Top 100 Worst Movies of the 2010s: 50-41

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50. MIB: International (2019) – Here’s a rule of thumb: Do not reboot any movie starring Will Smith that doesn’t star Will Smith. MIB: International is one of the most boring movies I’ve ever seen. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, and others are trying way too hard. There are some decent visuals, but it doesn’t make up for the dull, rushed action and terrible dialogue.

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49. The Dilemma (2011) – Ron Howard is a talented filmmaker who won an Oscar for his wonderful film A Beautiful Mind. What the hell was he thinking about being attached to this sluggish, forced dramedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, and Channing Tatum? The scenes don’t add up to anything, it’s not funny at all, and it’s boring as all hell. The “electric cars are gay” line is enough to make everyone cringe.

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48. Bright (2017) – Here’s a movie with so much potential of being the beginning of a decent franchise. A fantasy set in the modern world with humans, orcs, fairies, and elves among other mythical creatures centering on racism. Unfortunately, there has never been a film in the genre so tedious, boring, and losing its welcome after the first act. Will Smith is a charming actor, but it looks as if he doesn’t want to be in the movie. David Ayer is a talented filmmaker; responsible for writing the screenplay for Training Day, directing such flicks as End of Watch, Fury, and the Suicide Squad. Bright has plot holes large enough to drive a bus through and the action sequences are enough to put anyone to sleep.

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47. Due Date (2010) – Or, The Continuing Misadventures of Alan Garner and Tony Stark. Or, a rip-off of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. No matter what you call it, this movie blows. After making great success with The Hangover a year earlier, Todd Phillips returns for this disappointing romp where the jokes fall flat on its face and scenarios with no punchlines. Robert Downey Jr. plays the biggest jerk I have ever seen as a nobody trying to get back to his pregnant wife (the lovely Michelle Monghan) as he heads on the road with an annoying, clueless actor (Galafianakis). Not a road trip I want to be a part of.

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46. Hot Pursuit (2015) – It’s clear Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon had a blast making this buddy comedy (as shown in the outtakes during the credits). However, they don’t have any chemistry at all throughout the 90-minute duration. There are few chuckles sprinkled here and there, but the humor mostly consists of cheap laughs. Vergara does nothing but wail at the top of her lungs. It just adds to the annoying-as-hell experience.

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45. This is the End (2013) – Remember when I mentioned Seth Rogen likes to play the same character over and over again? Here, he and hundreds of other talented celebrities play fictional versions of themselves in an apocalyptic comedy horror show that makes the audience feel like they are in on the joke. It’s clear from the start Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel had a blast making the movie, but there is nothing redeemable for anyone to keep laughing along with them. The humor is way too juvenile, it’s violent (and disturbingly so), and it’s downright offensive. Though I admit, Jonah Hill’s exorcism was pretty funny, but did we really have to see a silhouette of the devil’s penis?

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44. The Woman in Black 2 (2015) – The 2012 film The Woman in Black might be a generic haunted-house picture, but it’s still an effective and atmospheric one with a rock-solid performance by Daniel Radcliffe. The sequel, subtitled The Angel of Death, sucks up all the glory from its predecessor. Instead, it becomes a generic-as-hell horror film with cheap scares, no charm or chemistry between its cast, and becomes a corny film about family.

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43. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) – The first Neighbors was a non-stop riot of a raunchy comedy. Although it had too much toilet humor, there are plenty of rock-solid gags to have audiences rolling in the aisles. The sequel, subtitled Sorority Rising, recycles the same jokes and it’s a lot raunchier than before. When an early scene involves a toddler holding a dildo, it comes to show how downplayed mainstream comedies has become over the years. The jokes are disgusting and the dramatic moments feel manipulative.

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42. Valentine’s Day (2010) – Garry Marshall’s first film involving a myriad of storylines set on a certain day of the year is only the beginning. Love Actually has a lot more charm than what this movie offers. All of the storylines don’t add to much, the humor is somewhat cliched, and it’s boring as hell. However, Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo are easily the only decent qualities in this movie. They play an elderly couple who come to the truth about their marriage. If Valentine’s Day only focused on those two, it would have been a decent film.

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41. Sucker Punch (2011) – Zack Snyder’s action-thriller plays out more as a music video than anything. As an exercise in style-over-substance, it simply fails dismally. It’s pointless, preposterous, and unintentionally hilarious. Such a wasted opportunity for the talented cast featuring Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Oscar Isaac, Emily Browning, Jena Malone and others.

