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THE ANNUAL BEST AND WORST MOVIE SEEN BY JW PLUS ALL 168 MOVIES SEEN - 2014!



THE BEST AND WORST MOVIES SEEN BY JW IN 2014 PLUS ALL 168 MOVIES SEEN!

 

So in 2013 when we started counting, we hit 150.  Striving for 200, we fell short at 168.  So next year...WE CAN DO IT!  In the meantime, before the 2015 countdown rears its ugly head, here's one man's opinion of best and worst not to mention a chronological list of all 168 films.  Remember, these are films I saw in 2014, so some older films (or 2013 films) will slip in here...ready?

 

BEST FILMS SEEN IN 2014

BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) was amazing to watch and experience.  Best film I've seen in years.  You need to see this any way possible.  Michael Keaton gives the performance of a career.  Other 2014 flicks on my best list: THE LEGO MOVIE, LUCY, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, SNOWPIERCER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, LIFE ITSELF, UNDER THE SKIN, BAD WORDS, NIGHTCRAWLER (Jake Gyllenhall is astonishing in this), LOCKE (Tom Hardy is excellent in this almost one-man show) and EDGE OF TOMORROW...films from 2013 that are still worth seeing if you haven't already include NEBRASKA, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB... going further back, TAKE SHELTER from 2011 was absolutely mesmerizing.  Michael Shannon (and this movie) held my attention so much that i forgot I was watching this on a plane...seek out a small, little-known horror movie called HAUNTER starring Abigail Breslin that deserves to be discovered and watched...as does a really cool thriller with a great gimmick called GRAND PIANO with Elijah Wood and (briefly) John Cusack...


WORST FILMS SEEN IN 2014

Unfortunately there were too many of these in 2014...HORRIBLE BOSSES 2  traps a lot of talented people in an unfunny, poorly written sequel that strained to make the "horrible boss" concept last through this one... if you know anything about football, DRAFT DAY will insult your intelligence and have you yelling at the screen or just shaking your head...and the NFL cooperated with the filmmakers (!)...JERSEY BOYS took a marvelous Broadway musical, cut most of the music and threw all the good stuff out the window in favor of a 1940s-era story that's been filmed hundreds of times, one that missed the point of the stage musical and then some...HAPPY CHRISTMAS took the worst qualities of independent films and stuck them like coal in Anna Kendrick's stocking...the GODZILLA remake was a tedious bore that sure didn't entertain me...and let's single out THE ROVER, INTO THE STORM, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION and PARTS PER BILLION as especially awful.  

 Let's single out one especially obscure and rare film from 1978 that I and some other unfortunate souls had the misfortune of seeing at an exploitation film festival this year...the special WTF award of 2014 goes to...THE MAFU CAGE! One of the strangest films I've ever seen, this has name actors like Lee Grant, Carol Kane,James Olsen, Will Geer and others in an incomprehensible drama where Carol Kane keeps beating orangutans in cages to death. Honest.  Until she graduates to humans in cages.  You don't want to know any more...

 
Here's 2014's list...in order seen

1) Young Frankenstein (1974)

2) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

3) Closed Circuit (2013)

4) Girl Most Likely (2012)

5) 12 Disasters (2012)

6) Big Ass Spider (2013)

7) Hot Coffee (2011)

8) The Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

9) Skyjacked (1972)

10) Enough Said (2012)

11) Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

12) Frozen (2013)

13) Bloodlust (1959)

14) At Middleton (2014)

15) Whiteout (2009)

16) The Lego Movie (2014)

17) Haunter (2013)

18) Lovelace (2013)

19) Nebraska (2013)

20) Captain Phillips (2013)

21) Blue Jasmine (2013

22) Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

23) Non-Stop (2014)

24) Innocent Bystanders (1972)

25) The Pill (2011)

26) Hateship/Loveship (2014)

27) Resident Evil (2002)

28) Ender's Game (2013

29) Bad Words (2014)

30) A.C.O.D. (2013)

31) Machete Kills (2013)

32) Accepted (2006)

