There's a lot of talk about a 2003 movie called 'The Room' which is being released here in Australia this month with 11pm screenings every Saturday at Cinema Nova.
It's considered one of the worst movies of all time and, as such, has developed a cult following for being so bad.
The film is written by, directed by and stars Tommy Wiseau and is described by The Herald-Sun like this
"The Room is basically a love triangle set in a San Francisco apartment building. But it's filled with sub-plots that go nowhere, dodgy green-screen skylines, lots of un-sexy sex scenes and acting that wouldn't pass muster on a soft-focus soapie."
Take a look at the trailer (which tries so hard to convince us that the movie is actually good) then take a look at one of the scenes and judge for yourself.
We just saw the Indian film 'My Name is Khan' in which the main character suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.
The film also deals with issues of faith, race, and post 9/11 America.
Not surprisingly, it has generated a lot of controversy. Some have said it's depiction of AS is inaccurate, but there is no one 'standard' form of AS and we both related to a lot of the main character's traits. Others have argued against the Hindu/Muslim plotline, which is odd because the message is one of tolerance towards all, perhaps a message that the intolerant find offensive. Others suggest the story itself is far-fetched... yes, it does have it's Forrest Gump moments, but treat is as mild fantasy and go with it.
From our point of view however, both Sue-Anne and I really enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend it.
The Razzies (Golden Raspberry Awards) have just been announced and hasn't it been a bumper year for bad movies?
Here are the official nominations - with my comments in red.
WORST PICTURE OF 2009 "All About Steve" "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" "Land of the Lost" "Old Dogs"" "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (a.k.a. "Trannies, Too")
What a selection! It's pretty hard to call this one though, even though I didn't see either of them, Old Dogs and Land of the Lost would be up with a good chance. Though they should have a special award for funny film titles. The Transformer's sequel is generally known as 'Transformers: ROTF'... just add an L to that and it all makes sense.
WORST ACTOR OF 2009 All Three Jonas Brothers, "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience" Will Ferrell, "Land of the Lost" Steve Martin, "Pink Panther 2" Eddie Murphy, "Imagine That" John Travolta, "Old Dogs"
With the exception of The Jonas Brothers, we have four of the biggest box office draw actors on the planet listed here... what went wrong? They all tried to be 'family friendly' and obviously have no idea what that term actually means. They all stink up the screen in these movies, but I'd say Will Ferrell smells worst.
WORST ACTRESS Of 2009 Beyonce, "Obsessed" Sandra Bullock, "All About Steve" Myley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Megan Fox, "Jennifer’s Body" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Sarah Jessica Parker, "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
On the other hand, good actresses seem to avoided this category this year. Some of the nominees suffered from bad script and direction, but I'd be surprised if Sarah Jessica Parker didn't take this one out just for being sooooo annoying.
WORST SCREEN COUPLE OF 2009
Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, "The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience"
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, "All About Steve" Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or "Comic Riff," "Land of the Lost" Shia Lebouf & Either Megan Fox or Any Transformer, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Kristin Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, "Twilight Saga: New Moon"
This is a tough category... we're really judging cardboard cutouts here... but again, I think Will Ferrell's 'Land of the Lost' turn was so bad it easily contaminated anyone in his vicinity... so he gets my vote.
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF 2009 Candice Bergen, "Bride Wars" Ali Larter, "Obsessed" Sienna Miller, "G.I. Joe" Kelly Preston,"Old Dogs" Julie White (as Mom), "Trannies, Too"
No competition here. The Mom in Transformers was wrong on so many levels... please, give her the prize.
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR OF 2009 Billy Ray Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Hugh Hefner (as himself), "Miss March" Robert Pattinson, "Twilight Saga: New Moon" Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), "Land of the Lost" Marlon Wayans, "G.I. Joe"
Hmmm.. Hugh Hefner played himself so badly he got nominated in this category? Still, I think it's time Marlon Wayans got the nod for some serious bad acting.
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (COMBINED CATEGORY FOR 2009) "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" "Land of the Lost" "Pink Panther 2" (A Rip-Off of a Sequel to a Remake) "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" "Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Personally, I'd put any Asylum feature in this category and it would take the prize hands down, but it really wouldn't be fair on the other nominees. Pink Panther 2 was reeeeeaaalllyy bad, but I think Land of the Lost had that one extra prat fall.
WORST DIRECTOR OF 2009 Michael Bay, "Trannies, Too" Walt Becker, "Old Dogs" Brad Silberling, "Land of the Lost" Stephen Sommers, "G.I. Joe" Phil Traill, "All About Steve"
I didn't think Land of the Lost had a director? However, I'd have to nominate Old Dogs for this category. Surely the director realised what he was dealing with at some stage in the production process... and he still didn't bail out!
WORST SCREENPLAY OF 2009 "All About Steve," screenplay by Kim Barker "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett, based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe Characters. "Land of the Lost," written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas, based on Sid & Marty Krofft's TV series "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen," written By Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures "Twilight Saga: New Moon," screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
As much as I could see GI Joe getting this one, All About Steve is one film that had absolutely no chance of working from the initial concept. Stalkers just aren't that entertaining.
WORST PICTURE OF THE DECADE (3 SPECIAL 30TH RAZZIE-VERSARY AWARDZ) "Battlefield Earth" (2000) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, "winner" of 8 (including Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years) "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five "Gigli" (2003) -- Nominated for 10 Razzies, winner of seven (including Worst Comedy of Our First 25 Years) "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of eight "Swept Away" (2002) -- Nominated for nine Razzies, "winner" of five
Oh Battlefield Earth, definitely! And special mention for it's sequel, the church of scientology.
