Let’s Talk About the Oscars

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The Oscars, or Academy Awards if you want to call it that, have always been a somewhat big part of my life. This is probably the part where you think I’m gonna say I have some connection to the Oscars or the Academy through a family member or something. As much as I’d like to say that anyone in my family is involved in the film business, I would be lying. The connection that I have with it is purely just an event in a TV room with a bunch of people who enjoy watching movies. Ever since I can remember, my family has always just watched the Oscars. I think in everyone’s minds it was always just a fun thing to do, an event. There’s always been a sort of soft spot for the show in my mind, I’ve always thought of it almost as this holy thing. Holy in the way that you idolized any certain thing that entertained you, or caught your attention. For me, as a kid, that was an assortment of different things, this being one of them.

It’s only been till recently that I realized these award shows don’t mean much of anything. Sure you’re proud and pride comes along with a win, but like any show involving an award, at the end of the day all you have is a trophy. Over the years there’s been talk about the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t won a damn Oscar yet! It’s hilarious how angry someone can get over losing. I’m not denying the fact that I too have yelled at the TV when someone lost. It’s all in the buildup, when they finally get to the announcement for the best picture win in the show every year my heart starts beating incessantly and I feel like a crazy person.

I’m really intrigued to see what’s going to happen this year. Chris Rock is hosting, whom I have no doubt will be better than the year before’s host (I’m sorry NPH, but no, just no). Lately I’ve been going back to previous Academy Awards shows and comparing the films and the wins to the nominations of this year and what it will be like. I’ve been mostly looking at the previous year, Oscars 2015, and I want to talk about them for a second, so take a seat and let’s discuss.

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For me, 2014 was just an odd year for movies in general, so when it came to the nominations for all the shows in the awards season I really didn’t know what was gonna be thrown in there. Looking over the best picture nominees I really could only pick out 1 or 2 that I REALLY remembered and they were Birdman and Boyhood (which is good for Birdman I guess, since it won). Everything else (Theory of Everything, Whiplash, American Sniper, etc.), is either a blurry vague memory or just nothing. I remember thinking that year that all the films felt so small, and that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it felt strange for the Academy Awards. In the past, for the most part, the best picture nominees have felt so much bigger and memorable. Luckily, 2015 had a bigger platter of options for films, and I’m actually excited and intrigued to see who is going to win.

With that being said, there’s still a major problem with the Academy that they’ve had since the beginning and that’s diversity. There’s a reason the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite” has been floating around Twitter and such, because it’s true. People can argue this all they want and go against the fact (for some reason), but you can’t deny that the Oscars are predominately white. Race has always been an issue for the Academy, I mean the show was formed by a bunch of old white guys in the 20s, need I say anything else? But even that doesn’t excuse the fact that they’ve had PLENTY of time (this year is the 88th show, they’ve had time!!!), and there have been plenty of roles for men and women of color.

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When the 2014 Oscars came around there seemed to be a change of heart (if you want to call it that). 2013 was a year with movies like 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club (the two that probably won the most collectively), so there seemed to be at least something different and interesting. With winners that year like Lupita N’yongo, it felt like we were actually getting somewhere with diversity in this show. But for some reason that didn’t stick and now we’re right back where we started. Race is clearly not just an issue with the Oscars but also with Hollywood in general.

Over time roles are slowly (very slowly), getting more diverse, not just with the color of someone’s skin but also with gender, and hopefully in 2016 and years to come more films will be released that have a complex cast and interesting stories to tell. Because film is such an interesting form of art and there is so much that can be done (and has been done) with the platform and I think if we have more than just the norm then things can really change.

