Sunday, March 1, 2015

Help Pick The Undies! (Underappreciated Films of 2014, That Is)

So, in case you didn't read this big explanatory post here, here's that the Undies are:

The Undies are a project to find the best underappreciated film of 2014. Films that were nominated for an Oscar in the major categories (of Best Film and the acting awards) are not eligible.* This project seeks to find the best overall film of 2014.

The Undies has five categories of film. The categories are: Big Budget, Mid Range, Micro Budget, Foreign Language, and Animated. Each category has five films. When the five winners are announced, we'll then open up voting to find which of these five films is the best underappreciated film of 2014 overall. Got it? Good.

In case you're wondering who these mysterious voters are, the answer! Anyone is eligible to be a voter in The Undies. All you have to do is email us at and say you want to and pick your category. All voters have until March 25, 2015 to see all their five films and pick the best one. Then they are to email that pick in and we'll announce it on the blog. It sounds simple because it is. You even get a super official looking ballot and everything.

The one strong requirement for voters is that you must see every movie in your category. It's imperative because otherwise this doesn't work. The whole point is that these movies are underappreciated, so if you only vote for the movies you saw in theaters, then that doesn't work, does it?

Here are the official nominees and a little bit about each movie to give you guys some context. All of the blurbs are just copied and pasted from, so if they're weird it's not my fault.

Big Budget Nominees

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shattered the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

Edge of Tomorrow (alternate title: Live, Die, Repeat)

A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.


A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Guardians of the Galaxy

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

Mid Range Nominees

Big Eyes

A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Under the Skin

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Top Five

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.


Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Micro Budget Nominees

The Babadook

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.


The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Dear White People

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Obvious Child

A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Only Lovers Left Alive

A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Foreign Language Nominees

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.


Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

Two Days, One Night

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Jai Ho

An ex-army officer initiates a unique idea of propagating social responsibility among ordinary people and in doing so, crosses paths with a powerful political family.


Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

Animated Nominees

The Book of Life

Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

The Boxtrolls

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.

The Wind Rises

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Song of the Sea

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

The LEGO Movie

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.


Dang! Those movies all sound awesome, right? Well, if the list has swayed you and you want to be a voter, send us an email at and sign up! We'll send you an official ballot and everything.

Happy watching!

*Except in the case of Two Days, One Night, wherein Marion Cotillard was nominated for Best Actress, but the film was not nominated for Best Picture or Best Foreign Language Film. Also, let's be real, no one saw it.


  1. Technically Song of the Sea and Boxtrolls were nominated for 'Best Animated Feature' (and I believe at least one of your Foreign Language films was nominated for 'Best Foreign Language Film'), but I assume you are not counting those categories?

    1. Exactly. Because the Foreign Language films and the Animated films pretty regularly get the shaft in awards shows, and because they're both relatively small categories, at least in terms of what's easily available here in the States, I decided I was okay with a little overlap. After all, these are still films that are by and large underappreciated by critics and awards shows, and this way they get to compete for the ULTIMATE PRIZE of BEST OVERALL!

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