Saturday, December 28, 2013

Worst Films of 2013

I try to avoid movies I know are bad without seeing them.  Some good examples are films by Tyler Perry (Temptation, Madea's Christmas), anything with Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2) ,or one of the less popular young adult books turned films like (The Host or Mortal Instruments).  There are always films that slip through the cracks, that's this list, in no order.

Man of Steel 

I have never been a big fan of Superman, as a comic book fan he has always been the most boring, too invincible. Director Zack Snyder (300) and Screenwriter David Goyer  (Batman Begins) blend the style of each of these films to try and make Superman more "human."  Goyer uses the the same story strategy of the Batman Begins, and Snyder uses a Michael Bay like strategy of constant of explosions with little dialogue.  Yes I get it, we should all know Superman, and there shouldn't need to be character, but this film make you care less about the most popular super hero of all time.  I could go on and on, oh no wait the that's the last fight sequence in the film.


Elysium 

District 9 was one of my favorite films of 2009, so the anticipation to Neil Blonkamp's sci-fi hit had a lot of expectations.  There were a lot of dystopian films this year, Oblivion soared (in my opinion), Elysium's bad accents, overwrought and in your face plot satirical plot about the evils of society just do not work.  In his first film you care about the characters, in this film there are only caricatures.

Olympus has Fallen

For some reason there was obsession with attacking the White House this year.  Two films were released, and I only watched this one.  When you see a film like this you have to suspend disbelief, of course, but this jingoistic crap, was a slap in the face to the average movie goer.  You have to assumer that this is the present day version of Red Dawn, which is not a complement.

Oz the Great and Powerful

How do you ruin the lore created by L. Frank Baum?  You focus on a miscast wizard, James Franco (and spoiler alert) miscast poor Mila Kunis as the Wicked Witch of the West.  If I had to pick a worst film of the year it would be this, partly because of the disappointment factor.  Raimi is a dream maker, but this was more like a nightmare. If  I had to ask for anything from the wizards bag, it would be to have my memory of this film removed. 

Salinger 

In a year filled with some of the best documentaries 20 Feet from Stardom, Black Fish, Stories We Tell, The Act of Killing to name a few no documentary rang more false than this film.  There is something disingenuous about making a document which delves into the life of one of the most private men, also trying to hear many of these talk about Salinger who had little to do with him was painful.



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