Farewell 2014! Random Best/Worst Cinematic Recap of the Year


Wow, where has the time go?? I still can’t believe it’s already the LAST day of 2014. But y’know what, I’m actually looking forward to the new year, both in terms of film as well as personally and professionally speaking.

This past week I started thinking about some cinematic items I like and don’t like, so for the fun of it, I’ll just make a random post with whatever categories that come to mind. I took to Twitter for people to help me come up with something but got only one reply, but if you have suggestion in the comments, I can add them on here. Ok let’s get to it

Best Robotic Characters

Baymax (Big Hero 6) & TARS (Interstellar)

Best mo-cap performance

Andy Serkis – Caesar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Movie Sidekick

Anthony Mackie – Sam Wilson/Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Best voice work

Benedict Cumberbatch – Smaug (The Hobbit trilogy)

Best surprisingly bad-ass female character

Emily Blunt – Rita Vrataski (Edge of Tomorrow)

Worst supposedly-bad-ass-but-turns-out-annoying female character

Amber Heard – 3 Days To Kill

Best surprisingly bad-ass male character

Dan Stevens – ‘David’ (The Guest*)

* I actually haven’t seen the movie yet but based on the trailer alone, Dan looks so bad-ass!!

Worst supposedly-bad-ass-but-turns-out-annoying male character

Lee Pace – Ronan (Guardians of the Galaxy)


Best bravura performance (female)

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Beyond the Lights

Best duo reunion

James McAvoy + Michael Fassbender – Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Best [and most artistic] Regional Movie Posters

The above posters are of various US cities, they also created some International Cities version. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!


Best Movie Quotes

“Bruce Wayne? Who’st that? Sounds like a cool guy…” – Batman (Will Arnett), The Lego Movie

“Apes. Together. Strong!” – Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.” – Drax (Dave Bautista, Guardians of The Galaxy)

Best use of a slo-mo in an action scene

Quicksilver’s kitchen scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past


Best/Most Inspired Casting

Michael Keaton – Riggan Thomson (Birdman)

Best Use of a Great Ensemble Cast

The Imitation Game and Birdman (tie)

Worst Use of a Great Ensemble Cast

The Monuments Men

Best comedic performance by a typically-serious actor 

Ralph Fiennes – Mr. Gustave (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Honorable Mention: Chris Pine – Cinderella’s Prince (Into The Woods) – simply for his hilarious Agony rendition

Best Movie Mustache

Ralph Fiennes – Mr. Gustave (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Underrated Breakthrough Performance (Male)

Tony Revolori – Zero Mustafa (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Tony Revolori & Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Best Underrated Breakthrough Performance (Female)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Dido Elizabeth Belle (Belle)

Best serious performance by a comedic actor (also Best Use of Prosthetics)

Steve Carell – John DuPont (Foxcatcher)

Best ‘WTF that was bizarre’ movie

Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy

Best Shootout Scene

Keanu Reeves’ John Wick at a Night Club

Best Car Chase Scene

Worst use of a screen legend

Ben Kingsley –Exodus: Gods & Kings and Night of the Museum 3 (as a Jewish slave AND Egyptian royalty, respectively)

Worst movie haircut [not just 2014, probably of the DECADE]


Colin Farrell’s (Winter’s Tale)

Best Honest Trailers of 2014

Best Fake Movie Poster

Worst time spent at movie theater all year

Transformers: Age of Extinction [at IMAX no less!]

Best Outrageous Costume

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Noni’s outfits (Beyond the Lights)

Best Performance by an actor under 15

Isaac Andrews – Malak (Exodus: Gods & Kings)

Best Movie set in a confined space [and best use of a car interior]



Best One-Man-Show Performance

Tom Hardy (Locke)

Worst movie(s) that didn’t live up to its hype

Godzilla & Interstellar

Best 2014 characters deserving of a spin-off

Sam Wilson/Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Lego Batman + Good Cop/Bad Cop (The LEGO Movie)

Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games)

Best Food Movie of the Year [that’s also a surprisingly GOOD movie!]

Jon Favreau's CHEF
Jon Favreau’s CHEF

Worst movie starring one of my actor crushes

Into The Storm (Sorry Richard Armitage but it was dreadful!)

Best film news

SPECTRE announcement

Worst film news

The whole SONY hack debacle

Best new TV show (that I saw for the entire first season)


Best directorial debut 

Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler*

* I actually haven’t seen this yet but this is based on all the reviews I’ve read

Worst directorial debut (that results in possibly the WORST movie of the year)

Akiva Goldsman – Winter’s Tale

Best comeback role

Michael Keaton (Birdman)


Best return-to-form performance 

Edward Norton (Birdman)

Best bromance

Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street)

Best romantic duo


James McAvoy & Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby)
Gugu Mbatha Raw & Sam Reid (Belle)

Best May-December romance (that doesn’t make me cringe)

Guy Pearce & Felicity Jones (Breathe-In)

Worst May-December romance (that does make me cringe)

Kevin Kline & Dakota Fanning (The Last of Robin Hood)

Best unintentionally-hilarious 2014 trailer

It just never fails to bring a chuckle every time I watch it. Mr. Neeson certainly has the gift of unintentional comedy!

