Let's Talk About... The Worst Films of the Decade! 2010-2019

Updated on February 3, 2020

Coming to an End.

Wow. To think that a whole decade has gone by already just blows my mind. I mean really think about it. That’s ten years of ups and downs, smiles and frowns, laughs and tears, achievement and tragedy, love and hate, pride and regret, and a whole lot of unpredictability that we now look back upon in amusement and melancholy. At the beginning of the 2010s I was an 18 year old boy graduating from high school and moving onto art school. Now at the end of the decade, I’m nearly 28 and the whole world is different to me now. Life seems to do that without us realizing it. We go from day to day not catching onto the fact that the smallest of details are evolving our lives into something else, maybe something better or something worse or somewhere in between. Before we know it, it’s 2019 and we aren’t kids anymore; hell, some of us might have kids or even grandkids now. We look in the mirror to find that we aren’t the same person that we once were because we’ve grown into someone else. Relationships amongst certain individuals have come and gone, our current friends were total strangers a decade ago, and our homes have shifted in location from where we once found comfort.

Do me a favor and let that sink in before going into the next decade. Keep in mind all the little things, all the people in your lives, all the ups and down you’ll face, and cherish them. Yes, including the hardships because as odd as it sounds, they’re memories to learn from. Every memory, good or bad, has value. Love as much as you can love, enjoy every single instance possible, be in every moment and don’t let life slip by because it can definitely breeze quite swiftly. Don’t be the one that reaches the year 2029 looking back at all the wasted opportunities. Seize the day, the moments, the people, the world, everything. Not every day will be perfect, not every move made will be the right choice, not every year will work out as according to plan. That all does not matter because this is your life, live it the absolute best way that you can and try not to let anyone take that away from you. Feel every emotion in the book; don’t be afraid to be sad or angry, but also don’t let those emotions rule the person inside either. Be your best you, flaws and all.

And to end this bit of “philosophical mumbo jumbo” off properly… I would like to site the profound teachings of the great Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan.

Be excellent to each other.

— Bill S. Preston Esquire

Party on, dudes!

— Ted Theodore Logan

We’re Talking BAD Movies Now

Recently I wrote an article expressing my love for the phenomenal works of cinematic art that absolutely needed spotlighting from this exciting decade of the 2010s. Comprising a list of what I considered to be the best films of the entire decade; it was a completely subjective catalog of what I see being the greatest examples that film had to offer in the last ten years. And it was a total blast looking back on those fantastic movies! Now comes the time we take a peek into the opposite end of the spectrum; the movies that won’t be highly regarded as classics in due time. What I’m about to list off are basically the bottom of the barrel flicks that have no soul, some of the cheapest and ugliest productions ever projected on the big screen, the clearest specimens garnering zero talent in front of or behind the camera, and even in some cases lack a moral compass to such a degree that it is truly disturbing to watch. In layman’s terms, these movies are f*cking terrible!

Before getting started, there needs to be a few things discussed regarding the criteria required for the films to qualify onto my personal ‘Worst of the Decade’ list. Keep in mind that this is a completely subjective article, 100% from my perspective on the matter. So if someone reading this is legitimately upset about my entries on what I disliked from this particular decade then please, by all means, comment down below so that we may have a calm conversation on the matter. As long as a commenter is being polite and civilized in their opinions, then I don’t mind in the least talking about why I may be wrong on certain perspectives. Just don’t be a Class-A jerk though.

To take a look at the 'Best', link is right below!
To take a look at the 'Best', link is right below!

Another aspect to remember is that I have not seen absolutely everything to come out between 2010 and 2019, so there might be more obvious selections warranting a place on this list that may be missing. Meaning either I didn’t get around to seeing those particular trash heaps or I simply did not find the movie nearly as revolting as the more negative general public consensus had. For instance; Fifty Shades of Gray, Gotti, or any direct-to-video Nic Cage flick will not be making the list because there were a million times worse within their respective years alone. Plus Nic Cage is awesome and makes everything that he’s in at least a smidge easier to sit through. Oh and for anyone wondering why Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t be on this list, it’s because this is a list dedicated to focusing on what is actually terrible cinema. Get over the self-entitled, whiny fandom privilege and go watch a movie that is actually bad. Not just a middle of the road flick like The Last Jedi.

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This is not a bad movie, stop whining. Definitely not very good, but I've seen far worse.Worst sin about the first movie is that it's boring. Alright...it's bad... but there's still way worse.
This is not a bad movie, stop whining.
This is not a bad movie, stop whining.
Definitely not very good, but I've seen far worse.
Definitely not very good, but I've seen far worse.
Worst sin about the first movie is that it's boring.
Worst sin about the first movie is that it's boring.
Alright...it's bad... but there's still way worse.
Alright...it's bad... but there's still way worse.

Lastly, the manner in which I have broken down the list may seem somewhat odd and complicated. Bear with me for a moment. First of all, a big rule I made for myself was to only pick ONE movie per year between 2010 and 2019. So there won’t be a huge bombardment of selections within any single year, as much as it pains me not to include some real pieces of junk on here, I want to maintain a concise list to the best of my abilities. With that said though, I have allowed myself a few exceptions; such as a ‘Dishonorable Mentions’ section for every year listed and also there are certain years that I felt necessary to break down further in what I considered to be the worst.

To explain what I mean a little further, I have introduced two separate “awards” to the movies selected to be the worst of their respective years; worst movie on a technical quality and a moral standpoint. Even though one movie may be the worst in terms of filmmaking, production, and writing, another could exceed that said flick on ill-conceived morals that I can’t so easily disregard. Rather than ignoring one over the other, I’ve decided to include both to acknowledge what I perceive to be their atrocious merits. Not every year in my list has both of these categories and will only include one selection in each. It is only based on the particular years I had ran into such a situation.

