Against the Grain: 10 Reviews We Got Wrong in 2014 (Mid-Year edition)

Here at TMW we're occasionally baffled by the praise heaped on movies we feel are undeserving, while other times we champion a movie only to see it trashed in the mainstream. Using the consensus of Rotten Tomatoes as a reference point, here are 10 examples from the first six months of 2014 where our evaluations differed wildly from the general consensus.

Sub Standard: 10 occasions when subtitles should be avoided

If you don't want to be labelled a cinema philistine you should always opt for the subtitled option, right? Right?

The 10 Worst Movies of 2014 (mid-year edition)

At the midpoint of 2014, TMW's editor lists the ten worst movies he's suffered through this year.

20 Great Bernard Herrmann Scores

Born 100 years ago, Bernard Herrmann's career began in the golden age of Hollywood, working with the likes of Welles, Wise and, most fruitfully, Hitchcock, and ended with collaborations with  1970s movie brats De Palma and Scorsese. To celebrate his centenary, here are 20 of TMW's favourite Herrmann scores.*

The five best movies of June 2014

TMW's editor selects the five best new release of the past month.

The 25 best movies of 2014 (Mid-year edition)

At the mid-point of 2014, TMW's editor picks his 25 favourite movies of the year so far.

The 50 Greatest Movies of 2000-2014!

TMW's editor runs down his 50 favourite movies released since 2000.

The Five Best Movies of May 2014

TMW's editor picks his five favourite movies from the last month.

10 Best Quincy Jones Scores

Pop culture may well remember him best as the producer of Michael Jackson's Thriller, but Quincy Jones has contributed memorable scores to a host of movies and TV shows. Here are 10 of his best.

The Five Best Movies of April 2014

TMW's editor picks his five favourite movies from the past month.

The 10 best Clint Mansell scores

Former frontman for UK indie group Pop Will Eat Itself, Clint Mansell has, over the last decade, created some of the most memorable scores in recent cinema. Here are selections from 10 of his best.

The Five Best Movies of March 2014!

TMW's editor picks his five favorite new releases from this past March.

Four unforgettable casino scenes

The Five Best Movies of February 2014!

TMW's editor picks the five new release that most impressed him during February.

Andy Comer's Top 10 of 2013

TMW's Andy Comer looks a back at the ten movies he was most impressed by last year.

The Five Best Movies of January 2014

TMW's editor picks the five most impressive new releases of the last month.

10 Best Riz Ortolani Scores

Italian composer Riz Ortolani sadly passed away on January 23rd, 2014, aged 87, leaving behind a legacy of over 200 scores. His 1962 Best Song Oscar nomination for Mondo Cane is possibly the only time the Academy acknowledged the world of Italian exploitation movies. Ortolani prolifically contributed to genres as disaparate as EuroSpy, Giallo and the Spaghetti Western. In tribute, here are selections from 10 of his best scores.

The 10 Best John Carpenter Scores

John Carpenter is the ultimate auteur. Not only has he directed, written, edited and produced throughout his career but he's also written the scores for most of his movies. One of the first soundtrack composers to make use of synths, Carpenter brought a minimalistic rock 'n' roll approach to his scores and defined the sound of eighties horror. Here are selections from ten of his best works.

10 Best Wojciech Kilar Scores


Recently passed at the age of 81, Wojciech Kilar had been composing in his native Poland for a quarter of a century before Francis Ford Coppola brought him to mainstream attention by hiring Kilar to score his 1992 'Dracula'.

Essential 2013 End of Year Movie Lists

Who doesn't love end of year movie lists? We've gathered together all the essential ones here.
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