Bottom 5 Art and Entertainment Releases of 2020


The year of 2020 is over and it is finally time to kick off my end of the year lists.

This list represents all that was bad in 2020. Whether it was a lazy cash-in or a poorly handled product, I believe that the following 5 releases deserve to be denounced.

These are the 3 questions I asked myself when I made my picks:

  • What review score did it receive?

I have a review scale for a reason. If one release gets a 2/10 and another release gets a 1/10, I likely preferred the release that got a 2/10.

  • What type of art/entertainment release was it?

If a movie trailer got a 1/10 and a musical album got a 1/10, the album will have a much greater chance of being chosen since it is more artistically significant. I’m sure you could guess what I would pick between a movie poster and a 15 hour long video game.

  • How substantial was the release?

Continuing on from the previous answer, this also affected how I viewed the release’s artistic significance. However, it is slightly deeper and more complex than merely answering what TYPE of release it was. Answering this question meant I had to take into account how MUCH the release had to offer (which is unrelated to the AMOUNT of content). For example, a 30 minute musical album packed full of interesting ideas has more artistic significance than a 60 minute musical album which is vacant of interesting ideas.

So without further ado, let’s kick this list off…


#5

Father of All… by Green Day


Modern rock music in a nutshell, which is to say that it is really fucking awful. Completely lacking in self-awareness, self-absorbed in its own seriousness, and unbearable to listen to. The song-writing is abysmal, the vocals are annoying, and the lyrics are dumb, so any attempt at being “punk” just comes off as complete incompetence rather than being a genuine “punk” approach (Green Day is the modern Nirvana – a shit band that tries to stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before them but ends up being bottom of the barrel trash for hipsters and wannabe punks alike).

Shout-out to all the teenage teenagers though!


Link to the review:

https://jesserevellreviews.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/father-of-all-by-green-day-review/


#4

F8 by Five Finger Death Punch


Five Finger Death Punch remains a garbage tier modern metal band: horrendously generic instrumentals are topped off with cringe-inducing lyrics that sound like they come straight from a 13-year-old who thinks that Slipknot is the epitome of heavy music (e.g. me, 13 years ago). Also, is the album supposed to be pronounced “fate”? Because if so, that is fucking hilarious.

Alright, so let’s check some lyrics out:

“I’m a little bit off today
Something down inside me feels so different
Just a little bit off today
You can all fuck off today”

HAHAHAHAH, WHAT?!?! And just listen to the way he sings that last line. So. fucking. bad.

Or what about these lyrics:

“Can I be, can I be one of the cool kids? (You’re the dumbshits)
All I ever wanted to be is one of the brightest motherfucking falling stars
Can I be, can I be one of your heroes? (Zeroes)
Can somebody tell me
Am I the top of the bottom
Or the bottom of the top?”

WOW, SO COOL! I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE 45 YEAR OLD GUYS ARE STICKING IT TO THE COOL KIDS. BY THE WAY, YOUR HEROES ARE ZEROES… L’EPIQUE FTW XDDDDDDD

Or how about these lyrics:

“(I see you)
You’re the one that’s in all of the movies, on everyone’s TV
(Such a farce)
You’re convinced that your shit doesn’t stink and we all should adore you”

HOLLYWOOD SUCKS, RIGHT BOYS??!?!?!! HAHAHAHAHA SO FAKE. FAKE LIFESTYLES. IT’S ALL FAKE BULLSHIT AHHAHAHAHAHA.

Five Finger Death Punch tries “sticking it to the man” but it just comes off as cringey self-righteousness. Kind of like this review.


Link to the review:

https://jesserevellreviews.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/f8-by-five-finger-death-punch-review/


#3

Here And Now by Kenny Chesney


Oh god, this is so bad. I went into this expecting not to like it but I listened to it anyways because who fucking knows. But this was much worse than I was expecting and I was expecting it to be bad. The songwriting is stale, the lyrics are bland, and that album cover is ungodly. Just horrendous.


Link to the review:

https://jesserevellreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/03/here-and-now-by-kenny-chesney-review/


#2

Heartwork by The Used


Wow, I Hate These Songs.


Link to the reviews:

https://jesserevellreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/heartwork-by-the-used-review/


#1

The Twilight Zone (2020)


I will just copy and paste what I wrote for the 2019 season because the exact same stuff applies here as well:

Not just one of the worst television shows of the year but possibly one of the worst seasons of television ever made. The original ‘Twilight Zone’ was thoughtful, engaging, emotional and remarkably human. In comparison, the new season is brainless, misanthropic and ridiculous. At its absolute best, this was inoffensive yet unremarkable. At worst, it contained some of the worst television episodes I have ever seen. I have never been a fan of anthology series and this may be the best argument against them. A complete and utterly stupid mess.


Link to the review:

https://jesserevellreviews.wordpress.com/?s=twilight+zone

( I reviewed each episode individually so this search should bring up all 10 reviews for the individual episodes… plus the episodes from the 2019 season)


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