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Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:12:44 PM   
Dr Lenera

 

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To be honest, it’s been a pretty poor year for films. To my mind, the year has been full of disappointments, from minor [The Cabin In The Woods 'look at me, I think I'm so clever but actually I'm not, I'm pretty dumb'], Skyfall ‘I’m not much like a Bond film so the critics must think I’m the best’,] to major [The Hobbit 'I'm Peter Jackson but you may have to start calling me Peter Lucas', Prometheus 'nothing needs to make sense because we can say there will be a sequel']. Very few visits I have had to the cinema have been especially fulfilling. Saying that though, there haven’t been that many truly bad films either. The majority of this year’s stuff has been just….well…meh, average, a reasonable time waster but not much more. I also tend to avoid going to see films I think will be crap. Keith Lemon for example; you couldn’t pay me to see that. The following ten cinematic ‘masterpieces’ – well, the first two are actually not too bad really and I could probably sit through them again one day. The rest? Well, there is a chance that number seven may improve I suppose, a film which seemed to divide people even more than The Cabin In The Woods, but you won’t catch me buying the DVD to find out. The others? I doubt I’ll ever want to see them again, and at least two of them looked really good.

My top 20 will follow after this......

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:15:40 PM   
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10/ GONE



Truth be told, Gone is not that bad. It’s a perfectly professional piece, but you could find its like on TV every evening. Films like this irritate me, because they smack of blandness. There’s nothing especially bad about it, and I certainly know that bad movies can sometimes be fun, but there’snothing especially bad about it either, it just annoying sits there while you wait for it to get good, which it never really does. As the climax approaches, it does finally seem like some thrills are about to come, but no, sadly they don’t, and it just ends. Really lazy filmmaking, witha plot that timidly avoids delving into stuff that could be….you know….interesting.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:18:18 PM   
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9/ HAYWIRE



You never really know what you’re going to get with a Steven Soderburgh film, but this one is certainly one of his failures. His supposed ‘take’ on the action movie is burdened by a muddled script that pretends its simple story is actually complicated, a total lack of tension, a dreadful performance by its lead star, cardboard characters and self-consciously stylised direction that is at odds with the trashy material. At least the meagre fight scenes are good, and shot so you can see what’s going on. Otherwise, if you want to see an arty action film, see Hanna.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:21:51 PM   
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8/ PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4


The first one was almost beautiful in its simplicity, its distilling of horror into the most basic elements, and it was bloody scary. The second and third instalments managed to, surprisingly, keep up the quality. This fourth film….well, I sat there in the cinema screen waiting….and waiting….and waiting to be frightened. The story failed to build up the interesting things thrown up by number three and was just content to rehash bits and pieces from all three previous films. As lazy a sequel as you can get.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:23:44 PM   
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7/ PROMETHEUS


For many years, I’ve thought that Ridley Scott had been outdone by his sadly departed brother Tony, and Prometheus confirmed that to me in no uncertain terms. Alternating between boredom and hilarity [including the year's funniest death scene], resolutely unimaginative in design, and saddled with an atrocious script that is little more than a random collection of incidents, it seems little more than a set-up for a series. It can’t even decide where it wants to stand in relation to the Alien series. Now you’ve pissed on Alien Ridley, I dread to think what you’re going to do with Blade Runner.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 8:29:44 PM   
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6/ THE IRON LADY


You would expect a film about Margaret Thatcher to be fascinating and even incendary. However, this tedious film puts the interesting stuff to the sides and concentrates on her dementia, resulting a depressing and unfuriating experience that I found unpleasantly exploitative even though I personally couldn’t stand the old cow. Meryl Streep is absolutely fantastic in the lead role, but it’ s all for nothing. What a shame.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 10:43:57 PM   
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Firstly i think the last year has been much better than you, but like the idea of the thread and look forward to seeing more.

Gone is a good choice and would probably make my bottom ten of the year, still oddly I did find some pleasures in it.

Iron Lady I go along with too and I didn't even find Streep's performance that good, not that it was how fault mind, more to do with being striat jacketed by hair and make up. It really was a overally safe and poorly put together film.

