Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lolo's Lists: Top 10 BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS of 2015!

Welcome to our list of the BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS of 2015!

It's no surprise that we see a lot of movies. While we have already showcased the year's biggest surprises in a separate post, here, we want to share our list of the top 10 disappointing movies of 2015. There were quite a few, but these are the worst offenders. Do you agree or disagree with our list? Let us know!
10) "Woman in Gold" - We love Helen Mirren. We also love Daniel Brühl. They are the two best parts of "Woman in Gold." Without them, this movie would be a boring disaster. Not as compelling or intriguing as a movie of this subject matter should have been, we know the ending before it even gets going, plus, it is terribly paced and way too long. Majorly disappointing considering the caliber of its cast.
9) "Mr. Holmes" - Promised something a little different based on the trailers, we went into "Mr. Holmes" not really knowing what to think. Sure, Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, and newcomer Milo Parker give good performances, but the story itself is less Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery, more tale of an aging man and his relationship with a boy who idolizes him. Beautiful scenery isn't quite enough to keep us engaged.
8) "The Green Inferno" - Basically made only for its shock value, "The Green Inferno" might be par for the disgusting course, but it doesn't really break any new ground and is far less effective than director Eli Roth's other endeavors. Full of awful performances, this movie is just okay and not as groundbreaking as promised.
7) "Jupiter Ascending" - While the visuals in "Jupiter Ascending" are really good, the movie as a whole is a complete and total flop. This film wants to be and say so much, but is not cohesive enough and doesn't have capable enough acting to pull off such a space opera. And what's with the Wachowski's always featuring harvesting humans? Time to get a new shtick.
6) "Burnt" - In 2014, we got Jon Favreau's "Chef," which was a wonderful, tantalizing ode to food. In 2015, we got "Burnt," which looked to have a lot of potential, but ultimately turned out to be a tedious, messy, uneventful drama. Not even the usually charming Bradley Cooper could make this anything but mediocre. We felt severely disappointed after this film was over.
5) "Rock the Kasbah" - The first in a line of awful movies featuring the usually wonderful Bill Murray, "Rock the Kasbah" looked like it had the potential to be a really excellent film ripe with some good commentary about the ongoing situations in the Middle East. However, it fails at almost every level. Poorly written with way too much shoddy editing and racist undertones, this one disappeared before it had the chance to do too much damage.
4) "Pan" - We love Peter Pan, so we were really happy to hear there was going to be a movie that would tell Hook's back story in more depth. The trailers for this movie were so misleading compared to the final product: an uneven, whitewashed, disjointed attempt at nostalgia without whimsy, sans fantasy, and devoid of fun. Skip this one.
3) "Terminator Genisys" - We were cautiously optimistic about "Terminator Genisys" because it boasted the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator itself. Plus, there was no was it was going to be worse than "Terminator Salvation," right? Well, it's not as bad as that flop of a movie, but it's still really, really bad. The time jumps are awful and completely unnecessary, the acting is all over the place, the trailer ruined the big reveal, and some of the CGI is downright atrocious. Also, please stop trying to make Jai Courtney happen.
2) "Aloha" - People often talk about how critics can make or break a movie. If critics say one bad thing, a cavalcade of bad reviews are likely to follow. Sometimes, they get it right, and such is the case with "Aloha." We were truly looking forward to this film because of its intriguing trailer, its brilliant director Cameron Crowe, and its stellar cast. But, this movie wound up being a sloppily constructed, poorly acted, sorry excuse for cinema. Emma Stone as a person who is supposed to be 1/4 Chinese? Whitewashing knows no limits. Crowe spent 8 years making this trainwreck, and has essentially nothing to show for his years of work. Disappointed doesn't even begin to cut it.
1) "Fantastic Four" - The crap-de-resistance. We had high hopes that Fox and director Josh Trank could revive the story of Marvel's First Family into a worthy origin film after the disastrous originals from the early 2000's. No one could have predicted that "Fan4stic" would be so much worse. Trank's vision for the film and his shenanigans behind the scenes definitely shine through in this clunky stinker of a movie. It drags in its pacing, it's entirely too long, and still has nothing to say besides a haphazard retread of the original origin story, but without any of the fun. The acting is crap, the editing is terrible, and overall, it's one of the worst superhero movies ever made. We'll take the originals any time, any place.

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