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Sin City 2 Bombs -- Is It The Worst Movie of 2014? The 10 Worst Movies of 2014 So Far
Posted by Steve Gustafson on 08.25.2014

My name is Steve Gustafson and thanks for stopping by.we're kicking things off with a contest from our friends over at New Sensations! They're giving adult entertainment fans an opportunity to win a 10 minute Skype session with Second Chances director (and all around awesome person) Jacky St. James and its female lead, superstar Carter Cruise. To vie for the candid Skype chat, entrants are asked to share their own "second chance" story through private message on the New Sensations/Digital Sin Facebook page, now through Aug. 31. The winning story will be chosen by St. James, and announced by New Sensations on Sept. 1. The Second Chances contest winner will also receive an autographed photo of Cruise, signed and personalized live during the Skype chat.

"Most of the interaction I've had with fans of New Sensations has been on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, but there's always a bit of a disconnect with that," Jacky St. James said. "Having the opportunity to connect with someone face-to-face via Skype will be incredible! I can't wait to find out who the winner is!"

To enter the "Second Chances" contest, fans must "Like" the New Sensations/Digital Sin Facebook page and submit a private message to the page's inbox sharing a true and personal account of when they gave or received a second chance in their lives. Entrants must be 18 years or older and have a Skype account. The contest is open to U.S. residents only (void where prohibited by law). All entries must be received by 12 p.m. PST on Aug. 31. New Sensations will announce the winner on Sept. 1. For a complete list of terms and conditions, head over to their Facebook page.

Second Chances is co-directed by Jacky St. James and Eddie Powell from a script written by St. James. The film stars Cruise as a sweet and trusting college freshman betrayed by her football player boyfriend when he makes her the butt of a humiliating fraternity joke. When he unexpectedly comes back into her life three years later, a seemingly changed man, she's made to wonder if something truly wonderful can come out of giving people second chances. It co-stars Allie Haze, Jessa Rhodes, Chad White, Brendon Miller, and Logan Pierce. It streets on Sept. 1.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over social media and made a stop at the Playboy Mansion. Cooper Hefner accepted his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and in return he challenged the Playmates, Bill Maher and Pitbull.

Always down for helping out with a charitable cause, Playmates Amelia Talon, Val Keil, Dani Mathers, Kimberly Phillips. and Anna Sophia Berglund accepted Cooper's challenge and did their part to raise awareness and money to fight ALS. The Playmates have challenged their social media followers--numbering about one million in all--to pour ice water on themselves for a good cause.

And for every Playmate who takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, records it and posts it, Playboy will donate $100 to the ALS Association. Who's next?

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunited to bring Miller's Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Blending together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's noir filled citizens cross paths with some of its more infamous inhabitants.

Looks like they miscalculated. The sequel to the 2005 movie opened at #8 at the box office with just $6.5 million. The studio had hoped it would perform in the high teens but experts are quick to make excuses for the massive flop. Noting the long delay between films, poor marketing, and heated competition, the usual excuses were paraded out to pad the dismal take. With poor reviews, it doesn't look like the movie will make back its $60 million budget and a third Sin City is out of the question. Moviegoers are coming out of the theater moaning about how bad the movie is and critics are trashing the movie in great numbers.

But is it the worst movie of 2014?

Let's take a look at some of the contenders, so far.

Before I jump into this, I'm looking at major studio releases. I'm sure we could fill this list with indie and low budget tripe but let's stick with big releases that had semi-decent expectations attached to them. That's why you won't see Haunted House 2 on the list. We all knew that would suck. Also, I'm putting this here to see who reads. I didn't put Transformers: Age of Extinction because I want to see how many people DON'T read this and blast me in the comments. Transformers is all around horrible in performances, plotholes, and it's pandering.

I understand why Hollywood does remakes and from time to time we get a decent one. Robocop isn't one of them. I'd much rather they remake a movie that had a cool plot but a POOR execution. This movie missed the point of the original and ended up becoming what the original tried to warn us about.

Winter's Tale
Have you heard of this one? Most likely not. So how does it garner a spot on the list? Let's look at the cast:

Colin Farrell
Jennifer Connelly
Russell Crowe
Will Smith

Yes, all of the above were in this failure of a movie. Based on the 1983 novel by Mark Halprin, this movie tried to be too ambitious and lost its way. The fact that all the actors knew they were in a losing battle and didn't even try to save it.

I, Frankenstein
This was supposed to be Aaron Eckhart's big vehicle but quickly turned into another Van Helsing. Somehow they managed to take Mary Shelley's classic book and turn it into unwatchable dribble. If you were looking to fill your Underworld fix, this was definitely not the movie to do it.

A Million Ways to Die in the West
More like a million ways to die at the box office. Seth MacFarlane appeared to not even try in this Western comedy and it showed. Lazy writing, unfunny jokes, and bored acting all contributed to this weak directorial follow up to Ted. Unfunny, tedious and wastes the many talents that were cast. This movie couldn't decide what it wanted to be and audiences suffered for it.

The movie had high expectations but was a dud. The odd journey of Johnny Depp continues in this flat sci-fi cautionary tale. Not even Tim Burton could have saved this one.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Where to start with this one? Looks like they didn't pay attention to the last run Spider-Man make and tried to do way too much on the big screen. This movie was weighed down with too many plotlines and never allowed audiences to really connect with Spider-Man or Peter Parker. Jamie Foxx didn't help matters with his take on Electro. Expect a Spider-Man reboot in the not so distant future.

Christian groups didn't need to protest this one. Audiences would have stayed away on their own after getting word that this Biblical adventure took a pretty wild tale and turned it into a CGI mess.

Please don't be distracted by Scarlett Johansson. This movie borrows from a number of other, much more entertaining movies, and completely falls apart in the fourth act. Plus, someone must not have pointed out to them that the whole "Using 10% of your brain" is a myth.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Michael Bay? Megan Fox? Doesn't get the spirit of the comics, the original movie, or TV shows? Panders to the audience? Take your pick.

That's my 10. Vote for which one you think is the Worst of 2014 (So Far) and let me know why in the comments below. Did I miss your Worst? Let me know!

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