A funny old year for the pictures, my friend, a creative low not seen since 2007 and possibly worse, BUT always remember that terrible year was followed by the mega-fun 2008 and all those Pirates sequels were consigned to the trashcan of our collective consciousnesses.
This year I think it’ll be a struggle to get to a Top 10 at the end of the year (as happened last year too) and the creative beauty of 2014 seems so very far away, especially in comic movie terms. I say this as a guy who goes to the cinema 1-2 times per week so I kinda see everything and even THEN I’m struggling.
TOP SEVEN MOVIES OF THE YEAR SO FAR IN ORDER:
The Jungle Book
Star Trek Beyond
10 Cloverfield Lane
The Nice Guys
The Shallows (only 3.5 stars, but it’s been such a poor year this is getting in there)
WORST SEVEN MOVIES OF THE YEAR SO FAR IN ORDER:
Independence Day Resurgence (so bad I forced myself to sleep for 10 mins)
Finding Dory (Face it, friends. Pixar has made 1 good movie since 2007)
Batman Vs Superman
Ghostbusters (I wanted to love as I hate the haters, but I just didn’t laugh even once)
Secret Life of Pets (trailer was awesome, the rest a generic SEARCH FOR MISSING FRIEND)
Alice, Tarzan, Allegiant, etc, all very lucky to miss this bottom seven, but none luckier than Hail Caesar, which was such a great concept for a movie, but the most disjointed, self-indulgent drivel. I think the Coens are INCREDIBLY hit and miss, but this was their worst ever I think.
In terms of what almost made it in Top 7, X-Men is only just under and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than others here. I loved that it felt complete and like a movie, which hurts the Marvel stuff right now. Civil War I barely stayed awake through, that same feeling of a movie that’s essentially an ad for their next 10 movies and I can’t remember how it ended, except it was all a bit miserable. Ben-Hur not opened here yet and I’m a huge Timjur fan so expect to enjoy. Don’t Breathe I can’t wait for. I loved that trailer. REALLY loved it.
I’m pleased we’re coming into Autumn because there’s a few good horrors coming up too. Lights out looks great!
What’s your thoughts on 2016 so far?