Watson’s Top 145 Movies of 2014!

This week, I unveiled my Top 20 and bottom 20 movies.  What about the other 105 flicks that made up the crazy list?  For your browsing amusement, here is the ENTIRE list of 2014 movies viewed by Gabbing Geek film fan extraordinaire.  Enjoy!

The best films of the year deserve much greater examination.  For a full review of each film #1-10, check out my list.

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“Hello, Jenny. If you had been in the 1950s, I wouldn’t have been chemically castrated because you could have changed me!”

1             IMITATION GAME          

2             BIRDMAN

3             DAWN OF THE PLANET OF APES

4             NIGHTCRAWLER

5             WHIPLASH

6             THE SKELETON TWINS

7           GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Picture Rocket’s reaction when StarLord handed him the bionic leg and try not to laugh!

 

8             CAPTAIN AMERICA:  WINTER SOLIDER

9             GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

10           FOXCATCHER

 

There were more than just ten great films worthy of praise.  For a full review of the excellent films that made up #11-20, check out my earlier entry!

 

11           FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

12           LOVE IS STRANGE   

 

Love is Strange Film
So is your mama!

13            X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

14           EDGE OF TOMORROW

15           BOYHOOD   

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Can’t wait for the sequel, Manhood!

 

16           THE GOOD LIE

17           GONE GIRL

18           PRIDE   

PRIDE
…IN THE NAME OF LOVE! (Now Bono is stuck in your head. Hahahahaha!)

 

19           SNOWPIERCER

20           WHAT IF?   

 

WHAT IF
Would have been more successful if it had been Marvel Comics Presents: WHAT IF?

 

   Because they weren’t covered in any other article (who wants to read about the 92nd best film of the year?), I’ll include a quick blurb for #21-125 here.  Cuz I am thorough like that!

 

21           JOHN WICK 

A movie where Keanu was actually critical to the quality.  Good stuff.

WICK
Often confused with Groot

22           22 JUMP STREET

A rare comedy sequel better than the original!  (Heh.  I JUST realized as I was formatting this for publication that 22 Jump Street was #22.  That was a total freaking coincidence!!!!)

 

23           THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Dallas Buyers Club-esque.  Mostly acting over plot.

 

24           PARTICLE FEVER

A Doc that made me excited about physics!  Still mad Texas lost the Hadron because of Congress!

 

25           LIFE ITSELF

I wonder if this would be so high if I wasn’t a huge Ebert fan?

26           BIG HERO SIX    

Didn’t connect with me until my son made me see it a second time.  Strong entry.

 

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Pictured: Watson after the holidays

27           UNBROKEN

Better than the reviews but a little too Disney.

28           CHEF     

29           LUNCHBOX

30           THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

 

My food porn trio.  All very good movies about love, food, and the love of food.

 

31           FED UP

The Katie Couric Documentary you should watch with the Food Porn trio so you don’t look like this:

 

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Pictured: Watson’s last date.

 

32           KILL TEAM

Brutal subject matter.  Very compelling.

 

33           BEGIN AGAIN

This movie should have been in the top 15 easily but it lost a full star (ironic because the song that will likely win Best Song is called Lost Stars) because of credit scene that really detracts from the third act. So depressing that they made that choice.

 

34           INTERSTELLAR

2/3 of a great movie.  The more I thought on this one (I originally gave it five stars) the more I disliked it.  Still a good movie, but I think it is Nolan’s worst other than his earliest film.

 

35           FELONY

I love Tom Wilkinson

 

36           CHEAP THRILLS

Fun movie by the folks at the Drafthouse.

 

37           GET ON UP

Strong performances but a fairly typical biopic.

 

38           ST VINCENT

Good movie but too much was shown in the previews.

 

39           EQUALIZER

Best Liam Neeson movie of the year!  Oh wait….

 

40           BOOK OF LIFE

Gorgeous with great charm and mood.  I had it higher but Garcia poisoned the well harping on the Mumford and Sons cover.  He’s kinda right….

 

41           HAPPY VALLEY

Fair doc covering the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

 

42           THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN

Inaccurate title. The fall seems to happen in the doc.

 

43           SHOWRUNNERS

Movie about TV.  My kinda doc.

 

44           KILL THE MESSENGER

A nice arthouse thriller.

