After Earth: Plan 10 From Outer Space

by Ethan Alter May 31, 2013 6:01 am
<i>After Earth</i>: Plan 10 From Outer Space

In hindsight, one of the most hilariously blown calls in modern movie history is the 2002 Newsweek cover that proclaimed M. Night Shyamalan as "The Next Spielberg." (Small wonder that magazine no longer exists.) To be respectful of the dead for a moment, Newsweek did make that comparison after Shyamalan was coming off the commercial hot streak of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. It would take the next batch of movies -- starting with The Village (although I'd argue that Signs is the real... um, signpost of his decline) and continuing through The Last Airbender -- for the director's actual cinematic forbearer to reveal himself. And Shyamalan's latest effort, After Earth, only further confirms what many have long suspected: far from being the next Spielberg, Shyamalan is actually the next Wood. As in Ed Wood, the pioneering Z-movie schlockmeister, who (if you believe the Tim Burton version) had an enthusiasm for filmmaking matched only by his ineptitude.

Razzie Awards 2014: Picks, Predictions and Oversights

by Aly Semigran January 15, 2014 2:31 pm
Razzie Awards 2014: Picks, Predictions and Oversights

Tomorrow morning, the nominations for the most prestigious and beloved movies and performances of 2013 (and August: Osage County) will be announced for the 86th Academy Awards. This morning, however, the nominations for the polar opposite Golden Raspberry Awards dropped and since there's little chance of much overlap (though The Lone Ranger could sneak in an Oscar nomination for makeup, but that's about it) it's only fair that we give the year's most horrendous work its due. While this year's list of Razzie nods got a lot right (Grown Ups 2 leads the pack with a worthy eight nominations and Lindsay Lohan wound up in three categories for three different movies) some clunkers managed to slip through the cracks (how the hell did The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Oz the Great and Powerful, R.I.P.D., Man of Steel and Gangster Squad go unscathed?). The "winners" of the Razzies are announced on Saturday, March 1 (that's right, one night before the Oscars) but we're picking the movies and performances that will win, that should win, and which ones were snubbed.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

by Ethan Alter October 8, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This is what the cast of The Hangover Part III looked like after they watched their own movie.

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