Those are some of the random categories I can think of for now. Feel free to submit category suggestions in the comments below.

Farewell 2014, now bring on 2015!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

67 thoughts on “Farewell 2014! Random Best/Worst Cinematic Recap of the Year

  1. Tom

    Wow! Oh wow, I love these categories. 🙂 So very original and many of them are exactly how I personally would describe the film/the experiences that I had with them. Three of my favorites might have to be 1) Best Movie Mustache (going to the great M. Gustave H, a choice I fully support); 2) Best Fake Movie Trailer (that is genius); 3) Worst Haircut. (Boy, Colin Farrell does not look good there, does he? I am pretty sure I steered well clear of Winter’s Tale, too.)

    See ya in 2015 Ruth! 😀

    1. Hey thanks Tom! Glad you like my random and mostly silly categories 😛 Ahah yeah Colin’s hair is just hideous isn’t it? I mean he’s a good looking guy but NOBODY can pull off THAT haircut.

  2. Ted S.

    I saw your Tweet but unfortunately I couldn’t think of anything to Tweet you back. But looks like you came up with great choices on your own! I’m still laughing at the honest trailer of Godzilla, it’s so true! Lol! I’m still confused as to why they decided to show less of the hero of the movie since he’s the main title and focus of the story. Garreth Edwards said he’s trying to emulate Jaws where Spielberg didn’t show the shark till later in the movie but that’s stupid, the shark was the antagonist and here Godzilla was the hero. So stupid!

    The only category I can come up with is the best use of practical effects in Interstellar, Nolan tried to minimize the use of CGI as much as possible and they all looked great on the big screen.

    1. Hi Ted, oh that’s ok, it was fun actually to think up some of these categories 😛 Yeah Godzilla is good for laughs but definitely NOT in the same league as Jaws. Even Pacific Rim was far more fun.

      Oh yeah Interstellar does have great effects, I should’ve included that!

  3. Such an awesome variety of categories and top picks! I’m totally inspired to be more creative next year with my list. Happy *soon to be* new years Ruth!

  4. So much amazing here! Love all the Mbatha-Raw mentions, and that Foxcatcher poster is hilarious! The Colin Farrell diss is great, the Birdman love is exciting (I can’t wait to see that movie) and I love that you mention the car chase scene in Winter Soldier, which I remember tweeting, when I first saw it, that it was possibly the car chase scene to end all car chase scenes…it’s that incredible!

    1. Hi Drew! I just LOVE LOVE Mbatha-Raw and I wish she got more love. I don’t diss Colin, just his hideous hair, ahah. Glad you love that car chase, I still watch it on youtube from time to time, so much awesomeness!

  5. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth:

    Well detailed, laid out and critiqued post!

    Great catch on ‘Chef’! Nice to see that Jon Favreau is still as good in front of the camera as behind. ‘The Flash’ seems to have come together very well, without the powers that be trampling all over the comic book Mythos.

    And when will Hollywood learn that if it’s not a guy in a rubber suit tearing up a balsa wood downtown Tokyo on a Toho sound stage… IT AIN’T GODZY!!!!

    1. Happy New Year Kevin! It’s just me being silly with some random categories 😛 Glad to hear you enjoyed CHEF too, that’s quite a nice surprise for me, very enjoyable! I really like The Flash, both my hubby, can’t wait for Season 2!

      Ahah, Godzy is a more apt name for the giant monster! 🙂

  6. Hey Ruth! Cool post and best wishes for 2015, blogging and otherwise 🙂
    Good call on Monuments Men. I caught that on cable the other day and was really underwhelmed, even though I was forewarned the film would be disappointing. There were a few humorous moments, but with that cast I thought there would be more!
    Winter’s Tale sure was ridiculous huh? Nothing in that movie made sense. Another one with quite an accomplished cast that was a complete failure!
    Look forward to reading your review if/when you see Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal turns in quite the performance in that one.

    1. Thanks Melissa and best wishes for the New Year to you, too!

      It’s really too bad about Monuments Men, considering how many great actors are in it! But seems that even Clooney himself acknowledged that it’s not a good movie.

      Winter’s Tale is such an abomination and waste of resources all around, I think it got a big budget too! I definitely will rent Nightcrawler as soon as it’s available, been hearing all kinds of good things about that one.

    1. Thanks Dell! After I posted it I realize I missed some categories so I’ll be adding that 🙂 Thanks for all your comments and happy new year to you as well.

  7. Abbi

    I love your categories. May I ask why there is no Best surprisingly bad-ass male character or Worst supposedly-bad-ass-but-turns-out-annoying male character?

