January 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
With this month coming to a close, it all comes down to this – Jeff Fahey starring in a movie by The Asylum. Yeah, he starred in schlock movies from time to time and everybody does but when it comes to him in a movie that specializes on ripping off other movies, I honestly got nothing to add. However, Jeff Fahey in a movie by The Asylum that involves the same scenario we’ve already seen in The Day After Tomorrow. All I have to say is that this is another bad Fahey vehicle, isn’t it?
Now I could bring up R.D. Braunstein’s filmography but he only directed this and Layover so uh, let’s move on to the co-writers H. Perry Horton and Richard Schenkman instead. Horton is just a usual writer-for-hire for The Asylum since he’s involved writing other movies so nothing much to talk about him here. As for Richard, let’s say that he brought us The Man From Earth and Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies so this might slightly be a positive thing to make me think this movie could be good. But judging from the synopsis, it’s gonna be exactly like what we already seen in 2012: Ice Age.
I am probably not gonna like this movie but moving on. A great event occurs in Mount Hasan at Turkey which causes a massive volcanic eruption enough to bring about a second ice age, it got alerted to news services that doesn’t exist in the real world along with Colonel Ralph Dillard (John Rhys-Davies). This leads to pilot Steve Foster (Jeff Fahey) and his new wife Lacey (Judit Fekete) to attempt to go to Paris and rescue Steve’s kids Taryn (Sara Malakul Lane) and Ryan (Marc McKevitt Ewins). However, they landed on London due to ash clouds so the rest of the movie involves the kids surviving while acting annoying from Ryan being fascinated by french woman Angelique (Zsófi Trecskó) and Taryn not believing her father is a hero.
Paris is suffering from earthquakes before its temperatures are dropping rapidly and this leads to the Foster kids (and Angelique) to get towards the Eiffel Tower as a place to see their parents. Meanwhile, Steve and Lacey drives from London while speaking to Ralph over the phone. Ralph mentioned that he is leaving in London to survive to the only normal environment safe zone which is… Australia! Okay, I’ll just go with it since that sounds reasonable but what about other places outside Europe like America or Canada or Mexico? Oh what does it matter, I’m nitpicking a low-budget science fiction movie.
The couple arrived to helicopter hangar and quickly gets to their kids (and Angelique) eiffel tower to rescue them before the ash clouds covered France. They then attempt to get to Ralph’s place and well, they crashed about a couple of minutes near there but they survive and the movie ends with Australia becoming a possible dystopic overpopulated environment. This movie is enjoyably bad and really hilarious to watch. It is a usual family in apocalyptic disaster movie that we already seen many times before with the usual case of bad acting, effects and storyline but is it worth checking out anyway? Oh yeah, it’s worth checking out.
Jeff Fahey is playing a usual character while John is hamming it up from top to bottom even when he mispronounce Hyperbole twice in less than a minute. I originally suspect he’s gonna be a British actor playing an American general but Sliders already have that with Roger Daltrey in two episodes and I’m glad he doesn’t go to that exact route. Sara and Marc are slightly alright but I mentioned they are annoying while Zsófi is just simply there as an Hungarian model actress playing a french person and I should note that the movie is primary filmed in Hungary instead of France so yeah, that’s a case of California Doubling trope there.
Oh and Judit is also simply there to be Jeff’s character’s wife and nothing much. It’s not as bad as the other Asylum disaster movie I brought up twice but uh, not much great either so this movie is only worth it as a one-time viewing. Well, I’m done for Fahey’s movies for now so will get back to it next January so let’s see what happens next. Until then.
January 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
If there is one thing to explain me being a fan of Jeff Fahey, it’s because of few things I’ve seen of him in like Lost, Planet Terror and the best Stephen King in-name-only adaptation I’ve seen which is The Lawnmower Man. Yes, this movie is ridiculous, dated and silly but stuff based on King’s words even by loosely standards do have those traits at times. I mean, I like The Langoliers as well but that’s beside the point, The Lawnmower Man is honestly a good popcorn entertainment and Jeff is one of the few good things about it. After that, I saw him facing the dangers of Virtual Reality again with Apocalypse II: Revelation and that movie is alright with some moments.
