Top 100 Worst Movies of the 2010s: 100-91

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100. The Good Dinosaur (2015) – This is PIXAR’s first ever box-office bomb. Sadly, I can see why it did so. Mixing photo-realistic landscapes with cartoonish characters is enough to please the eye. It’s bogged by a mundane narrative with no humor or heart, dull characters, and an idea dead on arrival.

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99. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) – Tom Cruise is an understated action superstar. In his 50s, he can still perform breathtaking, death-defying stunts that leaves audiences on the edge of their seats. He has rarely starred in a bad movie, except for this sequel to the decent 2012 film Jack Reacher. Director Edward Zwick reunites with Cruise thirteen years after The Last Samurai in this dull, gratuitous, unintentionally funny action thriller lacking the thrills or charm. Sadly, there is more Tom Cruise on this list.

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98. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) – The first Pitch Perfect was such a funny, charming underdog story with amusing music numbers, memorable characters, and a sharp sense of humor. The second might be a simple retread of the first, it still made me laugh. If I ever wanted another Pitch Perfect movie, I would love to see it have a Christmas-theme. Sadly, for Pitch Perfect 3, this is an a-ca-lousy threequel with few laughs. Did we really need an action scene with Fat Amy on a boat?

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97. Nocturnal Animals (2016) – This critically-acclaimed film written and directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man) plays out as a behind-the-scenes for a fashion shoot than a revenge tale. Michael Shannon is easily the big standout as a local police officer investigating a grisly rape and murder. As for Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, they are all trapped in a world so pretentious and cynical, it somehow comes across as silly.

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96. Wonder Wheel (2017) – Over the years, Woody Allen has directed some of the greatest films ever, as well as some downright terrible ones. Wonder Wheel, the movie that ended his streak of releasing a film at least once each year since 1982, makes his return to his native Brooklyn. Unfortunately, here is a movie going into soap-opera territory. It stars Kate Winslet as a woman suffering from migraines working as a waitress in a Coney Island clam shack, and her affair with an attractive lifeguard. I admit, the movie looks gorgeous and Justin Timberlake delivers a decent performance as the film’s narrator, but it feels more like a stage-play and manipulative. It’s far from Woody Allen’s worst movie (Scoop tops the list, in my book).

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95. The 15:17 to Paris (2018) – Clint Eastwood is one of the most profound people in Hollywood. He has starred in hundreds of movies since the 1950s, and is still directing as he reaches 90-years-young. He is no stranger to casting unknowns for his movies. The 15:17 to Paris is no exception. Here, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone–are cast as themselves who were involved in a potential terrorist attack on a train in Europe. They all use their brave mindsets to save 500 lives on board. It’s a shame the entire movie didn’t be as riveting as the final ten minutes. It contains clumsy performances from the three real-life heroes, inept dialogue, and a stale narrative to keep going. I’m glad the movie isn’t too long.

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(Source: The Atlantic)

94. Maleficent (2014) – The first time seeing this in theaters, I thought it was a decent rendition of Sleeping Beauty. It’s visually stunning and featured Angelina Jolie in the role she was born to play. After thinking about it, I liked it less and less. There’s little substance, the acting is average, and some scenes are pretty dark for a PG-rating. What infuriates me more than anything is the twist that would have Walt Disney roll over in his grave. I refuse to see the sequel.

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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

93. The Lone Ranger (2013) – The final 30 minutes of this movie are amazing! With Hans Zimmer’s rendition of The William Tell Overture playing over the shoot-em-up action is just an absolute blast to watch. Leading up to it, however, is an absolute chore. There is a lot of violence that would have been too much for a PG-13 Disney film (including a scene where the villain eats someone’s heart out off-screen). Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer play a tedious duo. The villains are boring as hell. There is something in the scenery that doesn’t feel right.

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92. Mirror Mirror (2012) – 2012 had two movies about Snow White. This movie, directed by Tarsem Singh, is undeniably dazzling. However, it falters by a dull script, cartoonish effects, and tedious performances. Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, and Julia Roberts aren’t bad choices as Snow White, the Prince, and the evil Queen (respectively). To be fair, Snow White and the Huntsman will always be a masterpiece compared to Mirror Mirror.

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91. Safe House (2012) – Denzel Washington is one of the most beloved actors ever. He has received Oscar nominations for acting and directing since 1989. He is an all-around amazing human-being. But–not all of the movies he has been in are all that good. Safe House is, more or less, a Bourne rip-off with some realism but it falters due to a derivative script and actors that look like they are sleepwalking.

 

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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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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!

Movie Review: The 15:17 to Paris

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Spencer Stone (as himself) notices something is seriously wrong on the train in Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris. (Source: The Houston Chronicle)

Clint Eastwood is no stranger when it comes to hiring non-actors in his movies. For instance, the Hmong community in Gran Torino give such natural performances as different characters. In his latest film, The 15:17 to Paris, he casts three friends who were involved in an act of courage during a terrorist attack on a train to Paris. Two of them served in the U.S. military. One thing in common? They play themselves.

Not only is it their first movie together, I’m positive this will be their last. It’s a shame considering how a legend like Eastwood went from The Outlaw Josey Wales to the Oscar-winning Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby to Gran Torino to American Sniper to Sully. He has never made a bad movie until The 15:17 to Paris.

Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone have been best friends since middle school. They would spend more time in the principal’s (Thomas Lennon) office than in the classroom. The mothers of Alek and Spencer (Jenna Fischer and Judy Greer) stick up for their sons whenever they meet up with their teachers and the principal. Years later, while Alek and Spencer join the military, they decide to bring Anthony for a summer vacation in Europe. They have a great time until the unthinkable happens on August 21, 2015 when they board a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

There is so much potential to be had with The 15:17 to Paris. This powerful story featuring three American heroes playing themselves offers so little. The three men are truly terrible actors and the supporting cast try way too hard (what the hell are you doing here, Jaleel White?). Instead, they are trapped in a plot (written by Dorothy Blyskal) wrapped with inept, wooden dialogue and shallow pacing. Leading up to the terrorist attack (the saving grace of this terrible movie), the movie features Skype chats, selfies, and discipline. There is nothing much happening. Once the movie finally picks it up within the last twenty minutes, it showcases the intensity and sheer realism of the event. Other than that, this is a wasted opportunity.

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