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00:53 5 Dec 2012
Really really surprised no-one's mentioned Total Recall yet. By far the worst film this year. Quickly followed by Dark Knight Rises and then Resident Evil Retribution.
I liked John Carter.
06:37 1 Oct 2012
It's hard to remember all the bad ones, because I try to erase them from memory, but here goes:
5.Piranha 3DD-Just tiresome to watch. Why did I do that to myself.
4.Lovely Molly-New horror from the guy that made Blair witch. Sloppy filmmaking and really tedious plot. Why are there so many bad possession films being made still? There's usually about 3 or 4 of them every year.
3.Snow on tha bluff-Sounded like it had potential, but apart from not understanding half the lingo, it kinda feels like your just observing some youths dicking around each others houses most of the time.
2.John Carter-I think I walked out, I can't remember. I have no recollection of this film except a giant CGI dog, and halfway through deciding to make a list of films that should never have been made.
1.This means war-I threw up in my mouth.
20:53 30 Sep 2012
So in W/E Madonna got her kings mixed up? Proof the film is for the American market, who neither know nor care.
17:36 29 Sep 2012
Fortunately, I don't tend to see many bad movies at the cinema. Films like "Battleship" or "Piranha 3DD" don't not require a watch, we all know what these films are going to be like. I can imagine, having seen none of them, that Mr. Kermode's top 5 is absolutely correct, here's mine.
5. Killing Them Softly - Not the worst thing ever, but failed to live up to expectations and the political subtext is completely messy.
4. A Dangerous Method - although technically I saw this in 2011, a film by a master of cinema, about a master human being, starring 2 or 3 master actors couldn't have been more disappointing... Sorry, David.
3. The Dark Knight Rises - You know when movies adopt cheesy taglines like "Think you know about love? Think again." Well that's what every other line of dialogue felt like in this monumentally over-rated movie. I seem to be alone in this pool of thought, but for me Chris Nolan still has a long way to go.
2. Dredd 3D - incredibly disappointing stuff, 5 minutes is all you need to know how it will play out. Alex Garland seems to have a knack of creating an interesting environment or setting, then raping it.
1. The Hunger Games - Just, wrong. Go watch "Battle Royale".
01:12 6 Aug 2012
While I haven't seen PROMETHEUS, it sounds as though it is a victim of its own publicity; it was simply unable to live up to its own hype. That's why so many people seem to have been disappointed by it. Incidentally, it seems that there will be a sequel; and tellingly, Scott will be looking for new writers...
19:11 3 Aug 2012
Battleship. Why Battleship? Because as bad as John Carter was it was a masterpiece compering to this. Battleship is just awful and not only is the worst movie of 2012 it is in top 10 worst movies of all time as far as I'm concerned.
18:53 22 Jul 2012
OK, probably not a 'worst' film but definitely in the 'Most Let Down and Disappointed' category - The Dark Knight Rises. Just left me feeling deflated. Was that it? A run of the mill, by the numbers blockbuster? Where was the engagement? The humour? A scene on a par with the Joker's disappearing pencil trick would have been welcome. Nothing. Just a mumbling villain and a bomb that I wanted to go off just to end the agony. By the end I didn't give a flying monkey's about any of the characters, or their fate and left the cinema feeling sad and empty. They should have quit while they were ahead.
21:46 15 Jul 2012
Sadly there have been a lot more bad films released in 2012 than good films.
The five worst films of 2012 (released at the cinema):
1. The Devil Inside - While only 75-minutes long it still manages to drag-on at times, it is mostly poorly acted, is not at all interesting, lacks scares, tension, suspense or interesting characters/situations, and has a truly awful abrupt ending.
2. Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance - Utter crap (yet still not really as bad as the terrible first film), it is poorly edited, with no plot, no characterisation, average action scenes, poor dialogue (with awful one-liners) and OTT acting (the acting is probably the most entertaining part of the film, which just goes to show how bad it ends up being).
3. The Darkest Hour
4. Gone - A very average thriller with a cast that are under-used and that can all do much better (Amanda Seyfried puts in the required performance in the lead role but is still generally underwhelming, while Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Joel David Moore and Wes Bentley are all wasted in their very limited roles). The film is also let down by the serious lack of tension, suspense or atmosphere and by characters that are stupid, unbelievable and generally unlikeable. There are also far too many silly red herrings throughout the film, and the serial killer who had abducted Jill and several other girls isn't given enough screen time to make any kind of impression, meaning that the ending has little to no impact and feels like a weak culmination to the film.
5. The Dictator - short at only 76-minutes and is nowhere near as funny as you would like it to be.
Other poor or very average films just outside the list above include: A Dangerous Method, Carnage, Dark Shadows, Underworld Awakening, Silent House, The Divide, The Pact, Piranha 3DD
The five worst films of 2012 (released direct-to-DVD):
1. Strippers vs. Werewolves - An awful horror-comedy that is never funny, looks cheap, is badly written & acted, has poor make-up effects (the werewolves effects are laughable) and lacks the gore or nudity you would expect from the title. There are some recognizable faces and Robert Englund is in it for about 5-minutes, but there is very little if anything positive to say about the film.
3. Rosewood Lane
5. 388 Arletta Avenue
Other poor or very average films just outside the list above include: Evidence, Demons Never Die, The Moth Diaries, ATM, Apartment 143, Hostel Part 3
16:51 15 Jul 2012
I would have to agree that John Carter and The Devil Inside are two of the worse films i've seen this year,but if i had to have a top one it would be,without a doubt Haywire.The worse action movie of all time...! Steven Soderbergh has no idea how to direct an action scene and Gina Carano should retire now,she soo bad.
15:21 15 Jul 2012
The worst films I've seen this year are 1) Lay The Favourite, 2) Dark Shadows, 3) Battleship, 4) The Raven and 5) The Dictator. I also hated Damsels In Distress, but I cannot honestly claim that it was worse than any of the bottom five.
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