 

45           WILD

Top notch performance by Witherspoon, meandering film.

 

46           MOCKINGJAY

Book split-itis rears its ugly head.

47           TO BE TAKEI      

More about subject likeability than great documentary.

 

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OH MYYYYYY!

48           DINOSAUR 13

Got me mad. Mission accomplished.

 

49           CALVARY

Quirky indie pic that I’m glad I saw.

 

50           FAULT IN OUR STARS

Surprise of the year. I shouldn’t have liked this movie as much as I did.

51           MALEFICENT

Jolie was great as was the art direction

 

MALEFICENT
Pictured: A minimally talented spoiled brat according to Sony execs

 

52           THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

Should have either been more substantial or just settled for being an HBO original

 

53           LAGGIES

Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightly were excellent.

 

54           LIFE OF CRIME

Darkly funny

 

55           THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

No prosecutorial or counterpoint provided

 

56           BELLE

I love Tom Wilkinson

 

57           MAZE RUNNER

Solid fun on a low budget

 

58           OBVIOUS CHILD

Appreciate the effort more than the delivery

 

59           TWO FACES OF JANUARY

Dark and exotic

 

60           BLUE RUIN

An indie thriller that cast Home Alone’s Buzz McCallister in a decent supporting role

61           LEGO MOVIE     

Is this lower than you’d think? I wanted to like this more, but thought it was mediocre.

 

LEGOS
Ouch!

 

62           A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

Underrated, but could have been tighter at 90 minutes. Sarah Silverman was amazing.

 

63           OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

9/11 Memories are still hard.

 

64           TRUST ME

I like Clark Gregg.  That is all.

 

65           A MOST WANTED MAN

Mediocre with a great performance by PSH.  I wanted to be mad at him the whole movie, but he was such a great actor, I forgot it was him….

66           BAD WORDS

My kind of movie.  Good solid middle.

 

67           NOAH

The religious hate it because it is not faithful to the Bible.  The nonreligious don’t want to see a movie about Noah.  I think I am the only person who wanted to see this.  It was decent.

 

68           AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY          

I have a new rule for next year’s movies that it will be a “calendar year” movie only when it was available in Austin. A movie like Selma is Oscar eligible for 2014, but is only shown in 5 theaters until 2015. I don’t want those last minute entries to never show up on any list, thus the rule change.  Ryan, a stickler for geek order, demanded I add August Osage County to 2014 to be consistent. Here it is at a mediocre #68. Happy, Ryan the Jerk?

 

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A mediocre move appearing here only to placate the pedantic Mr Garcia

 69           LAND HO

One man show. Not an actor.  Just an awesome old man!

 

70           HERCULES

Good dumb fun. Wish this would have succeeded. I would have seen a sequel.

 

71           PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

Meh

 

72           BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL

Charming.  Pretty much the median film I saw this year.

 

Everything below was to the left of the bell curve.  Still some good movies left though!

 

73           IVORY TOWER

Good subject matter; didn’t relate to people picked to act as the narrative

 

74           JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

Bizarre but I loved this passion of Jodorowsky

75           MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT       

Don’t know why this wasn’t better…

 

MOONLIGHT
Think she’s is saying “Stay away, Woody. Unlike Scarlet, I am NOT interested in you!”

 

76           3 DAYS TO KILL

Costner was great this year!

 

77           DRAFT DAY

Costner is again charming but the plot was not believable

 

78           MONUMENT MEN           Wasn’t as dreadful as the critic who put it in the Bottom 10 indicate.  It was a disappointment relative to what it could have been, but it was entirely mediocre.

 

79           NIGHT MOVES

Slow  but intriguing.

80           ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE            

Slow but beautiful

 

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Hiddleston for the ladies!

 

81           JOE

Well shot film in which Nicholas Cage shows some surprising subtlety

 

82           ROVER

Pretty and well-made but slow and tedious.  Clever ending brings it up.

 

83           NO NO

Not enough interest

 

84           WOMEN AREN’T FUNNY

Would’ve been funnier if made by a man.  I kid.  I kid.

<<<Jenny pissed>>>

 

85           NON-STOP

Great fun but check your brain at the door

 

86           THE OTHER WOMAN

Nice rental

 

87           THEY CAME TOGETHER

Uneven farce.

