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  • Leo Grant Logan
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    #58750

    Since “Jack and Jill” has just clean up the ceremony last week, it’s time to focus on potential contenders for next year’s Razzie Awards.

    POTENTIAL RAZZIE CONTENDERS
    ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
    ACT OF VALOR
    ALEX CROSS
    THE APPARITION
    ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 2
    BATTLESHIP
    BEL AMI
    CHASING MAVERICKS
    CHERNOBYL DIARIES
    THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
    DARLING COMPANION
    THE DEVIL INSIDE
    FOR GREATER GLORY
    FUN SIZE
    GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
    GONE
    HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET
    A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
    LOCKOUT
    THE LUCKY ONE
    MAN ON A LEDGE
    MEDEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM
    ONE FOR THE MONEY
    PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING
    PIRANHA 3DD
    THE RAVEN
    RED DAWN (2012)
    RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION
    SEEKING JUSTICE
    SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D
    STEP UP REVOLUTION
    TAKEN 2
    THAT’S MY BOY
    THIS MEANS WAR
    A THOUSAND WORDS
    TOTAL RECALL (2012)
    THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2
    UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
    THE WATCH
    WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
    WON’T BACK DOWN
    THE WORDS
    WRATH OF THE TITANS 

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    Trent
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    #58752

    Right now Eddie Murphy has it locked up for A Thousand Words.

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    babypook
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    #58753

    Hmmm, well, while I have the chance, I didnt congratulate Adam Sandler and Jack and Jill.

    Congratulations to Jack and Jill and it’s minion screenwriters/perfs for the most deserving WINNER in recent memory! Kudos to all of your many ‘wins’ and accolades!!!!

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    #58754

    A lot of those on the list are going to be forgotten. Except anything with Nicolas Cage.

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    I offer ‘Transformers: Water’, aka, ‘Battleship’ for worst picture.  The Hollywood Reporter’s unmerciful review:

    Universal’s noisy alien-invasion
    tentpole plays like just-add-water “Transformers.”

    The grid-based board game that provides
    the jumping-off point for this extravagantly noisy spectacle is not
    known for its narrative thrust, and neither is Battleship
    particularly interested in story.   At once silly and overly ponderous, it
    is a long-winded exercise in cartoonish war games pitting a splinter
    section of the U.S. Navy against invading aliens — a sort of
    just-add-water Transformers. But those looking for big, loud sci-fi
    action will find plenty to like here as director Peter Berg (Hancock,
    Friday Night Lights) pumps up the volume on clashing military
    hardware and flag-waving heroics. The Universal release should open
    strongly in international markets and gather steam heading into its
    U.S. release on May 18.

    A rather niftily engineered sequence
    midway through Battleship references the board game owned by Hasbro,
    the company that’s already made millions from its Transformers and
    G.I. Joe franchises. It’s a rare offering of wit from screenwriting
    brothers Erichand Jon Hoeber (RED), who otherwise ensure the
    impressive visual effects and Berg’s epic set pieces fight against
    an armada of cinematic clichés and some truly awful dialogue.

    “Let’s see if we can buy the world
    another day!” is one veteran soldier’s rallying cry, while
    elsewhere Taylor Kitsch’s maverick hero weathers a half-hour
    barrage of alien strikes before muttering, “I’ve got a bad
    feeling about this.”

    Risible, yes. But who could expect more
    from the one-dimensional characters Berg moves around on the board —
    sorry, screen — as they shout to be heard above the clank and
    screech of metal and Steve Jablonsky’s blaring score. At least no
    one’s taking things too seriously, with pop star Rihanna seemingly
    having the most fun as a plucky weapons specialist who scampers about
    the USS John Paul Jones making things go boom.

    The ship is one of three left stranded
    inside a force field after a fleet of gigantic alien spaceships
    interrupts a routine exercise between Japanese and American sailors
    off the coast of Hawaii.  The extraterrestrials have been
    summoned by an exploratory signal sent into the depths of space, and
    although the bristly bearded creatures come across as more curious
    than overtly hostile, a trigger-happy Navy engages and enters the
    fray.

    Alex Hopper (Kitsch) is the
    loose-cannon lieutenantsuddenly charged with saving the world from
    what one character solemnly dubs “an extinction-level threat.”
    He’s a formerly long-haired slacker who has cleaned up his act and
    joined the Navy after an ultimatum from his straitlaced captain
    brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard).