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The Best Films of 2015

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Let’s be honest, 2015 has been a pretty great year for movies. Sure there were huge expectations that didn’t meet up in the end and there were a good chunk of bad films, but 2015 felt like it had a lot to offer with film, especially in November and December. Not only were some of the huge films great (hello Star Wars), but the smaller ones were equally as enjoyable. By the point you’ve already read my list of the worst 2015 films from the other day. I ended up only listing 8 films on that list. At first I felt strange about making it not the same amount of films as the best list. So I tried and tried to make my list longer (partially the reason why the list took so long to come out), and eventually I realized that those 8 films on that list were really the only ones I actually remembered not liking. I mean I went through my ratings on IMDb and there were a few I was going to include like Self / Less or Sisters, but it didn’t feel right to include those because I didn’t really hate them or really remember them that much after I saw them. And it also came down to the fact that I think there the amount of good films in 2015 completely took over the bad ones. This also had me thinking about the films in 2014. For me, 2014 was almost the opposite of 2015. Not because there were worse films, but more because there was nothing that blew me away, nothing that I really remember that much. Sure we had Birdman and Boyhood as the big contenders for that year, but neither of those REALLY stood out for me. What I think I’m trying to say is that I found myself enjoying the movies that came out in 2015 and I hope that 2016 can offer the same, even if at this point I’m not thaaat pumped for much (like guys we get it, people love superhero movies .. doesn’t mean we need 10 of them in one year), but hey! Hopefully I’ll be surprised! And with that being said, here are my top 10 movies of 2015.

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10. Joy

I’ll admit it, I really enjoy Jennifer Lawrence. So when I saw the first trailer for Joy I was excited. The trailer didn’t even really have a story line in it at all it was just music, but it was just the fact that it was basically the cast of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle in another movie together and I smiled seeing all of these actors together again. I really don’t understand the recent (well, more like for the past 2 or 3 years), criticisms about Lawrence and David O. Russell working together. I guess I can kind of understand the age thing with Lawrence due to the fact that she’s in her mid twenties and she’s always playing someone in their thirties or forties, but even that doesn’t bother me! I always find her so convincing that I forget her age and I’m just entranced by her performance. This movie hasn’t exactly found a whole lot of love, it’s found some, but not nearly the amount that the past two Russell films have gotten, which I find odd because I’ll just be truthful, I had a better time with this than American Hustle. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy that film but it felt more like a Scoresese film and there was just too much Bradley Cooper for me (I’m sorry, he can be great but a little can go a long way). This felt fresh and there was an energy to it that really got me into everything that was happening. Obviously Lawrence is at the top of her game here, but I also think that Robert De Niro deserves talk as do Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini who I feel don’t ever get the film roles they deserve anymore. What I would say for this one is to ignore the reviews, ignore all the talk about it and just go see it, it’s a fun experience.

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9. Spy

Since Bridesmaids I feel like Paul Feig has mastered a certain type of comedy for film. I even enjoyed The Heat to an extent when it came out! There’s always a sense of fun in his films and they’re actually funny and smart at the same time (who knew that could be a thing??). I really think that Spy is a pretty close tie with Bridesmaids in the sense that almost every joke lands (there’s a few here and there that are a little meh), especially when dealing with Rose Byrne. Actually let’s talk about her for a second. Rose Byrne is one of the funniest parts of this movie, she plays no bullshit so well and she is one of my favorite “villains” in a film. Melissa McCarthy, as always (besides in Tammy), is great and just chews every scene she has up. I really don’t have that much to say about this one other than the fact that I had so much fun with it and it has my vote for the best comedy of the year, I’ve seen it maybe four times at this point and it still holds up. So when you have the time and are in the mood for something that’ll make you laugh, check this one out.

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8. Carol

It’s true, Carol really is one of the best romance films of the year (for me 1 of 2). Not only does this film showcase a love that seems unfairly forbidden but it also shows the toxicness of falling in love perfectly. There are two characters/performances that I fell in love with any time they were on screen, and those were Abby played by Sarah Paulson and Carol played by Cate Blanchett. I know what you’re thinking, what the hell! What about Rooney Mara?!?? I have nothing against Rooney Mara, I actually think that she’s one of the better newer actresses that we have (her performance in the American remake of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Side Effects were amazing), and I love her in this but I think that for me, Abby and Carol were the characters that stood out for me so much in the run time. And I think that this is another example that Sarah Paulson can have only a few scenes in a film but be so memorable. Her portrayal as Abby is perfect and I really couldn’t see any other actress playing that role. The reason why I think this is such a damn good love story is the fact that it’s so limited. The film is really just about Carol and Therese and their budding relationship. Sure, we get a little bit of story with Carol’s soon to be ex husband (wonderfully played by Kyle Chandler), but a good portion of the film is spent on a road trip with just our two main characters. I also loved how nothing felt insanely over dramatic with the fact that these two women are in love. We get a few brief subtle scenes with reactions from other people in Carol’s life, but it doesn’t feel like it’s being thrown in your face. Carol is such a fantastic little film, and I really do hope that it actually wins something at the Oscars and doesn’t get snubbed, because this movie really does deserve it!

