We’re rapidly inching past the point where great movies of note are making the transition to Blu-ray, and getting more of the dreck — in gorgeous high-def and lossless sound. And thus, this week, we have the Blu-ray release of Congo, the notorious 1995 talking-ape turkey adapted from the Michael Crichton novel. Those who haven’t forgotten it (and most have) hold the movie in fairly low regard; at the time of its release, I can even recall a few tossing it in with the worst movies of all time. But let’s get real: Congo is a masterpiece compared to these true terrors from Hollywood’s hall of… Read More
Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, a little UHF station in Minneapolis called KTMA debuted a bizarre movies-and-puppet show from a well-known local comedian named Joel Hodgson. The show was called Mystery Science Theater 3000, and from those humble beginnings, it blossomed into a cult phenomenon: a year later, it was picked up for national broadcast by the new Comedy Channel (which would later morph into Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons before transferring to the Sci-Fi Channel for three more. But even though the show has been off the air for over 14 years, it lives on.
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Last night, the Syfy Channel aired a little something called Sharknado, a made-for-TV movie about… well, a shark tornado. “Enough said,” as the ads insisted. The film, which featured such D-list luminaries as Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, was the latest collaboration between the network and Asylum, the studio behind such “mockbusters” (closely titled blockbuster ripoffs viewed, almost entirely, by accident) as Transmorphers, Paranormal Entity, and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies. Their previous Syfy originals have included 2-Headed Shark Attack, Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, and Mega Pirahna. They’re making a very good living creating bad movies — but you can’t create bad movies. Asylum and Syfy, at risk of being a buzzkill, are doing it wrong.
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Last week in this space, we invited you to share your pop culture “cold spot” — the thing that everyone, it seems, loves but you. Come to find out, boy oh boy did a lot of you want to get that little nugget off your chest; the comments were voluminous, as previously-closeted detractors of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, the Grateful Dead, Buffy, Bjork, Twilight, the Black Keys, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Lady Gaga, Dylan, and The Wire (okay, c’mon, seriously?) proclaimed their distaste for the tastemakers’ faves. For this week, we thought we’d turn the idea on its head. There’s plenty of stuff out there that you’re supposed to dislike; which of those trends do you buck?
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January is upon us, and we film fans know what that means: nothing good. The first month of the year is traditionally the dumping ground for Hollywood studios, the month in which they unload the films that aren’t quality enough for the Oscar-courting fall, but not commercial enough for the lucrative holiday, spring, and summer seasons. January is where bad movies go to die, and where studios hope we won’t notice them. They’re usually right; viewers either tend to catch up on the prestige pictures that are going into wider release, or just stay at home and watch football. But our nation’s film critics, fat and happy after the holiday feast of smart, highbrow entertainment, are often subjected to the sugar crash of January dogs, and as a result, their reviews often pack a little bit of extra vitriol. After the jump, we’ve assembled the ten worst movies released in the month of January — according to the reliable aggregators at Rotten Tomatoes — along with a few choice words from the scribes who sat through them.
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The Razzies are a Hollywood institution, awarding the hilariously worst of movie-making for thirty years. They are conceivably even more interesting than the actual Oscars, considering the Oscars have never dragged Tom Green off the stage because he refused to stop playing the harmonica. The nominees for the 2009 season have just been announced, with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Will Ferrell’s execrable Land Of The Lost “winning” seven nominations each. However, unlike the Oscars the Razzies are still confined to only five Worst Picture Nominees, leaving out notable films that surely deserve recognition for their failures. Here are the five films we would have included had the Razzies expanded their Worst Picture Category to ten nominees. Tell us which ones you think should have made the… Read More
Countless films travel through various stages of development during any given year, and out of that lot, only a select few make it to the big screen — and then even fewer are actually worth watching. Sure, we understand why they’d make a BATMAN 3 or some weepy, Oscar-driven drama about transsexuals fighting in World War II, but then there are some films that you read about that just make you go hmmmm…
After the jump, we explore some of the lamest films that might be coming to a theatre near you much sooner than we’d like.
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