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2017’s Biggest Disappointing Films

While we looked at the top films of 2017 in our previous post, it’s also important to realize that the year had it’s fair share of bombs and disappointments as well. Here are the worst films of the year that if you haven’t already seen them, you will want to avoid.

The Dark Tower: After years of trying to get an adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus to the big screen you would have thought what finally arrived would be flawless, but instead we got something that doesn’t really follow the first novel in the series at all. It’s not how long it took to get the theatrical treatment though that’s the biggest questions, it’s why Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey would have agreed to star in this film in the first place is the biggest mystery of all. 

Transformers: The Last Knight: Can we just end this series already? Each addition just gets worse, and really all the movie makers are doing is ruining the childhood idols of the adults that still go to see them. Unfortunately with a Bumblebee spin-off in the works, it doesn’t look like the giant, transforming robots will be going anywhere, any time soon.

Baywatch:  The first question any movie maker needs to ask before making a movie is, why does this movie need to be made. It’s very clear that question wasn’t asked before Baywatch started filming. And to make it worse, The Rock was so over the top with his comedy that you hoped someone would punch him to shut him up.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: And the award for the film of the year that looked the prettiest, yet had no substance, goes to Valerian. Not only was this film bad, but Cara Delevingne was somehow worse. Please, can somebody tell her that she’s not a good actress and to stop popping up in starring roles?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales: If Johnny Depp hoped his waning career would rebound with this fifth film in the series, he was sadly mistaken. Sure it had a few fun moments, but unfortunately most of them were at the start of the film, which made you stuck watching the rest of it bored to tears.

Ghost in the Shell: Scarlett Johansson was a poor choice to star in this film in the first place, yet it’s understandable why they hired her considering her strong fan base. Even without the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of her role though, the film didn’t stick to the source material and made the plot much more confusing than it needed to be. 

The Mummy: The Dark Cinematic Universe wasn’t supposed to start this way. It was supposed to make people interested in seeing a series of movies based around Universal’s classic monsters, but instead it just made people not care. Now it seems like the further projects in the series are as dead as The Mummy was.

The Circle:  Tom Hanks and Emma Watson starred in this film that should have been good, but just wasn’t. Its problem was that the supposedly relevant topic was very unrealistic and over the top. If you want to make a movie that raises serious issues, make sure people don’t have to suspend their disbelief so much that it was hard to follow along.

The House: This just in, Will Ferrell is treading dangerously close to Adam Sandler territory when it comes to making a good movie these days. The trailers looked good, but really it was just because they had all the good parts of the film in it. 

Life: You’d think that a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryna Reynolds in it would be good, but you’d be wrong. Reynolds is *SPOILER* killed off early, and the story never really went anywhere other than being an Alien rip-off. 

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Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again

Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.

Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”

Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.

While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place. 

Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Sep 20, 2018 at 8:51am PDT

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards

Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.

The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons.  And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry. 

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Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.

Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture. 

Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.  

By Roderick Thedorff

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