So this brings me to Virtual Seduction as directed by Paul Ziller who made such apocalyptic and disaster flicks such as Collision Earth, Stonehenge Apocalypse, Ice Quake, Polar Storm, Android Apocalypse, Solar Attack and Ms. Bear. Okay, that last one doesn’t count but he did also bring us the remake of The Philadelphia Experiment which in my opinion is an alright remake. People may hate that one but I don’t because at least Michael Pare said yes to starring in a remake of one of the few 80s movies that made him relevant at that time. But anyway, let’s get on to Virtual Seduction and see if there’s nothing uh, apocalyptic about this.
Jeff plays Liam Bass who’s engaged to his girl Paris (Carrie Genzel) while being friends to Laura (Ami Dolenz). However, Liam’s night with Paris turns from good to worst as two thugs entered their picture, steal their car and shot both of them with Paris being dead. Flashing forward to 1997 and Liam seems to have move on from that incident with him and Laura now being a couple. Meanwhile, he’s assigned himself to Cybernetic Laboratories as a guinea pig subject on a virtual reality program after its previous participant (played by Michael McDonald) panicked and quits the game.
Liam’s adventures in virtual reality goes successful enough that he became the first man to receive a virtual reality pod in his own home. Despite that, he continues his VR adventures but with him encountering a simulation of Paris which he rejects at first but decides to fall in love with her including when they made some finger painting love. Their affair turns to the attention of its creator Dr Grant (Frank Novak) who’s a greedy antagonist responsible for keeping Paris in the program while causing Liam to lose his taste on actual reality and remain in a fantasy world. Laura found out about it and with the help of Anderson (Meshach Taylor), they try to help bring Liam back to the real world before it’s too late.
However, Liam cannot break away from his love with his dead fiancée and decide to get married which is enough to kill him. He then died and then revive himself and then in a twist, Liam finishes his VR adventure while Paris continued to have adventures with his VR counterpart. The movie ends with everybody but Liam and Laura celebrating the arrival of 2000 by being in virtual reality pods (hopefully without being compatible with the millennium bug of course).
The movie is a alright mixture of virtual reality and low-grade erotic thriller. It’s no Basic Instinct or Color of Night of course but it is easy to know that this movie cashes in the success while playing on television as part of Roger Corman Presents fixture back in the nineties. Jeff Fahey is good as usual and all other actors is well – meh – to the most part. I mean, they are fine despite coming off a bit one-dimensional with the exception of Ami Dolenz. Also, the story is nothing more but a usual love triangle involving reality and fantasy with one man caught in the middle of it.
So really, the movie is okay to check out if you’re into cheesy 1990s virtual reality love story mumbo jumbo but nothing more than that. Well, I got three down and one to go so next time, I’m ending this month on a cold note… uh, a good kind of cold note (I think).
January 16, 2015 § Leave a comment
Already we on to the second week and this time, we went from a movie that I felt was wrongly criticized badly to… uh, a movie that is honestly bad. Yeah, I gonna agree with the public on this one. I knew there will be a time I get to a bad movie starring Jeff Fahey and this might be the one. I felt less interested in this after watching it and let me say that I can agree with this being sold at the cheap bargain bin with crap like The Trial of The Incredible Hulk and uh, Man of the Moon! Okay, why is that only two dollars worth nowadays?
Now this movie is made by Hiroaki Yoshida whom at that time already hit it big with Twilight of the Cockroaches and that one has its cult status enough that it inspired a certain short film in MTV’s Liquid Television that later translated into a 1990s live-action vehicle starring Jerry O’Connell. I think you know what I’m talking about. But here’s the thing, Twilight of the Cockroaches is his directorial debut and Iron Maze is his… directorial demise if you will. Granted, he still finds work in producing and acting since then but ooh boy, this is a bad way going from making an anime film to an live-action movie.
The movie primary focuses on the attempted murder of Sugita (Hiroaki Murakami) on the steel mill in a town known as Corinth. As Jack Ruhle (J.T. Walsh) investigates why he nearly died, Barry Mikowski (Jeff Fahey) at first gets away from the scene of the crime since he’s a suspect but he then turns himself to the police and mentioned he’s responsible for the assault. However, Sugita’s wife Chris (Bridget Fonda) is calling Jack on the phone while driving for several hours which places herself as another suspect to the case.
