Posted on January 4, 2015 | Back to Movies and Television
The following are my choices for the five best and the five worst science fiction and fantasy films of the past year. Please keep in mind that this list only contains titles I actually saw during 2014. A short explanation for my choices follows each title along with a link to a review if I created one. An expanded feature on why I chose Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the Best of the Year is also included.
What were your choices? Let me know by using the comment area at the bottom of the page!
Best of 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Considered by many critics to be the best of these super hero movies, The Winter Soldier tipped the entire Marvel universe on its head and made us love every second of it. Click here for more on why I made this film number one. Read my review.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Perhaps the year's biggest sci fi surprise, this clever combination of action and humor (and a great soundtrack) made us adore super heroes we'd never heard of prior to its release. Read my review.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Remember when science fiction actually had a message behind it instead of just endless space battles? Yeah, so did the makers of this inspiring sequel to the 2011 film. Read my review.
Godzilla: It's hard to make a good Godzilla film. The 1998 Matthew Broderick vehicle was a travesty and the Japanese flicks are only marginally better. But this slick reboot made it onto my list with the help of a great ensemble cast, high suspense and some bone-chilling city-stomping made possible by skillfully rendered special effects. Read my review.
XMen: Days of Future Past: Although the film's release was over-shadowed by an apparently bogus sex abuse allegation leveled toward director Bryan Singer, Days of Future Past proved that mutants still have the power to thrill if given the proper format. Singer skillfully blended old and new X-Men franchises and breathed new life into heroes we've known for years. Read my review.
Worst of 2014
I, Frankenstein: Put aside the incomprehensible plot, awful effects and dreadful acting, and you're still left with a movie that dares to transform a classic horror character into a super hero (sans the cape). Grab the torches and pitchforks, 'cause this thing needs to die! More on IMDB.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Anyone who willingly makes movies like Michael Bay should just not be allowed to make movies. This abomination by director Jonathan Liebesman was so Bay-ish, it even included a ghastly performance by Megan Fox (as if there's any other kind). Far be it for me to advocate for animal abuse, but these turtles need to be flushed. Read my review.
Robocop: The original 1987 film is a classic. For some reason, the producers of this so-called reboot decided to "improve" on it by casting the worst actor in Europe in the title role (Joel Kinniman), completely change the film's moral paradigm and dumb-down the satire. Pathetic. More on IMDB.
Legend of Hercules: Perhaps the only reason this atrocity didn't rank higher on my list is it was relatively low budget compared to TMNT and Robocop, so its appalling special effects and casting can be somewhat excused. Still, it was a painful experience from beginning to end and makes we wonder if the only reason Kellan Lutz is cast in anything is for his pecs? More on IMDB.
300: Rise of An Empire: I'll give Zack Snyder's original 300 credit where credit is due — it created an indelible look and feel for films about ancient Greece. But that was eight years ago and the world's moved on. Not only did we not need this sequel, but it's such a poor retread of the original I laughed all the way through it. Read my review.