What in the world are “DEMMY Awards?”. Great, I’m glad you asked. DEM is “Dave Examines Movies”, and thanks to a list of categories provided by Half Popped Reviews, I am able to provide you with a brief list of my favorite films of the year. I know, the year isn’t really finished quite yet, but I doubt the rest of the year will provide me with films that would win in these categories.
Well done, Chris Pratt, well done. While I’m sure there are plenty of other choices in terms of phenomenal acting in 2014, you can’t help but agree that Pratt definitely deserved this award solely because he was and is the best up-and-comer in the recent days. His list for 2015 is even more impressive if you ask me. He went from goofy dude on Parks & Recreation to epic hero in a matter of what felt like minutes.
Runner up: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Ellar Coltrane
The decision to choose Pike over other actresses this year was pretty tough. I’m not super familiar with her other performances throughout the years, but her performance in Gone Girl was awe-inspiring. I don’t care if you hated the movie, she still did a really good job with it. Let’s just say I’ll be looking forward to her next few performances.
Runner Up: Anne Hathaway
This year was huge for Guardians of the Galaxy. However, I didn’t pick the director because I liked the movie, I picked him because of the magnificently challenging role he must have took on to make that film a reality. Guardians is a film with so much depth and character development – and it introduces us to an entire galaxy of characters, worlds, weapons – and everything else you could possibly think of. He did this all within the time constraint of two hours…which come on, is really impressive.
Runner up: Bryan Singer, Christopher Nolan, Matt Reeves, Peter Jackson
Most Enjoyable Movie of 2014
Once again, we have Guardians of the Galaxy in the running. Was this movie flawed? Yeah I guess you can say it was, but my god if it wasn’t one of the best movies I saw all year just for sheer enjoyability of the thing. I loved this movie so much more than I ever though possible, but Marvel really outdid themselves here – by being incredibly bold.
Most Disappointing Movie of 2014
It brings me great sadness to inform you that Dumb & Dumber To was the most disappointing movie I’ve had the displeasure of viewing this year. I definitely had hopes and dreams for this film after twenty years – and while it’s better than that crappy prequel thing – it’s still a bit disappointing, and sad that they couldn’t come up with more originality after so many years.
Most Surprisingly Good Movie of 2014
Holy crap, where did that come from? From the trailers, Edge of Tomorrow looked like nothing more than another Tom Cruise film. Nothing specifically memorable or fancy – just a good time at the movies. But the whole world was practically shocked at how absolutely amazing this movie was. The whole world couldn’t stop talking about the movie for weeks.
Best Adaptation of 2014
There were a few newer categories added to the nomination pool this year, and most of them I’m totally proud of. Among them were the best and worst of the adaptations and sequels, most anticipated for next year and superhero of the year award – which are awesome. The best adaptation for the year in my opinion was Noah, which was technically an adaptation – and a good one at that. Finally a secular film based off of religious text…something we’ve needed for a long time. A long, long time. There are good stories in the Bible, if you just look at it as stories and not a means to an end – I’m talking to you, preachers of the world unite.
Worst Adaptation of 2014
It’s ironic that the best and worst adaptations of the year are actually both centered on religious themes. However, Left Behind was pretty bad all around. Forget about religious reasons for now, but they failed on almost every accord, seeing how the original version of the film was actually decent and this felt like a watered down episode of something on ABC Family. They got rid of the anti-christ…why did they do that? To save for potential sequels? Are you serious? This was one of the worst movies I’ve seen all year.
Runner Up: Need for Speed
Best Sequel of 2014
This is another one of the added categories this year, and when you think about it – everyone should have it…even the real award ceremonies. Sequels, reboots, remakes, and re-imaginings are the way of the future – what better way to acknowledge that then to give them their very own award? Well that means giving one to the best and one to the worst. And in this case, the best sequel of the year goes to X-Men: Days of Future Past. At the end of the year in 2013, this was my most-anticipated film of the year. It turned out a bit different than what I imagined, but it was still a lot of fun to watch and a heck of a lot better than First Class.
Worst Sequel of 2014
Unfortunately more often than not, sequels don’t turn out the way we hoped and wished they would – and they often end up disappointing. The same can be said for A Haunted House 2, which I really wasn’t even looking forward to to begin with. I didn’t even like the first, so when word came out that another one was coming out…I had to shake my head, roll my eyes, and groan with annoyance the entire time I watched it. God it’s bad.