It then reveals two sides of the story with Chris saying that Barry is just a maniacal bell boy/steel worker who wants to rape Chris while plan to kill Sugita while Barry said she’s the one who wanted him dead. It’s not long until Sugita wakes up and reveals that it’s neither since while he tries to turn the steel mill to an amusement park, he has a grudge on Barry and that’s due to him having an affair with Chris. They thought it out in the steel mill, Chris nearly kills Sugita by dropping a metal from above and Barry goes back to fighting Sugita on above but not before he falls thanks to the fourth person involved in this event. And that fourth person is… Hob from RoboCop 2!
Yeah, Mikey (Gabriel Damon) is responsible for having Sugita fall to his near death and he has a legit good reason since Barry is the only person Mikey looks up to when nobody’s around. Both Barry and Jack went back to the steel mill to get Mikey and it results to Barry helping his young friend out before Jack decides to let them go, Chris goes on her own journey and Sugita was wrong about hating Barry so he became friends along with Mikey ending the movie.
Now, in honesty, the movie is only good in one thing – the relationship between Barry and Mikey since this subplot might be the only positive about this because outside of it, this movie is crap. Jeff might acted well along with J.T. and Gabriel but it didn’t help making me like it. Bridget acted like she really doesn’t want to be here and Hiroaki plays a character that really comes off unlikable. The movie stretches itself to boredom and a bit of confusion that ends in a anticlimactic note.
Surprisingly, it’s based on Ryuonosuke Akutagawa’s In A Grove which later forms the basis of the story to Akira Kurosawa’s acclaimed masterpiece Rashomon and I can’t help by say that it’s best to check that movie out rather than this one. However, if you want to check a movie as a drinking game for those pointing out the boom mic in each scene, this is a good example. Damn, I reviewed one Jeff Fahey movie that I didn’t much like so maybe next one is good because it’s time for him to go back to virtual reality territory and no, it’s not The Lawnmower Man II since he didn’t star in that one.
January 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
Oh yeah, a month of movies starring one of my favorite character actors this generation, Jeff Fahey and why not? Noah has his Reb Brown and Brad Jones has his Pierre Kirby so why not let me have fun watching him kick ass. And I think the first movie is a perfect start of this movie since Last of the Finest not only has him in it but it also stars Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano and Bill Paxton so what I’m getting at is possibly The Expendables of the early 90s. It might make sense but it is missing Lorenzo Lamas, Roddy Piper and Brian Bosworth with maybe Ronny Cox in a villainous role. Now that is an idea for action movie to end all action movies.
But anyway, if this movie is any good, you can thank the late, great John Mackenzie of The Long Good Friday and The Fourth Protocol fame. Not only that but it’s also written by George Armitage who is best known as the director of Grosse Pointe Blank… and uh, The Big Bounce! Damn, going from John Cusack as a hitman to Owen Wilson having the most awkward lovemaking with Sara Foster. Not really the best to end your directorial career if you ask me.
The movie involves LAPD officer Frank Daly (Brian Dennehy) as he plays football with Wayne Gross (Joe Pantoliano), Howard Jones (Bill Paxton) and Ricky Rodriquez (Jeff Fahey). An alright start to the movie but then it goes to them exposing a bust held by Anthony Reece (Michael C. Gwynne). While Howard goes in up close while dressing up as an old grandmother figure, Frank decide to go “fuck the DEA and his captain’s orders” and raid the scene which worked out not so well. Frank’s captain Joe Torres (Henry Darrow) decide to suspend the team. They kept investigating by taking pictures and both Howard and Bill hilariously mimic the criminal meeting up with his date. Also, Howard sees one of the henchmen later while playing the football and decide to be an ass to him during the game.
Later on, Frank gets a phone call from his informant Fast Eddie (Xander Berkeley) about Reece and their investigation goes underway. However, it leads to both Fast Eddie and a prostitute getting killed off… and then Howard died as well. Frank and the two is then charged with breaking the rules but dammit, Frank and Wayne quit the force. Ricky however didn’t because he’s in his “cop is his whole life” routine and went on his way… that is until he opened up the garage door (that Frank said is broken for ten years) and said “fuck it, I quit” in his tone. Okay, I think I chose the movie well.
They decide to finish their investigation but as civilians. They raid the scene of some hoodlum’s home and taken $25,000 off them, they trail Reece to some relief fund event with the President attending and even visited retired cop Tommy (John Finnegan) who can rip lips of the video tape. However, Tommy is later visited by Torres who is working for Reece and bad trouble goes down as while Frank and his friends hide money in the septic tank, they discover Tommy’s body and decide to get their family members on a hideout.
