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Worst Use of Money That Could've Been Used to Feed the Poor Instead [Jan. 25th, 2009|11:55 am]
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It's late January, folks, and you know what that means -- the nominees for the 29th Annual Golden Raspberries Awards, or Razzies, have been announced, "honoring" what this fine organization believes are the worst theatrically released movies of last year. "Winners" will be announced at an awards ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday, February 21 (my birthday, fittingly enough!). And now, for your morbid-curiosity pleasure, I present the nominees:

Worst Picture
Disaster Movie
Meet the Spartans
The Happening
The Hottie and the Nottie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
(Apparently the only reason The Spirit isn't on this list is because it was released just after the cut off date.)

Worst Actor
Larry the Cable Guy in WITLESS PROTECTION
Eddie Murphy in MEET DAVE
Mike Myers in THE LOVE GURU
Al Pacino in 88 MINUTES and RIGHTEOUS KILL
Mark Wahlberg in THE HAPPENING and MAX PAYNE

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba in THE EYE and THE LOVE GURU
The Cast of THE WOMEN (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan)
Cameron Diaz in WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Paris Hilton in THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE
Kate Hudson in FOOLS’ GOLD and MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL
(No surprise to see Jessica Alba nominated for bad acting in two different movies. She's awful in everything. I am surprised to see the cast of THE WOMEN, though. That movie's failure had nothing to do with the cast, but rather the awful script and direction.)

Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll (as Himself) in UWE BOLL’S POSTAL
Pierce Brosnan in MAMMA MIA!
Ben Kingsley in THE LOVE GURU, WAR, INC. and THE WACKNESS
Burt Reynolds in DEAL and IN THE NAME OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE TALE
Verne Troyer in THE LOVE GURU and UWE BOLL’S POSTAL
(Did Ben Kingsley need a new mansion or something? What happened to the man who burned up the screen in SEXY BEAST?)

Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra in DISASTER MOVIE and MEET THE SPARTANS
Paris Hilton in REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA
Kim Kardashian in DISASTER MOVIE
Jenny McCarthy in WITLESS PROTECTION
Leelee Sobieski in 88 MINUTES and IN THE NAME OF THE KING
(I think this is something like Carmen Electra's tenth nomination for being in these shitty spoofs. Nice to see the new, even less talented Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, getting some Razzies attention as well. I feel bad for Leelee Sobieski, though. She used to be a good actress who chose good roles.)

Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll & any Actor, Camera or Screenplay
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher in WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore in THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy in WITLESS PROTECTION
Eddie Murphy IN Eddie Murphy in MEET DAVE
(Oh snap, take that, Uwe Boll!)

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
The Day The Earth Blowed Up Real Good
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull
Speed Racer
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
(Ouch! THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL isn't even good enough to warrant the use of its actual title! Also, I hope CRYSTAL SKULL wins because it was the most disappointing. Everyone knew the other movies would suck. We all had hope for Indy.)

Worst Director
Uwe Boll for 1968: TUNNEL RATS, IN THE NAME OF THE KING and POSTAL
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer for DISASTER MOVIE and MEET THE SPARTANS
Tom Putnam for THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE
Marco Schnabel for THE LOVE GURU
M. Night Shyamalan for THE HAPPENING
(Uwe Boll had three movies come out this past year? All aspiring filmmakers should just give up now.)

Worst Screenplay
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans BOTH WRITTEN BY JASON FRIEDBERG & AARON SELTZER
The Happening WRITTEN BY M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
The Hottie And The Nottie WRITTEN BY HEIDI FERRER
In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale WRITTEN BY DOUG TAYLOR
The Love Guru WRITTEN BY MIKE MYERS & GRAHAM GORDY

Worst Career Achievement (special category)
Uwe Boll (Germany's answer to Ed Wood)
(Mark my words. Some day there will be a biopic about Uwe Boll that stars the future version of Johnny Depp, and afterward everyone will download Boll's entire oeuvre into their heads for instant viewing, and then everyone will claim they always loved his movies even when others didn't because they got it, man, they truly understood him like no one else did. At that point, you can start laughing your cryogenically frozen head off.)
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[User Picture]From: livia_llewellyn
2009-01-25 05:29 pm (UTC)
I think they should rename the Worst Career Achievement Award to "The Uwe". And then give it to Uwe, every goddamn year.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 05:30 pm (UTC)
So true.
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[User Picture]From: realthog
2009-01-26 12:27 am (UTC)

The man who put the "boll" in . . .