  8. Happy New Year Ruth. Great list. I really couldn’t disagree with any of those although I haven’t seen Black Sails or The Flash. My girlfriend liked The Flash though. I would nominate Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the creepiest characters ever. Man was it uncomfortable to watch him onscreen. You’ll see what I mean. The slo-mo scene from the X-men was probably the best, certainly the most creative, since The Matrix. Definitely worth a shout out. I would add one to the Most Romantic Duo list. Maybe I’m a sap but Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley from The Fault In Our Stars were really good together. While not quite living up to the book I thought their chemistry was fantastic.

    Even though I don’t post as much because I don’t have much to add to the new movie posts (I’ve been terrible with seeing new movies this year) I’m never failed to be entertained by your varied and well written posts. I remember years ago discovering your blog from IMDb’s now defunct Hit List and I never looked back. Bravo Ruth on a job well done.

    1. Happy New Year to you Dave! I think you might like both Black Sails and The Flash, both are excellent though they couldn’t be more different in terms of tone, of course.

      Man I really can’t wait to see Nightcrawler, he does look extremely creepy from the trailer. I haven’t seen The Fault In Our Stars but it just seems so sad. I actually told Ansel Elgort after I interviewed him that I might be a basket case if I watch that movie.

      Thanks for your kind words Dave! I’m thrilled that you now are part of FlixChatter and making it all the richer for it. Looking forward to more awesome posts from you 😉

  9. jackdeth72

    That’s better.

    Ratzenfrattzin’ WordPress!!!

    There’s a possible new and distractive, suave and sophisticated Brit actor you may be interested in over on Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Tom Mison. Palpable chemistry between him and Abbie Mills, his co-star, Nicole Beharie.

    Just a New Year suggestion 🙂

    1. Hey Kevin, Happy New Year my friend! Oh I’m quite familiar w/ Mr. Tom Mison from ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.’ I haven’t seen Sleepy Hollow but one of my good friends is a huge fan of the show, sounds good but a bit too spooky for my taste.

  10. Brittani

    Awesome picks! I agree with so many. I never get tired of watching that staring montage in the honest Godzilla trailer either. lol

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    1. Thanks Ian! That Foxcatcher fake poster is probably the funniest I’ve seen this year, it couldn’t be more inaccurate thus makes it all the more hilarious.

  13. Merry Christmas and happy New year Ruth 🙂

    I know it’s late but I was away for a while 😉

    Anyway….I love your post!! Very creative and I feel like it’s a time consuming post. I don’t know much of the movies there but I enjoyed reading every bit of it. However, I don’t understand what’s so funny about Taken’s trailer.

    1. Hi Nov! Hope you had a great Christmas break. Ha..ha.. yeah it took me a couple of days to do this list but it was fun coming up w/ the categories. Well the Tak3n trailer is hilarious because Neeson’s character is just so indestructible! It’s unintentionally funny because it’s obviously not a comedy but I just find the whole premise so preposterous that it’s funny 😀

      1. Ah…I get it now!
        You know, I sure hope Neeson will no stay in this role any longer. He is a good actor, it’s a shame to be stuck in the same role for long and be remembered for that role for the rest of his carrier

        1. Yeah, he’s more famous for being Bryan Mills now (his character in the Taken franchise) than any other roles he’s played, even iconic ones like Schindler’s List and Rob Roy!

  14. Very fun post here, Ruth! Really enjoyed reading it. I totally would have put John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as Best Badass – Male (although you added “surprising” to your category, and it wasn’t too surprising that he could pull that off, right?).

    I totally agree on the Taken trailer – it makes me laugh. Oh Liam Neeson will never live the whole Taken deal down after using his special set of skills . . .

    I really want to see Locke since it seems to be well-liked by everyone’s reviews I’ve read. And I did finally see Nightcrawler, and I thought it was great. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it after you see it, Ruth!

    1. Hi Kris! Ahah yeah, I’m not surprised Keanu is still bad-ass, I mean he still looks better than most guys in their 30s! I ended up choosing an actor from Downton Abbey, Dan Stevens, even though I haven’t seen The Guest. But even from the trailer he looked absolutely ripped 😛

      Locke is good simply because of Hardy’s performance. If you like him, it’s definitely worth a look. How violent/gory was Nightcrawler btw? I’m very curious to see it because the premise sounds intriguing and Jake G. has been getting all kinds of kudos for his performance.

      1. I’m a fan of Tom Hardy’s, so I’ll definitely have to check that out at some point.

        TBH, I don’t think Nightcrawler really is that gory. It’s violent in about two or three major scenes, and that’s about it. I did think it was Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance I’ve seen. The movie is definitely not my favorite type or genre of film, but it was a fun and interesting experience. It’s just very dark. So keep that in mind when you decide to watch it.

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