Daly then decides to set up an exchange in a baseball field (instead of football stadium so why the change in sports in the movie) and in a final act, blazes of guns happen with Torres and Reeces being victims in the battle. The movie then ends with the three back in police uniform and The President denying Reece’s involvements. Okay, to put in all honesty, the movie is surprisingly not bad and it’s not just because Jeff is in it.
To put it easily, this is Brian’s action piece through and through and with three actors having their time of their lives beating down injustice. While Bill hasn’t been in much, he is alright in the movie and I can understand it if he’s not in it much. After all, he was doing Navy Seals and Predator 2 around that time so that’s understandable. Joey Pants also did well as Wayne and he’s a cop with a spotless record and more of a family man than Brian’s character right down to inviting them and his wife to a cop party. As for Jeff Fahey, he never disappoint me in this one and he has moments to shine in this. The scene involving his ragequit with a garage door is indeed one of them.
The story is usual action fare and has some moments you don’t normally see in other action films. I mean, three ex-cops stealing and hiding money in a septic tank… something Woody and Wesley has never done in Money Train. All and all, this movie is worth checking out if you’re an early 90s action junky or is a fan of these actors even with Xander Berkeley in a minor role. Now that I got Janu-Fahey began, I had to look into another of his early roles and speaking of negative critical reception, I heard this movie is bad. Am I wrong on this one? Tune in next week.
January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
If there’s anything to say about the year that is 2014, it’s just that it’s possibly the worst year in my lifetime and it makes 1997 look like 1969 by comparison (even though I was born way after 1969 but that’s beside the point). So as usual, I’m here to present a list of the stuff from this year that I dislike and hope to forget in the years to come. Really, really hope to forget. Fuck 2014.
Worst Films Of 2014
A Million Ways To Die In The West – I’m not much a fan of Seth McFarlane to be honest but he did some good from time to time like Ted for example. This movie really is a live-action take on those overlong gags you see in Family Guy before you turned it off and oh god, these gags are bad. Other than that, it’s nothing much interesting. Sure, I could admit there is minor good parts like Dr Brown cameo and the post-credit thing but it’s not really worth it so if you want some western comedy, just stick with Blazing Saddles instead.
RoboCop – I already rant about this movie on its sole review enough so is there a bit more to say about it? I’m sure can’t think of any so yeah, this movie is still in the same league as unnecessary remakes as Total Recall. Let’s just move on.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro – Honestly, it’s not as worse as the first one but it is bad and has unoriginality written all over it. How could you use Burtonverse Riddler’s origin as the basis for Electro? How could you make Green Goblin look more cartoony than Willem DaFoe? Why am I’m not shocked about the death of one character? Why am I laughing at Denis Leary being a “Disappointed Ghost Dad” type? I have a lot of questions but if anything, the movie is bad but hilarious to watch unlike the other one.
Worst Singles Of 2014
Jason Derulo ft Snoop Dogg – Wiggle – I am not liking this year due to the fact that twerking is so everywhere that it shakes its butt towards Oxford Online Dictionary. This song really is weak and boring and will be forgettable by the following year. Snoop, I don’t know what you smoking but I think you should quit rather than pass it on to me. As for Jason Derulo, he’s always crap and besides this and Talk Dirty, his songs are forgettable so somebody sack this guy please. That’ll be a good favor to the human race.
Buck 22 featuring Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky 2 – While I am glad that I didn’t list his daughter’s crap in here (and I nearly did since she ruined two Beatles songs with The Flaming Lips), I am not glad that Billy Ray Cyrus made a sequel that’s more worst than the original and place it here. Just why? Has he not heard the part where he’s “irrelevant”? And putting twerking in this song, oh yeah, good way to cash in the popularity that’s not really popular. This is a mess that I’m not sure if it’s unfinished or not so uhhhh, fuck this song.
Kimbra – 90s Music – This is me being honest here but not only is this one of the worst songs of this year but it’s also almost the best. I shit you not on this, this song may not sound 90s-like but it’s also strangely catchy. I heard her recent album and has some catchiness as well as one of the songs sound like a bit Prince-esque but it’s not great so this one might be more of a so-bad-its-good song. Also, Matthew Bellany of Muse did the bass guitar on this and sadly… it’s not much but it’s there.