Best Visuals of 2014
This one shouldn’t be too hard to understand. If anything, people would still agree that Interstellar had some really astonishing visuals throughout the film. Call it flawed, call it imperfect, it still looked brilliant – and combined with the thought-out science of the thing really turned Interstellar into a spectacle
Favorite Action Movie of 2014
It’s not difficult to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as one of the best action flicks of 2014. There was something really special about how this film felt which felt almost native to the original series – plus the added action of this movie made it really difficult not to see the film as something absolutely perfect.
Favorite Drama Movie of 2014
This is actually one of the only categories that I added this year because drama isn’t a genre in film that should just be ignored – in fact, it’s probably the main genre that real award shows focus on. This year, it was a lesser-known movie that arrived only on video on demand, but was so, so good. If you haven’t seen In Your Eyes, I definitely think you need to check that out as soon as possible. Or else. This also goes for Best Romantic Comedy if I were to add that as well.
Favorite Comedy of 2014
You want a movie that will have you laughing to no end – The Lego Movie is your best bet. Not only does this film appeal to all ages, it has some really smart comedic writing throughout the entire thing. Here’s another reason why Chris Pratt is one of the best actors of the year – he now knows how to pick an unforgettable role and give an unforgettable performance.
Favorite Sci-Fi Film of 2014
This one’s kind of obvious. If anyone else is selecting from the same categories I did, Interstellar seems like almost the only worthy Science Fiction film of the year. Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy might be something to mention, but this movie is about a man travelling the universe – and seeing some really…alien things that no one would have thought about before…it was no contest – Interstellar is clearly the winner in my books.
Runner up: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favorite Thriller of 2014
Thrillers were sort of far and few between this year – Gone Girl was definitely an exceptional film, and because of that, it won against a few other contenders that almost didn’t really deserve nominations, if you ask me. However, there were some really fun thrillers at the same time…so there’s that.
Favorite Horror Film of 2014
I almost didn’t watch The Babadook. I hadn’t heard about it until much later, and even then I was apprehensive about watching another horror film, much less a slightly foreign movie (which will no doubt be made American and suck), but I thoroughly enjoyed so many aspects of this film. It did a valiant job at promoting paranoia from the audience as well as its characters – which really lets people connect with the characters. This one was pretty good.
Runner up: The Purge: Anarchy
Superhero of the Year Award
This was one of the hardest categories to date. 2014 was a big year for superheroes – you had Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Magneto (technically a good guy in the sequel), Quicksilver, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Falcon, Spider-Man, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I had to think long and hard, but I ultimately came up with the most obvious answer – Starlord. Way to go man, you’re brilliant originality and love for classic hits make you unforgettable, epic, and hilarious at the same time. Keep doing what you do – because you’re the best at it.
Runner Up: Quicksilver, Captain America, Wolverine
Most Anticipated for 2015
Dude, I mean…come on. There’s so many wonderful movies coming out next year that the hype is already through the roof. That being said, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has to be my pick because…does it really need a reason? Star Wars is one of the biggest and best movie franchises that ever was. The fact that J.J. Abrams has taken the opportunity to direct it and cast the original actors once again makes this one of the biggest movies to have ever happened – I just hope he doesn’t screw it up. I really, really hope it’s good.
Runner Up: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesys
Worst Picture of 2014
Hah, you can’t have a best movie of the year without a worst movie of the year as well. If only the Oscars gave out the award for worst film. Oh well, I actually already talked about this movie earlier in this post. A Haunted House 2 is easily the worst movie of the year. It’s sloppy, directionless, unfunny, and just plain stupid. I wish I never saw it, I really wish I never saw this crap.
Best Picture of 2014
So here we are, best movie of the year all around. I’m not going to lie, this one was a lot more difficult than I think it was last year. There were a lot of great films this year, but I had to pick the best all around. It came down to three nominees – Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. X-Men was the most anticipated movie of the year for me…so that hype probably made the movie better in my mind than it really was. Guardians was probably the next best choice – but I already gave that film too many awards this year…which leads the Hobbit. I’ll tell you what – this was a movie I was interested in seeing, but the hype never went higher than that. I wasn’t the best fan of the first film, loved the second movie, and the third just blew me away as far as filmmaking goes. It was a tough choice, but I think I’m justified in my reasoning that The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies was the best picture of 2014 in my eyes.