    Alex is still hot-headed, though, which
    gets him in trouble with grouchy Admiral Crane (Liam Neeson in a
    paycheck role), the father of his lissom fiancee, Samantha (Brooklyn
    Decker). Samantha is a physical therapist who has her own role to
    play in saving the world from destruction: Back on shore, she teams
    up with a double-amputee war hero (real-life Iraq veteran Gregory D.
    Gadson) and a comic-relief communications nerd (Hamish Linklater) to
    prevent the ETs from phoning home.

    Kitsch, coming off the super-flop John
    Carter, soft-pedals the charm, exuding just enough charisma to get
    by. The striking-looking Skarsgard (True Blood) is ramrod-straight
    and impossibly grave throughout, while Decker’s expression toggles
    between blank and very blank.

    There’s much to admire in the
    enthusiasm and craft Berg brings to the action, but in the wake of
    the Transformers movies’ success, the look is obviously funneled
    through a Michael Bay-shaped aperture.

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    Variety, as well, says go right ahead and call this one of the worst summer movies of the year.  SIX producers?  Seriously?

    Proportional strategy and luck are required to win Battleship, the family board game Peter Berg’s loudly, proudly ridiculous soldiers-vs.-aliens blockbuster rather fancifully claims as its source. As played by Taylor Kitsch’s beefy Navy lieutenant, however, victory requires no such niceties — just the biggest explosives the military can provide. Overlong and underwritten even by the standards of summer f/x extravaganzas, this “Battleship” will nonetheless float with many on the strength of its boyish, eager-to-please razzle-dazzle. Bowing in Europe a month before its U.S. opening, pic should perform robustly enough to greenlight the sequel patently set up by its post-credits sting.

    Having already parlayed its beloved G.I. Joe and Transformers action figures into hit Hollywood franchises, toy manufacturing giant Hasbro has now turned its attention to its classic board-game collection. On the surface, the idea isn’t as silly as it seems: A board game, after all, has more of a built-in narrative structure than a doll, though Battleship’s miss-hit-sink trajectory perhaps tells a simpler story than most. Certainly, a lot of ships get sunk in fraternal writing duo Jon and Erich Hoeber’s screenplay, though there the similarity ends; there’s nary an in-joke about the game to be found here. Indeed, rather surprisingly coming from the writers of “Red,” attempts at hip humor are few and far between; the film mostly lets the missiles do the talking.

    Extended pre-credits sequence gets past its science with impressive haste: We’re here to play, after all, not to learn. The need-to-knows are that a “Goldilocks planet” (close enough to, and far enough from, the sun in order to sustain life, and therefore just right) has been discovered by NASA in a separate galaxy; the inhabitants of Planet G have responded to scientists’ interstellar communications, and decided to pay a visit to Earth.

    Cut to Oahu, Hawaii, where jobless layabout Alex (Kitsch) is celebrating his 26th birthday in a dive bar with disapproving older brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard), a straitlaced Navy recruit. After Alex commits a drunken infraction designed to impress leggy physiotherapist Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), Stone issues a final-straw demand: Alex is to join him in the Navy. In seemingly no time at all, Alex has graduated to lieutenant level despite equally feckless behavior in uniform, and is in a serious relationship with Samantha, whose stern dad (Liam Neeson) just happens to be commander of the Pacific fleet.

    All principals are conveniently involved, then, when Planet G’s alien spacecraft crashes into the Pacific and rises ominously from the depths near the naval base in Oahu. A reconnaissance mission led by Alex and scrappy female officer Raikes (Rihanna) aggravates the visitors into opening fire, setting the stage for a protracted series of back-and-forth pyrotechnic attacks of increasing sound and fury until an abruptly curtailed finale. The comparatively limp mainland action, meanwhile, finds Samantha weathering the storm with paraplegic Army veteran Mick (real-life Iraq hero Gregory D. Gadson) and technical geek Cal (Hamish Linklater), who devises a way to break the aliens’ communication wall.

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” mutters Alex, a veritable Cassandra of the high seas — and that’s after two destroyer ships have already been blown to smithereens. Bright enough to quote Homer back at his commanding officer, but dim enough to think the Japanese wrote “The Art of War,” he’s too blandly inscrutable a hero to root for with much enthusiasm, which goes for most of the characters. The exception is Decker’s Samantha, who’s so unctuously inexpressive, we might actively root for her demise under one of the enemy’s flaming razor-balls. The aliens, encased in markedly Power Ranger-like suits, are no more defined in personality or motivation, making it rather easy to sit back and enjoy the fireworks without taking sides any more than one would while observing, say, a game of Battleship between two strangers. (Maybe there’s something to the screenwriters’ claims after all.)

