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The 2015 Biggie Awards (& My Top 10 and Bottom 5 of 2014)

The 26th Annual Biggie Awards


for achievements in film for the year 2014

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A year like 2014 is precisely why I created my own awards to begin with. It’s a year when the Oscars and I disagreed perhaps more than we ever have. I dutifully watched the Academy Awards this year, as I always do, but I had little to no rooting interest, as almost none of my favorite movies were up in the categories they should’ve been recognized in. Though you’ll find quite a bit of overlap in our acting nominees, I only agree with 3 of the Academy’s 8 Best Picture nominees, and they passed gas on nearly all of their technical categories. What else is new?

I thought 2014 was a good year on the whole, but not great. Maybe a B+ if I were to grade it. The barometer I use in judging an entire year is how many movies I put on my all-time “Movies I Love” list. This year, there were 21 new entrees on that list. There were 22 in 2013 and 25 in 2012. For perspective, the most ever is 31 from 2000. None of 2014’s entries will wind up in my all-time top 100, but that’s a tough list to crack any year.

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Review: FOOTLOOSE (2011)

A lot of people reading this don’t need to be told why I’m doing a full review of the Footloose remake, but I guess I’ll do a refresher for those unaware. I’m a huge fan of writer/director Craig Brewer. I’m one of the few people who saw both his previous releases (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) in theaters. I love both of those films, and through his writing and filmmaking abilities, Brewer had proven himself to be one of the few original voices in Hollywood’s vast sea of remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, and adaptations. So it was with great dismay when it was announced his next movie was gonna be a remake of the 1984 classic, I was disappointed, to say the least. At first glance, it looked like he had sold out and dove headfirst into that sea of unoriginality that most of us claim to hate. Time passed, and the project was out of sight and out of mind…that is, until the first trailer for the film was released in July. I had a visceral reaction to that trailer, and dedicated an entire post on this blog to breaking down why I thought I was being proven right in my original fears.

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