WELL, THAT HAPPENED: Ten servings of BestWurst

By on December 16, 2014
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Movie poster from the beautifully bizarre film, Under the Skin. PHOTO: ANDREW MUNZ

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – It’s that time of year when every single publication releases their top 10 lists for the best movies, books, albums, Michele Bachmann quotes, etc., of the year. It’s also awards season so the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe nominations have been announced. Long story short, Meryl Streep has been nominated yet again (It must be December!), Boyhood and Birdman are frontrunners for Best Picture, and Interstellar’s only nomination is for Hans Zimmer’s score.

For the next month or two we will be hearing (even from me) all about who is the dark horse, who is a shoe-in, how Neil Patrick Harris will do hosting the Oscars, etc. But let’s talk about a few things you may have missed in 2014, and likely won’t hear about again. This ain’t your stepmother’s People Magazine Top Ten. I present to you, my Top 10 List of Bestwursts.

1. Best Movie You Didn’t See And Probably Won’t

Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer

Scarlett Johansson plays a nameless extraterrestrial that drives around Scotland in a white van luring unsuspecting gents into her passenger seat. She then lures them out of their clothes and … well, I won’t ruin the surprise. But the film harkens back to Stanley Kubrick’s later films, and is so impeccably shot and effective, that the whole thing feels like a fever dream that you’re unable to awake from. Certainly the most bizarre, disturbing, yet mesmerizing film I’ve seen in recent years. Loved it.

2. Best Album You Ignored Because You Don’t Like New Music These Days

Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey

Look, I get that Lana Del Rey isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But there’s something about her coked-up Nancy Sinatra visage that entrances me. Ultraviolence is an incredible sophomore album, full of smoky, mumbled lyrics and some really sweet James Bond theme bass rifts. “Cruel World” is a favorite.

3. Best Book You Should Have Read If You Had The Time

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

I wrote an article a few months ago about the best books of 2014, but The Bone Clocks deserves another mention. Mitchell writes books that are impossible to compare to anything else. Here, he jumps genres from mystery to sci-fi to post-apocalyptic horror, and he does it all so damn well. Once again, I won’t tell you what it’s about. Just pick it up and see for yourself.

4. Best Morally Conflicting Social Experiment

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” was one of the ways people proved they had friends this summer. “I was nominated by [insert friend] and I’m nominating [insert 12 friends].” Other than racking up views, it also provided a chance to express the shocking revelation that pouring ice-cold water over their heads is, in fact, cold. At least all those participants were raising money for ALS, which, as people graciously explained in their videos, stands for … um, well, it’s like a disease that needs awareness.

5. Best Place to Grab Pizza in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Bistro Skaftfell. Hands down. Also, the only restaurant in town.

6. Worst Movie

Labor Day 

7. Worst Song 

“All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor

8. Worst Book

Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

9. Worst TV Show

The Walking Dead (yeah, I said it)

10. No Opinion

Ocean City China Bistro

 

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