 

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Top 10 Worst Movies of 2015

2015 is coming to a close. It’s about that time to recap the good and the bad movies of this year. And also what has yet to come out in 2016. 2015 has been one hell of a year for movies. As a matter of fact, there have been more surprises than last year. I’m happy I went to see what I ended up seeing this year.

But, 2015 has been known for getting more box-office disappointments than the last five years. Out of the 66 films I’ve seen, I’m going to start off with the ten movies I regret seeing in 2015. Bear with me, I haven’t seen every single bad movie. Don’t expect to see movies like Terminator: Genisys, Vacation, Jem and the Holograms or Ted 2 on this list. Without further ado, let’s start my top ten list of the worst movies of the year.

Dishonorable Mentions: Blackhat, Everest, Pixels, Poltergeist

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10. Chappie – Starting off the countdown is Neill Blomkamp’s third film after District 9 and Elysium. He gives some great ideas into this movie. Concerning how crime in a not-too-distant future. Taking place in Blomkamp’s native Johannesburg, the government agrees to create a robot police force to decrease the crime rate. For a movie with a $50 million budget, the effects are pretty good and Sharlto Copley brings the title character to life through motion capture. That doesn’t make up for what is wrong with the movie. Playing fictional versions of themselves, the popular South African rap duo Die Antwoord play two of the most annoying characters ever. It rips off many sci-fi films including Robocop, the tone is all over the place, the action is obnoxious, and the cast featuring Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver is wasted (not to mention Hugh Jackman being absolutely painful to watch). It almost plays out like a two-hour Die Antwoord music video. Let’s hope Neill Blomkamp redeems himself when he directs the Alien prequel (if it ever gets made).

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9. Child 44 – Before he played Mad Max, Tom Hardy stars as a Russian agent in this unfocused mess. Starring alongside Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, the accents are distracting to the point where I couldn’t take anything seriously. The movie has no idea if it wants to be a mystery or a political thriller. Either way, Child 44 is neither thrilling nor surprising. From start to finish, it’s downright boring.

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8. The Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death – The first Woman in Black is a solid haunted house picture featuring an eerie atmosphere and a breakthrough performance by Daniel Radcliffe. The sequel forgets everything on what the original mastered. Instead, it makes it rely on those stupid jump scares. I’m not a big horror buff, but this movie sums up on what is wrong about today’s horror movies. But I’m glad the movie didn’t have unnecessary blood and gore. I feel so bad for everyone involved especially Jeremy Irvine (War Horse).

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7. Aloha – As you could tell, 2015 had a lot of movies featuring an all-star cast. With Aloha, director Cameron Crowe presses the autopilot button from the beginning. The movie stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone (who plays someone who is 1/4 Hawaiian; don’t ask), Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinki, and Bill Murray. Neither of them had any chemistry whatsoever. It has no idea what it wants to be. Is it supposed to be a romantic comedy? A family drama? A subplot involving a satellite launch? What the hell is going on!? The movie is not funny, not romantic, and not surprising. Aloha? More like Good Riddance!

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6. Hot Pursuit – Boy, is this an annoying experience!? It looks like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara had a great time making the movie. But, Hot Pursuit doesn’t showcase any of their talents at all. The jokes fall flat, the writing is beyond lazy, and there is little to enjoy. I chuckled a couple times throughout the 90-minute duration. Hearing Sofia Vergara yell at the top of her lungs throughout the entire film drives me up the wall.

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5. Jupiter Ascending – When The Matrix was released in 1999, the Wachowskis brought the science fiction genre to a whole new level with its groundbreaking effects and a thought-provoking narrative. In Jupiter Ascending, one of the biggest flops of the year, they rip off every single sci-fi film in the last 40 years (Star Wars, Blade Runner, Signs, the list goes on). The decent chase scene through Chicago doesn’t save it from being a cluttered mess. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis are both likable actors. But they manage to take their roles way too serious (their “romance” is like something out of Twilight). Don’t get me started on Eddie Redmayne’s performance as the villain. He speaks in this stupid, quiet monotone throughout the entire film, and has sudden outbursts (“I CREATE LIFE! . . . And I destroy it.” is among one of the many awful lines). I feel so bad for everyone involved.

