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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2014


Razzies 2014

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 thirty-fifth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2014.   American Sniper and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 were the top movies of the year.  Birdman won Best Picture and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won his first of two consecutive Best Director statues.  The top acting prizes went to Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.  The Razzies were launching their own war on Christmas – or at least Kirk Cameron.

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Golden Raspberry Awards: 2009


Razzies 2009

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 thirtieth annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2009.   Avatar smashed box office records to become the highest grossing movie ever made. Director James Cameron lost Best Director to his ex, Kathryn Bigelow, who won for directing 2009’s Best Picture, The Hurt Locker.  Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock took home the top acting prizes.  In a Razzie first, Bullock was also a winner at the Razzies.

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Movies of 1996 Bracket Game: Independence Day Vs. The Rock


Independence Day Vs. The Rock

I hope you enjoyed our brief foray into the quirky independent comedies of 1996.  Because as we move into round two, we’re shifting gears.  Try not to get whiplash as we transition from arthouse fare to mainstream big-budget blow-em-ups!  Neither of today’s movies have much to say about the human condition save maybe for the fact that we like it when things blow up and Will Smith quips about it.  But while these movies may not be great (or even good), we still have an epic showdown between two of the most popular directors in Hollywood.  So what if they are hacks?

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Movies of 1996 Bracket Game: Ransom Vs. The Rock


Ransom Vs. The Rock

We’re continuing our look back at the movies from the year of the Atlanta Olympic games.  As we work our way down the top-grossing movies of 1996, the quality of the movies improves a bit.  Ron Howard’s suspense drama, Ransom and Michael Bay’s action flick, The Rock, were the fifth and seventh highest-grossing movies of the year.  Audiences flocked to see these movies twenty years ago.  What do we think of them today?

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A-List: Megan Fox


Megan Fox Launches Avon Foundation #SeeTheSigns Of Domestic Violence Campaign In the What the Hell Happened series, I take the long view of an actor or actress’ career.  That series explores whether or not an actor or actress ever reached the A-list.  If not, why not?  If so, what happened?  There is a full career arc from unknown to household name to What the Hell Happened subject.  In this series, which I am simply calling A-list, my focus is not on what happened but on what is happening right now and what may happen in the future.  Sure, that’s going to involve looking back on what brought us to this point.  But the focus is primarily on the now.  My subjects will be actors or actresses whose status has recently shifted up or down.  Some of them may be A-listers who have suffered a set-back.  Others may be A-list hopefuls. Read the rest of this entry

Hollywood Throwdown


hollywood throwdown

Hollywood has a head-scratching habit of turning out two movies within a few months of each other, that are basically the exact same film. So not only do we get sequels, prequels, sidequels, reboots, remakes, and adaptations we get White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen practically back to back, because obviously if we liked something once, we want the leftovers next month. And unfortunately that’s how it usually goes, one film becomes the dish, and the other is scrapped by audiences. Studios seem to go head to head, in a pissing contest to prove that their bland actioner is vastly superior to the same thing being developed at the same time. So let’s run through some notable ones and see how it shakes out.

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