Best and Worst of 2016

Worst films

5. Independence Day: Resurgence
4. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
3. Inferno
2. Mike & Dave need wedding dates
1. How to be Single

Lazy sequels of bad films and lazy films tied to a high concept. Number one spot goes to the film least sure of its message ever…still not sure if I’m supposed to be ok with being single or if a man defines me?

Best Blockbuster

5. Warcraft
4. Jason Bourne
3. Star Trek Beyond
2. Ghostbusters
1. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

Odd year for Blockbusters, no one seemed to go see the good ones with 2-5 all underperforming. Although none of these make my top 20 films.

Comic Book

5. Batman vs Superman
4. Suicide Squad
3. Civil War
2. Deadpool
1. Doctor Strange

I’ve created this list for a few reasons…So many comic book films, none make my top 20 and X-Men proved that everyone whining about DC didn’t even bother watching Fox’s film because no one seemed to complain about it!

Most disappointing

5. Disney Live Action remakes

I just do not get The Jungle Books popularity. Amazing effects, a couple good songs and a terrible child actor. One to be technically impressed by but that’s it. Cinderella last year was rubbish. Can we look forward to Beauty and the Beast?

4. Belated Sequels

David Brent, Ab Fab, Bourne, Zoolander, Independence Day, The Huntsman, Now you see me, Finding Dory…I’m sure I missed some. None were anywhere near their prime. Putting Dory on the list seems harsh as it’s a good film, it just isn’t as good as Nemo.

3. The Divergent Series

A franchise created to challenge Hunger Games with some strong actors failed so badly in its third film it looks like it might be turned into a TV movie or series. With actors saying their contracts are for films things could get messy.

2. X-Men Apocalypse

A thoroughly mediocre film that no one saw that wasted one of the best actors currently working (Oscar Isaac) and killed the promising young X-Men franchise…reboot?

1. DC

The films were misfires but no where near as bad as is made out. But the audience and critic response was vitriolic. DC’s reaction was confused. The studio has repositioned a few key individuals and we will have to see what happens from here.

Best films

20. Bone Tomahawk
Old fashioned western meets horror.

19. Anomalisa
Melancholy, brilliant animation.

18. The Big Short
Financial crisis told smartly with humour

17. Moana
Disney animation fantastic this year with Zootropolis also out.

16. Room
Heart breaking and exceptional performances.

15. The Neon Demon
High art take on fashion.

14. Hail Caesar
The Coen Brothers latest slice of genius.

13. 10 Cloverfield Lane
The less you know the better.

12. The Nice Guys
Brilliant buddy comedy.

11. Midnight Special
Sci-fi about a father-son relationship.

10. Creed
The best Rocky movie?

9. Everybody Wants Some!!
Linklater’s spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused.

8. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino at his talking best.

7. Kubo & the Two Strings
Beautiful stop motion fairytale.

6. Arrival
Perfect science fiction.

5. Hell or High Water
Modern western about capitalism.

4. Nocturnal Animals
Films within films and brilliant acting in a work of art.

3. The Girl with all the Gifts
Zombie allegory reminiscent of I am Legend (the book not the film)

2. Rogue One
Star Wars as war film and maybe the best one yet?

1. The Revenant
Technically awesome and packing a huge emotional wallop. Came out in January and nothing has been better.

Best and Worst of 2015

Best
1. Whiplash
2. Ex Machina
3. Sicario
4. Steve Jobs
5. Mad Max Fury Road
6. The Martian
7. Birdman
8. Carol
9. Brooklyn
10. Crimson Peak
11. Star Wars The Force Awakens
12. Inside Out
13. Bridge of Spies
14. Foxcatcher
15. Me and Earl and the dying girl
16. The Salvation
17. Love and Mercy
18. Inherent Vice
19. American Sniper
20. John Wick

Footnote – A Most Violent Year would easily be in the top 10 I think if I had seen at the cinema. But a limited release meant a dvd view later in the year.

Worst

1. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
2. Pixels
3. SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
4. Child 44
5. Taken 3

Blockbuster

1. Mad Max Fury Road
2. Star Wars The Force Awakens
3. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
4. The Hunger Games. Mockingjay part 2
5. Ant Man

Footnote – Avengers wasn’t the best Marvel film and Furious 7 was close to getting in thanks to it being completely insane.

