January 2011 Archives
The Mechanic is the perfect example of the kind of movie that's really fun to get excited about when it's announced just because the pitch is so perfect -- Jason Statham remakes a bad-ass Charles Bronson hitman movie -- but that promptly fizzles the second you actually witness the cheap, lazy, cash-grabby way that pitch was executed. Movies like this are what make me curse my unconditional Statham love. I could've spent that 13 dollars on something useful! Like putting it towards a gun made up of other guns!
With panic and cowardice firmly entrenched in Hollywood, remakes are the name of the game, as familiar concepts and past hits have taken the place of original ideas and new franchises. And while it occasionally produces a winner, very often the result is inferior to what's come before. Now, it's time for you to vote with your bruised and battered memories, in our first-annual Movies Without Pity Awards!
Was True Grit the best remake, or was it The Karate Kid? Was The Last Airbender the one that most failed to surpass its source material, or was that Yogi Bear? Vote right the first time, because in the MWoP Awards, there are no do-overs. Fresh categories will be available at the beginning of each week and the ultimate winners will be announced February 18. Plus, we've created a Facebook app so you can share your votes with your friends!
With tough economic times not yet behind us, I was hoping that The Company Men would be an inspirational movie about the decisions one has to make when one finds oneself unemployed, with an uplifting ending. And while those elements are there, there's also a lot of commentary on corporate greed, some cheesy can-do attitude and none of the characters are particularly likable. It's like the opposite of Up in the Air, in both viewpoint and quality.
Nicolas Cage. Johnny Depp. Sam Worthington. Mark Wahlberg. Russell Brand. You either love them or you hate them. We know how we feel, but we want all of our readers to get the chance to give their two cents, which is why four of the categories in the latest round of the Movies Without Pity Awards are all about acting.
Who will be the Best Actor of 2010 The Worst? Who was the Best Breakout Star? Who had the Least Successful "Take Me Seriously" Role? You'll have a week to vote on these categories and seven others before the next round, and don't forget to vote on Facebook, where you can weigh in on even more topics. Fresh categories will be available on the site every Monday, and the ultimate winners will be announced February 18!
It seems like over the last decade there's been a veritable cavalcade of movies about exorcisms, hauntings and paranormal activity, so it's hard to build up any enthusiasm for yet another one. But Sir Anthony Hopkins is a game-changer. Having such a fine actor in such a formulaic genre film, even one purportedly based on a true story (but aren't they all?) seems like a waste, but at the same time it's always fun to see the man really cut loose, as he did in Dracula and The Wolfman and a dozen other horror and thriller movies. Add this one to his list of masterful performances, because he single-handedly makes the movie a horror staple.
You can have a huge budget, the best actors and a talented director, but it doesn't mean squat unless you've got a good script. It's the foundation upon which you build your movie, and if your foundation is full of holes, or is unstable or flimsy, the whole thing will come tumbling down. We're calling out the Best and Worst Screenplays of 2010 in our first annual Movies Without Pity Awards!
Which will take best? Inception? True Grit? How about worst? The Last Airbender? Date Night? Well, this week, you can vote in these categories and nine others, including Best Comedy, Worst Actor and Best Movie More People Should Have Seen! You'll have a week to vote on these categories before the next round, and don't forget to vote on Facebook, where you can weigh in on even more topics. Fresh categories will be available on the TWoP site every Monday, and the ultimate winners will be announced February 18!
The horror genre is a low-budget filmmaker's best friend. After all, it doesn't take a lot of money to scare people, since there are scary forests pretty much everywhere, and you don't have to worry too much about sets when people are walking around in the dark with the power out. And yet, a horror movie with a massive budget and a cast of hundreds can be one of the dumbest, least scary movies ever made. We're celebrating the dichotomy in our first annual Movies Without Pity Awards!
Which movie was the Best Horror Movie of 2010? Was it that one with that guy in that thing with the knives? Or that one with those people who were all gross? Well, this week, you can vote in that category and ten others, including Best Comedy, Worst Actor and Best Screenplay! You'll have a week to vote on these categories before the next round, and don't forget to vote on Facebook, where you can weigh in on even more topics. Fresh categories will be available on the TWoP site every Monday, and the ultimate winners will be announced February 18!
The Academy Award nominees have been announced, and they're... eerily familiar! The actor nominees almost mirror the SAG Award nominees, and all of the Golden Globe nominees for Best Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Director (well, except one) are represented. There are still some oversights, but no real upsets, except maybe in the director category. Somewhere in Gotham City, a bat is crying.
Okay, we felt kind of bad about last week. Worst Horror Movie, Worst Comedy... there was a lot of negative energy going around. Well, we're trying to focus on the positive this week, with new, rah-rah categories including Best Actor, Best Comedy, Best Action Movie and Best Movie More People Should Have Seen. Why the sudden 180? Hey, that's just the way we play things here at the first annual Movies Without Pity Awards.
Sure, it's not all positive -- we've also got Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay, so you have a place to keep your bile -- but overall it's a good week to be a nominee in the MWoP Awards. You'll have a week to vote on these categories before the next round, and don't forget to vote on Facebook, where your disdain is always kept private and never sold to others. Fresh categories will be available on the TWoP site every Monday, and the ultimate winners will be announced February 18!
Things Thornton Mellon taught me: It you want to look thin, hang out with fat people. Things Bruce Willis taught me: If you want to look young, hang out with old(er) people.