Man, what a terrible week of movies I’ve had. It’s my own fault-I was trying to round out my Bottom 10 for the year, as some movies currently in it don’t deserve to be there. But I don’t think I fully realized what an absolute chore it is to dig through this much drek. It’s exhausting, and it’s depressing. Let’s take a look, shall we?
I started out by showing my brother Chappie, knowing he’d love its bizarre, silly nature. I was right, but this strategy backfired on me when he elected to show me a film of his own. Ladies and gentlemen, I am now convinced I have seen the worst movie of all time. Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star is the worst experience I have ever had. I do not think it is a coincidence this movie was released around the same time ISIS was starting out. That’s how bad this film is. I’m going to move on, because I do not wish to speak about this film anymore. I tried to get the taste out with a little documentary called The Brainwashing of My Dad, which supposes that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are conspiring to turn America as a whole at best stupid and at worst racist. While an interesting concept, it becomes annoying when you realize that actually intelligent scientists and philosophers like Noam Chomsky were being chopped and edited improperly to prove the filmmaker’s point. Add this to the most obnoxious documentarian narrating and directing, as well as “facts” consisting of either hyperbole or information known long ago, the film is an egregious case of preaching to the choir. After having a chance to finally catch up on the How Did This Get Made? podcast, I watched Gods of Egypt. The film is a failure, but it’s such a fascinating failure it might actually be worth checking out, just to see how batsh*t crazy it all gets. I had a screening for this week’s Morgan, and the review for will be online Wednesday at noon. It’s an…interesting film, to say the least. I have a lot of thoughts on it, and you’ll just have to see my review to find out. I’ll say this, though: I’ll take a film that’s interesting like Morgan 10/10 over a film like Search Party. Almost all of my favorite comedians are in it, and it still turned out like absolute sh*t. I laughed twice in the entire movie. That’s absolutely pathetic. Finally, I spent my Saturday on a double feature: Risen and Triple Nine. Both are kind of bland, simple takes on their genre, with highly skillful twists. Risen takes the Biblical epic, lowers the budget significantly, and actually focuses on likable themes and characters, instead of just shouting and force feeding you. Meanwhile, Triple Nine features fantastic heist scenes connected by a bland and unpleasant plot. I’ll say this though: if you asked me yesterday, based only on cast, crew, director and plot, which film you would enjoy more, I would have answered the latter. After watching both of them, that’s no longer the case.
I didn’t have much of a chance to watch TV this week, between interviews, screenings, and massive writing sessions, so I only managed to squeeze in Girl Meets World and The Eric André Show. This week brings us the premiere of You’re The Worst, however, so you can expect a write-up of that. I did manage to binge a few of my favorite podcasts, including the aforementioned How Did This Get Made?, Pop Culture Happy Hour and The Filmdrunk Frotcast. All three are highly entertaining, and I advise you check them out.
What about you? What did you watch this week, and what were your thoughts? Leave your own reviews in the comments, and I’ll see you all next week!