WORST ACTOR OF THE DECADE Ben Affleck -- (Nominated for nine "achievements,"winner" of two Razzies) "Daredevil," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Paycheck," "Pearl Harbor," "Surviving Christmas" Eddie Murphy -- (Nominated for 12 "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Adventures of Pluto Nash," "I Spy," "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit," "Showtime" Mike Myers -- (Nominated for four "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies), "Cat in the Hat," "The Love Guru" Rob Schneider -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of one Razzie) "The Animal," "Benchwarmers," "Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo," "Grandma's Boy," "The Hot Chick," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry," "Little Man," "Little Nicky" John Travolta -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of the Razzies) "Battlefield Earth," "Domestic Disturbance," "Lucky Numbers," "Old Dogs," "Swordfish"
I'd have to go with the numbers here, Eddie Murphy. Just what goes through a producer's mind when they say "Let's hire Eddie Murphy?" They know him from Shrek but somehow forget all his other "movies" since 1995. (And he currently has SEVEN movies in production!)
WORST ACTRESS OF THE DECADE Mariah Carey – (The Single Biggest Individual Vote Getter of the Decade: 70+% Of ALL Votes For Worst Actress Of 2001), "Glitter" Paris Hilton (Nominated for five "Achievements," "Winner" of four Razzies) "The Hottie & The Nottie," "House of Whacks," "Repo: The Genetic Opera" Lindsay Lohan -- (Nominated for five "achievements," "winner" of three Razzies) "Herbie Fully Loaded," "I Know Who Killed Me," "Just My Luck" Jennifer Lopez -- (Nominated for nine "achievements," "winner" of two Razzies) "Angel Eyes," "Enough," "Gigli," "Jersey Girl," "Maid in Manhattan," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Planner" Madonna -- (Nominated for six "achievements," "winner" of four Razzies) "Die Another Day," "The Next Best Thing," "Swept Away"
Four singers and a ??? Not a single actress amongst them so I think this category is a little unfair. However, Glitter was so bad thanks to Mariah Carey's work (it rated 2 out of 10 on Imdb) I think she's a shoe-in for this award.
But what about the worst movie of all time?
As voted by Imdb users, it's a 2007 release showcasing the talents of another singer, from 'German Idol' Daniel Küblböck, and here's the official trailer.
It opened on Thursday but we didn't get a chance to see it until today... all I can say is RUSH OUT AND SEE THIS! Yes, it's gory and gross, but it's also very funny, well written, and extremely stylish. The opening titles sequence is one of the best I've seen.
Nicholas J Johnson reminded me the other day that we'll have to make our annual visit to see SAW next week. "Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood!" Hmmm.. somehow I doubt that... especially when SAW VII is going to be in 3D.
However, it did prompt me to take a look and see what movies are coming up that I'm actually looking forward to...
OCT 29 will be a busy week with Michael Jackson's 'THIS IS IT' being the event movie of the year, 'THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR PARNASSUS' another Terry Gilliam massive hit or miss, and 'THE BOX'. A film with an intriguing premise: "A mysterious stranger, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don't know.
NOV 5 sees Jim Carrey return in 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL'... but I do have the feeling Carrey ran out of gags a film or two ago... 'CASE 39' is at the other extreme and sounds interesting, and 'THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE' with Eric Bana is another film with an odd premise: "The story of a Chicago librarian who suffers from a rare disorder that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage." (Well duh!)
NOV 12 and it's '2012', another massive effects-based flick about the end of the world done only as Roland Emmerich does them, and 'THE BROTHERS BLOOM' looks like being a good old-fashioned con movie... with a twist!
DEC 10 is a dull movie week, but at least the awful 'JENNIFER'S BODY' provides us with another ridiculous plot line: "When small-town high school hottie Jennifer is possessed by a hungry demon, guys who never stood a chance with her, take on new luster in the light of Jennifer's insatiable appetite."
DEC 17 and there's only one movie released, 'AVATAR'. Everyone seems excited about this one from James Cameron but the trailer looks like an ad for a video game.
'THE TOOTH FAIRY' starring The Rock and winning my award for most ridiculous premise of 2010: "A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy."
'NINE' a film that lovers of musicals are dying to see
'THE A TEAM' - Here's the cast: Faceman - Bradley Cooper (Steve in 'All About Steve'), Hannibal - Liam Neeson, Murdock - Sharlto Copley (Wikus in 'District 9'), B A Baracus - Quinton Jackson (UFC fighter). And still the 'I Dream of Jeannie' movie remains "in development".
'THE EXPENDABLES' - Stallone directs the greatest action cast ever: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Wow! I bet stuff will blow up.
Sue-Anne, Lee Cohen and I went out the other day to see the movie 'Adam' (see trailer above). It's about a guy with Asperger's Syndromre - the way he lives, the way he interacts with the world, and the way he tries to form a relationship.
I certainly related to a lot of the things Adam did, and the way he behaved, but according to Lee & Sue-Anne, I was more like Adam that I realised!
At first I was worried it was a bad thing, but I was reassured by both of them that it's fine. They've coped with my eccentricities for many, many years so far and pretty much gotten used to them.
But it was interesting just watching "my life" from the outside and seeing how weird I must appear to be to everyone else.
To be honest... if I'm that bad, I'm amazed I've come as far as I have!
Go see the movie though. It's funny, charming and will make you smile... and realise that some strangers are a little stranger than others... ;)