But the worst? That's a different story. There have been some clunkers, for sure. Tomorrowland was an intense disappointment, a movie that wandered around within its beautifully rendered world until it finally just shrugged its shoulders and gave up. Kingsmen: The Secret Service was a weird film. I hated it. Except the parts I loved, which made up about 60 percent of the schizophrenic movie. The Peanuts Movie was distressingly, disturbingly depressing in the way it heaved so much ignominy on Charlie Brown, but it wasn't a bad movie.
There were four movies that stood out to me, though, as truly terrible -- three from calendar 2015 and a fourth that merits being on this list by virtue of its tricky release pattern.
They're movies so bad they deserve to be singled out, lest you, one gloomy winter's day, while browsing the on-demand selections, think, "Oh, I never saw that one, I should watch it." No, please. Don't. Rarely are films so bad that they need to come with warning labels, but these are. Looking back, 2015 had more than its share of exemplary films ... and then there were these:
Now, all these films were stinkers, but in 2015, one film stood out among the rest as genuinely risible, a movie so awful, so cynical, so rotten in every possible way that it needs to be separated from the rest. The three movies listed above are bad movies. They contain nothing to recommend them. So, imagine a film worse, even, than that. Imagine a film so bad that it makes you, at least momentarily, feel a sense of despair. That film is ...