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7. The Martian

I went into this not really knowing how I was going to react when I walked out of it. I didn’t really know much about the film, I had seen snippets of the trailer, but I went in cold and I think that was the best way to experience it. I had a lot of moments where I just kept saying “oh!” while watching, especially when another actor that I knew would just turn up out of nowhere (seriously, this cast is fucking gigantic and I love it). The more I think about The Martian, I think about the fact that it’s basically Cast Away on Mars (I know I’m not the first person to say that calm down), and I don’t mind that! Yeah it’s familiar, but it’s familiarity done well. Which leads me to the fact that Ridley Scott directed the shit out of this movie, I mean I know he could direct a space movie but not like this! Another thing that was an unexpected surprise was the amount of comedy in this. When I look at the cast now it’s a little more obvious when you have Kristen Wiig and such but I really kind of thought this would be another Interstellar, which leads me to ANOTHER point! I really couldn’t stand Interstellar when it came out. Maybe it was the 169 minutes of Matthew McConaughey whisper mumble talking or just the painfully slow pace of space happenings but it just annoyed the shit out of me, and I usually can enjoy a Christopher Nolan movie! And ironically Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain were in that too, but I’ll just save you the time now and tell you that they’re much better in this and have a lot more to do. Luckily, to my surprise, this was nothing like Interstellar, and if you’re going to watch this thinking it’s just another space movie I think you might have to think again because it’s so much more than that.

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6. Amy

It seems as if no one is talking about this spectacular film at the moment and I can’t seem to figure out why! This is the best documentary of the year and I am sure of it! There’s really no need to explain this film, especially if you were around when a lot of her shenanigans were captured by paparazzi. I remember the day that Amy Winehouse passed very specifically. I don’t remember being surprised necessarily but I just felt so sad because she was so fucking talented and life seemed so tough on her, and that is highlighted much more in this film. One of my favorite elements of Amy is the fact that it’s a documentary but you never see the people that are being interviewed, you just hear them over a bunch of videos and pictures from Amy’s life. While it isn’t the most original form of documentary making, it’s still so effective in a documentary like this. An emotion that for sure took over me throughout Amy was anger. I got so pissed at these people that treated her like shit, and just used her. Her parents especially. There is a scene where you hear about the time Amy told her her mother that she basically has an eating disorder and it is one of the most anger inducing moments. I really really hope that this film is recognized for a long time, I hope that it will show that this woman was such a rare talent and she was gone too soon.

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5. Brooklyn

THIS was the companion to Carol with my two favorite romance films of the year! Like Carol, Brooklyn is another example of a story that could be done so terribly and really has been done terribly, but wasn’t. You can feel the warmth and heart of this movie just oozing through the screen as you watch it. Saoirse Ronan is fantastic, as is every other performance throughout this. I couldn’t help but smile through a good amount of Brooklyn, it’s that type of movie. That wasn’t the only emotion I felt though! Like the previous film, I felt anger, but in a good way. Once you get to somewhere around the middle of this film there are things that occur that are so real and it makes you feel all sorts of emotions that can’t be explained if you haven’t seen it. I’ve seen Brooklyn four times now and it’s still just as good as it was the first time around, so I would HIGHLY recommend you take a look at this one.

