Video game-based movies are like cockroaches; no matter how many times critics and audiences step on them, they won’t die off. Less than a year ago, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman reboot was an explosion-packed slap in the face to fans of the stealth-based series. Not to mention the fact that it was a colossal financial failure as well. Fortunately, with the mostly positive buzz behind this year’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed movies, there may still be hope for Hollywood to give us a good video game movie. There are even more video game movies planned as well, including one based on a franchise many thought was past its prime.
2014 is halfway over.
For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.
But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment — a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)