Anyways, without further ado, here is my list of the “Worst Films” of the decade. Enjoy!

2010

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Tooth Fairy
  • Cop Out
  • The Back-Up Plan
  • Survival of the Dead
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Grown Ups
  • The Last Airbender
  • Step Up 3D
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • My Soul to Take
  • Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
  • Yogi Bear
  • Little Fockers
  • Sex and the City 2
  • Fred: The Movie
  • Devil

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A Serbian Film

The Plot: An aging porn star (Srdjan ‘Zika’ Todorovic) agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

My Thoughts: Thinking back to 2010, I initially found it difficult to figure out what was necessarily the worst of that year. Sure, there were plenty that I didn’t care for and were certainly bad, but nothing that stood out as the clear choice. Cop Out? A bad comedy, but nothing all that special in its badness. Twilight: Eclipse? There were worse Twilight installments than that. The Last Airbender? Pretty terrible, but at least it’s hilariously bad. Then the rest of the “Dishonorable Mentions” I couldn’t even muster up a smidge of passion to get angry about. Truthfully, it seemed relatively hopeless and I was going to just select at random choice because I cared so little from the options I had rediscovered.

Taking a little look deeper into what 2010 had to offer, it hit me like a freight train. A Serbian Film is one of the most obnoxious exploitation movies to come out in the last forty years. Why? Because it’s an exploitation movie under the impression that it is saying something important about society when really it’s being pretentious as hell while including “shocking” imagery for the sake of being “shocking”. This isn’t actually being shocking or provocative though in any way shape or form, it’s an “artist” believing themselves to be the next Lars Von Trier when they’re really the self-absorbed jackass who claims to be saying something important by mostly grossing out the audience in order to “disturb” them. This isn’t disturbing, thought provoking, clever, or entertaining; instead what we have is annoying, uninteresting, disgusting, and overall a waste of time.

Yes, I understand that the movie sets out to be gross and unsettling; this isn’t an example of those tactics being done right in a film. Just because it achieves its own depraved goals, does not automatically make it a good product. Especially one so ugly in its cheap production value and lackluster acting. There is exploitation that can be done to fantastic degrees and there are others that fall flat on their face. Caligula is one of the most absurd exploitation movies ever made and it is hands down one of my favorite films of all time. Going back to director Lars Von Trier and his exploitive efforts occasionally accomplishing some solid entertainment value. Exploitation filmmaking is like any other genre, there are great and terrible examples of how to make it. A Serbian Film is the latter. So I suppose I’m happy for the filmmakers who were determined in making a gross out feature without a thought put in its head. However, in terms of making a legitimately good movie, they missed the mark entirely.

2011

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Green Lantern
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Sucker Punch
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Smurfs
  • Jack and Jill
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
  • Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World
  • Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

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The Thing

The Plot: Taking place before the events of the 1982 feature, John Carpenter’s The Thing; At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the rest of her team. One by one, the researchers are being digested by the alien creature in order to replicate their human host and infiltrate the remaining survivors until there is no one left alive.

My Thoughts: Look… I already went into great length and detail on exactly why I hate The Thing prequel; point by point, practically touching on every minute of screen time. If anyone reading cares to look into my critical analysis any further, I will leave a link here. For everyone else, here’s the short version because I really don’t have the energy to rip into this lazy cash-in all that excessively again.

The story is a total retread of the Carpenter masterpiece, the acting is uninspired, the writing makes no sense from a character point, there is zilch in the way of ambition for conducting suspense, and the special effects are a slap in the face for anyone who holds dear John Carpenter’s classic prime example of practical effects. I hate the prequel/reboot/remake… a “premabootquel” if you will. 2011’s The Thing is one of the most glaring ways to show disrespect to a master filmmaker and his fans. Let it die in a fire.

2012

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Savages
  • The Devil Inside
  • The Raven
  • Foodfight!
  • Battleship
  • Chernobyl Diaries
  • Total Recall
  • The Apparition
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Silent Hill: Revelation

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Technically: The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

The Plot: The Oogieloves [a Teletubbies knockoff] Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie [I hate them], set out to find five magical balloons that will make their good friend Schluufy’s [a mentally challenged sentient pillow case] surprise birthday party extra special.

My Thoughts: This is where I start branching off my selections slightly in what I consider to be the worst on a technical aspect and what is the worst on grounds of morality. The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is the clear loser of everything to do with production value. Setting aside the fact that this movie’s content isn’t intelligent enough to appease an infant, everything visually speaking about this film is some of the most incompetently designed and crafted aesthetics ever projected on the big screen. Oh yes, Oogieloves was indeed a theatrically released feature. No, not some limited run that only saw all of ten theaters across the nation. Not the case at all, this thing was actually displayed in over 2,000 theaters. Now, at this point, one would probably think to themselves, “Alright, as hard as it is to accept that Oogieloves was in 2,000 theaters in America, it must have at least made money because of how cheap it was obviously made. Right?” Wrong again. All together from its production budget and marketing, this movie cost 60 million dollars to produce… Sixty. Million. Dollars. No, that is not a typo. As surprising as that is, seeing how $40 million went into the marketing alone yet somehow the entire country doesn’t even know what the hell an Oogielove is. Guess what the box office gross was for this little kid’s flick? Go on, take a guess. Okay, I’ll tell you; barely over one million dollars. This film flopped so hard and for good reason. It’s garbage!

Everything, and I mean literally everything, looks like crap. The costume designs are nightmare inducing, the acting is strangely over-the-top in a way that makes me feel that I was drugged before the screening, special effects look like someone used Microsoft Paint in post-production, the sets appear as though the actors could sneeze and the stages would crumble, the weirdly sexual undertones scattered all throughout the picture definitely didn’t help matters either. What I really want to know is how Oogieloves managed to cast Cloris Leachman, Chazz Palminteri, Chrisopher Lloyd, Cary Elwes, and Jaime Pressly in the picture? Seriously, how?! These actors are above everything that this fever dream of a movie represents. Were they blackmailed? Did Cary Elwes strangle a hooker in a mangy motel room and the producers somehow found the dirt on him to be in their horrible movie? I mean… I buy that as an explanation. For Elwes and Cloris for sure, she undoubtedly chokes out hookers in her free time.

