SideNote: Least Favorite Films of 2014

ST. VINCENTSideNote: Least Favorite Films of 2014

I don’t have the time (or the money) to see all of the films that come out each year. The Media 10 is non-profit, so yeah, kind of have to a have a non-movie watching career on the side.

Anyway, that’s why this isn’t the “Worst” films of 2014 list. Just a few movies, that kind of didn’t work for me (and one movie that I actually really hated).

So here are my least favorite films of 2014 and why.
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SideNote: “Boyhood” vs. “Birdman” for the Oscar, DGA may decide.

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SideNote: “Boyhood” vs.”Birdman” for the Oscar, DGA may decide.

“Boyhood” was supposed to win. In a nice, calm, predictable world “Boyhood,” having snatched the majority of Critic’s group precursor awards, would be the easy front-runner.

The alternate? The Weinstein’s have been fairing well in Guild nominations with “The Imitation Game,” so that could be your alternate. What about the strong box-office results of “American Sniper”? Hell, some people may have even ranked Wes Anderson’s likable “Grand Budapest Hotel” over “Birdman.”

But when it came time for the Producer’s Guild to decide what was best? It was “Birdman.” The last time the PGA winner didn’t line up with the Oscar best picture winner was in 2006 when “Little Miss Sunshine” took the title from Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”
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Editor Picks: Top 10 Favorite Films of 2014

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This year was particularly difficult when naming a top 10. In the end there were some movies that just stuck with me more than others.

Honorable mentions include “Gone Girl,” “Selma,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Foxcatcher,” and “The Imitation Game.” All six of which I highly recommend you see, and definitely try and find a way to watch these top 10 unique and impactful films.

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I cannot argue against some of the complaints about “The Lego Movie,” but in life there are just some forms of art that impact you personally. For me, a young man who grew up enjoying Legos and still loves Legos today; “The Lego Movie” nailed it. I could relate to every joke, to every serene moment, and I was cackling in the theater so much I sounded like I was choking on popcorn.

For a movie that could’ve been a commercialized disaster, “The Lego Movie” was one of the most original and fun movies, not only of 2014, but of this entire decade.
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Top 20: Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015

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With Video Games it is very difficult to pinpoint what might be the best of 2015 come this time in 2016. In today’s world a lot of the great games are independently made and fly under the radar. Also many games will be announced during E3 2015, most of those titles will likely be 2016 releases, but some will make it just in time.

Some of our titles on our list this year were actually on our Most Anticipated list last year. Now that the developers have had enough time to make the games perfect for gamers, we can really bet that they will be strong.

So here are our top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division

“Tom Clancy’s The Division” looks beautiful and has the potential to become the next defining multiplayer experience. People were excited to see this game come out in 2014, but in May last year the game was delayed to 2015. An anonymous source inside Ubisoft Massive stated “The game engine works well, it’s not done, but works well. The actual game development has barely started, however.”

There is no official release date, but there’s a strong chance the game will be released this year.
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Oscars: The Nominees – 2015

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We have the complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominations, ranked by contenders most likely to win. Also we wanted to post this so we could comment on each category individually to voice our just concerns!

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
American Sniper
Whiplash

The only real surprise in Best Picture is the lack of “Gone Girl,” but it was already a bubble contender since people weren’t sure how many first place votes it would receive. “Boyhood” is easily winning this though.
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Oscars: Final Nominee Predictions – 2015

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What a year it has been. The films of 2014 were unique which made the awards race a little tough to follow. In the end two films that came out earlier in 2014 will uncommonly be center-stage: “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to take home a bundle of technical awards while “Boyhood” is securely ready to take home the Best Picture/Director categories.

It was tough to find five to fit each category, with very few films “secure” in each one. But here is what we predict will get nominations in each category. Go to the Oscar page to see alternates.

Best Picture
Boyhood
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Selma
Gone Girl
American Sniper
Whiplash
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Golden Globes: Way too Early 2016 Predictions – Motion Picture categories

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We have updated our Golden Globes page to show several contenders. Click that link if you want an extended list of alternates and dark horses in each category.

Some films we see being big factors include Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” Stephen Frears’s “Icon,” David O. Russell’s “Joy,” Joel/Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!,” and Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young”

See an overview of our predictions below (visit the link above for more):

Motion Picture – Drama
The Hateful Eight
Icon
Joy
Knight of Cups
The Revenant

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Demolition
Hail, Caesar!
The Last 5 Years
A Walk in the Woods
While We’re Young

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