Wednesday, 30 December 2015

BEST AND WORST FILMS ON THE BLOG FOR 2015


We put our End of Year Award show out yesterday, making the best and the worst of the movies we've reviewed on the podcast through 2015. However, there was plenty of films that reviewed here exclusively on the blog, and on this post we'll list the films, from worst to best. Note: all these films are included in this 2015 list as they were released either in cinema's or straight to video in the UK this year. Also, I'll add the score to the film next to the title: Richee = R, Layla = L, and L.J. Spence = LJ.


THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (FINAL SEQUENCE) -- L 1/10

I reviewed this as part of a day long quest to finally watch the controversial Human Centipede trilogy, as part of our Trick or Treat for October, and maybe it was because I had to watch the others, but by the time I got the the Final Sequence, all the novelty of these films had worn off. Taken to ridiculous extreme's, this last film is just one of the most irritating and painful to watch films I've ever seen, with a full 103 minutes of screaming and gross imagery for the sake of gross imagery. Unless you need to complete your viewing of this terrible trilogy, avoid this film. Officially His and Hers lowest rated new release of the year. Read my full review here.


RIDICULOUS 6 -- R 2/10

The first of Adam Sandler's films for Netflix, Ridiculous 6 was just a shockingly poor attempt at entertainment from a man who has clearly given up trying. The usual band of Sandler hanger-ons perform some of the laziest and most predictable jokes you could imagine, and is even a stretch for seasoned Sandler fans to enjoy. Read Richee's full review here.


TOKYO TRIBE -- L 2/10

I was excited to watch this film, as it looked like an epic mash up of exploitation and B-movie violence, all based in Japan. Unfortunately, I did not take the words "rap-opera" seriously enough, and was treated to a physically tiring two hours of solid rapping, even about mundane stuff. Honestly, if it wasn't for the rapping, this film would of been watchable, but instead I couldn't wait for this film to end. Read my full review here.


IT FOLLOWS -- R 3/10 -- L 4/10

I know a lot of people loved this film, and I'll admit it was an original idea filmed with style, but for us it was flawed by its constant reminder of other, better horror movies, as well as the infuriating clumsy mistakes that can make horror characters so annoying. I will be intrigued to see what director David Robert Mitchell does next, as he shows a lot of promise in this film, but more solid storytelling and confidence in his own, as opposed to others tried and tested styles, would of really made this film great. Read Richee's review here and Layla's here.


RUSSELL MADNESS -- L 4/10

Yes, this film is truly as silly as that picture makes it look. The premise is that a Jack Russell becomes a wrestling champ, and is trained by a monkey, and saves his family's wrestling ring in the process. With some less than subtle digs at the WWE, Russell Madness is great for younger kids, and just mad enough for adults to enjoy this crazy-ass film. Read my full review here.


LOST RIVER -- R 4/10 -- L 4/10

Like It Follows, Ryan Gosling's directing debut wears its influences proudly on its sleeves and suffers for it. Going strongly for the quirky plot and strong imagery, Lost River is massively indulgent and loses itself in an unrefined script. Maybe worth watching with the sound turned down, but there is hope for future Gosling directed films. Read Richee's review here, and Layla's here.


GET HARD -- R 6/10 -- L 3/10

Massively controversial on its initial release, Get Hard was lambasted for being racist and homophobic. It tries to parody these issues, but lazily so, making it confusing as to which side of the fence the filmmakers sit on these issues. In my opinion, they should of focused more on the class-ism that this film was actually about. Read Richee's review here, and Layla's here.


 A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT -- R 3/10 -- L 6/10

Like Mad Max: Fury Road, I feel like I've underscored this film. It deserved at least a seven. A unique take on the vampire film, AGWHAAN is a stylish flick with some beautiful scene's that will lodge themselves in your memory. Richee, however, found it kind of slow. I'll let you make your own mind up. Read Richee's review here, and Layla's here


DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER -- R 5/10

Films based on video games are notoriously terrible, but this Dead Rising adaptation does an acceptable job, bring in the creative weaponry, as well as the humor, from the game. I especially enjoyed Rob Riggle being interviewed on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Read Richee's review here.


TUSK -- L 5/10

Wow, it's funny how quickly something can go from great to bad. Kevin Smith's Tusk is a perfect example, with the surreal tale of a lonely man wanting to recreate his walrus friend out of an unsuspecting human getting ruined by the introduction of Johnny Depp's bumbling, annoying detective. If you can sit through Depp's terrible French-Canadian accent, then you might just enjoy this film. Read Layla's review here.


MAGGIE -- R 5/10

Maggie is one of the few zombie films to see the undead plague as an illness, as opposed to a panic inducing apocalypse, and those scene's are great. Unfortunately, Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the dramatic actor we hoped he would be, and the film looses marks for unconvincing performances. Read Richee's review here.


SMOSH: THE MOVIE -- R 6/10

Whoa, a film about Youtubers where they travel inside of Youtube! Living up to the usual humor of Smosh, their first movie delivers the chuckles but maybe outstays their welcome. Read Richee's review here.


MORTDECAI -- R 6/10

I personally found this film deeply unfunny and irritating, but Richee found it an above average comedy, with Johnny Depp in the titular role. If you liked the look of the trailer then this maybe for you, otherwise I would recommend you try another film. Read Richee's review here.


THE FALLING -- L 7/10

Set in a part of England that the 60s forgot, The Falling is a wonderful examination of mass hysteria, and trusts the audience to make up their own mind as to why this is happening. With excellent performances, especially Maisie Williams, The Falling is definately worth your time. Read Layla's review here.


DEAR WHITE PEOPLE -- L 7/10

Satirisng racism the way Get Hard could only dream of, Dear White People is a product of these times, where people like to believe that racism doesn't exist any more. Clever and funny, Dear White People pokes fun at these issues without forgetting the real problem. Read Layla's review here.


 GIRLHOOD -- L 7/10

Girlhood is the welcome alternative to the bloated Boyhood, with terrific acting that really heightens the emotion of the maligned girl gang. Read Layla's review here.


HARD TO BE A GOD -- L 7/10

This three hour epic was a crazy film with an almost impenetrable plot. Not for everyone, but if you allow yourself to be given over to this film, you will be much rewarded. Read Layla's review here.


KUNG FURY -- R 8/10 -- L 7/10

This short film is a loving parody of every over the top 80s cliche. Self-aware and wildly imaginative, you have no excuse not to see this film. Read Richee's review here, and Layla's here.


SONG OF THE SEA -- L 8/10

I really did love this film. From the beautiful animation to the mythological story line, Song of the Sea had me tearing up by the end in what is truly one of the most satisfying watches of this year. Read Layla's review here.


SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE -- LJ 9/10

2015 has been an excellent year for animation, and for His and Hers the Snoopy movie tops this table with a whopping 9/10 from L.J. Spence, making it one of only three films this year to receive a 9 (Big Hero 6 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens being the other two). While Richee and I have yet to see it, L.J.'s review has made us more than excited to see. Read L.J. Spence's full review here.

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