Oogieloves [I refuse to say the entirety of the damn title ever again] is the epitome of everything wrong with modern children’s entertainment. There is no thought or effort being put forth in the material as it is cynically written to condescend to its younger audience, appealing to the lowest common denominator of its target demographic with an onslaught of bright colors and constant movement. The “jokes” are a slew of relentlessly lazy puns. For example; our protagonists during their journey come across a giant teapot house held atop of a tree, but that’s not a teapot… it’s a “tree-pot”… A f*cking “TREE-POT”! That is the low level of quality we are dealing with here. Not to mention some of the awful character names like Windy Window… a lady window. And J. Edger the Hoover Vacuum… oh so freaking clever! Recalling these tidbits about Oogieloves is like having Vietnam flashbacks, they’re stressing me out and giving me a bummer of a headache. Oogieloves is the ugliest Vietnam flashback of 2012. That’s it. I’ve had it. We’re done talking about this. Moving onto the next one.

Morally: That’s My Boy

The Plot: While in his EARLY teens [approximately 12 to 14 years old], Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now Donny resurfaces just before Todd’s wedding after years apart, sending the groom-to-be’s world crashing down. Returning so that he may exploit his son to gain a large sum of money to avoid jail time.

My Thoughts: Speaking on a technical aspect alone, That’s My Boy is not the worst film as it does at least look like a movie. In the loosest of terms. In regards to cinematography, editing, lighting, and acting it does appear generically passable. What isn’t passable about the movie is the celebratory opinion it seems to have about pedophilia. That’s right. For some reason, Adam Sandler’s 2012 “comedy romp” is more or less a giant high-five to the idea of young boys having sex with grown women. It would be one thing if this premise were written in a way that were satirical, shedding a humorous light on the hypocrisy of our society and media when it comes to the subject of sex and how there is a strange double standard between the genders. There was potential to incorporate comedy that was equal parts provocative and hilarious in avenues to explore with the right tone and direction. That’s My Boy is not that type of movie as the inclusion of pedophilia and incest are a lazy attempt to shock the audience into mindless laughter, yet fails miserably.

It saddens me that I have to tell a modern comedy that pedophilia is wrong and should not be applauded, ever. Here we are though as the film literally applauds this gross act and even rewards the characters for it! Sadly it seems that most audiences who saw the movie did not have nearly the abhorrent reaction to its “underaged love” material as I do. Now if the genders were reversed with the adult being a grown man while the victim was a young girl then there would be total chaos in the streets to this day about the grotesque content. Yet when it’s an adolescent boy and an older lady, somehow that is acceptable by society’s standards? No. I’m sorry, but no. Pedophilia is wrong no matter what way a person looks at the situation, no matter what genders are involved, pedophilia should not be cheered on like a God damn basketball game. To me it’s sickening and is a big reason why, morally speaking, I needed to include this movie on the list.

Plus, when we get down to the rest of what the movie has to offer; we’re left with an utterly annoying, grossout, unfunny, pandering piece of Sandler’s worst corn filled dump. Adam Sandler, when he tries, can be a brilliant actor and comedian occasionally. However, his comedies tend to be dreadful and I believe That’s My Boy is the worst of the whole lot. Seems that a majority of moviegoers would argue that Jack and Jill is the worse film, while I agree that it is also a horrendously grating movie that I cannot stand, it at least didn’t condone pedophilia and contains Al Pacino as the only funny part of the entire movie. That’s My Boy has nothing funny happening in its two hour runtime. Neither one is worth watching, but one of them is ignorant enough to find pedophilia amusing. Oh and also inbreeding. No mystery to me which deserves a spot on this list.

2013

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Texas Chainsaw 3D
  • A Haunted House
  • Movie 43
  • Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • Man of Steel
  • Grown Ups 2
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
  • Carrie
  • The Host
  • A Madea Christmas
  • Fateful Findings

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A Good Day to Die Hard

The Plot: John McClane (Buce Willis) travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack (Jai Courtney), only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces. And take a trip to Chernobyl along the way!

My Thoughts: When it comes to action movies, it’s fairly impossible to surpass some of cinema’s classics from the 1980s. Die Hard is irrefutably one of the greatest action movies of all time. There is no argument there, John McTiernan’s Christmas-action masterpiece is simply one of the best around. Disagree? Fight me! Seriously though, I love Die Hard. I love Die Hard 2: Die Harder. I love Die Hard with a Vengeance. I even dig Live Free or Die Hard, the R rated cut. Which pains me that I am including a Die Hard sequel in my article of the worst movies of the 2010s. Honestly though, A Good Day to Die Hard is barely a Die Hard movie in the sense that it sort of stars Bruce Willis as sort of John McClane and the title has ‘Die Hard’ in it. Other than those two distinguishing features about the movie, Die Hard 5 is unrecognizable as a Die Hard movie.

What’s good about A Good Day to Die Hard? There has to be something… right? Let’s go point by point to see what we can scrounge up. Starting with the action; a sequel to one of the greatest action franchises has to have some solid looking action, right?! Nope, a bunch of incomprehensible shaky cam that no one in their right mind could ever make heads or tails of. Hell, even during the scenes without any action the camera can’t seem to hold still for more than a second. Okay, that was a bust. How about the dialog? Die Hard is well known for its witty and memorable lines of dialog, what do we have in Die Hard 5? A whole lot of father-son arguments and puns… yep. We’ve been neutered down from “Yippie-kai-yay, mother f*cker” and “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho!” to… I don’t even remember. It’s been nearly seven years since I’ve seen this movie. Hold on. Let me check the quotes on IMDb.

