For a bit of a laugh and to pass some time during quarantine I’ve been watching movies that for whatever reason failed miserably at the box office and sank into obscurity. I thought I’d make a post in case anyone is interested in my journey through movie mediocrity :)
I’ve been using a mixture of different movie lists but this website in particular has been interesting and invaluable. https://bombreport.com/
Warning: There may be some minor spoilers.
Seventh Son (2014)
imdb score: 5.5, my score: 0.5
Hoo-boy this one was a real doozie. On paper the cast looks pretty strong but Jeff Bridges is deep into his True Grit phase, playing the same grizzled cowboy but transported into a mediocre fantasy setting. Julianne Moore chews all kinds of scenery as the wicked witch and Alicia Vikander is wasted as the love interest. The special effects are actually pretty good but the story is all over the place. Watch out for the brief appearance of our very own Jon Snow - who bites the dust about 15 minutes in.
The Corruptor (1999)
imdb score: 6.1, my score: 5
Passable cop thriller. Chow Yun-Fat does some decent work here but Mark Whalberg who’s playing second banana seems to lack some of his usual charisma. The story is all pretty routine but the occasional high-paced action keeps things just spicy enough. Not a bad watch for a Friday night. Special mention to Kim Chan who sleezes his way through the entire movie as Uncle Benny.
Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
imdb score: 6.7, my score: 7
I’m a sucker for animation and I’m surprised I missed this one the first time around. I was shocked to discover Brad Pitt leads a pretty stellar cast. This was released right in the middle of the transition from hand drawn to computer generated and sank like a stone. A real shame because it’s actually pretty decent. Wonderfully animated and plenty of swashbuckling fun.