What were your favourite films in 2018?
You may have noticed that I didn’t post a Sunday Rundown yesterday. That was mostly because, after a bad night’s sleep, I fell asleep before writing it. But it was also a tactical choice. After all, it’s New Years Eve so it’s time I started doing my rundown of the year. And what a year it’s been. I’ve already posted my Top 10 Books, Top 10 Films, and Top 10 TBT Films lists. But, let’s not forget that 2018 wasn’t a completely positive year. The political situation of the UK is pretty shitty moving into the new year so it seems only fair I add my least favourite books to the pile. I watched a fair few more bad films this year so I managed to get together a list of the 10 worst.
10. The Princess Switch
I know what you’re thinking: how is it possible that a Netflix original Christmas film ended up in my bottom 10 films? How could anyone have predicted this? Well, even with the stellar cast of Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens, this managed to be a really bad film. A bad The Parent Trap, Lizzie McGuire Movie copy. As I also said in my full review here.
9. Goosebumps 2
I kind of liked the first Goosebumps film. It was a lot of fun and stayed true to the feeling of the books. Yes, it didn’t follow the story of a specific book so was a bit all over the place but it was an enjoyable film. The sequel? Not quite as much. It was still kind of fun but lacked something the first one had. My review is here.
8. Ready Player One
I wasn’t a fan of the book so it wasn’t like I was holding out much hope for the film. Especially after the trailer looked so bad. It was a massive CGI filled blockbuster with very little emphasis on story. It was Spielberg’s chance to shove as many in-jokes and 80s references into a film as possible. I hated it. It was an assault to the senses. I even feel bad for the fucking book. Read more of these thoughts in my review here.
7. I Feel Pretty
I don’t think Amy Schumer is funny. There, I’ve said it. I think she gets a pass because she says vulgar and outrageous things whilst being a woman. As if that’s a shocking and unusual thing. Yes, she’s outspoken but that doesn’t matter much if she’s not actually making people laugh. Her film Trainwreck was actually a trainwreck. It was just bad. And the trailer for this was uncomfortable. It made loads of terrible jokes about fat people aimed at Amy Schumer who, let’s be honest, ISN’T FAT. I don’t want to go into this again here because I wrote about it in my review. Check it out here.
6. Proud Mary
I wanted to like this film because Taraji P. Henson is a badass. And this film sounded way more badass than anything she’d been in before. Playing an assassin who adopts an orphaned kid whose parents she killed. How perfect is that storyline? However, it ended up being quite a pedestrian affair. Not at all worthy of its star. My review can be found here.
5. Pitch Perfect 3
Weirdly, I liked the first Pitch Perfect film. I wasn’t expecting it to because it seemed like a terrible rom-com with added a cappella. Then it turned out to be quite fun. So, I’ve been secretly looking forward to each subsequent film. Even though the second one had declined in quality, that included the final film. In the end, it was just awful. The premise is worn out and there was no originality. It no longer made sense that these women were famous for being a cappella singers. It was harder to suspend my disbelief for this one. Check out my full review here.
4. Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Ah, A Christmas Prince 2. You tried so hard to get back to that so bad that it’s funny feeling you gave off with your first film. Instead, this is just a sad attempt to claw your way back. It doesn’t work and feels desperate. Yes, even more desperate than the first. And it’s barely even about a Royal Wedding. What gives? My review can be read here.
3. Life of the Party
I’m so sad that Melissa McCarthy is never given the roles she deserves. If I could forget that I’d ever seen this film then I would but I can’t. Because it was so fucking awful. I feel bad for her and I feel bad for everyone who watched it. This is the pits. As you can read in my review here.
2. When We First Met
So so creepy. A man loves his best friend. She doesn’t love him. He decides to use a time machine to get her to change her mind. I felt dirty after watching this. It should never have been made. Let’s lock this in a safe with Big and forget that they ever existed. Hear more of these rants here in my review.
I thought I’d seen the worst that Netflix had to offer with A Christmas Prince 2 but this just went even further down. It was so bad and boring that I could barely make my way through it. It was so obvious. Whoever wrote the screenplay clearly ceased caring very early on. Something I probably also did in my review. Find out for yourself here.
Who is Murdocal? A casual critic who is a little bit too obsessed with pop culture. A young woman who swears and rants much more than she knows she should whilst trying to make her way in an adult world she isn't prepared for. A not as recent as she'd like literature graduate who, between job applications and subsequent rejections, has turned to the internet to fight the boredom and review the shit out of everything.
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