Last year I managed to see 34 films on the big screen (it's one of my favourite things to do), and I've already shared my opinion of the five best movies of 2015, so get ready to find out what I thought were the worst, dirty rotten stinkers of the year.
Fox Studios reboot of Marvel's 'First Family', the Fantastic 4, was a grim, joyless mess of a movie without much to redeem itself.
Theere was a glimmer of hope at the start when Josh Trank did his best Spielberg-ian flashback to 'Reed Richards' and 'Ben Grimm's' childhood, but the film pretty much got progressively worse from there onwards.
My least favourite part of the whole ridiculous plot was when they decide to use their inter-dimensional teleported because they were drunk (on one flask of alcohol?) and they left 'Sue Storm' behind (so much for a strong female character). What's inspirational, or heroic about that? It cheapens the whole idea of their scientific curiosity and the spirit of exploration.
As I watched the movie I got angrier and angrier, and I was glad when the whole debacle was over. Sadly not so fantastic and most everybody felt the same way, even the director himself.
This fifth installment in the Terminator films was just a rehash of previous storylines, action sequences and the same old time-travelling killer cyborg plot. Frankly I was bored.
I loved Cloud Atlas, but unfortunately you could see why this sci-fi adventure was delayed getting to the box office. The costumes felt like they'd raided 1980's campy Flash Gordon's closet, the plot was as predictable and dull as ditchwater, there was far too much CGI and whoever decided that Channing Tatum looked good blonde and bearded clearly does't understand his sex appeal.
Audiences seemed to love the dinosaur-filled popcorn movie and it broke loads of box office records, but did it really offer anything new? I felt like I was watching the same dinosaur-on-a-rampage movie that I've seen before.
You know there's going to be a sequel, or two, so let's hope they can dream up some original and exciting things to so with the dinosaurs and the characters in the future.
Clearly there wasn't enough material to stretch the final book beyond a trilogy, so curse you greedy studio execs for splitting it in two.
I'd not read any of Suzanne Collins books before seeing the first film and I really enjoyed it (even if it did owe a lot to Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale), but I find that as the production budget has increased with the sequels (along with the quantity of disposable characters), the quality of storytelling has gone out the window.
Other movies which also disappointed in 2015 (but weren't necessarily abysmal) included Insurgent (I feel The Divergent Series is going the way of The Hunger Games after a great start), The Secret in their Eyes (another unnecessary remake) and even Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (I loved the addition of Rebecca Ferguson, but the film as a whole felt less original than Ghost Protocol).
Be sure to also check out my five worst films from 2014 and let's hope that 2016 doesn't disappoint when it comes to inventive, compelling film-making and storytelling...