If Cabin in the Woods makes the list I will be mad

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 10/1/2013 10:47:28 PM   
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Didn't like Haywire either

Paranormal Activity 4 is one of the worst films I've seen in years

I liked Prometheus but was a little underwhelmed.


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If Cabin in the Woods makes the list I will be mad


This.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 11/1/2013 12:03:06 AM   
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Two of these so far appeared in Homer's best of 2012 list They are also two I've seen.


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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 12/1/2013 6:34:08 AM   
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My worst movies of 2012.

10. Tabu (Miguel Gomes)
9. The Devil Inside (William Brent Bell)
8. The Man with the Iron Fists (RZA)
7. Smiley (Michael J. Gallagher)
6. Remains (Colin Theys)
5. Imaginary Friend (Richard Gabai)
4. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor)
3. Wrath of the Titans (Jonathan Liebesman)
2. The Victim (Michael Biehn)
1. The Three Stooges (Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly)

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 12/1/2013 8:31:46 AM   
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Thanks folks, and no Cabin In The Woods is not on the list, though I felt it didn't really work for me and got really poor towards the end. This is only a bit of fun really and know my tastes often differ from the norm. I think it's my Top 20 which will make folk question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 12/1/2013 6:29:50 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

Thanks folks, and no Cabin In The Woods is not on the list, though I felt it didn't really work for me and got really poor towards the end. This is only a bit of fun really and know my tastes often differ from the norm. I think it's my Top 20 which will make folk question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film

quote:

question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film


My guess is Devil inside

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 12/1/2013 6:42:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: scarface666brooksy!!

Didn't like Haywire either



And another


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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 6:34:07 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ElephantBoy


quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

Thanks folks, and no Cabin In The Woods is not on the list, though I felt it didn't really work for me and got really poor towards the end. This is only a bit of fun really and know my tastes often differ from the norm. I think it's my Top 20 which will make folk question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film

quote:

question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film


My guess is Devil inside

That would be my guess too, or Wrath of the Titans.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 11:15:08 AM   
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I agree with Haywire and Paranormal Activity 4, for pretty much all the reasons you mentioned. I really enjoyed Prometheus, though.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 3:00:55 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Timbzy


quote:

ORIGINAL: ElephantBoy


quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

Thanks folks, and no Cabin In The Woods is not on the list, though I felt it didn't really work for me and got really poor towards the end. This is only a bit of fun really and know my tastes often differ from the norm. I think it's my Top 20 which will make folk question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film

quote:

question my sanity!

Timbzy we share one film


My guess is Devil inside

That would be my guess too, or Wrath of the Titans.


Nah it's none of those two

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 3:08:10 PM   
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5/ THE DARKEST HOUR


I love alien invasion movies but why do so many get it wrong? One of the scribes partly responsible for Prometheus was responsible for this, so you know it ain’t going to be good, but it all mostly boils down to lots of dull wondering about by dislikeable protagonists until it turns totally stupid for its final couple of reels which defy even basic logic, climaxing with the funniest scene involving a mobile phone this year.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 3:10:01 PM   
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4/ GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE


The first, because it had to have that obligatory ’12′/’ PG-13′ certificate, seemed to constantly chicken out on the intriguing aspects of its premise, but at least it was enjoyable. This total mess of a sequel, mixing stupid plotting with unintelligable action [this has been an awful year for properly-filmed action, you know, stuff that you can actually see], is [perhaps appropriately] an abomination, with Nicolas Cage doing his usual tedious yelling and pulling faces schtick we’ve seen many times before and are getting sick and tired of. Go back to acting school, Nic.





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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 10:05:04 PM   
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Interesting haha

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 11:01:36 PM   
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Haven't seen either of those two but did hear very bad things about the Darkest Hour, would you say the second Ghost Rider is worse than the first one?

Seems I just haven't lived the past year, should go and see the new Texas Chainsaw to make up for it

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 13/1/2013 11:17:49 PM   
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I think Darkest Hour was in my bottom 5 for the year. Not just bad, but tacky and nasty. Almost as much as the Nazis at the Centre of the Earth thing. 

