Michael Medved welcomed friendly rival, and former colleague, film critic Jeffrey Lyons to his show to discuss some of the year’s worst movies.
One of the worst was the campy TV movie “Sharknado,” which Medved included on his list because the creators screened the movie in theaters. And, it sold out.
“Well, Wayne Newton sells out too, so who knows?” Lyons retorted.
Medved and Lyons agreed that “The Counselor” was one of the year’s worst. The film had an all-star cast, including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Michael Fassbinder; famed author Cormac McCarty wrote it, and Ridley Scott directed. But, the plot made little sense, and the violence was tawdry.
“If I’m going to dislike a movie with Penelope Cruz, it really has to be rotten,” Lyons said.
“I reviewed it with the like ‘no country for anybody,'” Medved said, referring to “No Country For Old Men,” writer McCarthy’s famed novel.
They also hated “Last Vegas,” which starred Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline as a pack of aging friends who go to Vegas for a bachelor party.
“It’s like prostates go to Vegas,” Lyons said.
“It’s kind of ‘The Hangover’ for the Viagra set,” Medved said. “It didn’t quite qualify for very worst of the year – but, dishonorable mention.”
In the same category, Lyons and Medved hated “The Hangover III,” lamenting the wasting of actor Bradley Cooper’s talent.
“This was an awful movie,” Medved said of that – thankfully – last Hangover movie.
Also on their list was “The To Do List,” starring Aubrey Plaza as a girl on a mission to lose her virginity, and “Pain and Gain,” starring The Rock and Mark Wahlberg as body builders who engage in criminal activities.
But, at least for Lyons, the most ire was reserved for “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
“It trashed one of my boyhood heroes,” Lyons said.