*Three Minutes Later…*

John McClane (Father): Need a hug?

Jack McClane (Son): We’re not a hugging family.

John McClane: Damn straight!

Riveting…

*Three Seconds Later…*

John McClane: The sh*t we do for our kids. Yippie-kai-yay, mother f*cker.

Touching…

*One Second Later…*

Generic Russian Bad Guy: Goddamn Americans. You think you’re so smart.

John McClane: No, I’m not that smart. I’m just on vacation.

Alright, hold up. This stupid line that John McClane says several times throughout the movie has pissed me off, “I’m on vacation”. No! No he’s f*cking not! He went to Russia because he was under the assumption that his own son was going on trial and possibly being executed for his alleged crimes. Now unless John considers watching his only son getting the electric chair as a means of relaxation and escapism, the mother f*cker is not on vacation! I don’t know if there was some sort of re-write during principle photography that made McClane’s ongoing gag of being on “vacation” obsolete or what, regardless, if that’s the case or not it should have been removed from the script. It’s a dumbass line. It doesn’t belong here. I hate it! Okay, mini-rant over.

In the first movie, glass nearly kills this man... fifth movie, he's laying in it like a bed a frikkin' roses!
In the first movie, glass nearly kills this man... fifth movie, he's laying in it like a bed a frikkin' roses!

To call A Good Day to Die ‘Stupid’ one of the worst films of the decade is an understatement as I find this particular entry to actually be one of the worst sequels of all time. Doing a disservice to the legacy of Die Hard and the fans that adore the original classics. Even the character of John McClane, one of the most charismatic and relatable action leads in the last fifty years, isn’t remotely close to resembling the man he once was. Seemingly disregarding any value of human life, literally beating up random civilians for no reason other than “he needs their car.” McClane’s signature smartass personality has been completely eradicated, replaced with dad puns and allegations of being on vacation. No he’s not.

To top it all off, he might as well be the freaking Terminator because literally nothing phases this guy in the slightest. Yes, in the past movies McClane certainly survived some outrageous acts for sure. However, what kept all of those insane stunts grounded was Bruce Willis always seeming like a real human being; for instance, when his character was hurt he didn’t simply walk away like nothing happened. McClane would legitimately be injured and affected by his wounds for the rest of the picture. When it came to McClane needing to jump off a building or facing any situation that might mean certain death, he’s clearly frightened yet perseveres because he knows that he has no other choice. That is John McClane to me. Not some blank slate, pun-spewing “badass” that lays down on glass like its nothing. A Good Day to Die ‘Ridiculous’ sucks! There is no other way to put it. It sucks and deserves an eternity in hell.

2014

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Winter’s Tale
  • Endless Love
  • The Single Moms Club
  • The Identical
  • A Haunted House 2
  • Mom’s Night Out
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Left Behind
  • Ouija

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Technically: Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

The Plot: Kirk Cameron’s annual Christmas party is faltering thanks to his cynical brother-in-law, Kirk attempts to save the day by showing him that Jesus Christ remains a crucial component of the over-commercialized holiday.

*DISCLAIMER*

Now we’ve reached the point where I’m likely to hit a bit of controversy. Here we go again. Anyone reading, please keep in mind that I am in no way attacking these films because they claim to be under the Christian faith. I do not have anything against Christianity or any religion for that matter. No, I don’t register as an atheist or necessarily a devout Christian either. If I must explain, I don’t particularly know where I fall in the grand scheme of things other than I like to believe that something happens to all life after death involving an afterlife of sorts. With that said, my main gripes with movies such as this, aren’t in the religious beliefs department, but in other aspects that I will touch on shortly. Elements involving the quality of writing, directing, acting, editing, and most definitely morals (which is separate from religious belief). Thank you for your understanding.

Kirk Cameron… Let’s face it, Kirk Cameron is nuts. He’s straight-up bonkers. His logic involves “crocoducks”. I mean to understand such insanity, one would have to be hopped up on so many drugs. That type of logic, more or less, finds its way into Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas. A movie where one would need a senior detective, a doctor, a priest, and a rocket scientist with a ten year time leeway to even begin figuring out understanding this madness.

The whole film is basically Kirk Cameron explaining to the audience, taking the form of his grumpy brother-in-law, that overboard commercialism of Christmas is okay as he loosely connects the dots from modern traditions of spending a lot of money on the holiday to the origins of Christmas. When I say loosely, that’s putting things lightly. We spend approximately 50 minutes watching Kirk talk to a dude in a car with these insane “flashbacks” of Santa Claus beating people up in bars, claiming presents represent the skyline of Bethlehem, and Christmas trees are equated to being crosses. I’m not joking.

Time to beat the 'Christ' back into Christmas!
Time to beat the 'Christ' back into Christmas!

Now, one might have picked up on the fact that I said that was the premise of the first 50 minutes. The film’s total runtime is 80 minutes long. There’s still 30 minutes left. So what does the movie do with its remaining time? PARTY! Seriously, the next 20 minutes of screen time is the cast enjoying a Christmas party where Kirk Cameron does “the worm” dance move. Yep. Wait a second. There’s still ten minutes left? Yes there certainly is so we can enjoy the extra scenes of the party and outtakes during the end credits! For a movie that is only 80 minutes long most certainly has an awful amount of needless padding to run out the clock.