 

88           DIVERGENT

Passable YA Thriller

 

89           WE COULD BE KING

Nice story but the narrative was off

 

90           MILLION DOLLAR ARM

Nice cast. Too condescending to Indians for my taste.

91           NEIGHBORS       

Midtier funny movie

 

NEIGHBORS
Rogen plays a grownup. Biggest stretch of his life!

 

 

92           TMNT

Eh…it was Ok

 

93           JERSEY BOYS

Like watching Terminal directed by Spielberg, I wondered “Why did we need Eastwood for this?”

 

94           GODZILLA

Cranston was the only good thing about this forgettable blockbuster attempt

 

95           ROBOCOP

Ok but I don’t remember anything but Michael Keaton

96           DRACULA UNTOLD         

Fun for what it was

 

DRACULA
Entirely adequate!

 97           THE JUDGE

One too many or one two few rewrites.  I cannot tell!

 

98           CESAR CHAVEZ

Too sentimental.

 

99           LISTEN UP PHILLIP

Weak Wes Anderson imitation

 

100        HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Not a $320M movie

 

101        BURT’S BUZZ

102        STARRING ADAM WEST

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The Man is a Legend!

103        MISSION BLUE

104        ELAINE STRITCH: JUST SHOOT ME

Quirky eccentrics featured in docs.

 

105        ALEXANDER AND THE HORRIBLE…

Carrell saved this from being a trainwreck

 

106        MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Discount bounce.  Not that good, but I paid $2

 

107        LUCY

1/2 a good movie. I remember thinking during the second half that this movie would have been great if someone like Luc Besson had directed it.  Then the ending credits reminded me why this was not true.

 

108        JACK RYAN

Costner was the only thing good.  He really gave several strong performances this year.  Following his great turn as Pa Kent last year in Man of Steel, I am back on the Costner bandwagon.

 

109        SPIDERMAN 2   

A big letdown given the quality of the first one. Tells you how high the bar has been raised with Superhero flicks.  Andrew Garfield is not the problem.

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We didn’t even care enough to use the right Spiderman 2 poster…

 

110        MR PEABODY & SHERMAN

Cute but mediocre.

 

111        LET’S BE COPS

Surprisingly fun. Only saw because of the show time.

 

112        IN YOUR EYES   

Joss Whedon has ONE thing that I like:  Avengers movies.  I was watching this thinking, this could’ve been better with a good screenwriter, only to learn Whedon wrote it.

 

113        SEX TAPE

Passable iTunes rental

 

114        THINK LIKE A MAN TOO

Passable iTunes rental

 

115        HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Hard book (one of my faves) to translate and it shows

 

116        LOCKE

Boring but well-acted

117        RIDE ALONG      

I would like to see the talented Kevin Hart have a good script.  I think he is the heir apparent to Eddie Murphy, but I want to see his Trading Places.

 

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Even these awesome guys couldn’t save a weak, cliche script

 118        DUMB AND DUMBER TO

Exactly what I expected

 

119        CITIZEN KOCH

Just because I agree doesn’t mean it’s a good doc.

 

120        TINY

This was a neat concept but it could have been covered in one small segment on Dateline or 60 Minutes

 

121        THE DOG

Unlikably Unlikable

 

122        TAMMY

Beneath the talents of a wonderfully funny lady

 

123        BLENDED

Actually spoke to me a time or two but otherwise a typical Sandler farce.

 

124        THE GIVER

Gave me Narcolepsy

 

125        FRANK

Jenny fave Michael Fassbender gets partial credit for trying but failing

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So THAT’S what they meant when they said Fassbender has a thick head!

 

 

BOTTOM 20

 The films that aspired to be the worst 20 films of someone who saw a LOT of movies this year deserve extra damnation.  Check out more on these painful atrocities against mankind in my worst of write up.

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Ida movie you should avoid in 2014!

 

126        IN SECRET

127        THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

128        300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE

129        IF I STAY

130        ENEMY

131        RIO 2

132        NUTJOB

133        TRANCENDENCE

134        SERIAL KILLER CULTURE

135        THE CONGRESS

136        TRANSFORMERS

137        EARTH TO ECHO

138        I, FRANKENSTEIN

139        SABOTAGE

140        SIGNAL

141        THE MACHINE

142        VAMPIRE ACADEMY

143        PING PONG SUMMER

144        UNDER THE SKIN

145        IDA

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