Time for another roundup of some mediocre and downright awful films that you should steer clear of.
These are movies that are good but not great. They didn’t deserve their own post but they are worth a watch. The best way to describe them is that you’re glad you watched them because they had some good moments but you wouldn’t want to watch them again.
Eric over at The IPC recommended this one and I must say that it was pretty darn good. He did mention that there was a lot of talking throughout and I definitely agree on that point. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t trust that the audience is smart enough so it over explains everything or it tries to get you to the point of understanding what is going on through long winded conversations. The writers should know that there are other ways to build character than strictly through dialogue. However, that aside, I actually enjoyed it.
Spring is about a young man that travels to Italy and meets up with a mysterious woman who is harbouring a secret about who and what she is. The premise here is pretty straight forward. There aren’t a lot of different things going on, which I like. Sometimes movies get too caught up in their own plot and become an absolute mess (read Lost Time below). I also thought the graphics were pretty great considering the budget. There is a scene near the end that’s really well done.
Overall, you shouldn’t be disappointed by this one but it isn’t great either. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve scene it.
These are movies that were pretty much a waste of time. You wish so-and-so hadn’t recommended it or that you hadn’t stumbled across it on Netflix. They may have some redeeming qualities but overall they’re pretty bad.
Life After Beth
This one comes from Zoë over at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger. You can check out her review here. Now, I know this is in “The Bad” section but I didn’t actually hate it. I don’t wish I had never watched it, I just feel that it’s a weak addition to the zombie romance genre and there are other movies out there that did it better (am I the only person in the whole world who actually liked Warm Bodies?) I see the allure here, and I can definitely see why some people would like it, so I won’t say don’t watch it; I just didn’t like it personally.
Life After Beth is about a young woman (Aubrey Plaza) that dies, leaving her grieving boyfriend, Zach (Dane DeHaan), behind. When she rises from the dead, Zach vows to make up for all of his past shortcomings and be the best boyfriend to her that he can. This becomes increasingly difficult as he realizes that she has a new hunger for human flesh.
There are a couple good laughs here, but I thought the script was slightly underdeveloped and they stretched out some of the same jokes for too long. I really couldn’t relate to any of the characters as I found all of their choices to be unbelievable, especially Beth’s parents who are surprisingly played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon. The cast is great, but it played so close to a satire that it couldn’t be taken seriously and so close to a drama that it couldn’t be completely laughed at.
Ultimately, this one is forgettable but worth the watch for zombie enthusiasts or if you come across it on Netflix and you’ve seen everything else.
The Really Bad
These ones are the real bottom-of-the-barrel garbage. The, “I can’t believe I wasted 90 minutes of my life watching this…” movies. The movies that end and you sit there for a minute or two trying to understand what happened and how these movies get made in the first place.
I just watched this one the other night and I’m still reeling with how much of a disappointment this was. My husband picked it, which usually means it’s going to be great (he picked Honeymoon and The Babadook) so I was pretty excited to watch it. Also, we turned it on late one night, and the first five minutes were so captivating! We decided to turn it off because it looked really good and we wanted to give it our full attention but it was so late and we both had to get up early the next morning. The whole next day, I was looking forward to watching it. I even texted my husband, “I can’t wait to watch Lost Time tonight! *insert crazily excited emoticon face”. I get really worked up about movies sometimes. I had pretty much decided that it would be my Friday Night Movie Recommendation for this week and then I watched it… It was terrible. The effects weren’t bad considering the budget and there is one moment at the end when our heroine is being chased by a shadow alien that is pretty creepy but aside from that, it’s really crummy.
Lost Time is about a woman that has terminal cancer, named Valerie (Rochelle Vallese) whose sister, Melissa (Jenni Blong), has been taking care of her. One day, after leaving the hospital where a doctor told them that Valerie didn’t have much time left, the two are abducted by aliens who cure Valerie’s cancer and return her to Earth but keep Melissa. Valerie then goes on a mission to find her sister.
The premise is good, the execution is so poor. The film relies so heavily on flashbacks that I must have watched the same abduction scene seven or eight times with SLIGHT variances. The storyline becomes really convoluted towards the end, to the point where I had to ask, “What the heck is going on here?”. The acting really isn’t that great either, even though it’s obvious that everyone involved is trying really hard.
Overall, skip this one. It’s terrible.