Everything from the acting to the nonsensically empty story and editing is crazy. Everything on a technical level here boggles my mind because it really does not make sense how or why something so simple is this surreal and convoluted. There are no words for a thing like this, it has to be seen to be believed. It’s an experience I don’t come across often, but when I do it sticks. On behalf of this movie, as terribly made as it is, the moral is at least trying to have an uplifting message to it. In the sense that it is trying to keep a positive attitude on commercialism. Undoubtedly a strange premise, but harmless nonetheless. Everything else though; the acting falls below television quality, aesthetically looks direct-to-video yet managed to weasel its way into theaters, and the narrative’s plot is a squiggly line with no clear answers as to what we’re looking at. And I totally recommend checking out this batsh*t movie. It’s bad, but it’s a bad that must be witnessed for yourself! I promise you’ll never forget Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas!

Morally: God’s Not Dead

The Plot: College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson’s (Kevin Sorbo) curriculum proclaiming “God is Dead” is challenged by his new student, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), who believes God exists.

My Thoughts: There was no other choice for what was morally the worst of 2014. God’s Not Dead is the furthest thing from upholding any shred of a Christian moral. It’s hateful, mean-spirited, and judgmental to the bone. Disguising its seething underbelly of anger towards people of other faiths as a means of enlightenment. This movie was not made to enlighten or have a legitimate discussion on the existence of God. Instead, this is the strawman argument unwilling to listen to any other opinion outside of its own while also painting everyone who disagrees with their beliefs in the most unflattering light imaginable.

Portraying all atheists and even Muslims as nothing more than verbally/physically abusive tyrants that will stop at nothing to crush everyone’s hopes into dust. Deserving no semblance of redemption, only death or cancer. How quaint. All of those disrespectful depictions go on while all Christians are painted as no more than the victims in this world. God’s Not Dead constantly tries to appear as though it is simply turning the other cheek away from these topics, showing every Christian character as perfect and polite in every way, when in reality it is full on attacking everyone these film writers disagree with while obviously plastering their own personal bias. There is no turning the cheek, no forgiveness or acceptance, only fear and hatemongering. Something I don’t find to be Christian at all and supremely offensive in its utter contempt for anyone outside the faith.

If someone enjoys God’s Not Dead, they enjoy it because it reinforces the idea that Christians are superior to everyone else as it dulls out unfair punishments to the types of people they despise. God’s Not Dead is for the moviegoers who have a persecution complex. They do not enjoy it because it is truly Christian, they enjoy it as an outlet lashing out onto others. This is some of the most cynical, hateful, spiteful, deceptive, and manipulative filmmaking under the Christian name. I guarantee that if the roles were reversed in the atheists being painted as victims while the Christian characters were the abusers then this movie’s fanbase would have been the first to revolt against it. Rightfully so, it’s despicable writing. There are great Christian movies out there that spread wholehearted morals without being so deplorable about it. I’ve actually even recommended the third movie in the God’s Not Dead series, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, because that wasn’t focused on instilling hatred or fear. There was a genuine moral on love and forgiveness as it wrote its characters far more well-rounded, maybe not perfect, but it was at least Christian. God’s Not Dead is not Christian, don’t be someone who falls for its lies. Do yourselves a favor and find anything else to watch… like Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas!

2015

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Taken 3
  • Knock Knock
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • Unfinished Business
  • The Lobster
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Ted 2
  • The Gallows
  • Self/Less
  • Vacation
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  • Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • The Loft
  • The Letters

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Technically: Dancin’: It’s On!

The Plot: Two young dancers fall in love and eventually work together to win a dance competition.

My Thoughts: I guarantee that no one reading this has ever heard of Dancin’: It’s On!. If anyone says they’ve seen this movie before, they’re lying! Hell, I’m only 99% sure that I’ve actually seen this film as there remains 1% convinced it was the result of a fever dream brought on by spoiled sushi. All jokes aside, this movie is a special type of “bad.” A mind bending type of horrendous that we only see once in a blue moon; The Room, Troll 2, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, every Neil Breen movie, and now Dancin’: It’s On!.

Where to start with a thing like this? Speaking on strictly a technical level alone, Danin’: It’s On! is a frontrunner for the number one worst film of all the 2010s. The cinematography is on par with that of a high school student recording a pep rally on a fifteen year old cam-quarter, the entire cast is comprised of reality television dance stars that seem as though they’re reading their lines for the very first time, everyone on screen is voice dubbed over in post-production and it is embarrassingly noticeable, the story is as basic of a “dance movie” as one can get yet is padded out to such a degree that I can’t keep track of jack going on, the editing makes my brain hurt on a cellular level, and everyone is constantly dancing no matter what is going. For no reason, characters will do a random dance move or dance to take out the trash or wash dishes and then go about their day like nothing happened. It’s understandable in specific styles of musicals that all the characters will break out into dance and song out of nowhere, but this movie doesn’t establish that particular tone so every time someone’s dancing on screen like a jackass it comes off as awkward.

So… yeah, Dancin’: It’s On! (because it is necessary to include the entire title) is probably the worst movie to come out in the last ten years on a technical basis. Lighting, camera work, acting, editing, writing, and audio are all confusingly atrocious. The dance choreography, admittedly, is fine. All of these terrible demerits are why I strongly recommend everyone seek this puzzle box from hell out immediately. If I were to place a bet, I’d say the movie is at the nearest gas station sitting on that sad little DVD rack, available for two bucks. Go see this disaster at your earliest convenience!

You can play baseball. You can play tennis. You can even play football… but you can’t play dance!

— Hal Sanders (The Wise Old White Mr. Miyagi for Dancers)
David Winters, you crazy bastard.
David Winters, you crazy bastard.

Morally: War Room AND Old Fashioned

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The Plot: [War Room] – A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, “wiser” woman.

The Plot: [OldFashioned] – A reformed frat boy opens an antique store in a college town, and falls for the free-spirited girl who moves into the apartment above his shop. In time, this unlikely pair fall into a “traditional” courtship.

