The Big Picture: The Terrible Twenty Films of 2014 Part 2

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The Terrible Twenty Films of 2014 Part 2

Bob finishes up his list of the worst movies of 2014.

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So, once again, not the worst movies just the most disappointing. Some of these weren't even truly bad but just didn't live up to their potential.

Edit to add - yeah, some of them were horrible, but we didn't need two episodes of this.

I totally called it. Also glad I was not subjected to any of those last 10.....blegh.

So is the reason that Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" isn't on this list because you couldn't have both the #2 AND #1 spots go to crappy christian cinema? In the podcast you identified it as one of the worst films in history, but it doesn't make the top 10?

I iz confuzzed.

Bob, stop trying to pretend Spiderman 3 is any better or less worse than both ASM, it wasn't, it's just as bad as both films.

Haven't heard of Winter's Tale, but might look into it just to see how bad it is. Also surprised Annie wasn't on the list, from what I heard, it was complete and utter shit

One of these days, I will and shall marathon all of Bob's videos saying how much he hates the Amazing Spider-man series. (Though to be fair some, not all, of his criticisms have merit).

Theres a lot of european forum goers on here and it pains me to imagine what they must think when introduced to these crazy american/religious propaganda movies. For what its worth though Bob saw them, other than I Origins to a lesser exist, 90% of americans are unaware any of these movies exist. They're sort of like the Christian Patriot version of Art house film. Actually Forget I said anything about Christian patroits they're too hard to explain too. Why Bob bothered to watch them is beyond me. I don't think any of these played in most theaters.

What gets me is that The Amazing Spiderman 2 had all the elements to be fantastic. I loved the talent involved and the film looks beautiful. However, it's so inanely scripted that it's insulting. Likely not all the blame fall on Orci and Kurtzman (but based on Star Trek maybe still a lot) as studio pressure surely helped turn it into an incoherent mess.

I deserves to be on the top ten not because it's the worst movie on the list, but it's there because it represents the worst cynicism and creativity of the business right now.

Also Bob, shame on you for not having Transformers 4 anywhere on here, aka the first Transformers movie I had to stop about an hour and thirty minutes in because I was hating life more and more every minute I watched it.

MorganL4:
So is the reason that Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" isn't on this list because you couldn't have both the #2 AND #1 spots go to crappy christian cinema? In the podcast you identified it as one of the worst films in history, but it doesn't make the top 10?

I iz confuzzed.

His brain is probably already scabbing over the memory of that movie in order to save itself.

I just got really sad as I caught myself thinking how I liked Spider-man, past tense.

There was a time, not too long ago, when Spider-man was the coolest superhero I knew. I blame Sony Pictures for that no longer being the case.

ASM2 in the #1 spot. Gee willickers, who saw that coming?
I have not heard of some of these movies before today (or just forgot Bob reviewed them) but it gave me the giggles to hear Bob rip them up, but don't pretend the left doesn't do that stuff to.
And ragging on American Sniper again? Bob, just admit you are not the target audience of war movies, and just don't watch 'em if you don't get 'em.

tyriless:
What gets me is that The Amazing Spiderman 2 had all the elements to be fantastic. I loved the talent involved and the film looks beautiful. However, it's so inanely scripted that's insulting. Likely not all the blame fall on Orci and Kurtzman (but based on Star Trek maybe still a lot) as studio pressure surely helped turn into incoherent mess.

I deserves to be on the top ten not because it's the worst movie on the list, but it's there because it represents the worst cynicism and creativity of the business right now.

Also Bob, I shame on you for not having Transformers 4 anywhere on here, aka the first Transformers movie I had to stop about an hour and thirty minutes in because I was hating life more and more every minute I watched it.

I found the first ASM pretty tolerable and hoped the series went somewhere I even trashed on bob for being such a whiner leading up to the release. I wanted to leave the theater within the first 5 minutes of ASM 2 just for the "hey were uploading tons of data 20 years before the internet while in a plane falling out of the sky". It went down hill from there. Even if you throw out all the nonsensical stuff the movie was just so mixed up in where it was trying to go it hurt my eyes. All the elemenst of a good movie were there I agree it was just like watching a bunch of chunks of a movie that didn't fit together.

Dammit, Bob, this is amateurish.

It's not "feel badly" it's "feel bad," otherwise it sounds like the thing that's making you "feel" isn't working properly. I thought we were all clear on that after that one scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Other than that, I'm half-way surprised there weren't more young adult adaptations on this list. This year had some bad ones...

MorganL4:
So is the reason that Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" isn't on this list because you couldn't have both the #2 AND #1 spots go to crappy christian cinema? In the podcast you identified it as one of the worst films in history, but it doesn't make the top 10?

I iz confuzzed.

Last year Bob said that just being bad in of itself isn't enough to make the worst list. Everybody knew that Saving Christmas was going to suck from square one, so putting in on the list would be as predictable as guessing that the monster in a Scooby Doo episode is a guy in a mask.

Wait... Kevin Sorbo was in... that? This is really disappointing. He was Hercules, dammit!

