Season of the Witch
This Nicolas Cage disaster began the year of 2011 with a whimper. Other than Ron Perlman head butting a demon (which should be in every movie, btw), no one can remember a damn thing about this film…and for good reason too.
The Green Hornet
2011 was a big year for superhero films…Green Hornet, though, wasn’t really one of those heavy hitters. Even though I really liked Michel Gondry’s little experiment, I was stunned to realize that the film came out last year. Poor Seth Rogan…guess he’s not destined to star in Avengers 2, is he?
A 3D film produced by James Cameron sounded like a damn good deal following Avatar. However, this underwater cave “adventure” failed to really strike the hearts and minds of audiences like Avatar did.
2012 is arguably the year of Channing Tatum, but you wouldn’t guess that from his one film last year, The Eagle. This Ridley Scott-lite Roman “epic” failed to hit a chord with audiences last February, despite all its efforts (including a couple Super Bowl spots). Channing Tatum’s year may be promising, but I’m sure even he would like to forget about this one.
Not to be confused with the excellent Drive, Drive Angry turned out to be another mediocre, early-Spring action flick. Not even an insane Nicolas Cage could save this one.
A Twilight style, modern day adaptation of the Beauty and the Beast story? Yup, this one was destined to live in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart. One of the many forgettable projects from Alex “Da Fer” Pettyfer.
Red Riding Hood
In the same vein of Beastly is Red Riding Hood, a Twilight version of the famed Little Red Riding Hood story. This one is actually from the director of the first Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke. Oh, and is about werewolves. Yup…WEREWOLVES. No amount of Gary Oldman badassery could save this one.
Battle: Los Angeles
I actually really liked Battle: Los Angeles when it came out—I was one of the few. Most called it abysmal, some even claiming that it might be the “downfall” of cinema. Hyperbole aside, it was just a fun but forgettable, stupid action movie with some cool special effects.
The King’s Speech: The Extra Special PG-13 Version
Last March, The Weinstein Company did the “unthinkable” thing of editing out the “fucks” from The King’s Speech in order to garner it a bigger box office take (even though the film was doing pretty damn well as an R-rated feature). People were outraged, even planning complex boycotts against the Weinstein’s. But the edition was released and…no one really even noticed. Editing a historical drama to be PG-13 in its last few weeks of release? Yeah, that was going to net the Weinstein’s NOTHING.
I feel a little guilty including The Conspirator on this list, because it really didn’t get much of a release. Still, a film starring James McAvoy and directed by Robert Freaking Redford should have garnered a LITTLE bit more attention than it actually did. Shame too, because I heard it actually wasn’t that bad.
Russell Brand was set to be a huge comic star after his breakout role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But Get Him to the Greek did middling business. And then came Arthur, his remake of the famed Dudley Moore film. It was supposed to push his stardom to new heights.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
This movie opened in wide release. WIDE RELEASE. It even managed to get a “summer” release date (some argue that the last week of April is quickly becoming the first week of summer, although I still disagree). Despite an intense marketing campaign, this Brandon Routh helmed comic book adaptation will forever live the remainder of its days in the $5 movie bin, right along with pal Beastly.
Priest had the luxury of a mid-May release date—very few films actually get that luxury. Even then, this film couldn’t find much of a pulse both at the box office and the mind of audiences. Then again, it DID have Cam Gigandet in it…so maybe it’s the best movie ever made. Oh, Cam…
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Fox: Hey, those Hannah Montanas, Jonases, and Biebers did pretty well with their 3D concert movies! Surely Glee will do super spectacular as well!
Everyone Else: Umm…no.
You probably don’t know what Creature is about. Hell, I don’t even know what Creature is about. But despite all that, Creature ACTUALLY got a wide release. And, for what it’s worth, it was record breaking; lowest opening weekend for a wide release in over 3000 cinemas…ouch.
The Three Musketeers
This is the most recent of all the films featured in this list. The thing is, most films that come out in a given year are forgotten for a combination of two things; time and quality. It took two months for me to completely forget that The Three Musketeers exited. So from that, I’m sure you can guess its quality. Paul W.S Andersen: The Master of “Meh.”
Well, there you have it, 15 Films We Forgot Came Out Last Year. Did you remember any of these? Sound off in the comments!