Tomorrow is the official kick off of Oscar season. Which I guess is fine if you’re into prestige dramas and that sort of thing. But if you’re like me, it’s more fun to see who is going to get skewered by the Golden Raspberry Awards. We’ll have the Oscar nominations for you tomorrow morning as they are announced. But first, let’s review the movies that were chosen as the worst of 2017.
Not a lot of surprises here. You knew Transformers was going to get nominated before it was even released. Sure enough, the latest Michael Bay extravaganza leads the pack with 9 nominations. Not far behind was Fifty Shades Darker with 8 nods. Considering the original movie was a Worst Picture Winner, you had to figure the sequel would get some attention from voters. A few old targets resurfaced long enough to get back on the Razzie radar and a few new targets got spotted for the first time
The title might catch people’s eye considering that even with the under-performance of Transformers: The Last Knight at the box office, Michael Bay’s franchise is still going relatively strong. But we’re not here to focus on that. No, we’re here to focus on the original Transformers movie. The 1986 animated film.
When it was released in August of 1986, it didn’t set the box office on fire the way many people were hoping it would. It opened in 14th place and was the 88th highest grossing film of that year.
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-second annual Razzies nominated the movies of 2011. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon were the top movies of the year. The silent comedy, The Artist, took a lot of the top prizes including Best Picture. And Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for The Iron Lady. At the Razzies, every single award was won by one of two movies starring Adam Sandler.
Okay, let’s get two things out of the way right off the top. Number one: My family and I had a really good time at the Universal theme parks in Orlando this spring. Take a look at my article 10 Things I Loved about Universal Orlando’s Theme Parks for a little bit about that. Number two: Despite the top photo, I’m not here to moan about how it rains a lot in central Florida. I’ve been to Disney World and Universal enough times to be over that. It rains there. That’s not the fault of the folks at the theme parks. I was just looking for a less cheery top photo and thought that one would suffice.
Even though my recent trip to Universal Orlando was great, things can almost always be better, can’t they? Well that’s what I’m here to discuss. I’ll rank them backwards from 10 (the least offensive thing) to 1 (the thing I disliked the most). Come along if you like!
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For the last few years, our big family vacations have mostly involved going to Walt Disney World. Last year, we made a special trip to check out Disney’s latest additions in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. At the airport on the way home, we got into an elevator with a guy carrying a clipboard with the Universal logo on it. He asked if we enjoyed our trip. We said we had. Then he asked if we got to visit “the fun place” and tapped his clipboard. We said we hadn’t because the girls were still a bit young. He chuckled and said, “Those are good Disney ages.”
This year, I wanted to do something different. For one thing, Disney wasn’t offering anything new. But we were also getting a bit tired of the typical Disney World vacation which is simply exhausting. I didn’t think the girls were old enough for Universal, so I looked into a Disney cruise instead. Over the course of planning the trip, we allowed a little time in Florida both before and after the cruise. When I realized that the day before we boarded the ship was Father’s Day, I decided to spend a day at Universal to get a taste of what we had been missing. Read the rest of this entry
With Neill Blomkamp’s latest science fiction movie, Chappie, opening March 6, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most memorable robot characters in movie history. Some of them are good, some of them want to kill us. Some of them look like humans and others are clearly machines. Robots have been part of movies since the early silent picture days. In this bracket game, we pick our favorites.
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