Also, Interstellar is a worse film than Transformers 4 now? Bob's Nolan crusade just reached embarrassing levels.

MatsVS:
Wait... Kevin Sorbo was in... that? This is really disappointing. He was Hercules, dammit!

Sorbo has gone kinda nuts, I'm not really surprised that he'd be in anything just to get more screen time. That said, the movie is his kind of crazy.

Ok so Maleficient is on the "ok" list after all.

Also, I finally seen TNMT which overall it was bad but not as bad as I expect it to be (it's even more bad compared to Transformers which at least those had mindless action to watched).

I honestly thought bob was trolling us with that clip at the end. I would of mostly likely gotten it if I've actually seen spider man 3.

MatsVS:
Wait... Kevin Sorbo was in... that? This is really disappointing. He was Hercules, dammit!

Kevin Sorbo has gone (or possibly always was) uber right wing nutjob. I mean further than most of the right wing nutjobs. He's making Glen Beck and Sean Hannity look mildly sane by comparison and that takes some serious effort.

I'm hoping for a good Christian movie or movie based from Biblical narratives that is actually good.
I'm tired to evading giving reasons to my sister why I want to not watch certain films because I lack the heart to tell her "It looks awful and terrible". I respect her opinions on certain films and I don't want to influence her perception of them if she sincerely chooses to watch them. I'm just tired of finding an honest way to explain "PLEASE DON'T FORCE ME TO WATCH IT" without being a dick.

I'm confident it is possible to do good Christian movies. I suppose the lack of funding could be an issue since there seems to be a "that's lame" stigma attached to the idea of faith.

We live in hope. It's most likely also quite a mega irony to benefit financially from Religion.

surprised you didnt talk about all the parallels in spider-man and TMNT.

Bob is meant to make me not watch Winter's Tale, not tantalise me!

scw55:
I'm hoping for a good Christian movie or movie based from Biblical narratives that is actually good.
I'm tired to evading giving reasons to my sister why I want to not watch certain films because I lack the heart to tell her "It looks awful and terrible". I respect her opinions on certain films and I don't want to influence her perception of them if she sincerely chooses to watch them. I'm just tired of finding an honest way to explain "PLEASE DON'T FORCE ME TO WATCH IT" without being a dick.

I'm confident it is possible to do good Christian movies. I suppose the lack of funding could be an issue since there seems to be a "that's lame" stigma attached to the idea of faith.

We live in hope. It's most likely also quite a mega irony to benefit financially from Religion.

Tree of Life

i concur with most of this list, gj bob

In defence of ASM2 being number 1 on the list he did admit there are probably worse films lower down, but justified his personal reasons for hating it and putting it number 1. I've had a go at him myself for perceived fanboyism to Marvel Studios (I genuinely thought he was gonna put Days of Future Past somewhere on this list) but at the end of the day it is his list and he can only give his own personal opinion.

That said I quite enjoyed ASM2! Well, parts of it.

On one hand, the Christian movies do look really bad, especially I Origin which looks like it completely misunderstands/misrepresents hinduism and other eastern philosophies.

On the other hand, I can't help but think the various western atheists basically invited this type of stuff to happen due to happily walking into the "we're gonna take away Christmas and call you all dummies for believing in God" trap that was set years ago. If they had just not been dicks about the whole thing there wouldn't be nearly as much open hostility toward the very idea of atheism.

Darth_Payn:
ASM2 in the #1 spot. Gee willickers, who saw that coming?
I have not heard of some of these movies before today (or just forgot Bob reviewed them) but it gave me the giggles to hear Bob rip them up, but don't pretend the left doesn't do that stuff to.
And ragging on American Sniper again? Bob, just admit you are not the target audience of war movies, and just don't watch 'em if you don't get 'em.

Given that The Amazing Spider-Man 1 only got #2 worst on the 2012 list, I was surprised.

Burnouts3s3:
One of these days, I will and shall marathon all of Bob's videos saying how much he hates the Amazing Spider-man series. (Though to be fair some, not all, of his criticisms have merit).

Perhaps ironically, it starts with the credits of the Captain America: The First Avenger Escape to the Movies episode, before then it was just hating it for existing.

OT: Good Bad list, it seems. But at least you clarified in the last video that this year was awesome, otherwise new viewers might have been put off 2014 in movies by seeing a need for a double-crap list.

Really getting tired of the ASM hate. I saw it way after it left theaters, and expected it to be terrible, but ended up enjoying it, mostly because of Electro's creation story. Anytime someone says super hero movies need to be more realistic, I point at BatCow nowadays. Thanks Game Theory for pointing that out. Batman and Robin saved a cow from getting slaughtered, adopted it, and turned it into a personal pet.

I didn't mind Robocop or TMNT. Admittedly i never really got into TMNT as a Kid, or even liked the original Robocop *runs and hides from angry mob* But still. Were they amazing? Hell no, Popcorn films at best, but did i walk out of the cinema disappointed? Nope.