*DISCLAIMER*

Now we’ve reached the point where I’m likely to hit a bit of controversy. Here we go again. Anyone reading, please keep in mind that I am in no way attacking these films because they claim to be under the Christian faith. I do not have anything against Christianity or any religion for that matter. No, I don’t register as an atheist or necessarily a devout Christian either. If I must explain, I don’t particularly know where I fall in the grand scheme of things other than I like to believe that something happens to all life after death involving an afterlife of sorts. With that said, my main gripes with movies such as this, aren’t in the religious beliefs department, but in other aspects that I will touch on shortly. Elements involving the quality of writing, directing, acting, editing, and most definitely morals (which is separate from religious belief). Thank you for your understanding.

I’m sorry, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t choose which was the worse film. Both are morally reprehensible for the lessons they’re trying to teach about relationships, both try indoctrinating their audience into a way of thinking that is completely dangerous and terrifying, and both use Christianity as a tool to trick people that these are lighthearted words of wisdom when in actuality they’re adopting a form of mental abuse. Both include a poor sitcom level of comedy that never sparks a snicker and both have lead characters that are demented yet no one around them seems to pick up on that.

War Room is entirely focused on teaching wives that it doesn’t matter how verbally or physically abusive their spouse is, doesn’t matter if their husband is breaking the law stealing from the company they work for and illegally sell drugs on the side, doesn’t matter how neglectful they are to their own child; all the woman really needs to do is keep her damn mouth shut, lock herself up in a closet and pray for the problem to go away. Then God will intervene so that the family can go to a jump rope competition.

When in doubt, don't attempt to do anything about your situation. Instead you should lock everything up inside and wait for the problem to solve itself.
When in doubt, don't attempt to do anything about your situation. Instead you should lock everything up inside and wait for the problem to solve itself.

Old Fashioned is the “heartwarming”, Christian answer to Fifty Shades of Grey where a man forces a woman to believe that all forms of dating are a sin. Because the girl is so fixated on being with this guy (for whatever unknown reason) this creepy dude basically exploits her yearning for a relationship by preparing her for immediately being his wife and mother to his future child through a series of warped tests. If she fails then she loses the chance of a lifetime to be with a guy who literally made a vow to never be alone in a room with a woman outside of marriage. Because that doesn’t sound rapey at all!

Relationships only work through the man's say-so while the woman needs to abide by his rules. His way or no way!
Relationships only work through the man's say-so while the woman needs to abide by his rules. His way or no way!

A depressing element to think about is the fact that these movies are being shown to our youths by church groups, all because they disguise themselves under the Christian name. Honestly, it’s pretty sickening to me. These movies aren’t good, even outside of morals they’re painfully crafted and acted. Sitting through both of these films put my stomach into knots, worried that poor young women are going to be hypnotized by this twisted nonsense. I know I’ve already cheated on this list enough by incorporating two separate categories for each year and now I’m throwing in a tie on top of that, but I couldn’t help it. These movies are disturbing in their own right and people should be warned about them. Steer clear unless you have a group of friends to make fun of these flicks with, because they’re unintentionally hilarious in how badly produced they are.

2016

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Norm of the North
  • Fifty Shades of Black
  • The Brothers Grimsby
  • The Other Side of the Door
  • God’s Not Dead 2
  • Yoga Hosers
  • Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
  • The Perfect Match
  • Cell
  • Gods of Egypt

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Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

The Plot: “Documentarian” Dinesh D’Souza (Muppet Man Filled with Turds) analyzes the history of the Democratic Party and what he thinks are Hillary Clinton’s true motivations.

*DISCLAMER*

Entering what will surely be another bit of controversy. This is in no way an attempt in slighting anyone under any political party. Personally, I don’t register myself as a Democrat or a Republican. Politics are not my cup of tea when hitting conversational beats. What I am judging here is a film that I find to be bad on a moral and technical level, no more or less. Do not take this as me siding against one side or the other as I don’t particularly give a crap about either party, only that people aren’t hurt by hatemongering propaganda such as this.

The winner of worst film of the decade on a moral ground and a technical ground might be this dreadful little “documentary” by the world’s biggest troll, Dinesh D’Souza. Hillary’s America is another feature that I went into great depths on in the past. No joke, I’ve seen this damn documentary three times in order to give it one of the most hardcore critiques I’ve ever created via video review as well as a couple of social media posts digging into this hate/fear-mongering monstrous picture. Why? Because it shocked me in how hate-filled it was, how driven it was to drive a wedge between people in their political beliefs by equating modern Democrats with slave owners of the 1800s and the Klu Klux Klan. Talking on behalf of people living today based on the acts of individuals from two hundred years ago. Not only that, but drawing correlations with literally no factual evidence to back it up other than D’Souza claiming it to be true so we have to take him on his word. It’s absolutely absurd and in no way resembles a professionally made documentary. This is a troll film made to instill hate and fear amongst the masses while unfairly antagonizing people who disagree with its politics. Despicable.

It would be one thing if the “documentary” were simply trying to enlighten an audience about the history of the Democratic party and how they certainly have shady origins to say the least. That’s not where Dinesh’s goals lye though as he is far more determined to push an agenda to make Democrats look like modern day supervillains. At one point he seriously depicts Hillary Clinton (who doesn’t even come into play until the last twenty minutes) as a b*tchy Darth Vader who supposedly believes in enslaving all the minorities or forcing abortions onto everyone… What’s that? Proof? Evidence? Informational support of any kind? No, that all doesn’t exist in Dinesh’s world. Have no worries though as Dinesh will explain nothing that he states are the modern sensibilities of the Democratic party. See how this type of movie is dangerous? Painting the most unflattering light on people today that have done no wrong, other than fall under a political party that this one guy doesn’t agree with, therefore he believes he has the right to call them a bunch of rapists, slave owners, and racists who want to take everyone’s freedom away today.

Democrats are the true racists, they are the true fascists. They want to steal our (America’s) income. They want to steal our earnings. And our wealth. And our freedom. And our lives. They’re trying to kill America by killing the economic and political and religious freedom of Americans.