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4. Mortdecai – Remember this movie back in January? Before tackling the part of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, Johnny Depp plays the title character (similar to Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther) who tries to get his hands on a Nazi bank account. He has played the same quirky character over and over. When he overacts, it gets tiresome. The stupid action, the lame jokes, and the huge waste of talent makes Mortdecai a good place as one of the worst movies of the year.

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3. Serena – Welcome back, Bradley Cooper. After their first on-screen appearance in Silver Linings Playbook, he and Jennifer Lawrence star in a movie that it as lifeless, derivative and unintentionally funny as Serena. Filmed in 2012 and got delayed for three years, Susanne Beir gives the Depression-era setting as something pleasing to the eye. However, everything feels rushed and unfinished. With a supporting cast involving Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones, there is no chemistry between any of the characters whatsoever.

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2. Fant4stic – Everyone — including myself — was looking forward to seeing the reboot of the Fantastic Four. I couldn’t imagine a better cast to play the group of superheroes than Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. When I heard Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing this, I was sold. I wanted to enjoy this movie bad. After seeing what I saw, I wanted to take everything I said before seeing it back. Fant4stic is nothing but exposition. None of the four characters worked as a team (don’t get me started on the “action-filled” climax), the effects are absolutely awful; not to mention the painfully obvious green screen, Dr. Doom and the supporting characters are a bore. I don’t know if a director’s cut will make that much of a difference. But I’m glad there isn’t going to be a sequel to this pile of garbage.

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1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – Kevin James is a likable talent. He is mostly remember for getting his big break on The King of Queens. However, with the unnecessary sequel to the 2009 hit (which wasn’t any good but not entirely awful), it doesn’t showcase any of his talents at all. Seriously, how can a scene involving Paul fighting an angry peacock be funny? Not a single joke works, every single character is stupid, the villains aren’t intimidating (I feel sorry for Neal McDonough–yes, “Dum Dum” Dugan–for being a part of this mess), and the action is just embarrassing to watch. Also, it feels like every Happy Madison production, starting with Grown Ups, is a vacation disguised as a movie. Why can the actors use the money to take a vacation without needing a film crew?

I hope you enjoyed what my picks of the worst movies of 2015 are. Feel free to leave a comments on what movies you regret seeing this past year. Stay tuned for my list of the best movies of 2015. Have a happy new year!

2015 Summer Movie Review: Hot Pursuit

Yep. Those facial expressions pretty much sum up how I feel about  "Hot Pursuit"

Yep. Those facial expressions pretty much sum up how I feel about “Hot Pursuit”

What if Thelma and Louise and any other buddy comedy had a baby? It would be Hot Pursuit.

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are two great actresses. Witherspoon delivered the best performance of her career in last year’s excellent Wild. Vergara, the star of Modern Family (a contemporary sitcom classic), is a laugh riot. In Hot Pursuit, however, they don’t showcase any of their talents whatsoever, and portray two of the most unlikable characters in recent movie history. If Sofia Vergara occasionally yells at the top of her lungs in a half-hour episode of Modern Family, it becomes hilarious. What happens if she yells for the majority of the film? It becomes a nuisance within the first 20 minutes after she is introduced. There are a few laughs given, but the jokes fall flat and the writing is beyond lazy. There’s barely any fun given throughout the 90-minute duration. This is a disaster of big proportions.

1/4

2015 Summer Movie Preview: May

Wow! Is it that time of year again? Already?

Yes, the summer movie season is back! 2015 has been a decent year for film so far. Even though I haven’t seen a lot because of school getting in the way of my movie watching. But as my first year of college is about to come to a close, there are a lot of highly anticipated blockbusters, as well as some independent films, that have yet to come out that I am looking forward to this summer. Not to mention one coming out this month that is my most anticipated film of the entire year (can you guess which one?). I enjoyed doing this segment last year, and I’m glad to be doing it again this year. Keep in mind that I’ll review the movies that are being discussed a lot or just sound interesting to me. Let’s get started talking about the movies that are coming out in the month of May.

May 1

The Avengers - Age of UltronThe Avengers: Age of Ultron – This comes as no surprise to many people that this is what everyone is looking forward to.  For someone who loved The Avengers, I have been waiting patiently to see these superheroes spring back into action with new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon knows how to bring the fun to the superhero genre. Even though sequel don’t quite surpass the original, I’m definitely expecting a great time at the theater. I don’t know if Quicksilver would be more awesome here than Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Far from the Madding CrowdFar from the Madding Crowd – Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel, this film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) as a woman who is attracted to three different men in Victorian London. Due to the success of Downton Abbey, costume dramas have become very popular in the media. Last year’s Belle was a great look in racial equality in England during the 1700s. From the previews, I have never seen anything that looked more beautiful than Far from the Madding Crowd!