Disappointing

1. Fantastic Four
2. Inherent Vice
3. Legend
4. Chappie
5. Minions

Footnote – 1 was meant to be sci-fi and it was bottled. 2 is a brilliant film and in my best list which just shows my affinity for the director. 3 has a phenomenal double performance from Hardy and deserves a better film. 4 is another disappointment from an intriguing director. Minions is just a great kids film when the Dispicables were fun for parents too.

Best and Worst of 2014

Best

  1. Inside Llewyn Davis
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. The Wolf of Wall Street
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. Gone Girl
  6. Boyhood
  7. Interstellar
  8. Blue Ruin
  9. The Guest
  10. The Babadook
  11. Starred Up
  12. All is Lost
  13. Edge of Tomorrow
  14. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  15. 12 Years a Slave
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy
  17. The Raid 2
  18. The Lego Movie
  19. The Boxtrolls
  20. Black Sea

Worst

  1. Transformers Age of Extinction
  2. Postman Pat The Movie
  3. I, Frankenstein
  4. Transcendence
  5. Non Stop
  6. Rio 2
  7. Dumb and Dumber To
  8. Sex Tape
  9. A Long Way Down
  10. Before I go to Sleep

Disappointments

  1. A Million Ways to Die in the West
  2. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1
  3. The Muppets Most Wanted
  4. Inbetweeners 2
  5. Robocop (2014)

Blockbusters

  1. Edge of Tomorrow
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. Godzilla
  5. X-Men Days of Future Past

 

Best and Worst of 2013

Best

  1. Stoker
  2. Gravity
  3. The Place Beyond the Pines
  4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  5. Blue Jasmine
  6. Captain Phillips
  7. Zero Dark Thirty
  8. Arbitrage
  9. Side Effects
  10. Only God Forgives
  11. Cloud Atlas
  12. Rush
  13. The World’s End
  14. Lincoln
  15. Django Unchained
  16. The Impossible
  17. Man of Steel
  18. World War Z
  19. The East
  20. Oblivion

Worst

  1. The Internship
  2. I’m so Excited
  3. Runner, Runner
  4. The Hangover Part 3
  5. Pain and Gain
  6. G.I. Joe Retaliation
  7. 2 Guns
  8. Bullet in the Head
  9. After Earth
  10. Escape Plan

Disappointments

  1. The Counsellor
  2. The Great Gatsby
  3. Pacific Rim
  4. Gangster Squad
  5. Spring Breakers

Best and Worst of 2012

Best

  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. The Master
  3. Looper
  4. The Grey
  5. Prometheus
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. The Perks of being a Wallflower
  8. Life of Pi
  9. Ted
  10. Pitch Perfect

Others include…

  • Shame
  • Haywire
  • The Artist
  • 21 Jump St
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Avengers
  • Spider-Man
  • Magic Mike
  • Dredd
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Skyfall
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Hobbit
  • Jack Reacher

Worst

  1. The Cold Light of Day
  2. American Reunion
  3. MIB3
  4. Cosmopolis
  5. Total Recall (2012)
  6. That’s my Boy
  7. Killing Them Softly
  8. Taken 2

Welcome to My Site

Hi to anyone reading this.

I am an avid film fan and have been going to the cinema and inflicting my opinions on people for over 20 years now. I used to post my reviews on Facebook and Twitter and essentially this is going to be a way to keep a master copy in one spot.

For context, I am in the UK and I am not press affiliated or a journalist (you should be able to tell from the poor quality of my writing). But I do see upwards of 80 films a year at the cinema and try to immerse myself in the subject as much as I can.

I worked at a cinema between the ages of 17-21 and attempted to watch the classics and the greats and since a competition with fellow employees have become addicted to cinema.

Any post I make will be my opinion of a film based on a cinema visit. I will not review anything watched in any other way as I do not feel that film is made for the small screen. I am also unlikely at this stage to give you images or glitz as I just want to put down my thoughts on film. And occasionally I might post an opinion on something film related.

I think that covers my thoughts on why I am starting this blog and for context I will post a quick list of my favourite films of the last few years.

One final thought as I like numbers…since the turn of the century I have seen 1,381 films at the cinema breaking a century in a calendar year on 6 occasions. Hopefully giving me some ability to compare and contrast films good and bad.

Thanks for reading.