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4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I cannot get enough of this movie, I love it so much. It’s funny when I think about myself making that statement because I was never really a big Star Wars person. Sure I’ve seen them all and they’re fun, but I never fell into this world of Star Wars obsession that a lot of people seemed to do when I was younger and still do now. But when I went to go see The Force Awakens with my niece I was blown away. I think it’s clear to most people, even ones that aren’t fans, the prequels suck, they’re just not good. So while watching this movie I felt like there was a sense of fun and adventure that has been brought back to this, what seems like long dead, series. I think that has to do with the fact that there is a lot of funny stuff here and there are some great new characters. Daisy Ridley is scene stealing as Rey and John Boyega (also amazing in Attack the Block), is just as dazzling, as well as Oscar Isaac along with others. The film is also great at being nostalgic just enough to the point where it doesn’t feel like we’re just watching a cash grab. Harrison Ford is also, expectedly, a stand out in this (Carrie Fisher is great too, love her to death, but she’s only in it for a few scenes), bringing the love that so many have always had for Han Solo back along with some great scenes that he has with Chewbacca. It’s easy to tell that I am really into this and I could watch it a hundred more times, and probably will!

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3. Spotlight

Holy SHIT this movie is a roller coaster of emotions!! From the minute Spotlight begins there is an energy that you just know will mesh so well with just everything. I think for some, they don’t want to even get into this movie because the subject matter is so tough, but it’s not just a depressing movie it’s exhilarating, it’s infuriating, and it’s kind of scary. I think it’s safe to say that the acting is undoubtedly supreme in this, with a line up like that how could it not be?? I really don’t want to say much else about this because I think it’s best when you just go in cold turkey and watch it! This is one of the best journalism films we’ve had in a while, and it couldn’t have come out at a better time.

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2. Room

It’s incredible to me that people are really just figuring out that Brie Larson is a fantastic actress. Short Term 12 is probably one of the most underrated movies and it showed me how she was really a breath of fresh air, I mean I could even tell she was great in United States of Tara (if you don’t know that show, it’s probably for a reason). I’ve seen Room twice now and watching it the second time I noticed little things I couldn’t see the first time around, and that’s what made me put this at #2. I love when a movie makes you feel for the characters you’re watching and brings out real feelings that you don’t think will come out while watching something a screen. While Brie Larson is a gem in this you can’t mention her without mentioning the other half of this film, Jacob Tremblay. While talking about the film I think they mentioned that he was 7 when they filmed, and that’s fantastic to me because he’s probably the best child actor that I’ve seen in the past 10 years. He makes Jack feel like a real kid and not just a kid written by adults, you could tell that he was given the freedom to incorporate himself in there. It’s not always an easy watch but once you finish Room I think you will see that it’s a rewarding experience.

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1. Mad Max: Fury Road

Is it surprising that Mad Max on here? Probably not. Does it deserve the title for best movie of the year, absolutely. You could mute this movie and it would still be gold because along with everything else, Fury Road looks like a masterpiece. It’s also the most exciting and thrilling films of 2015, it’s everything you want in an action movie. When you hear action movie you think it’s just going to be dumb action and no substance, but Fury Road is everything bundled into one. It’s a badass action movie, an empowering action movie, and a batshit crazy action movie. Don’t be deceived by the title though because Max is not the only lead in this one. We also get Furiosa played by the fantastic Charlize Theron, and it’s really more her movie than anything, and it’s perfect. We didn’t need more Max, we already have three movies about him for god’s sake. In this installment he’s still a big character and a presence but Furiosa is the leader of this ship. Mad Max: Fury Road is a film that shows how genius George Miller is and whether you loved the original films or are going in with fresh eyes, this is the best film that 2015 could present to us and there’s no doubt about it.

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So that’s it! We can finally leave 2015 behind and move onto the interesting looking year of 2016. Thank you so much for checking out my post, and if you liked this make sure to check out my other posts! I also now have a Twitter so make sure to follow me on there! The link and all that good stuff should be on the page. Hope you liked the movies of 2015 as much as I did and here’s to another year!

