8 items from 2015
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
Blame It on Rio, 1984.
Directed by Stanley Donen.
A married middle-aged man begins an affair with his best friend’s teenage daughter whilst on holiday in Rio.
Michael Caine is an unusual choice for a romantic lead but Blame It on Rio is not a romantic film. It pretends to be one – and one of the main characters would probably believe it to be, given her immaturity when it comes to relationships – but it isn’t romantic; it’s dirty, seedy and, by modern standards at least, a little bit wrong. However, it is also great fun and, if you are of a certain age, more than likely your entry into the grown up world of sex comedies as the film features boobs, boobs and more boobs, with Michael Caine getting an eyeful of most »
- Gary Collinson
Steven Spielberg is responsible for all of your irrational fears as a child, since you became convinced that Jaws would get you in the bath tub or at the bottom of your bed. People have also been wary of oceans, beaches and swimming pools since 1975, because all Bruce needs is a little bit of water and he’s got you. It also doesn’t help that when you go on holiday, the Jaws soundtrack in stuck in your head as soon as you reach the beach. Who knew that those two notes could evoke such terror?
Whilst most people complain that the film has aged terribly, it’s still one of your favourites and you’ll defend that robotic beast until the end of time. It was also made in the 70s so you can’t really be too mad at it for not reaching today’s standards. »
- Sara Weir
It's the film that made us all afraid to go back into the water: "Jaws."The 1975 movie, which opened 40 years ago today, helped launch the career of Steven Spielberg, was nominated for Best Picture and took home Oscars for Best Film Editing, Dramatic Score and Sound.It also made us all think twice before going for a swim.The flick, which starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, would spawn three sequels -- "Jaws 2," "Jaws 3-D," and "Jaws: The Revenge" -- which randomly starred celebs like Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson and yes, even Michael Caine. 40 years after the original movie's release, we've sadly said goodbye to a lot of the franchise's stars, including Sheriff Brody himself and young Judith Barsi, who played Michael's daughter in "Revenge" and was murdered by her father shortly after the film was released.From the tragic to the impressive, check out the gallery »
- tooFab Staff
During a more than 60-year acting career, Michael Caine has had a lot of highs and lows. One of his most embarrassing moments was a supporting role in the reviled sequel Jaws: The Revenge – a film that came out the same year he picked up an Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters. In one of the actor’s most enduring interview quotes, Caine said of the sequel that he had never seen the film. “By all accounts, it is terrible,” he said. “However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
Caine’s droll attempt at transparency routinely came back into this reviewer’s mind during Survivor, a film that is cluttered with action movie clichés and may be most fondly remembered by its principal cast for helping them renovate their homes. Despite the presence of director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) and thriller author »
- Jordan Adler
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...
A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?
Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)
B. Harrison Smith isn’t a fan of how everything has been done regarding the zombie subgenre, and well, he’s right. There’s no danger, no character development, and more often than not, zombie films tend to give fans the same ol’ thing. Smith flat out refused to make a zombie film himself, until the idea of Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard came his way, and an opportunity to give fans a very character-driven, broad piece of zombie cinema came his way. Icons of Fright recently spoke to Smith about the zombie genre, his film and how important story is to a film. Read on!
How’s it going, Harrison?
Jerry Smith, great last name.
Yeah, I love it, I’m so plain.
Well, it’s a pleasure to talk to you, thanks for reaching out!
Not a problem. First of all, I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your film, »
- Jerry Smith
8 items from 2015
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