Top 5 Worst Movies of 2014

Better late than never.

Another year has come and gone. It’s time to share my picks for the best and worst movies of 2014. This past year was a strong year for movies. It had its fair share of surprises and disappointments. However, I haven’t seen a lot of bad movies, so movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction and Into the Storm won’t be on this list. But there were only five of them that I wasted two hours from my life. Let’s get started at the bottom of the barrel.

But first, some dishonorable mentions:
The Judge
Lucy
Unbroken

Dumb-and-Dumber-To-2-Brady-Bluhm-Billy-4C5. Dumb and Dumber To – I’m glad Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels came back playing the two dimwitted friends going on another misadventure. The previews made it look like it would be good for a few laughs. The first twenty minutes or so were really funny, but it started to go downhill from there with too much toilet humor and not much heart. Some of the things that Harry and Lloyd do are quite mean. For instance, pushing strangers into a bush. This is much better than the Farrelly brothers’ atrocity known as Movie 43.

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4. Hercules (the version starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner) – It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. There is some fun in this movie. The action is not bad. Dwayne Johnson does put a lot of muscle into the title role. Brett Ratner does a lousy job giving lame one-liners, horrible effects, and ridiculously forced flashbacks involving the murder of Hercules’ wife and children. For those who have sacrificed their time with The Legend of Hercules, I think you’re better off watching this version, despite the fact that it’s not very good.

jack-ryan-motorcycle3. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Remember this movie from January of last year? It was originally going to come out on Christmas of 2013, but it got pushed back a few weeks so it wouldn’t interfere with the release of Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. I like Chris Pine. I like Kenneth Branagh. But this is a waste opportunity of being an origin story of Jack Ryan. Riddled with plot holes, shaky action sequences, and Pine playing a clumsy hero, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is forgettable.

annabelle_12. Annabelle – For someone who thought The Conjuring was the best horror film in recent memory, I was looking forward to seeing how one creepy doll terrorized a happy family. When James Wan introduced Annabelle in that movie, I knew I was in for a scary good time at the theater. I thought if there would be a movie featuring this creepy ventriloquist doll. When you hire the director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation putting his hands on this project, do you think this will be any good?

Absolutely not!

Even though there are some eerie moments in the film, it focused on way too many jump scares. Almost to the point where it becomes silly. This is the biggest disappointment of 2014, but it’s not worse than #1.

Sums up how I feel about this movie.

Sums up how I feel about this movie.

1. A Million Ways to Die in the West – If there is a scene involving one of the characters taking a dump in someone’s hat before a gunfight, you know this Western satire won’t turn out to be any good. From Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad, Ted), A Million Ways to Die in the West is an unpleasant cinematic experience on every level. With an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, and Liam Neeson, it feels like the movie is written by a teenager trapped in a man’s body. Everyone in this movie is vulgar and stupid, the jokes aren’t funny, the violence is surprisingly graphic (i.e. a man getting crushed by a big block of ice – YUCK!), and the heart is nowhere in site. I rather watch Blazing Saddles than this pile of garbage.

I hope you like my picks. Feel free to leave any comments on what are some of the worst movies you’ve seen in 2014. Stay tuned for my list of the ten best films of 2014. Take care.

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Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To

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Harry and Lloyd set out on another adventure in the sequel to the beloved 1994 hit “Dumb and Dumber”

Dumb and Dumber is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It defined a new comedy sub-genre called “gross-out humor”. Even though it was stupid, the movie had a lot of heart and a lot of laughs. It made me laugh so hard that tears were rolling down my face. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were absolutely terrific as Harry and Lloyd, two dimwits who embarked on a journey to deliver a suitcase to a woman in Aspen, Colorado. A mere twenty years have passed, and we have a sequel featuring these idiots embarking on another journey in Dumb and Dumber To.

The movie opens up with a funny scene involving Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) meeting up with Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) at a mental institution. He tells him to forget about Mary Swanson (from the last film), which is the reason why Lloyd is spending time in a wheelchair looking like a hobo. When Lloyd is about to say something, Harry tells him to spit it out. Then he realizes Lloyd had pulled a 20-year prank on him.

After releasing Lloyd, they go back to Harry’s neighborhood to get a letter from 1991 by Harry’s old girlfriend Fraida (Kathleen Turner). He discovers that Harry has a daughter (Rachel Melvin) who was given up for adoption. They embark on another “grand” adventure to El Paso, Texas where a science convention is taking place. She is delivering a speech, and Harry wants to meet her for the first time. Lloyd starts developing a crush on his daughter (yes, he does have a fantasy about him living a life with her at one point). As they reach for their destination, they come across some encounters.

After starring in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2, two of the biggest flops from last year, Jim Carrey has come back to what made him become one of the funniest comedic actors of all-time. In movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty, it’s impossible not to get a kick out of his physical humor and improvisations. It’s almost as if he’s the lost member of the Three Stooges. Jeff Daniels hasn’t starred in anything famous in a while, except for portraying several supporting roles over the past ten years like in Because of Winn-Dixie and Looper. I’m glad these two actors came back to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd. Unfortunately, they are the only reasons why everyone should see Dumb and Dumber To. It’s not good.

Following last year’s atrocity (Movie 43), the Farrelly brothers have tried to make a funny sequel to a beloved original. They did succeed in making me laugh at times rather than losing all of my brain cells within the whole running time, but it didn’t make me laugh as much as I wanted. It started losing its steam after the first half-hour with too much toilet humor and very little heart. Making jokes about the blind and people with autism is an insult to not only those who are blind and have autism but also to mankind. By the end of the movie, I had that feeling that I should just watch the original movie again. Seeing Rob Riggle camouflaged with a vending machine is not worth my time.

1.5/4

Trailer Review: Dumb and Dumber To

Last night, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were guests on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They had the pleasure to premiere the first long-awaited trailer for Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to one of the stupidest yet funniest comedies of all-time. Carrey and Daniels reprise their roles as the two moronic friends reuniting twenty years after their adventure cross-country. After Lloyd tricks on Harry, they embark on another adventure – or misadventure – to search for Harry’s daughter who was given up for adoption. Let the stupidity commence.

Dumb and Dumber is one of those rare comedies where it made me laugh so hard from beginning to end. It truly defined a new sub-genre in comedy: “gross-out humor”. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels perform Harry and Lloyd with so much charm that it’s hilarious. If it wasn’t for these two actors, that movie wouldn’t be called Dumb and Dumber. Possibly, there wouldn’t be a sequel. I’m glad they are back to make every audience laugh until tears come out of their eyes.

I’m hoping Jim Carrey would get out from under the radar after starring in those two flops from last year – The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2. It seems like Carrey would bring back his physical comedic charm that made him so funny to begin with. Jeff Daniels hasn’t starred in anything famous for a while, so this would be an interesting return to form here. My fingers are crossed hoping for a funny sequel to a downright funny comedy.

In the meantime, here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Dumb and Dumber To comes out November 14th.