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The Absolute Worst Films of 2015

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Hello! The time has come, the new year has began, it is finally 2016. Is it just me or does it feel like 2015 went by in the blink of an eye? No matter what speed it seemed to go at, it’s over, donezo! For some reason, whenever the new year starts and an old one ends, I get a little sad. Maybe it’s just a  form of nostalgia, nostalgia for something that happened a few months ago .. I’m not sure. But the other part of me is happy, because a new year usually means a new start for me. It’s chance to try new things that you haven’t tried before, and maybe fix things that you thought needed to be fixed. A new year ALSO means a giganto, crazy, messy batch of new movies! Earlier today I was looking over all the films that are coming in 2016 and basically what it came down to was; a fuckton of superhero movies (not really that surprising given the fact that Marvel has taken over the world), a fuckton of remakes, a fuckton of sequels, and a feeeww original pieces scattered in there. But before we really get into the upcoming adventures of next years cinematic experiences I think we should discuss the happenings of the film from what is now last year. I decided to start with my least favorite from the year because I thought, I’ll start with the bad news and end with the good news, that way we can leave 2015 on somewhat of a good note. And to be clear, some of these I really didn’t hate (even though this post has the words ‘absolute worst’ in it), some were just so damn disappointing or underwhelming I had to mention them! And before I keep mumbling on about everything and make a fool of myself I think we should just dive in to it! So here they are!!

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8. Crimson Peak

I think a big thing that came out of 2015 movies was disappointment. Sure, there were some really big films that lived up to their expectations completely (hello, Force Awakens), but there were a good amount that were just kind of let downs, and for me Crimson Peak was one of those films. I’ll start by saying, I am aware that the marketing for this movie was complete shit. Whoever was hired to sell this movie should be fired because this was NOT a horror movie. If you walked into this movie with only seeing the trailer and hearing nothing else about it, I can completely relate to the idea of disappointment. But in my case, I was disappointed for different reasons.

I actually ended up liking the scenes in the giant house where our main character was trying to solve this mysterious case. Was the “twist” of the film obvious? Yes, but I didn’t mind seeing it coming. It was more the bookends of the film that didn’t work for me. Starting with the first chunk of the film, not only was the main character a snoozer but I just didn’t care. Mia Wasikowska has her moments and she’s far from being a bad actress (I think if she was closer to her role in Stoker than I would’ve liked her more in this), but this was just not her film. For a while it seems like the film was trying to make her a strong female character, but she never really does anything, most of the movie she’s in giant puffy sleeves talking about ghosts, and I think it definitely bogged the film down. I know that everyone likes to say that Tom Hiddleston was the best part of the film, but I have to disagree! For me, Jessica Chastain stole the show as Lucille. It might’ve just been the fact that she was so entertaining to watch and she completely hammed up the performance (it felt a little Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest, which is far from a bad thing). Even though I didn’t particularly enjoy the last 20 or 30 minutes of the film I thought she just kept getting better and better.

Overall, I know that some people really did enjoy this, and that’s fine! I can totally understand. It’s a gorgeous film, and at times it’s interesting to watch, but in the end I was majorly disappointed and wanted something that was missing from the film.

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7. The Overnight

Ever since Parks & Recreation, I have sort of fallen in love with Adam Scott. He was the perfect companion to Amy Poehler’s Leslie in the show and he just made me happy to watch ever since. Does he tend to play the same kind of role in some of his films, sure, but I still enjoy watching him. I really enjoyed him (especially when he was naked with a really fake prosthetic and making out with Jason Schwartzman), in The Overnight, and when I say that I don’t mean I enjoyed the movie. I was actually looking forward to this movie when I saw trailers and posters, it seemed fun and intriguing. But for some reason, when it came to the final product I just wasn’t into it. Most of the movie either made me annoyed by the random choices that the characters made, or I just didn’t understand why any of what was happening was happening. All of the performances were wonderful, Taylor Schilling is always adorable, Jason Schwartzman is a hoot, Judith Godreche is a fun mix for the film, but I think it was just the story. Most of the film ends up being this situation where Jason Schwarzman and Judith Godreche are this kind of wacko couple with a kid and they’re supposed to be edgy, where as Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott are the “normal” ones, it was just a  tad predictable and I felt like there could’ve been more to it. The good thing is that this movie didn’t make me dislike Adam Scott anymore and it actually made me think of all the other fun roles he’s had, so there’s a plus to watching this!! I would say if you want a really good movie with Adam Scott maybe try either Step Brothers for a comedy or The Vicious Kind for a really good drama, but I would suggest to maybe skip over The Overnight.

