Here are 10 films from 2014 that we wish North Korea would have kept us from seeing instead of The Interview.
Of all the lists you'll be perusing over the course of the next few weeks, this one was, without a doubt, the hardest to make. Not because 2014 was so overloaded with quality product; just the opposite, actually. When you have to leave out terrible titles like Sex Tape, Tammy, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Dumb and Dumber To, The Best of Me, No Good Deed, The Last of Robin Hood, As Above So Below, Are You Here, Let's Be Cops, The Devil's Knot, A Haunted House 2, Dark House, The Outsider, Vampire Academy, and I, Frankenstein off your list to make room for the real crap, you know you're dealing with worst of Hollywood's hopeless dung heap... and that's just the ones we were unfortunate enough to see. All around the artform are independent and self-released atrocities just waiting to waste one's time and make them doubt in the existence of God -- or talent.
Yet when it comes right down to it, determining the cream of the crap can also be relatively easy. Indeed, when doing one's critical Santa and making a list (and checking it twice), the sense of unease and disappointment you feel via remembering one mediocrity can be instantly destroyed by recalling one of the 10 entries listed below. It's like killing a mosquito with an A-bomb. It gets the job done, but the fallout remains lethal for decades after. Among the lowlights here are two films (taking up the top two slots, actually) that have faith as the basis for their buffoonery. Granted, some people find God and spirituality in their own way. In the case of those titles - and the rest of this repugnant list - pray is not only suggested, but mandatory. Otherwise, we can't guarantee you'll get out of them with your aesthetics intact.