May 8

Hot PursuitHot Pursuit – There aren’t a lot of great comedies coming out nowadays. Hot Pursuit is no exception. Even though I like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara to death, this movie is using the “buddy cop” sub-genre but with jokes that sound stale. It might be alright for a few laughs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this flops.

MaggieMaggie – Arnold Schwarzenegger in a serious movie? How rare is that? Fans have been used to him as the ultimate action hero turned California governor turned back to actor. Starring alongside Abigail Breslin, this has my attention as being a tense zombie apocalypse story.

5 Flights Up5 Flights Up – You can’t go wrong with Morgan Freeman. He’s one of the best actors with one of the best voices on Earth. Everyone wishes that he should narrate their lives. This movie, co-starring Diane Keaton, follows a Brooklyn couple trying to sell their apartment due to financial issues. Even though it doesn’t look phenomenal, it looks sweet at best.

100yom_poster_2764x4096The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (I know, quite a mouthful) – Based on Jonas Jonasson’s novel, this popular Scandinavian picture is like a new version of Forrest Gump. It follows Allan Karlsson, who was an explosives expert becoming a part of the most important historical events of the 20th century and meeting countless historical figures. At 100 years old and in good health, he escapes his nursing home to embark on another (possibly his last) adventure. After seeing the trailer today, not only am I intrigued but I’m laughing from thinking about it. For someone interested in Scandinavian cinema, I would be a fool for missing out on this.

May 15

MMMad Max: Fury Road – Oh my goodness! Talk about being on the edge of your seat from watching the previews! I have yet to see the original films starring Mel Gibson, but this reboot looks insane in every sense of the word. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult leading the cast, I have a feeling this would surpass Furious 7 as the year’s best action film.

PP2Pitch Perfect 2 – The sequel to the 2012 cult classic Pitch Perfect looks as aca-fun. After seeing the first film, I could see why the movie inspired many acapella musicians worldwide (especially Pentatonix, who are going to appear in the sequel). I don’t care if the story is predictable as hell, what matters is the laughs and the good time. I can’t think of a better actress who can sing more beautifully than Anna Kendrick. It’s like she is about to hit Broadway, she’s that good!

Slow WestSlow West – This Western became a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Drama. From the looks of the preview, the movie looks like a beautiful and traditional Western. What more do you need with a cast featuring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee?

Good KillGood Kill – This is the third collaboration of Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol; the first two being Gattaca and Lord of War. After getting mixed reviews coming from the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, it’s about time for this to get an initial limited release. I think this looks like a fascinating character study on how one man begins to question about his life and missions as a drone pilot. I like Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol. Gattaca is one of my all-time favorite films. Let’s hope Niccol will return to form after The Host, a disaster that I’m glad I avoided.

May 22

TomorrowlandTomorrowland – The previews for Disney’s Tomorrowland show very little detail. That’s a good thing. Nowadays, a lot of movie trailers give too much away (*ahem* Neighbors). The look of movie makes me feel like a kid experiencing something unlike anything I’ve seen before. Brad Bird is an ingenious filmmaker who directed the best Mission: Impossible film to date (Ghost Protocol). I love the imagination he puts into this picture. Cannot wait for this!!

PoltergeistPoltergeist – Ah, the summer movie season couldn’t be complete without a remake or two. A remake of the 1982 film that contributed to the creation of the PG-13 rating (along with countless other violent PG-rated films of the 1980s), Poltergeist looks like any generic modern-day horror flick. Focusing more on the jump scares than on the atmosphere. Who knows? it might be one of those rare occasions that it’s faithful to the original.

May 29

san_andreasSan Andreas – Even though it’s hard not to like Dwayne Johnson, this movie looks like a new 2012. Paul Giamatti looks like the only redeemable quality of this train-wreck.

AlohaAloha – It’s refreshing to see a mainstream film absent from loud explosions and overblown effects. Only nothing but human drama. With an ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, and John Krasinski and talented director (Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire and We Bought a Zoo), Aloha might be good, or it might be bad.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Far from the Madding Crowd, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland

Least Anticipated: Hot Pursuit, Poltergeist, San Andreas

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of May. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are for the month of May. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of June on Memorial Day. Take care.