Top 100 Worst Movies of the 2010s: 30-21

 

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30. Fist Fight (2017) – This is a comedy dead on arrival. Starring the ever-so annoying Charlie Day as a teacher about to go head-to-head with another teacher (Ice Cube) on the last day of school. Leading up to the fight, it’s filled with uninspired slapstick, terrible jokes, and eye-soaring sight gags. Hell, even the climactic fight is as predictable as you would expect. I have a very important question. Why are the teachers still teaching class on the last day of school? The world may never know.

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29. The 5th Wave (2016) – There’s no denying that Chloe Grace Moretz is a talented young actress. She kicked ass as the foul-mouthed Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass and oozed with charm in Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s beautiful tribute to cinema, However, it’s time for her to steer clear from raunchy comedies (such as Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) and tedious young-adult adaptations including The 5th Wave

It follows Moretz as a teenager living in a world where aliens are bringing forth extinction in the form of disasters. She must do whatever she could to save her young brother Sam, who is sorted in a military group to end this nightmare once and for all. If this sounds familiar, you’re not wrong. There is no attempt at an original YA adventure at all. It contains no tension, no surprises, and no chemistry between the talented cast. Even the romantic subplot is so stupid.

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28. Serena (2015) – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence made movie magic in the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook. They reunite in Susanne Bier’s lifeless, deplorable, and unintentionally goofy star-studded Depression-era saga. Maybe the reason being it was in production hell and shelved for some time until it finally released in limited release.

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27. Just Go With It (2011) – Is it just me, or has every Happy Madison production over the past decade feel like a vacation disguised as a movie? Just Go With It is certainly one of these movies. There’s hardly anything funny to laugh at (including the tired gags of getting hit in the crotch or any other body part), the actors give nothing to do with their characters who don’t feel like real people at all, and the scenery feels like something out of a travelogue. Nicole Kidman is the only saving grace.

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26. Flower (2018) – Zoey Deutch is a charming actress who has been in a couple good movies–from Everybody Wants Some!! to Zombieland: Double Tap. I think it’s time for her to step aside from starring in raunchy comedies like Flower, directed by Henry Winkler’s son. This indie comedy centers on a sexually obsessed teenager developing a bond with her mentally unstable stepbrother who plans on exposing the truth about his school teacher (Adam Scott). Everything about this is unfunny and disgusting in every sense of the word.

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25. The Host (2013)This is what happens when you get a talented filmmaker and screenwriter, such as Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show), to adapt a lousy book to the big screen. Based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (of Twilight fame), The Host is a convoluted blend of science-fiction and romance. But–at the same time, it’s so bad, that it’s actually good.

It stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, whose body is taken over by an unseen alien force trying to make the world safer (for whatever reason) and falls in love with two people. She doesn’t bring any weight into her performance (same goes for Diane Kruger and William Hurt). The most annoying “plot device” is when we hear Melanie’s thoughts. When we see her kissing either of the two guys who are assigned to protect her, she’s telling her to stop. There are times I noticed her accent shifts from American to Southern and back again. The love triangle plays out as some kind of a bad soap opera. The dialogue is excruciating to listen to as it is hilariously inept (“Kiss me. Kiss me like you’re being slapped,” Melanie says as she is kissing one of the boys who is protecting her). If mopey romances and mindless science fiction movies are your thing, go for it!

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24. Grown Ups (2010) – I got my wisdom teeth taken out before seeing this in theaters. To be honest, seeing Grown Ups was a much more painful experience. It’s clear from the start that Adam Sandler and his buddies are having a blast making the movie. But–none of the jokes (including two involving O.J. Simpson) are funny, the slapstick is predictable, and the stereotypes are appalling. I refuse to even waste my time watching the sequel.

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23. Mother’s Day (2016) – Garry Marshall was one of the most down-to-earth human-beings on the planet. Everyone was in shock when he died of pneumonia back in July of 2016. But–that doesn’t necessarily mean all of his movies are any good. Mother’s Day, the last in a trilogy of films set on a holiday, is a two-hour long sitcom featuring storylines that are just about as riveting as a tree sap. It contains stereotypes, humor falling flat, and absolutely no surprises whatsoever. Julia Roberts’ wig is a much better character.

