2014 might not have been the best in terms of box office grosses or bums in seats, but there were a lot of really great movies across every genre.
These are not them. These are the fifteen movies that had me wanted my ninety-to-a-hundred-and-forty minutes back. A few did big box office; a few got many terrific reviews; most appalled all who saw them. I doubt any careers were ended by any of them, though some probably should have been.
Without any further ado, follow the jump for my least favorite films of 2014. Enjoy (if that’s the right word)…
In an evil Green Goblin Broadway voice, sing with me, Spider-Man, Spider-Man, radioactive Spider-Man. After receiving lukewarm reviews from most and a downright hateful one from yours truly, The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t exactly set the world on fire. They have a lot to live up to in the bigger budget sequel and are clearly betting the whole friendly neighborhood on it being a smash. The entire cast from the first film returns for the sequel, but then that’s not saying much as it wasn’t a particularly big one to begin with.
For all its flaws, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 was committed. By comparison, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a paint-by-numbers version of the comic. If not for the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, TASM2 would be a complete bust – their on-again/off-again romance is the only part of the movie that feels at all real.
The rumors were true. Sony confirmed that yes indeed The Amazing Spider-Man is now an official “universe.” There will be two spin-off films – Venom and The Sinister Six. After this big announcement Sony pictures surprised the crowd at CinemaCon by giving the audience a 30-minute taste of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The three clips showcased an arc in the film.
I don’t know, I just don’t know. Sony is getting out of control with all the footage for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I feel like I’ve practically seen this thing. It looks miles better than the first film, but the web swinging moments aren’t quite doing it for me. I will say the slow motion shot of Spider-Man flying through the air looks gorgeous. Here’s 3 more minutes from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This time out we get lots of Electro. There’s a MASSIVE spoiler in here – If you look closely and know anything about Spider-Man’s history.
Earth Hour is best known for its annual energy conservation ‘Lights Out’ campaign but it does so much more than that – it’s a global force involved in work to preserve nature worldwide. And now, Earth Hour has named Spider-Man its first superhero ambassador – with a message to ‘inspire individuals to use their power to become superheroes for the planet.
The powers that be at Earth Hour and Sony Pictures Entertainment have partnered to create a program called Earth Hour Blue that will set up crowdfunding for projects like the one that provides efficient cookstoves to prevent deforestation in the habitat of the Giant Panda. Members of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s cast, and director Marc Webb, have selected projects for which they feel a personal connection, as well.
For more information on Earth Hour, Earth Hour Blue and some of these programs, as well as the link to the Earth Hour/Spider-Man page, follow the jump.
I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t like the first Spider-Man but I’m hoping to love Spidey 2, but I’m just not sure about this trailer and the idea of this being a trilogy. I’m fairly positive that I can guess what the ending will be, but we’ll see. Here is the brand new spot that aired during the Super-Bowl.
The Amazing Spider-Man will take part in the 2014 Ball Drop celebration in Times Square after being named the official superhero of Times Square by Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment,the co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. Everyone’s favorite web-spinning wall-crawler will also take part in events leading up to the New Year’s Eve countdown.
The evening will feature an exclusive clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and Spider-Man fans in NYC or one of the following surrounding New York Counties (Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Rockland), Connecticut Counties (Fairfield and Litchfield), and New Jersey Counties (Bergen and Hudson) could win the opportunity to meet him. Details are included in the press release following the jump.