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February 18: Happy Birthday Molly Ringwald and John Hughes


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There were a lot of birthdays to choose from today, including three WTHH birthdays, but the pairing above was just too good to pass up.

Molly Ringwald is turning 49 today.  She began her screen career in a guest spot on Diff’rent Strokes which led to her playing the same character on the first season of the spinoff series Facts of Life.  She then appeared in Tempest, Paul Mazursky’s update of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and in the sci-fi film Spacehunter.  And then a first-time director named John Hughes cast her as a teenage girl who learns that her family has forgotten about her 16th birthday:

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game Winner


 

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Most of our bracket games run for a couple of weeks, but this one is a little different in that it ties into the completion of a series that ran for nine months.  As such, crowning the winner feels like we have come to the end of a lengthy journey.  As you can see from the picture above, the title of Best Worst Picture has been awarded to John Travolta’s ultimate vanity project, Battlefield Earth.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth


Mommie Dearest Vs. Battlefield Earth

That wasn’t really close.  Battlefield Earth annihilated I Know Who Killed Me with over 80% of the votes.  That means you’re looking at our two finalists right here.  It’s Mommie Dearest vs. Battlefield Earth for the title of Best Worst Picture.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me


Battlefield Earth Vs. I Know Who Killed Me

If you’re still coping with the fact that the weekly Golden Raspberry articles have caught up to current day, never fear.  We’re going to ease you off your Razzie addiction with a few more days of the Best Worst Picture Bracket Game.  Today’s match-up is between a torture porn movie and a movie that is just plain torture.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Battlefield Earth Vs Wild Wild West


Battlefield Earth Vs. Wild Wild West

The most obvious connection between Battlefield Earth and Wild Wild West is that they both have science fiction elements.  Battlefield Earth is futuristic taking place in a world in which humans have been enslaved by giant dread-locked aliens.  Wild Wild West is a rare cinematic take on the subgenre of steam punk.  Unfortunately, its failure poisoned the water for anyone else who might have been thinking of following suit.  But there’s another connection which is admittedly a bit of a stretch.

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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: The Postman Vs. Battlefield Earth


Postman Vs. Battlefield Earth

Movie stars reigned supreme in the nineties.  An actor who had demonstrated drawing power at the box office could jump-start their pet project even when no one else believed in it.  At least two of the decade’s biggest stars decided that the best use of their cache was a sci-fi opus that meant something.  The Postman attempted to make audiences appreciate the simple gifts a central government brings like daily mail whereas Battlefield Earth tried to cover it’s pro-Scientology message with Star Wars window dressing.  But critics and audiences alike found these movies more ridiculous than enlightening.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2000


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The Golden Raspberries started off as an informal joke.  Something for a publicist and his friends to do after the Oscars had ended.  Over time, it has become and enduring and irreverent tradition.  In theory, The Razzies poke fun at the worst movies of the year.  But like any awards ceremony, the Razzies frequently make the wrong call.  We’re going back and looking at the history of the Golden Raspberry Awards one year at a time.

The twenty-first annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2000.   How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Cast Away were the highest-grossing movies that year.  Gladiator won Best Picture while Steven Soderbergh took home Best Director for Traffic.  Meanwhile, the Razzies were consumed in an intergalactic conflict with Earth as its battlefield.

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Worst To First: Ranking Elmore Leonard Adaptations


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Elmore Leonard is one of the most iconic novelists of the second half of the twentieth century, so it’s natural that his work would be frequently adapted by Hollywood. However, many adaptations of his work fall short or even worse. The prime problem is that it’s easy to forget that Leonard’s novels and stories aren’t plot driven: the primary focus is on the characters, dialogue and overall attitude. Quentin Tarantino gets this. So does screenwriter Scott Frank and directors Steven Soderbergh and Barry Sonnenfeld. But many times, those adapting his work do not. Hence why of the numerous adaptations of his films, only a few truly succeed.

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Totally Awesome Facts You Need to Know About Get Shorty


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John Travolta – Get Shorty – 1995

Look at me.  Today is the twentieth anniversary of the release of Barry Sonnenfeld’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel, Get Shorty.  To celebrate, I’m going to be the guy telling you the way it is as we review the totally awesome facts that you absolutely need to know about Get Shorty.

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’70s Movies Bracket Game: Saturday Night Fever v Rocky


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Throughout the month of April we here at Le Blog will be presenting content all about the Me Decade! The 1970s were a fantastic time for the art of filmmaking. Audiences everywhere turned out in huge numbers to see a wide variety of movies. For example, films as diverse as Dirty Harry, Cabaret, Butterflies are Free, and “1776” held down the top spot at the box office during 1972. Just take a look at our bracket below and consider how many great films did not get included. Auteurs such as Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Altman, Spielberg and others broke through in the 70s, delivering films that were both artistically lauded and financially successful. But what has turned out to be our absolute favorite movie of what may be the finest decade in film history? That is what we hope to find out here…within the context of the Le Blog community. So join us and vote each and every day as we dispose of masterful art with the click of a mouse!
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Movies of 1995 Bracket Game: Get Shorty Vs. Casino


Get Shorty Vs. Casino

We’re looking back at the movies from 1995.  What was hot twenty years ago?  Which movies dominated the awards?  And which movies have stood the test of time?  In the Movies of 1995 bracket game, we’re pitting 16 of the biggest and best-remembered movies of the year against each other.  Readers will vote until only one movie reigns supreme.

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“The Best Comedy of the Year!” 1990s


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As I indicated in my previous post and in the comments section that came with it, I went into this project fully expecting to prefer the film comedies I would have to choose from as I moved back into my younger days. Is this a bias based on personal tastes? Is it a generational bias that we would see repeated reliably if we polled thousands of people of different ages? Or are there really certain eras for different art forms that are simply of a higher quality than others?

As we roll back into my young adulthood in the 1990s, my guess is that it’s a little bit of all of the above.
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