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – Okay, you might see that I’m not a pop music enthusiast here. Well, you’re right, I hate pop music and I do mean the current state of it. I like the genre when it has class, catchiness and earworm worthy. Today, it’s annoying, annoying, annoying. And I am not a Nicki Minaj fan to be honest but damn, this song is awful. And to make it sad, the sampling of this is awful. Why is 2014 the year of butts in music? I mean, This… this is the “Dirty Bit (Time Of Your Life)” of 2014. Hey Music Company, stop making the worst artists sample some classics please.
Worst Albums Of 2014
U2 – The Spam Album – Ha, see what I did there? I may not be a U2 fan but they do have songs from time to time that’s worth listening and not so egotastical. Heck, one of them has Johnny Cash doing the lead vocals that’s surprisingly good so look up “The Wanderer” and listen to that. This album may be favorable but at the same time, it’s also the album that many people don’t want to listen right down to “Uh, somebody delete this off my phone please?”. There’s not much good in the album and really, making a tribute to Joey Ramone that doesn’t sound like The Ramones stuff of the past (not even sounding like Dee Dee Ramone when he went all hip-hop on us so that’s saying something). Has Bono even listen to their music at all? If there’s anything good to say about it, I like Sleep Like A Baby Tonight so there is one good song in the whole album but the others, just blah blah blah we’re so relevant until the end of time mumbo jumbo.
Coldplay – Ghost Stories – Speaking of U2, this album sucks. Like I said on the other album, Coldplay do have few good songs in the past but this album has none of it and they just went to their direction big time. I even heard a Giorgio Moroder remix of Magic and it’s so boring that I don’t remember it afterwards. Also, this is me saying it but is this album unintentionally a breakup album? It was released around the time when Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow went on separate ways, I’m just saying.
Worst Comic Books Of 2014
Avengers vs X-Men: Axis – No, just no. Marvel milking few crossover events this year is one thing but making a crossover involving Red Skull as Onslaught. Really, they haven’t learned on why the original Onslaught crossover is not much well-received. And top it off, Dr Strange and Scarlett Witch’s did an inversion spell that makes Iron Man more of an asshole, Hulk using his name backwards and uh, Zenpool! This one is just not for me and as much as I liked Original Sin fine for its weirdness, I think it’s best to ignore this like Ultimatum and Marville is best ignored in these times.
Worst Television Shows Of 2014
Under The Dome – While I don’t mind the first season of this show, the second season suffered from problem after problem. It became filled with love triangle clichés, pointless deaths, out-of-character moments and a cliffhanger ending that I thought was a dumb way to get this show canned but no, the show has been renewed for the third season so honestly, how is this gonna follow up on that? Granted it has minor moments like Dean Norris going briefly good before returning being evil in a hammy way but honestly, this suffered from the “second season syndrome” that makes the audiences stopped watching Heroes and Lost after that. Who knows how low can this go?
Gotham – Okay, honestly, this show is really so-bad-its-good on my part thanks to Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee and Robin Lord Taylor’s performance but outside of them, this show is a bit monotone and clichéd that I prefer Gotham High animated series to exist instead. I don’t see Ben McKenzie as James Gordon and have little care for Bruce Wayne’s early adventures. The villains in this show besides Penguin is meh and that includes Fish Mooney (a dumb name for a mobster) in the mix. I can watch this show and see how good and hammy is gonna get but it’s not the best Batman series I ever seen and thanks to this, we have Krypton coming to the small screens with David S. Goyer being involved in this. Now that is gonna be a worst show of uh, 2015… 2016… never?!?
Okay, I’m done with my list and yeah, I lied about things to forget since I brought up Gotham but hey, it’s 2015 so let’s see what good and bad has been coming our way and later this week, I’m starting with the good so until then.
January 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
2014 may be officially over but it doesn’t stop me from giving a bit of what’s cool and what sucks on that year that is fucking awful but not to just me but for several people so hopefully we will forget that period in many months from now. So for let’s see what I like and hope it won’t be as regrettable as the time I placed SING by My Chemical Romance as the best single portion. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking back then.
Best Movies Of 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – This is the ultimate game-changer epic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise and it really is unexpected. Taken loosely from the Ed Brubaker written storyline of the same name, it focuses on The Star-Spangled Avenger being caught in conspiracy event that involves his past, his friends and even his enemies and oh boy, it is glorious. This might be the first superhero movie to be mixed with paranoid thriller and it is as unique as the comic book. Sure, the S.H.I.E.L.D. reveal is not in the comics but damn that is a bigger reveal than The Mandarin in Iron Man 3. Now I had to hope that Captain America: Civil War will be differed from the comics because ooh boy, that was a thing I want to forget.