— Dinesh D’Souza
I'm a hypocritical asshole!
I'm a hypocritical asshole!

Besides the disgusting morals being pushed by Dinesh, the movie itself is terribly made. I mean, aesthetically ugly to look at with its washed out cinematography and dollar store costumes. And the acting was pretty bad… that is something I should never say about a documentary, that the ACTING was bad. Just let that one sink in for a minute. There were so many “reenactments” displayed throughout the picture that I am judging a documentary on the merits of whether the acting was good or not. Then the filmmaking aspects are not only incompetent, but insane; at one point a ghost KKK clansman riding on horseback jumps through a projector screen playing inside the White House while Woodrow Wilson looks on with approval. F*cking what?! Adding everything up from the cheap look of the “documentary” (especially the Godawful motion VFX with lazy stock photos), the amateurish acting, the obvious as hell manipulation in editing, and the insane “stylistic” choices make this equally as terrible in a technical side on top of the morality it lacks. Avoid at all costs.

2017

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • CHiPs
  • Alien: Covenant
  • The Dinner
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Flatliners
  • The Snowman
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Just Getting Started
  • The Bye Bye Man
  • Birth of the Dragon
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

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Let There Be Light

The Plot: An atheist (Kevin Sorbo) goes through a near-death experience in a car accident before converting to Christianity.

*DISCLAIMER*

Now we’ve reached the point where I’m likely to hit a bit of controversy. Here we go again. Anyone reading, please keep in mind that I am in no way attacking these films because they claim to be under the Christian faith. I do not have anything against Christianity or any religion for that matter. No, I don’t register as an atheist or necessarily a devout Christian either. If I must explain, I don’t particularly know where I fall in the grand scheme of things other than I like to believe that something happens to all life after death involving an afterlife of sorts. With that said, my main gripes with movies such as this, aren’t in the religious beliefs department, but in other aspects that I will touch on shortly. Elements involving the quality of writing, directing, acting, editing, and most definitely morals (which is separate from religious belief). Thank you for your understanding.

Let’s call this what it truly is, ‘God’s Not Dead 3: The Real One’. Because that is exactly what it is; a cynical movie hiding behind Christianity in order to say that everyone who isn’t a Christian is evil, so therefore we have the right to paint them as such in our movie while making ourselves out to be perfect in every way. Biased, judgmental, hate-filled, sleezy, condescending, manipulative, cheaply filmed, laughable in its performances (except for Kevin Sorbo who is legitimately giving the best performance in here), bombarded with a slew of painful sitcom jokes and forced drama, which by the end is draining to have sat through.

If Let There Be Light were genuinely focused on this one man’s spiritual arc in finding faith after almost dying then that would be great! Unfortunately, that’s not the case. What we really have on our hands is a couple of angry white people proclaiming themselves as victims in a nonexistent war on Christianity while stating that it’s totally fine if they push their beliefs onto others because the ISIS terrorist organization cuts people’s heads off. That’s not an actual argument, that’s just a strawman excuse with no weight to it in order to strike an immediate fear into anyone listening. They’re using extremism in pushing their own agenda while saying that they’re not extremists, but everyone else is. To me, this is the opposite of what true Christian morals stand for and it’s deplorable. Go see Jesus, Bro! instead; which oddly enough contains the exact same plot, but is far more genuine and heartfelt in its morals of simply being a good person. Yes, it’s a spoof movie that tackles tropes which can be seen in examples akin to God’s Not Dead and War Room. Doesn’t change the fact that Jesus, Bro! is a better movie and funnier too… Plus, it has my name in the ending credits… No bias here at all. Nope… Seriously, check it out. It’s a decent little flick. Ignore Let There Be Light.

See this instead!
See this instead!

2018

Dishonorable Mentions:

  • Life Itself
  • Truth or Dare
  • The Boxcar Children in Surprise Island
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Life of the Party
  • Holmes & Watson
  • The 15:17 to Paris
  • Show Dogs

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https://reelrundown.com/movies/Life-Itself-2018-Movie-Review
https://reelrundown.com/movies/Life-Itself-2018-Movie-Review
https://reelrundown.com/movies/Life-Itself-2018-Movie-Review

Technically: The Trump Prophecy

The Plot: A fireman and public servant Mark Tayler (Chris Nelson) hears a special message from God about change in our nation. When Mary Colbert (Paulette Todd), a networker and connector of Christian ministries, hears Mark’s message she feels called to start a national prayer moment which grows to thousands of people across our nation praying together for the leadership of America and a return to the godly principles we were founded upon through Donald Trump being elected President of the United States…

*DISCLAIMER*

Now we’ve reached the point where I’m likely to hit a bit of controversy. Here we go again. Anyone reading, please keep in mind that I am in no way attacking these films because they claim to be under the Christian faith. I do not have anything against Christianity or any religion for that matter. No, I don’t register as an atheist or necessarily a devout Christian either. If I must explain, I don’t particularly know where I fall in the grand scheme of things other than I like to believe that something happens to all life after death involving an afterlife of sorts. With that said, my main gripes with movies such as this, aren’t in the religious beliefs department, but in other aspects that I will touch on shortly. Elements involving the quality of writing, directing, acting, editing, and most definitely morals (which is separate from religious belief). Thank you for your understanding.

Some of you may be wondering… what the hell is The Trump Prophecy? Ooh do I have a story to tell you! Based on the supposed true story about a fireman who was given a vision by God years ago that Donald Trump was destined to be the President of the United States of America, and these are the events that transpired to truly make it happen. You have not read this wrong. This is real. This is not fan fiction… sort of. This is not something that went directly to video, this was theatrically released. That’s right. This was shown in over six hundred theaters and made a little less than $700,000 at the box office. And it is insane. Yes, it’s easy to poke fun at the fact that this is a very pro-Trump movie. While I certainly am not a fan of Donald Trump, I’m open to an actual discussion of why someone believes in his policies… this movie does not do that. This movie simply has this man who seems to be going through severe psychological issues and refuses to treat it properly, claim that a CGI ball of light that does not speak at all supposedly tell him that Donald Trump is meant to be the President… while also showing a vision of his chair being on fire while Donald Trump is on TV. For some reason, I guess that’s a good sign to him.

