Worst Ten Movies of 2013


This is a first for this blog, but with a few low scoring titles over the past twelve months, I thought it would be fun to compile ten of the least enjoyable movies I sat through this year.  As ever some titles may be slightly older than 2013… (Updated:  29/12/2013)

1.  A Good Day To Die Hard

2.  Spring Breakers

3.  Only God Forgives

4.  The House At The End Of The Street

5.  American Mary

6.  Excision

7.  Silent Hill Revelation

8.  Now You See Me

9.  Mama

10.  Life Of Pi

I hope to make this an annual thing like the Top Ten of the year (expect mine on New Years Eve) … but as I don’t usually watch movies I don’t expect to enjoy, sometimes its hard to find ten disappointing movies.  This year seems to have been the exception.

Iron Man 3


Viewed – 17 December 2013  Blu-ray

You have to love Iron Man.  Such an unashamedly bad-ass character backed up by the one liner filled charisma of Robert Downey Jr … what’s not to like?  In this third outing for the high tech hero / billionaire and following on directly from the Marvel Avengers Assemble, Tony Stark (Downey Jr) faces a new threat, that of a middle eastern terrorist (Ben Kingsley), clearly modelled after Osama Bin-Laden (bad taste?) who is setting off bombs on American soil.

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Directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) as can be expected this is peppered with the director’s trade mark sharp, often very un-p.c. dialogue.  Not quite so much fun are the constant nods to Avengers with references to Thor and the like (didn’t we get enough of this in I.M #2?) and a war on terror backdrop that’s becoming an all too familiar story device these days.  Downey does a good job as the increasingly troubled stark (he’s getting panic attacks following Avengers … but this isn’t fully explored) and throw in a little kid let’s bond moment (Hellboy anyone?) and a twist I saw coming a mile off … and well, to be honest considering all the good reviews – I was disappointed.  The first half of the movie is actually rather slow, and although Guy Pierce as always, is rather good – this all just felt a bit unnecessary.

Again Stark’s relationship with Pepper Potts is well observed and is the crutch this movie just about stands up with, with an enjoyable Gwyneth Paltrow – and towards the end some of the action was pretty slick – especially the final encounter with the villain.  Also Rebecca Hall is in it, and well… she’s hot.  But overall I found this really lacking – and dare I say it, I might have enjoyed I.M #2 more.

Verdict:  2.5 /5