33) Ferris Buehler's Day Off (1986)

34) The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974)

35) The Flight That Disappeared (1961)

36) The Messengers (2007)

37) Oculus (2014)

38) Blue Ruin (2013)

39) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

40) The Monuments Men (2014)

41) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

42) Midnight Movies (2005)

43) Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

44) Transcendence (2014)

45) Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

46) Blood Glacier (2013

47) The Eagles's Shadow (1978)

48) Face to Face (1967)

49) Bamboo House of Dolls (1979)

50) The Mafu Cage (1978) 

51) Class of 1984 (1982)

52) Coonskin (1975)

53) The Swinging Barmaids (1975)

54) The Discoverers (2014)

55) After Hours (1985)

56) Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

57) Godzilla (2014)

58) Fruitvale Station (2013)

59) Blended (2014)

60) The Help (2011)

61) Contracted (2013)

62) Neighbors (2014)

63) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

64) Factory Girl (2007)

65) Son of Batman (2014)

66) FDR: American Badass (2012)

67) Parts Per Billion (2014)

68) Her (2013)

69) Grand Piano (2013)

70) Killing Them Softly (2012)

71) Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

72) Robocop (2104)

73) Carrie (2013)

74) Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

75) Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

76) The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

77) The Rover (2014)

78) Jersey Boys (2014)

79) Violent Four (1968)

80) High Crime (1978)

81) The Word, the Flesh & the Devil (1959)

82) No Clue (2013)

83) Deep Blood (1990)

84) Super Cops (1974)

85) Happy Christmas (2014)

86) Chef (2014)

87) Snowpiercer (2014)

88) Don Juan (2013)

89) The Normal Heart (2014)

90) Nashville Rebel (1966)

91) The Last Days (2013)

92) Life Itself (2014)

93) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

94) When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

95) Skatetown USA (1979)

96) Son of Dracula (1974)

97) Blood (1974)

98) Murder on the Emerald Seas (1974)

99) Lucy (2014)

100) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

101) JFK (1991)

102) 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

103) The Book Thief (2012)

104) Godzilla (1998) *RiffTrax*

105) The Pulse: Anarchy (2014)

106) GMO: OMG (2013)

107) Into the Storm (2014)

108) The Giver (2014)

109) Good Will Hunting (1997)

110) All Through the Night (1941)

111) Diagram for Delinquents (2013)

112) Steven King's Dollar Babies (various years)

113) Go For Sisters (2013)

114) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

115) The Congress (2013)

116) Starring Adam West (2013)

117) Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

118) Life of Crime (2013)

119) Solar Attack (2006)

120) The Judge (2014)

121) The Colony (2013)

122) The Lords of Salem (2012)

123) Horns (2014)

124) Blue Monkey (1987)

125) Gate 2 (1990)

126) Last House on Dead End Street (1979)

127) Bog (1983)

128) Mothers Day (1980)

129) Anaconda (1997) *RiffTrax*

130) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

131) Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

132) Take Shelter (2011)

133) Radio Free Albemuth (2007)

134) A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

135) Fading Gigilo (2013)

136) Predestination (2014)

137) Interstellar (2014)

138) Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

139) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

140) The Signal (2014)

141) Draft Day (2014)

142) S.W.A.T. (2003)

143) Under The Skin (2014)

144) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

145) Santa Claus (1959) *RiffTrax*

146) UHF (1989)

147) Begin Again (2013)

148) Obvious Child (2014)

149) Seven Days in May (1964)

150) S.O.B. (1981)

151) Pleasantville (1998)

152) Jingle Bell Rocks (2014)

153) The Boys From Brazil (1978)

154) Soldier in the Rain (1963)

155) Foxcatcher (2014)

156) 22 Jump Street (2014)

157) Trust Me (2013)

158) The Interview (2014)

159) The Returned (2013)

160) The Swarm (1978)

161) The Baby Maker (1970)

162) Nightcrawler (2014)

163) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

164) The Skelton Twins (2014)

165) Locke (2014)

166) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

167) Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

168) Into the Woods (2014)

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THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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