We've reached August, and it’s time for a midyear check-in. True Detective, Snowpiercer, and Ultraviolence: all awesome. Boyhood? A storytelling marvel. Rihanna’s CFDA dress? Everything we could have hoped for in our wildest dreams of Britney’s “Toxic” costume-cum-couture. Unfortunately, every naked glitter dress has its sparkly thorns.
We won’t mince words. Some of the 2014 pop-culture events we were most looking forward to ended up being disappointing. Maybe they were overhyped; or maybe the anticipation was just so much that there was no way the actual book/movie/TV show/event could live up to it.