You're way ahead of me on this, aren't you?
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[User Picture]From: suricattus
2009-01-25 05:46 pm (UTC)

Worst Actor
Larry the Cable Guy in WITLESS PROTECTION
Eddie Murphy in MEET DAVE
Mike Myers in THE LOVE GURU
Al Pacino in 88 MINUTES and RIGHTEOUS KILL
Mark Wahlberg in THE HAPPENING and MAX PAYNE


I dunno, I think Al Pacino should get a pass based on previous Works of Merit.

(and personally, I thought Pierce Brosnan was marvelous in "Mama Mia," knowing full well he couldn't sing worth a damn and not giving a damn, either.)
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 05:48 pm (UTC)
To tell you the truth, Pacino was hardly the worst thing about RIGHTEOUS KILL. He was let down by an overwrought script that had him saying dialogue even the best actors of all time would have trouble with.
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[User Picture]From: suricattus
2009-01-25 06:04 pm (UTC)
"we're in Greece! We're getting paid! More ouzo!"
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-01-25 06:23 pm (UTC)
I just read the Wikipedia article about Uwe Boll. Wow! Well, I guess you can't accuse him of being boring, at least in his off screen exploits.

I've been meaning to see Ed Wood, especially after watching excerpts from it in a Johnny Depp biography. I don't know how historically accurate the movie was to the real Ed Wood, but in the movie he seems to come off as a rather charming figure with a genuine passion for film making. Perhaps people are more willing to overlook the faults of somebody who's endearing in his likability and sincerity.

Edited at 2009-01-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ed Wood is a marvelous movie. See it!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2009-01-25 10:22 pm (UTC)
I will! It's on my To See movie list.

I just remembered again to search to see if you can watch Plan 9 From Outer Space online, and you indeed can. Oh, man: this looks like it's going to live up to its reputation. I just got done watching the guy sitting at the desk hyperbolically and awkwardly intoning in this garbled prose about the horror awaiting the viewer. Well, he was right, but not in the way Ed Wood thought! :-D
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 10:45 pm (UTC)
Plan 9 is a masterpiece of awfulness. It's best viewed with friends and alcohol.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 07:05 pm (UTC)
I think the only reason to see MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D is for the 3Dness. I'm going to try to catch it in the theaters for this reason, but it's hard to find the time and justify the expense (tickets are expensive here).
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[User Picture]From: mssrcrankypants
2009-01-25 07:03 pm (UTC)
Ben Kingsley in THE LOVE GURU, WAR, INC. and THE WACKNESS

I don't know about the other films, but Kingsley was awesome in WAR, INC. That film was hysterical satire.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-25 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you have terrible taste in movies. Everyone knows this.
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[User Picture]From: mssrcrankypants
2009-01-26 12:53 am (UTC)
Only according to the planet you live on, Bizarro!
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-26 12:59 am (UTC)
I bet The Spirit is your new favorite movie of all time!
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[User Picture]From: realthog
2009-01-26 12:24 am (UTC)

Here's a planned remake that's surely more egregious by far than any mentioned above: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7849841.stm.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-26 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, for fuck's sake.
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[User Picture]From: realthog
2009-01-26 12:38 am (UTC)

Thought you might say something like that.
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From: godofchickens
2009-01-26 02:01 am (UTC)
Uwe Boll is famous for inviting his critics into the boxing ring.

I say we pay Wrath to start reviewing movies.

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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2009-01-26 03:11 am (UTC)
Ehhh, Wrath probably likes his movies. ;-)
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