Least Favourite movies of 2018


Count down of the movies I enjoyed the least in 2018.  List is based personal anticipation or hype and eventual disappointment. 

Some good movies here, but I wasn’t personally that taken with them.  Some movies may be older than 2018.

10

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

9

The-Disaster-Artist

The Disaster Artist

8

Mary and the Witches Flower

Mary and the Witches Flower

7

The Open House

The Open House

6

Black Panther

Black Panther

5

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day

4

Veronica

Veronica

3

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

2

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

1

Venom

Venom

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Movies I haven’t seen


Taking the celebrated IMDB Top 250 as a basis, here is a list of movies I have never watched.  There’s many more on the 250 but the list below are titles that at least interest me or have interested me at some stage.

  • 12 Angry Men
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Seven Samurai
  • City of God
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Pianist
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Lives of Others
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Citizen Kane
  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Amadeus
  • The Sting
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • The Apartment
  • All About Eve
  • The Third Man
  • Downfall
  • The Great Escape
  • Room
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Into the Wild
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Spotlight
  • Network
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Before Sunrise
  • Memories of Murder
  • La Haine
  • Prisoners
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Imitation Game
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • High Noon
  • Dial M for Murder

Building up to my annual Top Ten


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It’s drawing closer to that time of year once again on this blog where I list my Top Ten movies of the year.  As a movie fan who doesn’t get to see everything that is released in one year, I have to pick from those movies I personally got to check out, some of which are left overs I didn’t get around to the previous year.  So in the upcoming list you may see titles that you may have seen on last year’s best of lists.  It can’t be helped and to stick rigidly to release dates would mean some movies just wouldn’t get mentioned at all.

I think this year so far has been the year of the indie movie and movies that have affected me on a more emotional level.  I’ve forgiven some movies that have had plot or acting issues if they have had that special emotional impact … and it’s something few movies, even the most hyped seem to do.  Big blockbuster titles have faired poorly compared to more deeper, character driven movies, and I’ve tried to focus on story and direction and atmosphere over CGI and bike chases (not that there isn’t room for that).  I’ve been tougher I think this year, and only a handful of movies have earned that converted 5 /5 from me … whilst others have been difficult to critique as their positives and negatives have had a different effect on me based on how I think about them.  Horror for example has again been a bit of a let down with hyped movies not fully delivering.  So again, it been about turning away from favourite genres, and looking for something that resonates deeper, lingers in the brain and has a stronger impact, even months after seeing it.

This year’s Top Ten is going to be difficult to compile and I’m still trying to see some of the most talked about movies before I finally compile it.  So roll on December 31st … and then all will be revealed.

Until then, wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope Santa or your loved ones get you something nice!

Top Ten 2014


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This has been one of the toughest end-of-year Top Ten’s I’ve ever come up with.  Although there were many good movies this year, there hasn’t (for me) been a clear winner, and well I’ve not managed to get around to some of the real big hitters like 12 Years A Slave or Boyhood, to name two.  However listed below is my final Ten of the year compiled from the best movies I watched and reviewed (for the first time) in 2014.  Note: I try and limit the contenders to movies released in the last two years.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

2. American Hustle

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

4. The Wolf of Wall Street

5. Dallas Buyers Club

6. Gravity

7. Inside Llewyn Davis

8. Nightcrawler

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

10. Saving Mr Banks

Honourable mentions:  Gone Girl, The Raid 2 and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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.