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 14/1/2013 9:17:20 PM   
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3/ THE WATCH


A more perfect example of the tedious, dislikeable, aimed-purely-at-immature-teenage-boys Modern American Comedy is probably harder to find. Co-writer Seth Rogen’s [is there is a less talented actor and writer about?] usual obsession with penises replaces real laughs and the cast just tediously go through the motions with their obnoxious characters, except for Richard Ayoade who seems to be wondering what the hell he’s doing in the movie. You’ll find more laughs going to a funeral than watching this crap.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 14/1/2013 9:19:35 PM   
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2/ THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART TWO


Well for me one of the best things about this year was that this abysmally acted, appallingly written and mind-numbingly boring franchise, a franchise that may have done more damage to the good name of vampirism than stakes, garlic and crosses, is finally over, though it seems that new productions are being readied to fill the holes that the millions of heart-broken Twi-fans now have in their lives. Me? I would like to condemn Stephanie Meyer, Melissa Rosenberg, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and everyone else involved with flooding the world and contaminating the minds of teenage girls with this garbage, to the ‘gift’ of immortality, being forced to watch what they have created over and over again until they REPENT, REPENT, REPENT.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 14/1/2013 9:36:20 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dr Lenera

5/ THE DARKEST HOUR


I love alien invasion movies but why do so many get it wrong? One of the scribes partly responsible for Prometheus was responsible for this, so you know it ain’t going to be good, but it all mostly boils down to lots of dull wondering about by dislikeable protagonists until it turns totally stupid for its final couple of reels which defy even basic logic, climaxing with the funniest scene involving a mobile phone this year.


The 2nd worst film I witnessed in 2012. It made Skyline seem like The Day The Earth Stood Still (no not that one) in comparison.

In the case of Twilight, if you're not a fan - why put yourself through all the sequels? (unless of course you are paid to review things).

For example (and to expand a little further), Jack & Jill was a milestone for me- as it ended the 'I'll see anything' notion I once had and replaced it with 'If I'm pretty sure it's going to be rotten - why bother?'

In a sense I'm thankful, as my previous position would have probably lured me into Keith Lemon the film. (then again, the only factor in my 'will I/wont I' decision regarding that was Kelly Brook).

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7. McCullin
8. Beyond the Hills
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Wreck-it Ralph

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 15/1/2013 12:25:01 PM   
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Ha ha, now Keith Lemon I avoided, but Twilight; my dear wife likes them so I sat through them with her as she's sat through plenty of stuff with me she has disliked! Plus I do have a fondness for Kristen Stewart even if she's forgotten how to act since when she was a child actress.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 15/1/2013 6:49:55 PM   
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The Watch did look a terrible waste of a decent cast from the trailer's I saw.

I suspect your being a little harsh on Twilight, having only seen the first film I would say they work for their target audience and that Stuwart is decent in the lead.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 16/1/2013 10:50:40 PM   
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I'd have included The Iron Lady if only for the evil old slag that it portrayed.

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 12:45:46 PM   
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1/ THIS MEANS WAR


For some reason I thought this movie would be amusing, silly fun, but then many things seem like a good idea at the time. Ten minutes into it, I realised I was watching the most offensive, annoying film in some time, a film where we are supposed to find two psychotic stalkers cool and funny, where we are supposed to find a heroine so dumb that a Barbie doll is more intelligent some kind of role model, a film which replays the same situation over and over again until you want to scream, a film that has action so ineptly crafted it looks like it was shot by blind people, a film which should tell McG once and for all that he should just give up on directing films, a film which actually made we wish I was watching Twilight. I find it extremely worrying that this film, in a year where the BBFC have totally lost their way and think sex, violence and bad language is pretty much suitable for young kids, is not only considered acceptable viewing for under 12s as long as they have supervision, but for anyone with more than one brain cell.



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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 3:23:53 PM   
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I liked This Means War. A lot

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RE: Doc's Bottom Ten Films Of 2012 - 17/1/2013 3:51:08 PM   
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The only one of those I've seen is Prometheus. And I loved it.
Couldn't pay me enough to sit through a Twilight film, though.

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