The Dallas Buyers Club – This is one of the few movies from 2013 that somewhat got a release this year in my country and I don’t know if I not include those or not so let’s just thank goodness I don’t. This movie made me like Matthew McConaughey again after his period of romantic comedies and yeah, he has few after that like Killer Joe but I haven’t seen those. He sold this movie as a former homophobic turned HIV-infected drug dealer that helps giving drugs to other people infected with the disease. Also, both Matthew and Jared Leto deserved their Academy awards.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films! – Yeah, I saw this documentary this year and it was worth it. I remember a part of the eighties that involves cheesy movies like Masters of the Universe and Invasion USA and it made me a Cannon fan back then since really, how can you not love those films? Well, you may not like Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but dammit, it was radically a different but good time at those movies and this documentary recollects the hey days when Stallone’s Cobra character kills off The Night Slasher for saying “Pig” a lot. While I got the bare bones DVD, I am waiting for the special edition and I gonna get this one way or another so I’m not giving up on that. Really, this documentary is worth a watch if you’re into 1980s schlock classics.
Gone Girl – This one is part of my top three of the list and I do had to say that this movie is really messed up to the core. I could say this is the most Fincheresque movie that David Fincher has ever made and I can give if somebody disagree on that but moving on. Ben Affleck and Rosemund Pike played as possibly the most unlikeable couple since well, Edward and Bella and in a good way no less. The story really ranges from missing person mystery to mindfuck territory full of trashy media, murder and lies and oh boy, is this disturbing to look at how it’s portrayed. This so deserves to be on the list.
Guardians Of The Galaxy – Oh, another Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that’s awesome and possibly the most unlikely one of them all (well, this and Big Hero 6). James Gunn is no stranger to mixing superheroes with a bit of black humor and this one may not be as messed up as Super but damn, this movie is good. From “I Am Groot” dialogues to the dance off to even the most surprising cameo of all, it’s good from start to finish. Oh, and the soundtrack is so good that I brought it on cassette tape format. Yes, cassette tapes is still a thing… sort of. Please let that still be a thing!
Interstellar – This is Christopher Nolan’s way of saying “I can make my own 2001” and he went all out with that. I mention Matthew McConaughey earlier and he’s pretty alright in this movie along with Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and one actor playing an astronaut that I won’t spoil here. Sure, there’s some weak parts in this movie and it got a bit goofy near the end but look at it this way, I kinda like The Dark Knight Rises despite flaws and a couple of plotholes so I can’t hate on this one. Also, worth checking out in IMAX (even with audio problems which I cannot detect when I saw it).
Nebraska – As much as I turned 30 this year, I do generally think that my life might be in its “it’s over” kind of structure because really, turning 30 for anybody is like that. But it is nothing compared to what Woody Grant has been going through when he’s in his 70s. Alexander Payne has made interesting flicks thanks to Election and Sideways and this movie is no exception. It’s a road movie between father and son to their old hometown so that Woody will get his lottery price that will never be and on the way, you see the realism on good old dysfunctional families circuits as well as old friends and enemies with Stacy Keach also giving his all. Also, I’m not much a fan of Will Forte but damn is it his best role yet and along with Bruce Dern in it. Oh, and another 2013 movie on this list that’s also released this year but moving on.
Nightcrawler – Another one in the top three and you know what? This is the top of the top three because wow, Jake Gyllenhall gives his best ever performance since well, Donnie Darko. It’s another movie focusing on trash media and Jake took on the role so batshit insane that he would perfect as Patrick Bateman if American Psycho get eventually remade. Rene Russo is also good as ageing producer and quite attractive at her age so be glad that her husband is the director of this movie and it is Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut after a couple of decades of screenwriting which is such a directorial debut. Bravo sir, hope you make movies in that direction in the near future.
Predestination – Yeah, this one is in the top three and I already talked about it in a review of this movie. Really, what should I say about this that I haven’t already said? Nothing, this movie is just so good that I hope everybody who reads this will see it. It’s really worth a recommendation so trust me on this.