    The attractive cast does no more than Berg and the script require, which is very little indeed. After “John Carter,” Kitsch is still waiting for a film vehicle to make good on the easy, authentic charm he exhibits in TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” though he’s physically up to the task here. Fans of pop megastar Rihanna, making her film debut, will be disappointed to find that the role of Raikes may as well be renamed Young Female Demographic for all the pertinence it has to the narrative, but she’s a sparky enough presence.

    Tech credits are all polished, if not as metallically sleek as they would be with a Michael Bay-style craftsman at the helm. Tobias Schliesser’s lensing covers the teal-and-orange palette seemingly mandatory for such adventures these days, while Steve Jablonsky’s score thumps and drones away with nary a pause, little betraying the presence of rock super-producer Rick Rubin and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on the music team.

    The bulk of the attention in this evidently expensive production has been lavished on Industrial Light & Magic’s typically immaculate effects, which are firmly in the “Transformers” mold stylistically, with the added challenge of water simulation. That such state-of-the-art creations have been used to realize a story whose climax hinges on a true-life WWII battleship, USS Missouri, outlasting its newer, shinier rivals is an irony probably lost on all involved.

     

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    I wouldn’t be so sure about Battleship because it is in the middle of a surge of good reviews right now.

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    Rihanna looks like she might be in for worst supporting actress.

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    I wouldn’t be so sure about Battleship because it is in the middle of a surge of good reviews right now.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battleship/  44%; just sayin’ 😉 

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    [quote=”heyitsmegrif4″]I wouldn’t be so sure about Battleship because it is in the middle of a surge of good reviews right now.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battleship/  44%; just sayin’ 😉 [/quote]

    yeah but i see this going towards the low fifties to the mid fifties or lowest high forties on rotten tomatoes.

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    Since “Jack and Jill” has just clean up the ceremony last week, it’s time to focus on potential contenders for next year’s Razzie Awards.

    POTENTIAL RAZZIE CONTENDERS
    ACT OF VALOR
    THE DEVIL INSIDE
    GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
    GONE
    MAN ON A LEDGE
    ONE FOR THE MONEY
    SEEKING JUSTICE
    THIS MEANS WAR
    A THOUSAND WORDS
    THE THREE STOOGES
    UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
    WRATH OF THE TITANS 

    Act Of Valor? What?
    Anyway, I saw a preview for Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise coming out this summer I think. It looks like it has Razzie written all over it.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    [quote=”TeleFlick”]Since “Jack and Jill” has just clean up the ceremony last week, it’s time to focus on potential contenders for next year’s Razzie Awards.

    POTENTIAL RAZZIE CONTENDERS
    ACT OF VALOR
    THE DEVIL INSIDE
    GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
    GONE
    MAN ON A LEDGE
    ONE FOR THE MONEY
    SEEKING JUSTICE
    THIS MEANS WAR
    A THOUSAND WORDS
    THE THREE STOOGES
    UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
    WRATH OF THE TITANS 

    Act Of Valor? What?
    Anyway, I saw a preview for Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise coming out this summer I think. It looks like it has Razzie written all over it.[/quote]

    Yes, Tom Cruise attempting to “rock” is sure to be a hoot, but let’s wait ‘n see what dreck Adam Sandler is going to try to pawn off on an unsuspecting public this year…

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    Variety, as well, says go right ahead and call this one of the worst summer movies of the year.

    “…scrappy female officer Raikes (Rihanna) aggravates… ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this,’ mutters Alex, a veritable Cassandra of the high seas…”

    I myself have a bad feeling about BATTLESHIP, especially if Rihanna is going to run around in one of her little leather harnesses and a jaunty nautical cap!

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    babypook
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    Well I dont know about anyone else, but I’m kinda looking forward to “Battleship”.
    And say what you will about Tom Cruise. I cant speak for the film with Adam Shankman at the helm , but Tom can act. There was brief ‘talk’ about Tom being nominated for a Razzie for  “Valkyrie”, but they couldnt justify it.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    Meh. Tom Cruise made a spectacularly unconvincing “junkie” in MINORITY REPORT, so I reckon my skepticism at Cruise playing a rock star is well-founded. Poor thing is so afraid of despoiling his goody-goody image, he can’t manage to get down and dirty when the role requires it. And that is bad acting.

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