2015 In Review: The Worst In Film

Jumping back into my 2015 in review, here are some interesting categories I created to represent some of the worst films in Hollywood this past year. Congratulations to all who are nominated?

WORST SEQUEL/SPINOFF/REBOOT:
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Paul Blart 2
Joe Dirt 2
Fantastic Four
Monsters: Dark Continent

AND THE WINNER IS…
FANTASTIC FOUR

I may have graded Paul Blart 2 with an F (the only F I gave this year), but I think the truly worst film was Fantastic Four, because expectations were higher that the film wouldn’t suck. For Paul Blart 2… the expectations weren’t there, at least for me. The first one wasn’t good enough for me to think a sequel was going to blow my mind. I expected, best case scenario, it to be mediocre. But, I thought Fantastic Four might be great, and I was proven dead wrong. So, because of that, Fantastic Four wins.

WORST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
Kevin James (Paul Blart 2)
Bill Murray (Aloha)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Emily Browning (Legend)
David Spade (Joe Dirt 2)

AND THE WINNER IS…
Bill Murray (Aloha). That’s what you get when you phone it in, Bill. The whole performance felt like you just wanted a free trip to Hawaii. In a film that was awful, full of nonsensical dialogue, and bullshit performances, yours stood out to me as the most bullshit of them all. I think I also picked you because you’re normally a terrific actor, so this kind of shit is unexpected. People go to see films because Bill Murray is in them, and the least he can do is make sure his performance is on point.

MOST DISAPPOINTING FILM OF THE YEAR:
Spectre
Aloha
Fantastic Four
Home
Insurgent

AND THE WINNER IS…
Spectre. For this award, I had to measure my expectation for the film, versus where it actually landed. For me, Skyfall was in my Top 10 the year it came out, and Spectre landed nowhere near that. Aloha should have been better, given the cast and director, but has no previous film to line up with (neither does Home). Insurgent failed to really follow the outline of the book it was adapted from, which pissed me off, and clearly Fantastic Four was a let down. This doesn’t really mean that Spectre was the worst of the five (in fact, it might be the best of the five), but it had a higher bar, and missed it by a lot.

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR (THAT HAD NO RIGHT TO BE):
Aloha
Paul Blart 2
Gerontophilia
Monsters: Dark Continent
Fifty Shades Of Grey

AND THE WINNER IS…
Paul Blart 2. You might have seen this coming, as it was the only film I graded as an F this year. I don’t like using the F grade, because then it means there was absolutely no redeemable quality to the movie at all. I couldn’t find one reason to even give it a D-. F basically means unwatchable, and that’s how I felt after seeing this awful sequel.

More 2015 In Review coming later!

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