Then years later when the man brings this up to his “therapist”, instead of actually approaching this practically, the therapist enables the man by taking this information to his wife who starts a campaign for Donald Trump based solely on the blind advisement of a man who claims that God told him that it was destined to be. And every person that she brings this up to in the movie always says, “but I don’t like Donald Trump”. Which every time, she replies with, “Me neither”. Well I guess that’s enough of a reason to follow this man that you don’t even acknowledge what his beliefs are or what his political policies are, and you don’t even care for him as a person, but someone said that God said to support Trump so I guess we’re going with that. It’s ridiculous! Everyone comes off as a total psychopath.

On top of that, the acting is dreadful with everyone showing zero emotion and no charisma. The editing is incoherent and carries no comprehension of time passed. The cinematography looks atrociously cheap and amateurish. There are bat sh*t insane sequences with the fireman character facing off against a fiery demon in his sleep. The special effects are laughable. There is no structure to the story and it is terribly boring. In the last third, our lead character is practically dropped out of the movie and it switches over to focusing on the therapist’s wife until the end. The comedy is cringe inducing. This was a fever dream gone horribly wrong. This film had no ambition and was ridiculously misguided with its manipulative use of religion to try to force people to believe that Donald Trump was proclaimed by God to be the President of the U.S. Which the Trump aspect doesn’t even come into play until halfway into the movie, before that it was the fireman guy going through PTSD and dreams about demons while refusing to actually treat the symptoms. The Trump Prophecy is a joke, don’t bother.

Morally: Death of a Nation

The Plot: Another Dinesh D’Souza “documentary” that calls liberals racists, bigots, and fascists while comparing Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln.

*DISCLAMER*

Entering what will surely be another bit of controversy. This is in no way an attempt in slighting anyone under any political party. Personally, I don’t register myself as a Democrat or a Republican. Politics are not my cup of tea when hitting conversational beats. What I am judging here is a film that I find to be bad on a moral and technical level, no more or less. Do not take this as me siding against one side or the other as I don’t particularly give a crap about either party, only that people aren’t hurt by hatemongering propaganda such as this.

Pretty much everything I said about Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America just apply here only include calling Democrats Nazis as well. Truthfully, talking about these movies have drained me and I’ve already got a written review of this film on ReelRundown. By all means, go follow the link down below to see my in-depth thoughts on Death of a Nation. For anyone wanting the short version; Death of a Nation is a lazy remake of Dinesh’s own “documentary”, Hillary’s America, maintaining all the hate/fear-mongering of before only with even less effort thrown in. Don’t ever watch it!

2019

Alright, so here’s the thing… I still haven’t seen everything out of the year 2019 and don’t quite feel comfortable in putting in an official selection in this particular year. Not until I have at least caught up on select features released with an attention grabbing word of mouth and after some real time has passed to let the movies truly resonate. That being said, I will be comprising a ‘Worst of 2019’ list sometime in January or February of 2020, depending on how my schedule goes. Once that is complete, there should be a link to the article down below that will render my ‘Worst of the Decade’ finished. Until then, this will have to suffice for now! Thank you for your patience.

What to Look Forward to...

Coming in 2020...
Coming in 2020...

That’s All Folks…

We’ve made it! Another decade down, another decade or two to go! We hope… what did you think of the 2010s in terms of film? Like or dislike? Agree or disagree? Wonder why in the hell I didn’t include Star Wars: The Last Jedi or Captain Marvel on the list? Because this is a list of bad movies, that’s why. However, what do you believe should be known as the absolute worst that this decade had to offer? Comment down below and let me know! Also, if you so happened to have enjoyed my list then please do me a favor and share this article around the social media world. Thank you all so much for reading and have yourselves a fantastic new decade!

© 2019 John Plocar

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    • John Plocar profile imageAUTHOR

      John Plocar 

      6 months ago from Weatherford

      @Sam

      I understand why anyone would like Alien: Covenant or King Arthur, they just rubbed me the wrong way when I saw them and I haven't been able to forgive them for it. Like you said, those movies were made with solid budgets and great directors, they should have been a lot better than they were.

      Unfortunately I have a movie addiction and try to see as much as I possibly can out of any given year, good or bad. And I see quite a few of the Let There Be Lights lol yeah, I don't think you'd be so fond of D'Souza either.

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      Sam Shepards 

      6 months ago from Europe

      To be honest though I haven't seen many on your lists, I don't watch that many movies that I have the time to go through things like "let there be light" "etc.

      If I already have problems with some of Michael Moore's outings then I will not even take the time look at an extremist on the other end like Dinesh D’Souza .

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      Sam Shepards 

      6 months ago from Europe

      I actually agree with most. Although I don't think Alien: Covenant and King Arthur are that bad, they are just not good enough considering the budget and director associated with them. I even enjoyed large parts of covenant, but more because of high-quality cinematography than story and characters.

    • John Plocar profile imageAUTHOR

      John Plocar 

      6 months ago from Weatherford

      @Nathan

      I feel on social media they're still complaining about 'The Last Jedi', not so much Oogieloves, but alrighty.

      And no, it's not hatred for hatred's sake. I legitimately have problems with all of the movies listed and go into great lengths in why. Hopefully you read through those reasons and not skimmed to disagree.

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      Nathan Jasper 

      6 months ago from Sylva, NC

      Highly disagree with your list. A lot of these are just hate for hatred's sake. It's typical stuff you'd find on social media.

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