Well, it’s the end of the year and you know what that means. The lists of “Best of” or “Worst of” start to come out. So of course, I have to put my list out there too!
So for the sack of giving the “bad news” first, I’ll do my “Worst/Disappointments Movies of the Year” list first. I know saying “Worst” is a bit harsh and I know a lot of work goes into making a movie so I don’t want to come off as a snob. But saying “Least Liked” sounds kind of lame. So the list will be movies that I thought were bad but also disappointing, so I don’t have to say they were pieces of, well you know.
NOTE: This is MY list and is completely my opinion. I’m in no way trying to make less of these movies and if you liked these movies, IT’S FINE. I just didn’t care for them.
No One Lives: The reason I put “Honorable Mention” the way I did is because I respect what the movie was trying to do, a homage to the old school 70s and 80s horror, but the execution at times didn’t get me. One of the highlights was a scene where the main character/villain, played by Luke Evans, creatively finds a way to get near the other villains. However, the reason I put it here in the list is because it was a tad boring at times and didn’t care for the end result.
After Earth: I tried to give this every chance I could. I didn’t mind (using that statement loosely) that it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. But, watching it was a bit hard and I almost hate saying that. I didn’t find Jaden Smith an interesting lead and Will Smith could have literally phoned in his performance. Also, the weird accents really don’t make sense and even though a tag line says “There was a reason we left” is never explained! (I know it’s nitpicky but considering I didn’t like the movie I’m okay with that).
Paranoia: Although I’m not the biggest Liam Hemsworth fan, I was willing to give this movie a shot only because greats like Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford were in it. But even they couldn’t save this movie. Any form of a thriller was thrown in the last act of the movie and by that point I didn’t care.
The Last Exorcism Part II: Changing its style from “found footage” to a tradition, the movie was almost an unnecessary sequel to a movie that wasn’t really that good to begin with. The Last Exorcism for what it was didn’t bring anything new to the found footage genre and for me the ending was probably the best part (NO, not because of the credits or I got to leave), the main character finally found something and went for it. The sequel however, only brings back Ashley Bell’s Nel as she continues her struggle to move on. The ending feels like they set up way too much for a third (which I don’t think has been announced) but at this point I don’t want another.
Spring Breakers: I feel like every year there is a movie – that doesn’t get a wide release – that is hyped up enough by everyone that I manage to fall for it and go watch. Spring Breakers was that movie this year. I will say I wasn’t familiar with director Harmony Korine’s work (I know Kids is the most popular) but I didn’t like this movie at all! For a movie that’s an hour and half long it felt like two and a half hours. I thought the beginning of the movie was good but once they actually went on Spring Break it completely lost me. And yes, I didn’t like James Franco’s character either.
Movie 43: If you told me to give you one movie that was the worst of the year, I would tell you Movie 43. For a movie was suppose to be a comedy and filled with a all-star cast it failed on all cylinders. I didn’t even chuckle or smirk once! This movie was not funny and any funny parts that could have been where shown in the trailers/commercials, so once I saw them on the big screen I didn’t find them funny anymore. I don’t know what the cast was thinking but whatever favors they had to the directors of these shorts was not worth it.
So, what were you’re worst movies or disappointments for the year? Do you agree with my list or not?