The Lego Movie – This needs to be in the list and out of all of them, it’s an unthinkable one since there have been Lego movies before on DVD circuits but none are compared to this insane, adventurous work of genius. Lord and Miller took a world-renowned kids property and inject it with a dystopian scenario that you never think of with humor and a bit of metaphysical references and it worked. And if anything, I also seen 22 Jump Street this year and it’s almost the same thing I could say about it here – even if it’s a television series adaptation instead of all-ages product placement. Phil and Christopher, keep doing a good work.
The Wolf of Wall Street – Another 2013 movie also released this year and I don’t know but the movie is so good that I was hoping Leo to finally get his Oscar gold. I really do. Besides that, this is Scorsese back to the same black comedy game he was at when he did The King of Comedy and After Hours and he did it well as usual. This is what a movie based on true story looks like if it’s taken too much drugs and it is suitable of me saying that. I don’t know what the real Jordan Belfort thinks about this movie but hopefully he likes it.
12 Years A Slave – One more 2013 movie that’s also released this year and this movie is best introduction to Steve McQueen’s long-awaited directorial career after starring in movies several years before like The Great Escape. Okay, I kid about the last one. It’s really an perfect introduction to the director with the same name as the actor if you haven’t seen his work and damn, it is heartbreaking to watch. Chiwetel Ejofor and Michael Fassbender gives it there all here and Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt did good here even in minimal role. If you haven’t seen it, do check it out but be warned since it’s not for the faint of heart due to graphic scenes. This is the same guy who did Shame after all.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Another movie based on a well-known storyline and I’m glad this existed because when I saw a Sentinel head in X-Men: The Last Stand, I was at that time sad and disappointed that this adaptation might not happened. Now with X-Men: First Class semi-reboot the movie continuity, it leads Fox Studios to give a chance to see the battle of time and space and with the mutants in a period of Pre-Watergate scandals and groovy clothing with few familiar faces returning. Bryan Singer returns to the franchise and doesn’t re-do the Superman Returns schtick of storytelling and pull it off even by literally rebooting everything except First Class… and possibly X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was non-canon… is it still non-canon before this movie’s events? Uh, can we pretend it is even though Ryan Reynolds is reprising his role as Deadpool?
Best Television Series Of 2014
Hannibal – I like the first season of the show and there is nothing bad about this but fuck man, the second season is the most messed-up, unexpected, thing of genius that Bryan Fuller could deliver from the start to the cliffhanger. This is enough to make me forget Dexter Morgan becoming a lumberjack and it shows. In addition to being distant from the movies that stars either Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox or some guy from Hannibal Rising as the title character, it also gives Michael Pitt the best performance as Mason Verger and I could see him playing The Joker before DC decides on Jared Leto instead. A shame really, it’s also a shame that he got replaced by Joe Anderson for the third season but I reserve judgement on that one so Joe might be good.
The Flash – To confess, I hardly watch episodes of Arrow and really do need to catch up. As for this one, I caught up with it as fast as I could (no pun intended, I think). This is how a DC superhero should have handled in media, with one who saves lives, investigate mysteries and fought villains unlike what happened when Zack Snyder massacred it with Superman. It also gives nods to the short-lived 1990s series and with actors both reprising and playing new roles so given that Mark Hamill is back as The Trickster, I approve of this direction and this show really does kick ass.
True Detective – This year is really the year of the McConaughey and this show is another reason. Reteaming up with his EdTV co-star Woody Harrelson, it mixes murder mystery with occult fiction and weirdness and gives an unexpected take on buddy cop trope with Rustin being a strange kind of detective and Martin being the normal one who wondered why he is partner with him. It also involves domestic drama with Michelle Monaghan as Martin’s husband. I do hope the second season is better with different cast and storyline even with Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch in the cast… uh, let’s hope it’s a good career comeback for both of them.
Too Many Cooks – Eh why not? Spin.com named this as one of the best music videos of 2014 strangely enough. This is the late Adult Swim informercial that went viral and caught everybody’s attention with this deconstruction of intros from 1980s sitcoms and television series and a twisted kind of deconstuction no less. It gained parodies, annotations and at this time of writing, a sequel so who knows? Maybe the sequel will make fun of Aaron Spelling stuff with 50 year olds playing high schoolers.
