Saturday, January 21, 2012

It WAS A Bad Year: 2011 Edition



I would be remiss if I didn't admit that in some respects, 2011 was a low point in film.  We hope the mania about 3-D has finally died (and been buried).  However, I fear that what I think is the Work of The Devil will still haunt us for at least another year.  There will be more 3-D films, whether they need the enhancement or not.  Just a way to get people to part with their money.

2011 is like all years in film: there were some good things, and there were some bad things.  Let us now turn our sorry eyes to some particular low points.  Here now, I present a list I doubt people will campaign to join.  These are for all the films I've seen, not necessarily those that I've reviewed.

As I go over the Worst of 2011, I find that, unfortunately, I'm rather spoiled for choice.  It was a long and drawn-out process to narrow it down to just 5 nominees (I'm old-school to the number of possibilities).  Sometimes it was painful to cut a movie out because it really deserved to be listed.  Still, I had to bring it down to just 5 per category. 

I present the nominees for the Worst of 2011.

WORST MAKE-UP

Drive Angry
J. Edgar
Green Lantern
Priest

WORST VISUAL EFFECTS

Cowboys and Aliens
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Green Lantern
Sucker Punch
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

WORST FILM EDITING

Anonymous
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
J. Edgar
The Tree of Life

WORST ORIGINAL SCORE

Beastly
Cowboys & Aliens
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Your Highness

WORST COSTUME DESIGN

Beastly
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Priest
Your Highness

WORST ART DIRECTION

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Priest
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

WORST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Green Lantern
I Melt With You
Sucker Punch
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

WORST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Green Hornet (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg)
Green Lantern (Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg screenplay, Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim story)
The Hangover Part II  (Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong, and Todd Phillips screenplay, Jon Lucas and Scot Moore characters) 
Something Borrowed (Jennie Snyder)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Ehren Kruger)

WORST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Courageous (Alex & Stephen Kendrick)
I Melt With You (Glen Porter)
Larry Crowne (Nia Vardalos)
Sanctum (John Garvin and Andrew Wight screenplay), Andrew Wight story) 
The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

WORST DIRECTOR

Courageous (Alex Kendrick)
The Green Hornet (Michael Gondry)
Green Lantern (Martin Campbell)
The Hangover Part II (Todd Phillips)
The Tree of Life (Terrance Malick)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Patrick Dempsey (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part II)
Ioan Gruffud (Sanctum)
Nick Swardson (Just Go With It)
Christoph Waltz (The Green Hornet)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch)
Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed)
Bailee Madison (Just Go With It)
Angelita Nelson (Courageous)
Alice Parkinson (Sanctum)

WORST ACTOR

Shia LaBeauf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Taylor Lautner (Abduction)
Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern)
Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet)
Brandon Routh (Dylan Dog: Dead of Night)

WORST ACTRESS

Ginnefer Goodwin (Something Borrowed)
Vanessa Hudgens (Beastly)
Julia Roberts (Larry Crowne)
Natalie Portman (Your Highness)
Reese Witherspoon (Water For Elephants)

WORST PICTURE OF 2011

Abduction
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
The Hangover Part II
I Melt With You

What is truly sad is that I am still not satisfied...it was clearly difficult to cut out certain people or films because they truly deserved to be listed.  However, like all the films listed here, this is an imperfect list, and I did the best I could do.  Your suggestions are always welcome, and before the Academy Awards are presented, I will make my final selections (although the Worst Picture of the Year should be obvious). 

May you be forever spared these films...

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