Top 10 Worst Movies of 2017

It’s hard not to argue that 2017 has been one crazy year with all the politics that occurred. It’s also hard not to argue that this year has been a fantastic year for movies. There have been many that went above and beyond my expectations, as well as many disappointments. Today, I would like to start off–like I always do–with the stinkers. There were A LOT of movies in which I would get mad about for day, because I wish I never wasted two hours from my life. Nevertheless, I’m proud that I saw these movies, so you don’t have to. Without further ado, let’s start my list of the top ten worst movies of 2017. (Don’t worry. I didn’t see The Emoji Movie.)

Dishonorable Mentions: Bright, Free Fire, Gifted, Sleepless, Victoria and Abdul


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10. Okja – There are two movies on this list I thought were overrated. Okja, the latest from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho, is the first. I find the first hour or so to be decent. It contains gorgeous cinematography and tackles the means of the food industry. Not to mention the great use of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” in one scene. Then, the social satire seems to fall apart. The tone is inconsistent throughout (ranging from childish and innocent to dark and depressing), the cast is a bore (except Tilda Swinton), and has no idea what audience it’s aiming towards. Is it me, or is Jake Gyllenhaal doing his best impression of Jim Carrey’s Environmentalist from In Living Color?


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9. A Dog’s Purpose – Remember this film back in January and the controversy surrounding this movie concerning dog abuse? While it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be, it’s still not very good. Lasse Hallström has directed some really good films including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Hundred-Foot Journey. A Dog’s Purpose does have its moments, and Josh Gad is actually not a bad narrator. However, it suffers from a manipulative script, odd point-of-view shots, embarrassing slapstick, and bland characters. This movie is a movie for dog lovers, by dog lovers.


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8. The Book of Henry – After directing Jurassic World two years earlier, Colin Trevorrow returns to his small-budget roots with The Book of Henry. The first hour is harmless enough, following a gifted boy (Jaeden Lieberher, who would later star in this year’s great horror film It), who supports his young brother (Jacob Tremblay, Room and Wonder) and hard-working mother. Then, it makes the weird transition of being a straight-up thriller. The pacing is all over the place, the acting is mediocre at best, the characters make poor decisions, and, as a result, The Book of Henry plays out more as a Lifetime Movie of the Year.


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7. Baywatch – In my original review, I found this movie to be a decent R-rated comedy. Months after thinking about it, Baywatch is not a good movie. There are some laughs sprinkled throughout and Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the cast seem to have a good time making the movie. It just has too much toilet humor, horrible CGI, stereotypes, and mystery that doesn’t seem to care. I hope, someday, there would be another good film adaptation to a TV show that makes fun of the TV show.

Film Title: The Mummy

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6. The Mummy – Whose idea was it to reboot The Mummy? With it being the first film in the so-called “Dark Universe”, this is the beginning of something horrifying, and not in a good way. I love Tom Cruise in almost every movie he has starred in, but he gets his ass kicked quite a bit in this movie. He cannot escape a ridiculous script with numerous plot holes, annoying characters with no charm, forced attempts at humor, and many unintentionally funny moments. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde truly defines “miscast”.


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5. Better Watch Out – This is the second movie I found to be overrated. A Christmas horror/comedy that delivers on neither the laughs nor the thrills. A babysitting night taking a turn for the worst when one of the kids hold the babysitter hostage. Better Watch Out is just as obnoxious and unpleasant as it sounds. Ed Oxenbould and Olivia DeJonge of The Visit star in this stocking full of coal. If you want to watch a good Christmas movie with the right amount of charm, watch Krampus instead.


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4. Tulip Fever – This is what happens when a movie stars two Oscar winners–Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. With an all-star cast, they lose their talents in a soapy, unintentionally silly, predictable, and relatively boring period piece set in 17th-century Amsterdam. Even the sex in this movie makes the sex in Fifty Shades of Grey look arousing. Although it has been delayed since the summer of 2016, it should have stayed on the shelves. I like costume dramas, but Tulip Fever is an absolute disaster on many levels.


