2014 movies that won't make my list - Comedy makes everything better

My schedule is frantic this week. That's the best word for it. I feel like I'm constantly in motion.

You'll start to benefit from that in these next couple of days. I have some great "Inherent Vice" stuff going up, I've got a piece about the "Community" 100th episode celebration at the CBS Radford Studios, and my ten best video goes up on Thursday.

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Sony's tortured plans for 'Spider-Man' are just the latest details leaked in the Sony hacking
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Sony's tortured plans for 'Spider-Man' are just the latest details leaked in the Sony hacking

How bad is this going to get for the studio before it gets better?

When I recently reported on the possibility of Spider-Man making an appearance in an official Marvel movie, the news was greeted with no small amount of skepticism. Tonight, thanks to the massive hack of Sony's internal networks, the Wall Street Journal has published a piece that details many of the conversations that have happened about the future of the iconic comic book character.

The problem is that while I'm certainly curious to read about Sony's plans, I am deeply uncomfortable with the way the media has responded to the Sony hack. These massive infodumps that are happening are obviously designed to hurt the company, and it feels like much of the coverage of the leak so far has been playing right into that goal.

Then again, much of what I do is based on the way I protect my own sources of information, and it depends on me being able to sometimes see and read and hear things that were not meant for my eyes or ears. I can't very well be upset if people want to read all of this leaked material simply for the curiosity of it.

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2014 movies that won't make my list - broken homes and broken bones

Here's the thing... if my top ten list for the year ended up with a single one of the next five titles on the list as I count down from fifty to the top spot, I'd be perfectly happy with that.

A dude e-mailed me this morning and asked me why I would bother ranking 50 films. "There are never more four or five great movies in any year, and you're a cheap date."

Ouch.

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New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?
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New 'Ask Drew’: What can we take away from the 'Star Wars’ trailer?

Plus we discuss what to do when artists disappoint us in their lives

We're coming down to it.

We'll probably only have one more "Ask Drew" before the end of 2014, but it's been fun to see how well it's gone so far. The video team tells me there are always way more questions than we can use, and they love the breadth of stuff you guys ask about.

I'll admit that I may have stammered my way through one of my answers this week a little more than normal. I've always tried to stick to a couple of simple broad rules in what kind of material I'll publish about film: no gossip, no numbers, no Oscars. I'm sure I've broken all of those rules at some point, but for the most part, I stick to them. When I was asked what my feelings are about dealing with the art of someone who has a public scandal about their personal lives, I'm not sure I explained myself in the most elegant way possible.

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What does James Franco's sneaky 'Color Of Time' have to do with 'Oz?': Exclusive
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What does James Franco's sneaky 'Color Of Time' have to do with 'Oz?': Exclusive

This clip gives you a taste of Franco's grand experiment

One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me.

Take, for example, "The Color Of Time." You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of CK Williams.

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Man in suit! Man in suit! Maybe...

I did not see this one coming.

When Toho partnered with Legendary Pictures to make "Godzilla," I assumed that meant this was their official take on the franchise, dormant since "Godzilla: Final Wars," and it seemed like the film succeeded enough to make Toho happy. They're moving forward with a sequel, after all, which promises to introduce more of Toho's iconic monsters into the same film universe.

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2014 movies that won't make my list - Popcorn done particularly well

As I write the actual copy for my top ten list, I'm looking at the full list of my top 50 films from 2014, compiled and ranked as I narrowed things down, and I have to say, there was a nice batch of popcorn movies this year.

For those keeping score, I already covered #50 - #46, and I wrote a bit about my #45 pick, "The Overnighters," which I still say you should see knowing nothing at all about it. There's a cluster of popcorn pictures next, and I think all of them are smart and efficient and thematically sound and prove that we don't have to accept crap if we want to be entertained by something big and spectacular.

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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'
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Review: Reese Witherspoon is the one being tamed in the moving new 'Wild'

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A deceptively simple film with a powerful punch

 No one is more efficient or merciless about punishing us than ourselves. The older I get, the more regrets I accumulate, and there comes a point where you can either let yourself get crushed by the weight of them, or you can figure out a way to forgive yourself and let things go.

"Wild," the latest film from director Jean-Marc Vallee, is not what I expected. I knew it was about a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. That's 2,663 miles, from the US border at Mexico to the US border at Canada. I didn't know why she was hiking or what kind of drama the film would try to wring from the trip, and honestly, the concept didn't hook me in a way that made the film a priority. What I saw, though, was something tough and honest and unsentimental, and it's a pretty major piece of work for star Reese Witherspoon.

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Roberto Orci beams out of the director's chair for 'Star Trek 3'
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Roberto Orci beams out of the director's chair for 'Star Trek 3'

Could Edgar Wright end up taking the helm instead?

No matter how involved Roberto Orci has been involved in the new "Star Trek" franchise as a writer and a producer, it was always going to be a huge gamble to put him in the director's chair for "Star Trek 3."

I've heard some people offer the opinion that on films of a certain size and budget, directing is just factory work, and anyone can do it since they're propped up by their various department heads and their second units and their cinematographer and… hogwash. That argument can be negated by looking at the way certain filmmakers are able to clearly express personal themes and styles even when they're working in the blockbuster space. It is not a job that just anyone can do.

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Benedict Cumberbatch is officially 'Doctor Strange' really officially this time

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially 'Doctor Strange' really officially this time

How many times can we say we're excited about the same thing?

I am going to link you now to an article from October 27th of this year.

Every word of that is applicable today as Marvel finally actually makes the official announcement that professional handsome man Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in "Doctor Strange."

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