Entertainment Weekly posted its annual top 10 picks for the Best Movies and TV Shows of 2014. While there weren’t many genre items on the list, it turns out that Boskone is doing panels on all three of their “Best Picks” that fall into the SF/F categories. Special thanks to Carrie Cuinn for suggesting Jodorowsky’s Dune, which she will be on with Dan Kimmel as moderator.
Here’s what Entertainment Weekly had to say about these three items. You can view all of their other Best Picks on the Entertainment Weekly website, and you can also get in on the discussion of your favorite shows while at Boskone!
In the meantime, here’s what EW has to say….
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S BEST MOVIE PICKS FOR 2014:
10. Jodorowsky’s Dune
Easily the geekiest and most obsessive documentary I saw all year, Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune is an exhumation of the weirdest movie never made. In the mid-’70s, eccentric Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) tried and failed to adapt Frank Herbert’s sci-fi talisman Dune. The false starts, bizarre detours, and cult luminaries attached to the project are probably more interesting than the film would’ve been. But Pavich argues (convincingly) that Star Wars, Alien, and The Terminator wouldn’t exist as we know them were it not for one man’s epic fail. A delightful celebration of a visionary whose dream never got the chance to live outside his head.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
When it comes to superhero movies, I have become an agnostic. I have neither the faith of a fanboy nor the knee-jerk derision of a men-in-tights heathen. But if there’s one movie that’s come the closest to making me a believer, it’s James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel’s merry band of squabbling misfits goosed anarchic life into a genre that tends to get mired in existential heaviosity. And what’s not to love about a posse of anti-heroes that includes Chris Pratt’s cocky Star-Lord and Zoe Saldana’s green-skinned assassin, plus a mound of muscles, a foulmouthed raccoon, and a grunting tree named Groot? Guardians works precisely because it’s so unlike every other comic-book movie. At last, an excitingly unpredictable blockbuster.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S BEST TV SHOW PICKS FOR 2014:
8. Game of Thrones (HBO)
After four seasons of hero-decapitating, wedding-massacring, small boy-defenestrating suspense, you’d think Game of Thrones couldn’t shock us anymore. But with Joffrey’s poisoning, the Red Viper’s eye-gouging, and Tywin’s death atop the, uh, ”throne,” there were more opportunities than ever to yell ”WHAT?!” at the TV. What’s surprising, then, is that the most talked-about scenes weren’t the out-of-nowhere deaths, but the scenes that made us care fiercely about the living. Cersei’s rape might’ve been a showrunner blunder, but it inspired more thoughtful debates about consent than you’ll find on most college campuses. And Tyrion’s courtroom lampooning of the hypocrites in the Red Keep was deeply satisfying. He wasn’t just defending himself—he was speaking for all of us.
Thank you EW for choosing 3 excellent shows. While we definitely have to agree with these three picks, we can’t help but to wonder why Gotham, Agents of Shield, and The Walking Dead aren’t on their list or the fabulous new series The Librarians…which is just way too much fun. Well, we got ’em at Boskone, and that’s what counts. Right?
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