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22. The Rite (2011) – Anthony Hopkins has one of those stern looks on his face that will stick with people for life. Here, he is anything but scary. There is so much wrong with The Rite, from its cheap scares to its poor pacing to the boring-as-hell characters, it will put everyone to sleep.

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(Source: Digital Spy)

21. Assassin’s Creed (2016) – Let me be perfectly clear: Hollywood seriously needs to stop making video game adaptations! They all come across as critically panned and/or big box-office bombs. Assassin’s Creed is one of the biggest flops. It’s narratively incoherent, the action is awfully shot, and Justin Kurzel’s direction lacks any depth or thrills. What a waste from a talented cast. Yes, even Michael Fassbender can’t save this mess.

 

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Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! It’s time to take a look back at 2018 in film!

This year has been another powerhouse year for cinema! There have been numerous surprises (either good or bad), movies making history (Black Panther becoming the highest-grossing film in the MCU and one of the all-time highest-grossing films–featuring a mostly black cast and directed by a black director), and Netflix becoming the future of cinema by releasing its popular original movies in select theaters.

However–there have been plenty of stinkers a lot of people had to endure. Without further ado, let’s dive right into my list of the top ten worst movies of 2018. But first…

Dishonorable Mentions: Insidious: The Last Key, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Leisure Seeker, Mandy, On Chesil Beach, The Seagull, Unsane, Winchester

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10. The NunThe Conjuring universe is releasing spin-offs featuring its scary entities that the two movies introduced–from Annabelle (as witnessed in the terrible film from 2014 and its solid sequel, Annabelle: Creation, from last year) to The Crooked Man (in which we have yet to see a spin-off of the monster shown briefly in The Conjuring 2). The second film featured a spirit deemed the most sinister of all. The Nun is another big disappointment in the ongoing horror franchise; suffering from cheap scares, forced humor, and not enough atmosphere to carry through its shaky final act. Taissa Farmiga gives a decent performance as Irene, the rookie nun with a gift from the supernatural, but it ticks me off how she has yet to receive her vows before going to Romania. Other than that, I would rather wait for The Conjuring 3 than having to sit through The Nun again.

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9. Death Wish – Remember when Bruce Willis was at the top of the world starring in the Die Hard movies? While he is no stranger for starring in big critical and financial flops, Death Wish continues that particular realm. Directed by Eli Roth, the master of torture porn, Willis stars as a surgeon-turned-vigilante after he witnesses his wife and daughter attacked in his Chicago home. His performance is not the worst in his career, but he is trying a little too hard in this nasty, derivative, incoherent mess of a movie that takes itself way too seriously, and focuses less on the narrative and more on the violence.

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(Source: The New York Times)

8. The 15:17 to Paris – Clint Eastwood is one of the best filmmakers of all-time. At 88, he is still going. The 15:17 to Paris is easily a big down-grade in his directing career. He is no stranger casting non-professional actors. Here, he casts the three people–Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone–who were involved in the potential terrorist attack on the train from Amsterdam to Paris as themselves. The particular sequence is as tense as one might expect from a movie like this, but leading up to it is pure agony. Containing wooden performances from a talent cast, poor pacing, and shallow dialogue. Thank God for Eastwood doing The Mule.

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7. How to Talk to Girls at Parties – This is a prime example of what happens when you adapt a short story by Neil Gaiman into a feature-length film. Its tone shifts so constantly that it’s excruciating. Set in London during the punk era of the 1970s, Enn (Alex Sharp) and his friends decide to go to dance parties and try to lose their virginity. When he falls for a pretty girl named Zan (Elle Fanning), he soon realizes she is part of an alien race.

I don’t mind bizarre and quirky, if done well. It does have some moments that are really funny (i.e. the scene where Enn’s mother talks about her experiences in Hollywood) and charming. Unfortunately, How to Talk to Girls at Parties loses completely its focus of what it wants to be–Romance? Science-fiction? There are times in which it feels like a overlong 90-minute music video.

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6. Venom – Oh boy–what was Tom Hardy thinking when he signed on to do a project like Venom? One of Hollywood’s toughest actors is trapped in a superhero origin story that would have been alright, if it came out during the time of Sam Raimi’s 2002 version of Spider-Man. When Hardy’s Brock becomes infected with the symbiotes, he keeps hearing voices in his head, resembling Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (Now that I think about it, Hardy would make a much more badass Jekyll and Hyde than Russell Crowe in The Mummy.)