I think most of the hate directed at these 2 is nostalgia driven. People who grew up with these films and never wanted a reboot/new live action film for a film they loved years ago.

scw55:
I'm hoping for a good Christian movie or movie based from Biblical narratives that is actually good.
I'm tired to evading giving reasons to my sister why I want to not watch certain films because I lack the heart to tell her "It looks awful and terrible". I respect her opinions on certain films and I don't want to influence her perception of them if she sincerely chooses to watch them. I'm just tired of finding an honest way to explain "PLEASE DON'T FORCE ME TO WATCH IT" without being a dick.

I'm confident it is possible to do good Christian movies. I suppose the lack of funding could be an issue since there seems to be a "that's lame" stigma attached to the idea of faith.

We live in hope. It's most likely also quite a mega irony to benefit financially from Religion.

Noah was pretty amazing, but Christians seem to hate it.

While the antagonists in the story and I guess the old testament are the Cainites it seems like the director really didn't hesitate to show the parallels between them and modern western christian culture of excess.

Ultimately people raped the earth. God tried to kill them off. Didn't work, people were shitty again. Jesus died for their sins. Then people were shitty again and they're surprised as to why the rest of us snub their beliefs. even by their own faith they're terrible people and their own god doesn't like them very much. Not trying to be mean but thats what it looks like on paper.

Also "The last temptation of Christ" is pretty great. Again Lot of Christians don't like it. Not sure why on that one. Martin Scorsese with Peter Gabriel on soundtrack duty. Lauded as one of the best films of all time.

walsfeo:

Edit to add - yeah, some of them were horrible, but we didn't need two episodes of this.

Yeah, I don't mind these sorts of round-ups but one a year is enough, especially since Bob only really had time to give each movie half a minute of treatment, feels like a glorified list. I like hearing why things are bad but it's the juicy details I really want to savour. Maybe keep it to five next year?

ornjoos:

Last year Bob said that just being bad in of itself isn't enough to make the worst list. Everybody knew that Saving Christmas was going to suck from square one, so putting in on the list would be as predictable as guessing that the monster in a Scooby Doo episode is a guy in a mask.

True, but then he did include a lot of fundie type movies too, how many people honestly had high expectations for Heaven Is For Real or God's not Dead?

scw55:
I'm hoping for a good Christian movie or movie based from Biblical narratives that is actually good.
I'm tired to evading giving reasons to my sister why I want to not watch certain films because I lack the heart to tell her "It looks awful and terrible". I respect her opinions on certain films and I don't want to influence her perception of them if she sincerely chooses to watch them. I'm just tired of finding an honest way to explain "PLEASE DON'T FORCE ME TO WATCH IT" without being a dick.

I'm confident it is possible to do good Christian movies. I suppose the lack of funding could be an issue since there seems to be a "that's lame" stigma attached to the idea of faith.

We live in hope. It's most likely also quite a mega irony to benefit financially from Religion.

Les Miserables? I'm an atheist and even I think the Christian theme in that musical works perfectly, though it can be understood to be more generally about love and forgiveness too I suppose >.>

I forgot to post this discussion me and my long time Spiderman friend discovered about ASM 2. We re-watched to see what we really did not like about it. And we found this. We think the writers got there villains mixed up or have never seen all of the Spiderman villains. Because what pissed us off the most was that we realized the Green Goblin in ASM 2 is really the Jackal. We were not even that upset about Electro looking Dr. Manhattan's deranged long lost cousin with the powers of the Electric Gremlin for Gremlins 2. Just that the Green Goblin looked more like Jackal then Goblin. Come on writers don't be lazy if you're going to reinvent a villain make sure he does not look like a villain that is already in the same universe, even if he is not a major one.

Also if someone held a gun to my head and told me to pick between a movie being rebooted or a sequel I would rather have a sequel. Only because there is a good chance I would not be paying money to see something I had already seen before and thanks to the internet I can see almost every movie made.

I actually had to sit through Gods Not Dead with my now ex girlfriend. It's even worse than he says it is.

Wow. I'd never even heard of this I Origins thing before. I... seriously don't know what to say about it. And that America: What Would blah blah blah one sounds like it's meant to do for America what God's Not Dead tried to do for Christianity. The title makes it sounds like some sort of alternate history thing, which would have at least been interesting even if the writers' perspective on it had been horrible.

MorganL4:
So is the reason that Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" isn't on this list because you couldn't have both the #2 AND #1 spots go to crappy christian cinema? In the podcast you identified it as one of the worst films in history, but it doesn't make the top 10?

I iz confuzzed.

Hell, after #5 jogged my memory of how many of them there were this year, I fully expected them to make up the entire top four. Like, between the overtly Fundamentalist propaganda films and the more mainstream Biblical epics, 2014 must have been the biggest year for theatrical Christian movies in a long-ass time, and virtually all of them sucked. The Left Behind reboot, Heaven Is for Real, Son of God if that counts... am I forgetting any?

My wife's family Redbox'd TMNT. I rather liked it. Okay, I rather liked some of the OTT action scenes in a "so bad it's good" sort of way. Sledding a 16-wheel big rig truck? Pole vaulting an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (not over it, but the actual truck)? I'm down.

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