As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual tradition of the top and bottom 10 films of the year. And since it’s been such a shitty year all round what with Brexit’s, elections, and deaths (oh my!) it feels right that we start with the worst films, so we can at least end the year on a bit of a high with the next post.
So, without further ado:
10. I Saw The Light
Being a huge fan of musical biopics thanks to Walk The Line, I was so excited for Tom Hiddlestone to bring Hank Williams back to life. While it kicked off with an absolutely gorgeous opening scene, not much else followed unfortunately. Read my full review at Red Carpet News TV here.
9. Dad’s Army
After it’s seemingly eternal run of adverts in cinemas and basically everywhere you looked, Dad’s Army was finally released and… did nothing. While it was well cast, nothing could recapture the brilliance of the hit BBC sitcom and it’s a shame to see any attempt even being made.
8. The Girl On The Train
Emily Blunt stars in this boring tale of an alcoholic’s adventures on a train. What makes this worse is it’s blatant attempts to pull off the look and feel of 2014’s Gone Girl.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest ‘comedy’ was not much more than a crude 83 minute piece of stale cinema which used getty images for 2 characters. Nuff said.
6. Blair Witch
When it was revealed that Adam Wingard (The Guest) had been secretly working on a sequel to arguably the mother of the found footage genre of the last 20 years, I had hoped that this would be similar case to 10 Cloverfield Lane, where a secret sequel breathes fresh new life into a much loved film.
5. The Neon Demon
A gorgeous film to look at, and not just in its opening scene, Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest is not much more than beautiful cinematography. Read my fill review at Red Carpet New TV here.
This was my first foray into the work of Todd Solondz, and after seeing Happiness earlier this year I’ve since realised it wasn’t the best way to start me off. Told through the eyes of the titular weiner-dog, the film moves from story to story without much to connect it and slaps in a random interval for no apparent reason. The irony however comes in the form of Danny DeVito’s Dave Schmerz, a screenwriting lecturer who basically discusses the problems with the very film he’s in!
3. The BFG
After bombing in the states, I was determined to see Spielberg’s take on the Roald Dahl classic and give it the support t surely deserves. How wrong I was. The BFG had barely any threat and spent more time focussing on a farting queen than it did on its script.
2. We Are The Flesh
The only film from this year’s Horror Channel FrightFest to deserve a place on this list, We Are The Flesh is without a doubt the longest 80 minutes I’ve ever spent in a cinema. A couple of days ago I spent 6 hours and 40 minutes watching Napoleon at the BFI Southbank and that felt quicker!
1. Suicide Squad
But of course, this years worst film must be Suicide Squad. When it wasn’t ramming every song it could think of down our throats in its opening sequence, it was showing us a strange gyrating Cara Delevigne. But the worst act of this heinous movie is the fact that it now stands as a reminder of what we lost the frankly brilliant Suicide Squad from Arrow for. Read my full review at Red Carpet News TV here.
Now that’s out of the way, stay tuned for my top 10 films of the year before the day is out!