When there is a scene where Venom calls Brock a “pussy” (I kid you not, I almost walked out of the theater from laughing so hard at that), it’s clear on where the movie is going to go from there. The pacing goes all over the place, the humor feels forced, the action is completely contrived, and the actors feel like their sleepwalking throughout the whole film. The chase through San Francisco is watchable at best, it goes downhill from there, even the climactic fight between Venom and Carnage is generic and predictable. With the movie ending on a cliffhanger, like with every superhero movie nowadays, I have a feeling we might see more from the antihero. And I am not looking forward to it.

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5. 7 Days in Entebbe – I enjoy movies that are based on true events; from Schindler’s List to The Social Network to Captain Phillips. I try to steer clear from ones that are unintentionally funny, dull, and devoid of any tension. 7 Days in Entebbe fits right into those categories. This is a preachy, sluggish interpretation of the terrible event. Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike are two gifted, understated actors who are entirely wasted as two people hijacking a plane and putting all of the passengers hostage in Entebbe. There is a dance number that feels adjacent to the rest of the movie. If you want to watch a solid thriller starring Rosamund Pike, Beirut is more worth your time than this pile of garbage.

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4. Sorry to Bother You – The fact that this movie has received a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7/10 rating on IMDb is pretty freaking amazing! Boots Riley’s directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, feels more like propaganda disguised as a feature film. Centering on the down-on-his-luck Cassius, who finds a job as a telemarketer selling consumer products from the phone. He learns about a CEO named Steve Lift (a wasted Armie Hammer), who has plans to improve labor.

Despite some unique editing techniques, the political satire is forced, the characters looking like they are being controlled like joysticks, the second act feels more like a horror movie, and there’s nothing to laugh at. Easily the year’s most overrated movie.

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3. The Hurricane Heist – Coming from the previews, this movie definitely had the feeling of being incredibly stupid beyond repair. However, I watched it expecting some fun out of its silly premise of two brothers from Alabama pulling off a heist of $600 million during a hurricane. From Rob Cohen, who also directed The Fast and the Furious, not only is The Hurricane Heist absolutely ridiculous, it takes itself way too seriously. If you can get through the actors talking in those silly Southern accents, beware of some terrible special effects and choppy action. What a waste.

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2. Flower – Zoey Deutch is one of the most charming actresses of her generation. After her surprising turns in Before I Fall and Everybody Wants Some, Flower is a downfall in her career. Max Winkler–yes, the son of Henry Winkler–directs this disgusting ranchfest of an indie comedy about Erica, a sexually adventurous teenager who develops a bond with her new stepbrother Luke, and is on the road for vengeance after Luke tells her the truth about a schoolteacher. Things soon take a turn for the worse. And boy–they sure do! Nothing about Flower is funny, charming, or pleasant. Such a wasted opportunity from a gifted cast including Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott.

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1. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare – Continuing the trend of terrible horror movies is Truth or Dare, produced by Jason Blum (who was also responsible for producing The Purge, Sinister, and The Visit). There has never been a horror movie I’ve seen this is unintentionally hilarious as well as incredibly boring. Lucy Hale (of Pretty Little Liars fame) stars in this wretched mess as a college student going with her friends to Mexico for spring break. One night, their innocent game of “truth or dare” turns into something supernatural.

With an uninspired screenplay (written by four people, no less!), the characters have no personality, the deaths are stupid, the image of the people doing their worst expression of Jack Nicholson’s Joker will make me laugh for as long as I live, and the mystery behind the curse is not interesting. If anyone can get through Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare without falling asleep, they deserve a medal.

I hope you enjoyed reading what I thought on some of the worst movies of the year as much as I did tearing them into shreds. Please feel free to leave a comment on what you thought of these movies, and I am beyond curious on why you hated or liked any of the movies on my list. And I’m also curious to know what terrible movies you’ve seen from this year. Now–it’s about time to think about the good stuff that came out. Expect my list of the best movies of the year to come out very soon. Stay tuned!