersey Boys 3 Stars
This Is Where I Leave You 3 Stars
Into the Woods 3 Stars
Winter’s Tale 3 Stars
Frontera 3 Stars
Sex Tape 3 Stars
About Last Night 3 Stars
Before I Go To Sleep 3 Stars
Men, Women, and Children 3 Stars
Still Alice 3 Stars
Cake 3 Stars
Tammy 3 Stars
Walk of Shame 3 Stars
Planes: Fire and Rescue 3 Stars
Brick Mansions 2.5 Stars
Ride Along 2.5 Stars
Lucy 2.5 Stars
Addicted 2.5 Stars
The November Man 2.5 Stars
Dracula Untold 2.5 Stars
Inherent Vice 2.5 Stars
Into the Storm 2.5 Stars
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2.5 Stars
No Good Deed 2.5 Stars
Dolphin Tale 2 2.5 Stars
Think Like a Man Too 2.5 Stars
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2.5 Stars
Blended 2.5 Stars
The Monuments Men 2.5 Stars
A Million Ways to Die in the West 2.5 Stars
The Nut Job 2.5 Stars
Step Up: All In 2.5 Stars
If I Stay 2.5 Stars
The Best of Me 2.5 Stars
The Congress 2.5 Stars
A Most Wanted Man 2.5 Stars
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return 2.5 Stars
Pompeii 2.5 Stars
I, Frankenstein 2.5 Stars
Noah 2.5 Stars
The Legend of Hercules 2.5 Stars
Belle 2.5 Stars
Transcendence 2.5 Stars
Mr. Turner 2 Stars
Let’s Be Cops 2 Stars
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2 Stars
Horns 2 Stars
The Other Women 2 Stars
That Awkward Moment 2 Stars
A Haunted House 2 2 Stars
Vampire Academy 1.5 Stars
Left Behind 1 Star