Welcome to a special THANKSGIVING column! Happy Turkey Day!
On that note, I know that I don’t usually post my BEST OF and WORST OF movie lists till after December 31, but all this turkey has got me to thinking about— well, turkeys! As in the worst movies of the year so far.
I won’t make any final picks until the 2016 calendar year comes to a close, but in the meantime, here’s a look at some nominees for the Worst Movies of 2016 so far. Happy reading, and while you’re at it, please pass the stuffing!
THE FOREST- This weak horror movie wastes a potential frightening setting: Japan’s Suicide Forest, a real place with real history, but this movie is about as far away from real as you can get. Contrived and dull.
HAIL CAESAR! – A misfire from the Coen brothers. This period piece about 1950s Hollywood looks great but the story is not cohesive nor are the laughs. George Clooney’s comic timing is not taken advantage of, and Josh Brolin’s lead role is that of the straight man, so he doesn’t add to the laughs either. Best scene features Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill.
THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY – Terribly unfunny comedy by Sacha Baron Cohen. Nuff said about this turkey.
BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE – That’s right. This big budget DC superhero romp is one of the worst movies of the year. Neither the conflict between Batman and Superman nor its resolution ever become believable. A very forced contrived story. Best part: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Worst part: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
HARDCORE HENRY – Gimmick sci fi actioner with the entire film shot from the protagonists point of view just doesn’t work. Ulitmately a very boring movie.
THE DARKNESS – Horror film starring Kevin Bacon just isn’t very dark. Yet another demonic entity proving bothersome to a once happy family. This demon showed up when the family was on vacation at the Grand Canyon!
THE CONJURING 2 – Sadly, this sequel to THE CONJURING doesn’t come close to the original, in spite of the presence of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. A particularly awful script. Director James Wan needs to move on to some new material.
MECHANIC: RESURRECTION – pointless sequel to the Jason Statham actioner. Statham returns as hitman Arthur Bishop, wasted in a completely ridiculous story.
BLAIR WITCH – Awful, awful sequel to THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999). The less said about this one the better.
SHUT IN – Despite a terrific performance by Naomi Watts, this wannabe thriller is marred by a ridiculous story with one of the least satisfying and most unbelievable twists I’ve seen in a while.
Okie-dokie, that about does it so far. Will any of these movies make my pick for the Worst Movie of 2016? Or are there Worse Turkeys yet to come?
For the answer to that question, you’ll have to check back in January 2017.
Thanks for reading!