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3. Fist Fight – Is it just me, or does it seem raunchy comedies have been getting exceptionally worse? Fist Fight is another prime example of a bad raunchy comedy. The jokes go overboard with stupidity, the characters are annoying, and the titular fight is so downright predictable. Just like everyone else, Charlie Day tries way too to be funny, especially when he yells at a high pitch. And also, why the hell are the teachers teaching class, if it’s the last day of school? This is the longest 90 minutes of my entire life!


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2. The Snowman – The movie has every ingredient of a great thriller; ranging from a great cast, great filmmaker, and based on a pretty damn good book by Jo Nesbø. However, with a part of screenplay being cut resulting in a rushed production is what makes The Snowman so bad. From start to finish, this is a boring, befuddled mess of a movie. The characters don’t amount to anything with the mystery. Michael Fassbender’s Harry Hole (supposed to be “hol-eh”, not “hole”) is nothing but a cliched, depressed alcoholic. Val Kilmer gives the weirdest performance of the year whose voice sounds obviously over-dubbed. Fingers crossed hoping there will be a good version of The Snowman someday. Thankfully, this isn’t the worst movie of the year.


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1. The Bye Bye Man – This year has seen some great horror movies–from Jordan Peele’s Get Out to Stephen King’s new adaptation of It. First things first, we got The Bye Bye Man, perhaps the worst horror movie I’ve ever seen. It suffers from cheap scares, annoying-as-hell characters, hilarious deaths, and the mystery of “The Bye Bye Man” raises so many questions concerning the train accident, his CGI dog, and its origins. This movie has been delayed since 2016 as an excuse to re-edit it to a PG-13. Again, it should have remained on the shelf.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the ten movies I hated with a passion. Since I got my frustration out of the way, I can think about the good stuff. Stay tuned until January as I present you my list of the best movies of 2017. Please feel free to leave comments about your picks of the worst movies of the year. I’ll see you all in the new year!

Movie Review: Darkest Hour


Elizabeth Layton (Lily James) writes a little something on her typewriter for Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) in Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour. (Source: Seattle Times)

Starring in about a hundred films, Gary Oldman is one of the greatest character actors working today. Ranging from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy), Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK),  Commissioner Gordon (The Dark Knight films), Sirius Black (Harry Potter), Dracula, Stansfield (Leon: The Professional), and Zorg (The Fifth Element), he has one impressive repertoire. Now–he takes part in delivering the most ambitious role of his entire career.

Hundreds of actors have played U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill; from Timothy Spall in The King’s Speech to John Lithgow–a surprising turn–in Netflix’s The Crown. After spending 200 hours in the makeup chair, Oldman is unrecognizable as Churchill in Joe Wright’s new film Darkest Hour. With a screenplay written by Anthony McCarten, it might be a romanticized portrait of Churchill’s first days as Prime Minister, but there is a lot to like here.

In May of 1940, World War II is in full steam. Nazi Germany has just invaded Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Churchill (Oldman) steps in to replace Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup, who took John Hurt’s place after his death) as Prime Minister, accepted by King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn). Right away, he must find a solution to a peace agreement with Germany. With the support of his secretary Elizabeth Layton (Lily James) and wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas), he does whatever he can to save British troops on the beaches of Dunkirk.

Darkest Hour makes a great triple feature with this year’s Their Finest and Dunkirk. Through the long, unbroken shots, the dramatic close-ups, and the gorgeous, vintage sets, this is pure Joe Wright. Oldman delivers his performance with enough wit and empathy that the audience forgets they are watching an actor. We laugh when we’re supposed to (“Will you stop interrupting me while I’m interrupting you!?” he sneers at his War Cabinet.), and we root for him every step of the way when he attempts to save the world.

