The Worst Movies of 2014
It’s getting close to that time of year once again. The time of year when the bulk of the “best of” and “favorites” of the year come out, but it’s also often time for film writers to take a look at the other side of cinema, the “Worst of” the year. And if you clicked on this link looking for the films that I thought were the worst of the year, then go ahead and click somewhere else because I’m not here today to spend any more of my time talking about film that I didn’t like. Instead, I much prefer to celebrate the films that I did enjoy for one reason or another. I have indulged in calling out some of the worst superhero films, but I’ve also talked about the “best worst” superhero films, the ones that are bad but I still enjoy watching them. Instead, what I’d like to do is to reach out to the other film writers that read this site and encourage them to drop the “worst” lists this year, and instead only celebrate what’s enjoyable to watch.
I know it’s often much easier to tear down a film that you didn’t enjoy. Heck, I just experienced it after I watched the Men in Black trilogy. I struggled with writing my review of the first film. A film that is great in many respects and I love for many various reasons. But I had to take a bread from it and ended up almost completely writing the review for the second film which I found extremely lacking in quality. But I feel that there is a difference between writing a negative review of a film that I didn’t like, and creating an entire list dedicated to multiple films that I didn’t enjoy. Sure, it may be cathartic to write. The varying ways to synonimize “crap” might help dilute the experience of watching a bad film. But at the same time, what it is really doing is giving press to those films. If I watch a bad superhero film, I write a negative review. But that’s because I write a review for every movie. They all get equal weight when it comes to the written reviews. But if it’s a film that I don’t like, I prefer to have it end there. When I watch a great superhero film, I like to celebrate it and talk about it as much as possible. I might try to find any list possible so I can include it so it will get just that much more press and maybe someone else will give it a chance and enjoy it as much as I did.
It does help that I am in such a niche here where I don’t watch much outside of superhero movies and comic book adaptations. So I am spared from some of the worst of the worst movies that I know I would not enjoy in the least, typically the stupid comedies such as the latest lazy parody film, or the generic action franchise, or the sappy teenage romance. I know a lot of people didn’t care for the Robocop reboot this year, but I didn’t think it was all that bad. I, Frankenstein also got quite a bit of flak, so much so that I have kept putting it off. But I’m willing to bet that no matter what movie it is, there is someone out there that will enjoy watching it. And besides, if the film is really that bad, why do you even want to waste your time thinking about it when you could spend that time thinking about something that made you happy. That’s just my thoughts, what about you? Are you planning on writing your own “Worst of 2014” list? Or do you just enjoy reading others’ lists? Or will you join me in avoiding the discussion all together? Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.