Best Songs Of 2014
David Bowie – Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)/Tis A Pity She Was A Whore – I miss Bowie when he was weird and experimental. Hey, Outside is an awesome album so what do I say to that? These two songs is surreal and differed from each other. While Tis A Pity bears little similarities to I’m Deranged, it’s still a good avant-garde track and it should have continued more like The Leon Tapes bootleg that got leaked this year. Yeah, I’m still in Outside territory so shut up, I like these two songs.
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass – Uh, this is my guilty pleasure so shut up, I like this song.
Pharrell Williams – Happy – You know songs that are played everywhere that you get sick of them like Macarena and Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On did for me? This is one I never tired of. 2013 may give Pharrell a career boost with him joining up with Daft Punk (and to the lesser extent, Robin Thicke) and even though this song was released in November of that year, it still stick up the charts months afterwards so I place it here anyway. Also, I heard Girl album and I’m sorry to say that it’s kinda hit-and-miss there. Sure, there are few good tracks but there’s also one track with Miley Cyrus (and one with Kelly Osbourne which is strange, I thought she quit her singing career after One Word). Other than that, Happy is a good song even in those dreadful times.
Best Albums Of 2014
Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways – If the Foos made an album each year, it’s so gonna be in my list no matter what. This is Dave Grohl and his boys revisit the 8-track album structure but with them recording each song in each place in America and it is an experimentation worth doing. Also, it’s been documented in HBO series of a similar name and I would hesitate putting that one in television series list but as much as it’s good to watch, I hate to say it but it should have been more better. I don’t know why I said it but I’m bashing this show and I did say that it’s good to watch. Then again, the show gave us Dave singing Kids In America so there’s that and there is news of second season so maybe they’ll get a second chance on the list next year.
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence – I have a soft spot for her and as much as she did a very good first album (well, first as Lana Del Rey), her second album (again, as Lana Del Rey) is pretty good as well and with a title like that. This album is reason why she herself is called “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and it shows. Both West Coast and Brooklyn Baby is a highlight and I’m guessing Fucked My Way Up To The Top as well since it might be a reference to the infamous award speech scene from The Lonely Lady, I don’t know but at least she didn’t make a song about Ray Liotta and the garden hose scene. Overall, this album is good and kubrickian right down to the title.
St Vincent – St Vincent – Hey Bluewater Comics, if you’re thinking of making a Fame comic involving Annie Clark, at least make it about her instead of the stalker who went all Christian Chandler on us (yes, I heard about the recent Gamestop news in case anybody is wondering, I honestly don’t want to joke about him). Really, St Vincent is going all Lady Gaga on this and in a very intelligent way. After four albums (one with David Byrne), she continues not to disappoint me and gives us a reason why Art Rock still exists in the days of Nicki Minaj and Beyonce Knowles. Digital Witness is probably the most strangest one of all and it deserves a listen along with Birth In Reverse and many others. 2014 was truly the year of her.
Best Comics Of 2014
Multiversity – If there are people who hates on Grant Morrison and called him a hack or something similar? I can respect their opinion but damn, they should read this one. I waited for this since 2009 and it is worth waiting for. From going pulp-like The to going all “me” with The Just (which is the lesser favorite story out of all so far) to giving us The Incredibles feel with Thunderworld, this is an anthology series that’s unlike the others. While DC is going extreme elsewhere with Scott Lobdell still hired and Batgirl being transphobic (really, what’s up with that? She had a transgendered best friend before that), this one is little proof that DC Comics still has a bit of perfect storytelling and good take on superheroism.
Spider-Verse – Too Many Spider-Mans, Too Many Spider-Mans. Okay, this is an event that I could get behind and yeah, it’s another multiverse thing so it’s expected. While the story is cheesy and have flawed moments, it’s still worth checking out with Spider-Ham being the “Rocket Raccoon” of the group and the mainstream Spidey coming face to face with his past self who was possessed by Doc Ock. Also, it’s nostalgia filled with bringing appearances of 1960s television Spider-Man (who so far is alive), Amazing Friends Spidey (who’s dead) and Hostess Spidey (who’s also dead). Granted, it’s said to be alternate versions of alternate Spideys so maybe it’s not them fucking up somebody’s childhood. Worth checking out anyway.
And that’s my two cents, I nearly put Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction there as well but those two are mainly more of a “so-bad-its-good” in my count (and really, it is a strange way for me to like those two but then again, I gave Jack And Jill a semi-positive review) along with Sharknado II: The Second One. Maybe this year will be better but for no, time to beat down some shit with the worst of the worst.