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If there's one thing that modern Hollywood doesn't know how to work with, it's weird. It can be off-putting, atonal, and just generally bizarre (though most of the time, it appears to be unintentional), but when it comes to taking an inherently strange concept and executing it with conviction, it's simply clueless, and nothing demonstrates that better than its attempt to revitalize decades-old properties. In the annals of comicdom, there may not be a weirder (successful) concept than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nor one with a lower bar to clear for hitting that sweet spot between its original fans and their children. But when faced with a world that had turned about face since the last time the Turtles hit screens (in live-action), the powers that be did exactly what they did with Transformers and Robocop: chickened out, foregrounding the exceedingly boring characters while running away from its own appeal. »
- Anders Nelson
In front of me stands Kyle Rayner, Saint Walker, and Guy Gardner, each behind their impenetrable clamshell wall. Next to them, Alan Scott’s power battery. It doesn’t grant me the power of the Starheart, but when we lost power last week it provided enough ambient light to get me to the staircase. Beside that, a 6” Orion and a 10” Sandman.
To be honest, I sit here, in my man cave a veritable kid in a toy store. The entire Ultraforce sits to my right. Behind me, a cache of Nerf weaponry that would be illegal in ten out of ten office wars. And sitting over my TV, in front of my faux mantle, is my prized possession: the mini replica of Kyle Rayner’s power battery. How coveted is it? It’s out of box and totally played with.
It seemingly goes hand-in-hand with our shared brand of nerditry, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
After 35 years, it’s time for the Razzies to apologize. The annual occasion to dishonor the worst in movies has long been criticized for itself being one of the worst things to happen to cinema. They crap on easy targets more than they serve a good cause, and the majority of their nominees in recognition of awful filmmaking and performances in 2014 proves little exception. There’s another Transformers movie, another Adam Sandler movie, another movie starring someone from Twilight, and it’s mostly the same handful of titles represented in each category. Transformers: Age of Extinction tops with seven nominations and Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules got six, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got five, A Million Ways to Die in the West got four and each with three are Left Behind, Sex Tape, The Expendables 3 and Blended. The apology, however, comes in the form of a new Golden Raspberry category for past Razzie nominees »
- Christopher Campbell
3 items from 2015
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