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Stalker's Top Ten 2008: Aaden Black: The worst

10FSReel.jpgAaden not only gave us his top ten favourite films of the year, but also his least ten favourite films of the year, and I think there are a few that are going to cause a little controversy on this list, for instance Iron Man, Hellboy II and The Bank Job. Others I'm totally there with him.

While I'll leap on board with his other choices, I'm not so sure some of these should be in there, however I feel I should leap in to his defence a little and point out that he hasn't seen a huge number of films this year. Okay, time to have a go at him now!

You can meet Aaden over on Facebook, or you can have a look at his previous list of his favourite films in the Stalker's Top Ten section. Now it's over to him for his bottom ten of the year.

10. Iron Man (Filmstalker review) - OK
Maybe doesn't deserve to be on the bottom 10 but I had less conscience about it than I did with Drillbit therefore I must have enjoyed Drillbit more. Fairly light on plot but enjoyable action flick with some funny bits and a damn cool soundtrack

9. Jumper (Filmstalker review) - OK
Enjoyable enough at the time but then a bit forgettable a few weeks later hence the lowly position

8. Tropic Thunder - OK
Good characters but ended up overdoing some of the jokes I thought. I was getting a little bit bored as it went on.

7. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Filmstalker review) - OK
It was all right but I found it way too light hearted, even more so than the first.

6. The Bank Job (Filmstalker review) - OK
"Meh" would be a good word to sum it up, another one like Jumper, not bad entertainment but pretty forgettable.

5. Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) - Poor
Rant time! Now for the first hour and a half of the film I was sitting there thinking it was immense, lots and lots of high paced (sometimes too high paced to see what was going on) action. That's why it hasn't ended up any lower on this list. Then it just ended and I was sat there like WTF?? It was like it just had a really long beginning, with no middle and no end. No subplots, no twists, no character revelations, nada! And there were things missing that aren't integral to a film but are integral to how we've become accustomed to James Bond - the gadgets, the wit, the catchphrases, copping of with the girl at then end of the film. I have not been so disappointed in a film ever!

4. Death Race - Poor
Admittedly I shouldn't have been expecting much given the title, the trailers and Jason Statham, but a little bit more storyline wouldn't have gone astray.

3. Diary of the Dead (Filmstalker review) - Poor
I'm not a horror film kind of guy, but Zombie movies I can do. Thought this one was pretty weak on characters, perhaps in part due to poor casting. Not exactly very original in plot either but then few zombie movies are these days.

2. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Poor
Other than the occasional funny bit I was bored to tears

1. Meet the Spartans - AWFUL
Genuinely must be the worst film I've ever been to see. I wish I had left after the first half hour and to be fair quite a few people did. However I persevered in the hope of some mindless laughter still to come. Unfortunately only the braindead could have found any of the gags funny, especially when you repeat the same gag in more ridiculous ways for about 10 minutes when it wasn't even funny the first time (the kicking into the pit if you've had the misfortune of seeing it). I have come to the conclusion that the next time there is a film "from the guys that brought you scary movie" I intend to hunt them down and discover that they actually made the tea or swept the set during the making of Scary Movie as they have actually been getting worse and worse.

Wow, he has some harsh words in there for some films from the past year, and why not, some of them deserve it. However I'd debate a little with Iron Man and definitely argue for The Bank Job. Do you agree? Disagree?

After you've vented you can always go see the other Stalker's Top Ten of 2007 and 2008.



I really liked Iron Man and Jumper, I think that boils down to me suspending disbelief.

If I didn't do that I don't think there would be many films I'd enjoy anymore.

1) Iron Man was one of the best tent-pole films of the year.

2) Quantum, Tropic Thunder, and Hellboy were each made with a tremendous amount of effort that showed in the details of each film.

3) Because you ranked Wanted, Max Paine, and Sweeney Todd in your top 10 and put Quantum, Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, and Hellboy in the bottom 10, I have no choice but to believe that you don't know very much about good movies Aaden.

4) Maybe if you watched more movies you'd have realized that good films are found in the details. Pay attention to them, or stick to drinking, because you suck at evaluating cinema.


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