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6. It Follows

In a way, it pains me to have to put It Follows on this list. I know that this might be a surprising choice for this list, and in the end, I was shocked too. When It Follows started I had fresh eyes, didn’t know a whole bunch about it, and was ready to love it and be impressed. I can say that I was enjoying it for maybe the first half hour, but once it got to a certain point it just kind of felt like it was dragging. And let me just say, I’m not usually that kind of movie watcher that complains about pacing, if a film has a slow pace that’s fine! Just as long as the plot feels like it’s going somewhere. That’s where It Follows went wrong for me. I felt like once this thing had attached onto our main character, it was interesting and I was curious to see what they would do with this mysterious unseeable creature. But it felt like it ran out of steam after so long. The reason why it pains me to not like this film is because usually I love a good 80’s throwback (even if this one isn’t very specific about what the time period is), and I love an atmospheric horror flick. Another thing I want to touch on is the scares. For being a horror film, I didn’t find it scary really at all. I could tell when you were supposed to be scared throughout the film in specific scenes, but it just didn’t work. Maybe it was the hype that ruined it for me, maybe it was too good to be true. And again, like The Overnight, I enjoyed all the actors in this thing, ESPECIALLY Maika Monroe (she was killer as the leading force behind 2014’s amazing thriller The Guest), but in the end there wasn’t enough substance in the plot that worked for me, and I unfortunately have to put it as one of my least favorites of the year.

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5. Pitch Perfect 2

Talk about disappointment! I actually don’t really know what I expected with this. I guess since I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Pitch Perfect I thought that maybe this would be another surprise, but unfortunately it wasn’t. It’s weird because I didn’t really have high hopes for this, I didn’t expect it to be amazing, but I expected to be entertained and to laugh. But when only about 20% of your laughs work, there’s a problem. Maybe it was the fact that Elizabeth Banks directed (whom I thought would make an even better movie), or just that it’s basically a repetition of the original, which is the ultimate downside for a sequel. Another thing was the musical choices, they were mostly just forgettable songs and didn’t seem to bring the sense of fun that the original had. And surprisingly, Hailee Steinfeld couldn’t even save this movie! She actually seemed to bring down the film even more with forced awkwardness and jokes that did not seem to land. I wish I could say I enjoyed this, but once the credits started to roll I felt as if it could’ve been better.

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4. Love the Coopers

Once again, I don’t know what was going through my head when I thought that this could possibly be a good movie. It could’ve been the cast (Diane Keaton! Olivia Wilde! Marisa Tomei! Alex Borstein randomly but welcomely shows up), but it was most likely the fact that I was in the mood for a Christmas movie, and I was with my friend so we were just going to have a good time. Now, this is from some of the same people that brought the world The Family Stone, which I actually liked (and I’m aware it has it’s haters, I can see why honestly). The more I think about Love the Coopers, it’s actually quite similar to The Family Stone, in the sense that there’s a big family, Diane Keaton is the head of the house (and complaining about her life, which I don’t mind at ALL), and they all have problems. While I enjoyed The Family Stone (maybe because I love a good Rachel McAdams snarl), this was just such a floozy. Not only was it a huge downer of a Christmas movie (I mean cmon, I get it, everyone has problems no matter the holiday .. but it’s CHRISTMAS!!), but I didn’t give two shits about any of these characters. Most of the problems that these characters had just felt like rich white people problems, and there’s a way you can portray a character, or in this case a family of characters, so they don’t come off as snobbish, but it just didn’t happen here. I love Diane Keaton to death and will always enjoy her performances but even she couldn’t do anything to save this! The film is sort of split up into a bunch of different stories (kind of like those shitty Valentines Day / New Years Eve movies), with each family member and the only character that really peaked my interest was Olivia Wilde’s, but even her character gets annoying after so long. There’s just too much strange editing (seriously though, there are like 3 different scenes where people explode into ice … ???), annoying characters, and boring story lines for anyone to have to sit through this.

