Top Ten Movie Villains of 2014

2014-villains
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ 20th Century Fox

The following list contains spoilers for films from 2014.

It’s week five of the Heroes and Villains period of Top Ten Tuesday, and that brings us to 2014. 2014 was a truly great year for villains, and some of the villains on this list are some of my favorites of all-time. Do note that these characters aren’t solely ranked on how evil their actions are. Without further ado, here are the top ten movie villains of 2014.
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Favorite Thespians #3 – Ben Affleck

Favorite Thespians - Ben Affleck

In honor of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being released in March, I am moving my Favorite Thespians-schedule around a bit. For one time only, Favorite Thespians is being released the day before I’m seeing the thespian’s latest film. This time it’s all about Ben Affleck!

Favorite Thespians is a monthly opinion piece wherein I name one of my favorite actors or actresses. Favorite Thespians contains three separate sections: one section on the first film I saw the thespian in (“On My Radar”), another section on 5 films you need to see to know the thespian (“Homework”), and a section on my favorite performance from him/her.
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2nd I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards – 2014

Second Annual…

Last year, I introduced 17 categories – one of which has been discontinued, or at least not considered for the nomination process, this year (PlayStation Vita Game of the Year). This year, I’ll present the following list of categories, which does include new categories:

  1. Biggest Entertainment Disappointment of the Year
  2. PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
  3. PlayStation 4 Game of the Year
  4. PC/Mac Game of the Year
  5. Nintendo Game of the Year
  6. Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
  7. Overall Game of the Year
  8. Superhero Film of the Year
  9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
  10. Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
  11. Superhero of the Year
  12. Superheroine of the Year
  13. Movie of the Year
  14. Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
  15. Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
  16. Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
  17. Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
  18. Television Show of the Year
  19. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
  20. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
  21. Song of the Year
  22. Chelsea FC Player of the Year
  23. Chicago Bears Player of the Year
  24. FC Copenhagen Player of the Year
  25. Overall Performance of the Year

A total number of 25 categories. 25 winners to be announced today. Please be aware that cinematic and gaming release dates are based on the Danish theaters, so, films from 2014 that premiere in 2015 (in Denmark), won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards-announcement. First, let’s dive into some gaming-related awards…

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REVIEW: Gone Girl (2014)

WARNING: EXPECT FULL SPOILERS FOR GONE GIRL Warning over (It’s better to be safe than sorry). Now, I always write this before my reviews, but I will try to steer clear of any spoilers – though, that may be tough with this film – we’ll see how I do.

Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher, stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the Dunnes. Affleck, Nick Dunne, is introduced right away – and is really the main character in this film. With that having been said, Rosamund Pike’s character, Amy Dunne, is essential to the plot of the film – I’ll leave it at that for now. The plot revolves around Amy having disappeared – presumably killed, or at the very least kidnapped. What follows is a witchhunt – not unlike the one seen in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt. While this film may look like the simple ‘whodunnit’ tale, it is actually quite unique – and some twists and turns will leave you speechless. That’s the plot, really, but in getting into a review – I’d first like to talk about David Fincher.

Fincher has taken this adapted screenplay and has taken it through the Fincher-process. Fincher is one of the best directors out there, and this film is like every other film he’s attached to. It’s beautiful, it’s on-point – it is David Fincher. One of the things I worried about was the casting, though. Tyler Perry & Neil Patrick Harris seemed like odd choices for their particularly roles as Nick’s lawyer and Amy’s old ‘stalker-boyfriend’, respectively. Really, though, Perry does quite well – and NPH does fine too – however, I’ve not read the novel yet, and I’m curious to find out whether NPH’s portrayal is true to the book.

I like to compare Affleck’s Nick Dunne to Mads Mikkelsen’s Lucas in The Hunt, and the thing is – that while both characters are being chased, or rather speculated upon, their reactions are quite dissimilar. Lucas was angry, but mostly you felt sorry for him – you saw him contemplating his future, you saw people becoming violent towards him. Now, Nick Dunne is a different person – he’s aggressive, he’s angry – but he’s being told to calm down; to fit in. The thing is that he’s too calm, he’s too awkward at media events following the supposed kidnapping of his wife. Affleck does well, but I do think Mikkelsen’s acting performance is superior. The star performance in Gone Girl, comes from Rosamund Pike. She has an Academy-Award-Performance, and it might be tough to understand this if you haven’t seen the film, but her performance is stellar.

The plot is amazing – its twists and turns are mindboggling – and when you combine that with the amazing directorial qualities of Fincher – you get something amazing. Go see this film – not only because of the Oscar-potential of Pike, or the directorial performance of Fincher – but for the twists, the turns, the whodunit of it all. It’s an instant classic in that category.

Overall Score: 9.0 out of 10. Amazing performances – both in front of the camera and behind it – take you on a ride as this terrifying witchhunt transforms itself into something legendary for the whodunit-genre.