10.The Battery -
Took me a couple viewings to really like it. It’s slow. It drags in
parts. The characters aren’t overly likable. But it feels like a
realistic depiction of the impending zombie apocalypse. It’s a different
look at the genre, so it’s something even Renfield may be able to appreciate.
9. The Last Will
& Testament of Rosalind Leigh - If I ever finish editing the film
club entry on this, you’ll see my full thoughts. Slow, but a good sense
of tension throughout.
8. Star Trek Into
Darkness - Exactly what I expected. Lots of fun. Great
performance by Cumberbatch.
7. Best Friends
Forever - Kind of cheesy in parts, but I really loved this. Had
a great feel to it. Loved the interaction of the two main characters.
A cool little apocalyptic road-trip movie. I adore this film.
6. World War Z -
Nothing like the book, but I didn’t expect it to be. It starts fast and
doesn’t let up. I could’ve done with less of the pointless cut-backs to
Gerry’s family (because I’m a heartless fiend), but that didn’t really ruin it.
Just a fun, fast-paced action movie.
5. The World’s End -
The weakest entry into the Cornetto trilogy, but I still loved it. Much
better the second time around.
4. Mama - I
totally understand the complaints about this movie, but I didn’t have those
same issues. I choose to overlook the ending and the glaring plotholes
and look at the story and the performances of everyone involved. The
final showdown on the cliff looked like something straight out of a Universal
3. Evil Dead -
I was so excited about this coming out that I figured I would be disappointed.
That was not the case. I loved this movie (it helped that I went
with a squeamish friend). It had a myriad of problems, but I really don’t
care. It was crazy and bloody, and I had a lot of fun watching it.
2. Maniac -
Gave a sleek makeover to the scuzzy original. Kind of felt like Drive, but with a more scalpy protagonist. I
had no idea what to expect going in, and this absolutely blew me away.
1. Pacific Rim -
MONSTERS AND ROBOTS FIGHTING! I felt like a little kid watching this.
I giggled during every fight. I excitedly punched my knee during a
few parts (“They have a rocket that makes them punch harder!”) I’ve seen
this 4 times now, and I get excited every single time.
Honorable mentions: Kill
Me Now, John Dies at the End, Grabbers, You’re Next, American Mary, Inside
I don’t have a hated list, but here are a couple I didn’t
Escape From Tomorrow - I had such high hopes for this. It just feels
like a waste opportunity. Instead of a slow descent into madness at
Disney World (which would’ve been amazing), we were treated to a middle-aged
man trying to bang every woman he sees. Kind of surprised he didn’t use
pick-up lines like, “Hey baby, you wanna see the real Magic
Kingdom?” Then point to his johnson (“Johnson?”). Anyway, this
movie was kind of terrible.
Lords of Salem - Decent idea. Absolute mess of a film.
Frankenstein’s Army - I heard this was good. “The creature effects
are amazing.” They weren’t bad. The rest of the movie was wretched.
The Purge - Not horrible. Just really boring.
Again, a really cool idea, but not a very good movie.