As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the annual tradition of looking back over the films that delighted and disappointed myself and most other sane cinemagoers during the past 12 months. So without further ado, read on for my top 10 worst movies of 2014:
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
While the heroes in a half shell had an almost promising reboot this year, Michael Bay, in his infinite explosive wisdom just couldn’t help adding his touch of sexism and product placement (hello Pizza Hut!) to ensure that the Transformers franchise had some company.
9. Men, Women and Children
Writer/Director Jason Reitman can be good. Juno was bearable, Up In The Air was an instant favourite. It’s just a shame that his latest is such a crushing disappointment. Read my full review over at Red Carpet News TV here.
8. Bad Neighbours
That’s right folks, The Interview wasn’t the only Seth Rogan film to bring about shock and horror across the world. Bad Neighbours’ unfunny script and mediocre storyline just didn’t hit the right notes. Bad by name, bad by nature.
7. The Rover
Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson try and fail to bring a thought provoking post apocalyptic drama in a long and tedious road trip movie which just feels all over the place. The lowlight is the random use of Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson, completely and horribly switching the tone around.
When 2013’s The Conjuring was released, its effective opening scene practically demanded more screen time from that oh so terrifying doll which didn’t even need to move to send shivers down your spine. This year we were given our demand, however it came with a lesson. Sometimes what you think you want should just stay wanted. Annabelle, with its cheap tricks and even cheaper jump scares does it’s predecessor no justice whatsoever.
If you want a film centred around the unused potential our brains could give us, it’s best to go for Bradley Cooper’s Limitless than Lucy. At least he doesn’t turn into a memory stick at the end…
4. Alien Abduction
Thankfully this didn’t get a cinema release over here, or I’m willing to bet anywhere. But you may spot this straight to DVD found footage horror flick in HMV with a genuinely intriguing cover boasting its links to Pulp Fiction. If this happens, AVOID! God knows why the producer of such cinematic masterpieces as Pulp Fiction would attach his name to such utter tripe but don’t be fooled by the statement.
3. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie
While Mrs. Brown’s Boys may work well on TV, the transition to cinema just doesn’t fit well. Unfortunately the popularity of Brendan O’Carroll’s titular irish mammy has all but guaranteed a sequel, let’s just hope it somehow manages to right the wrongs the second time round…
2. Sex Tape
Product placement: The Movie!
1. Dumb and Dumber To
Racist, sexist and everything else in between, Dumb and Dumber To is undoubtedly the most offensive movie of the year. To watch this after seeing Jeff Daniels in his Emmy winning role in HBO‘s The Newsroom just breaks my heart…
And there we have it. Rant over. Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for my top 10 best movies of the year and let me know in the comments below which movies hurt you the most this year.