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.
Indiana Jones 5 Will Start Production In 2019
Even though Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, isn’t set to hit theatres until next week, people have already started talking about the Oscar winning director’s upcoming films; including the fifth film of the long running Indiana Jones franchise.
While making an appearance at the Rakuten Empire Awards in London this weekend, Spielberg not only praised the Time’s Up movement, but he also started discussing the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film during his acceptance speech for the Legend of Our Lifetime award. “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he said. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”
Originally the fifth movie was due out in 2019, but that was switched to July 10, 2020 last April by Disney. What we know is that Harrison Ford will once again star in the film, but Shia LaBeouf, who was one of the stars of the fourth installment The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, won’t be in it at all. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will once again produce the film, and David Koepp is currently writing the script. Other than that the film, including the plot and co-stars, is a complete mystery.
Before getting to the unnamed Indiana Jones sequel however, Spielberg is filming West Side Story and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara first.
Fifth Harmony Set To Go On Hiatus
We’ve been hearing for month now that the remaining four members of Fifth Harmony were going to take some time apart so they could launch their solo careers, and now it appears as if it is happening.
The pop group announced this morning through Twitter that the remaining members, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, and Dinah Jane , were going to go on hiatus as a group. The note begins with “Reflecting on the past six years since we started on X-Factor, we’ve realized just how far we’ve come and we appreciate everything so much, more now than ever. We’ve really had one hell of a memorable journey together and can’t begin to express our gratitude to y’all for coming along with us on this wild ride!”
Before going on to thank their fans, and stating that they would fulfill their scheduled obligations throughout the year, the group said that “After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors. We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”
It was just a little over a year ago when Camila Cabello departed the group for a solo career. Cabello had what could be considered the hit of the summer with her single “Havana” off her self titled album. Whether the other four members of the group will have the same sort of success is yet to be seen.
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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes
This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original.
Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another.
Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.
Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times.
True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared.
The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade.
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