This year I saw almost all of the Razzie nominees for Worst Picture of 2015.  I’d rented a copy of Fantastic Four only to have to return it unwatched when other library patrons put it on hold, which seems to prove that I’m not the only glutton for punishment around.  I also saw several movies in other categories, and I wanted to briefly mention two movies that I saw that were nominated in the Worst Actress category.

Months and months ago, before I even realized it would be a Razzie nominee, I saw The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez.  And yeah, it was about as ridiculous as the trailer would lead you to believe.

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There were many reasons why I never intended to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.  I’d never seen the first movie.  I don’t find Kevin James to be particularly entertaining (this is partially, but not entirely, Adam Sandler’s fault).  And the trailer made it look like it contained an unhealthy amount of the kind of physical comedy that would make a vaudeville stage actor say, “Hey, you might want to dial it down a little.”

PBMC2 poster


Mortdecai was a very uncomfortable movie to watch, although if I think about it, it probably would have been MORE uncomfortable to watch with other people in a theater.  Because then the silences between the jokes would have been even more pronounced.  This was a long, tough slog, and … well, let me tell you how bad it was.  I’m not going to make my boyfriend or my friends watch it, because I never EVER need to see it again.  I’m actually surprised that this wasn’t a “worst picture of the year” nominee, because I thought it was a lot worse than Pixels, for example.  That being said, Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow were nominated for worst actor / worst actress Razzies and yes, I can see why.

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Every year at this time I have to start emotionally preparing myself to watch at least one Adam Sandler movie.  Because if there’s a list of the worst movies of the year, Adam Sandler is very likely to be on it.  Sometimes multiple times!

I am in no way an Adam Sandler expert, but over the last several years I’ve suffered through Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 and Blended, which were all pretty awful.  Having said that, when I try to compare Pixels to these earlier movies … well, I’m going to use a concept that Mr. X likes to refer to as “damning with faint praise.”  I can honestly say that while Pixels isn’t a great movie … IT ISN’T BAD FOR AN ADAM SANDLER MOVIE.


Pixels poster


If people know what you do for a living, sometimes they ask for your professional opinion on a topic that’s related to your job.  This can be a perk or a pitfall, depending on the question.  Sometimes I get library-related questions that I enjoy answering, like, “What do you think about the Harry Potter books?” or “Can you recommend something for my kid / teen / reluctant reader who enjoys mysteries / dystopias / graphic novels?”  And sometimes I get questions that I dread, and at the top of that list for a long time was, “What do you think about Fifty Shades of Grey?”  This would usually come with follow-up questions about just how explicit it was, how bad the writing was, etc.  And so, I finally forced myself to read the damned book just so that I could come up with something better than “I have no idea” the next time I got that question.

It was definitely a doozy of a book.  It was mostly comprised of weird sexiness interrupted by periods of boredom, wrapped up in a bow of bad writing.  I included my thoughts on that book in a blog post I wrote back in 2012 called A Few Thoughts on Sexy Books, and Books About Sex.  I didn’t really think about Fifty Shades of Grey again until I saw that the movie version of the book was on this year’s Razzie list, and I thought Uh-oh.  Here we go again …

Fifty Shades of Grey


I just finished watching Jupiter Ascending for the second time (!!!) and as I was considering a title for this post, “WTF is Going On???” seemed as good a title as any.  But that is a larger question that can serve as an umbrella covering so many different questions, complaints, and WTF moments in this movie.  Seriously, this movie is like a space opera on acid, and it’s as nutty as a fruitcake.

Jupiter Ascending


As movie award season was approaching, I needed to make some tough decisions.  While I definitely enjoy seeing great movies, I also appreciate terrible movies,  Or, at least, I do more than most normal people.  After looking through this year’s Razzie nominees, I made a few quick decisions.  For example, I have never seen The Human Centipede, and I absolutely REFUSE to watch that film or any of its sequels.  So that was one movie I was preemptively sweeping off of the table.

Then I started reserving titles through my library system and waited for the DVDs to start coming in.  I mostly reserved titles on the “worst picture of the year” list, plus a few titles in other categories that jumped out at me for different reasons.  I reserved Hot Tub Time Machine 2 specifically because D. highly recommend it as being laugh-out-loud funny.  Of course, D. also recommended White Chicks to me (and I’m STILL traumatized from the experience of watching it), so his taste in movies is a little questionable.

My background before watching this film was: I had never seen the original Hot Tub Time Machine movie but I’d heard mostly positive reviews of it, even from people who prefer good movies to bad ones.  Also, I happen to be a big fan of several of the cast members, especially Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, and Kumail Nanjiani.  With that under my belt, I started to watch the movie.

HTTM2 poster