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3. We Are Your Friends

If you thought Love the Coopers had annoying characters think again! The four best friends who are basically the main characters in this movie are so annoying I wanted to walk out of this movie so bad! We’ll start with Zac Efron, yes he is beautiful to look at, but I don’t know what it is, sometimes he can bother me. He’s not a bad actor in any sense, I think you just have those actors that you kind of like but they can get on your nerves. Efron did that in this movie, maybe it was the fact that his character is just so boring and plain that I didn’t care what happened to him. Even worse than him is the character of Mason played by Jonny Weston. The script just makes him the stereotypical dick best friend that gets angry at everything and gets in fights with everyone. There are maybe one or two scenes in the film that worked for me. A good example would be the scene where Efron’s character is explaining the heartbeats of his audience and how to control the music and get them hooked. And every now and then there’s some cool editing (even if they needed to calm down with all the words on the screen), but even those few things couldn’t save the entirety of We Are Your Friends for me. You can tell that there was some craft and heart probably put into this movie but in the end, it just feels lazy and I really didn’t care.

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2. Knock Knock

I was REALLY close to putting The Green Inferno on this list because it’s the second film to come from Eli Roth this year and it was also pretty bad, but then I remembered Knock Knock and I couldn’t not put it on here! While Green Inferno was bad, it was nowhere near as annoying as this was. I’ll admit that some of it is fun in the beginning with Keanu Reeves being all weird like he does, and the two girls playing with him a bit, but after a big happening occurs in the film there’s this shift where the two girls in the film become almost like children and it makes everything almost unbearable to watch. Eli Roth has always been a strange filmmaker to me because I’ve never really loved anything he’s come out with. The Hostel movies were torture porn that I never really enjoyed, Cabin Fever was alright, but I’ve never really seen any true talent there. It seems like lately he’s been put on a higher pedestal and I don’t understand why! Knock Knock basically ends up being a lot of bad acting covered in some nice looking cinematography and I would try to avoid it at all costs!

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1. Fifty Shades of Grey

Everything about this movie (or trilogy if you wanna go there), was doomed from the start. There is NO way you could’ve made anyone respect Fifty Shades of Grey, even when I hear the name I think of sex, and not really in a good way.  I have no judgments on BDSM, if that’s what you like, go for it! But this movie makes it look like the most boring act ever! The sex elements were the most disappointing parts of the film, and when the only thing a movie has going for it isn’t even good .. then what’s the point? There was not one point in this film that I was attracted to either of these people. I am attracted to men, and Jamie Dormer (whom I’ve heard can actually act), is so wooden in this film it’s hard to be convinced that he has hardcore sex with whips in a red room. This film made a lot of money, not surprisingly, because a lot of people loved these books. I, shamelessly, have read the first book that this film is adapted from, and it is not good! But really, what’s new? So going into this, I really was hoping for just a really bad movie with sex, but I didn’t expect it to be so boring. Dakota Johnson is probably the best part of the whole ordeal. She can act and you can kind of see that here, but really there’s nothing that can save this. I gave this my #1 slot on the list because I felt that it deserved to be shamed. We DID NOT need this movie! Again, what’s new. I guess this is really just a cautionary tale so people don’t have to suffer like I did in this. Let’s just hope no one else will want to make the other two books into movies, even though they’ve probably already started.

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You made it! It’s over! We’re done! I know, that was tough. But if you did read the whole thing, thank you and I hope you liked it. I realize this list is a little late, I did want it to come out earlier but a lot of things got in the way and I’m sorry! But nonetheless, it’s still here! And we’re not done yet! There’s still the best films of 2015! That should be coming out in the next few days, I’m hoping by tomorrow but it could be this weekend so just keep looking! And while you’re at it make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter (which I just made today), for updates and fun stuff! Thanks for reading and have a good rest of your week!

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