Since we just missed the cutoff of launching the Bit Players at the end of last year, we wanted to post what we considered to be our year-end roundup of 2014 in film. There were tons of amazing films and performances to choose from, and it was hard to narrow down to a consensus, but we managed to do that by the end. Inside you will find the best films, best male performances, best female performances, best directors, most overrated films, most underrated films, worst films, and the best scenes of the year, as well as our individual ballots if you want to see where all of these selections came from. Enjoy, and we look forward to a great year of watching film together along with you in 2015.
Let me be clear. This movie was not bad, only disappointing. I expected a touching tale of estranged lovers discovering that life can't stop getting in the way. In some respects, that is what was delivered, but poor writing and one-note acting (save Zacharias) prevented it from achieving the emotional objectives. – Jarryd Baxter
Abysmal. If it doesn't appeal to someone with my sensibilities, it is as bad as a bad movie can be. And not in a good way. – Clark Carmichael
Hundreds of movies came out last year. Millions of people went to see them. 7 of those saw Mr. Turner. One man liked it. That man is one of the Bit Players. That man was not me. It was Brian Urrutia. Once every few years a movie comes along that is truly awful. If I had a gun and two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Mussolini, and Mr. Turner, I would shoot Mr. Turner twice. Please don’t see this movie. – Anders Oster
The Farrelly Brothers
When I was thinking about this blurb I started to realize that the actual fundamental elements of this film really aren’t all that terrible. The story, if executed even somewhat well, is actually pretty interesting, or at least as interesting as a sequel twenty years removed from the original both in real- and film-time can be, the cast is solid, and the characters are ones I have loved before. It’s just the execution that ruins Dumb and Dumber To, though. Any redeemable moments in the story itself are completely spoiled with old, recycled gags and a level of stupidity that maybe just doesn’t work in 2014. Or at least it doesn’t work for me in 2014. I could get behind it as a kid and even reveled in it, and the nostalgia of Dumb and Dumber still makes the original one of the great dumb comedies to me, but you can’t catch the same lightning in a bottle twice. – Jeff Pearson