While James and Mendelsohn are worth mentioning of their wonderful performances, Darkest Hour is Oldman’s show through and through. How can you not have the feeling of standing up and cheering after he delivers his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech in Parliament? I would be shocked if he doesn’t get nominated for an Oscar. He is long overdue for one!


Movie Review: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) gives a piece of her mind to Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. (Source: Variety)

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is something Joel and Ethan Coen would direct. It has the dark comedy mixed with drama. Frances McDormand, Joel’s wife and collaborator, leads a terrific cast as a woman on a quest for the truth.

If only they were actually attached. However, that’s not the case.

Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) writes and directs this tale about the fight for justice. It’s foul-mouthed. It’s devastating. It’s violent. And it’s funny.

Divorced mother Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) has heard nothing about who is responsible for raping and murdering her daughter Angela seven months ago. She goes to the local advertising company to rent three billboards outside her home to get the attention from the authorities. They read: “RAPED WHILE DYING.” “STILL NO ARRESTS?” HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY?”

After appearing on the news, she becomes a local celebrity. Not surprisingly, her decision of the billboards becomes a controversial topic. When Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and Officer Dixon (the understated Sam Rockwell) get involved in the case, it’s on!

As a British filmmaker, McDonagh truly understands how messed up our world can be. Especially in America, there has been problems concerning police brutality over the years, from the Detroit riots to the incident in Ferguson. It’s still a recurring issue. Kudos to a razor-sharp script, Three Billboards showcases the madness within its protagonist and the small town she resides.

McDormand’s Hayes is somebody worth rooting for. Despite her frustration, she never backs down to have the police provide her any information about who the perpetrator is. Her morals come into play perfectly here. Her comedic timing is also the icing on the cake. When she drives pass the reporter about the billboards, she tells her this is only the beginning.

She also has a beautiful scene where she encounters a deer, a sign that it might be her daughter reincarnated. “You’re not trying to make me believe in reincarnation, are you?” she asks. “You’re pretty, but you ain’t her.” There is a possibility her brilliant performance will be a shoe-in for her first Oscar since Fargo.

Featuring career-best performances by Harrelson, Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and Lucas Hedges, Ben Davis’ flawless cinematography, Carter Burwell’s stunning score, and perhaps one of the best screenplays of the year, Three Billboards is a terrific American movie. Certainly one worth discussing about for years to come.


Movie Review: Coco


Miguel and Héctor dance the night away in Coco, Disney/PIXAR’s latest film set during the Day of the Dead. (Source: IMDb)

PIXAR has created some of the most creative, the most wonderful, and the most original animated films of all-time. From the Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, Up, and Inside Out, they offer just enough humor and heart for the entire family. Inside Out and Finding Dory have both found their mojo after the disappointments of Cars 2 and Monsters University. Not to mention The Good Dinosaur (PIXAR’s first ever box-office flop) leaving a sour taste in my mouth. Now–Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) returns to the director’s chair, along with a massive crew, to bring a gorgeous glimpse of the Land of the Dead in Coco.

Set in a small Mexican village, 12-year-old Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) has dreams of becoming a gifted guitar player. However, his family has banned music of any kind for years. Inspired by late guitarist/classic movie star Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), he still wants to be just like him (“Seize your moment” was his famous catchphrase). One day, during the Day of the Dead parade, Miguel visits Ernesto’s tomb. He accidentally picks up his guitar, strums it, and begins to communicate with the dead. This leads him to the Land of the Dead, populated by walking skeletons. Along with his dog Dante (who is the only one from the Land of the Living who can see Miguel) and Héctor (Gael García Bernal), a skeleton joker, Miguel must find Ernesto before it’s too late.

For someone who loves the Spanish culture, I have never seen anything so alive (no pun intended)! With a talented voice cast with the likes of Edward James Olmos and comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Coco features everything I want it to be: humor, charm, twists and turns, beautiful music, flawless animation, and likable characters. It’s a delightful story of restoring one’s legacy. Easily one of PIXAR’s best!