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It’s a John Travolta kind of day. How long has it been since we said That? All kinds of exciting things are happening in Travolta-land and none of them include Battlefield Earth or weird allegations of sexual misconduct! First, there’s the announcement that Joe Johnston will direct Travolta in the Gotti biopic. Now we have news that the star will playing a very different type of criminal in Philip Martin’s heist movie The Forger.
The Forger is all about Ray Cutter (Travolta), an art prodigy turned petty thief who buys his way out of prison in order to spend time with his ill son. Things go wrong, of course, and he’s forced to do ‘one last big job’ for the guys that helped him get out of prison.
The story sounds pretty standard, but the proof will always be in how it’s carried out. Travolta »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
"Battlefield Earth" is a 2000 dystopian film starring and executive produced by John Travolta and based on a book of the same name by Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard. It was a train wreck of historical proportions, losing millions of dollars at the box office, and is generally acknowledged even today as one of the worst-reviewed movies of all time. Here's a fun highlight reel of clips from the movie:
"Earth Day" is an annual day in April where the world does its best to recognize the importance of preserving the Earth's environment. It's an important cause, yet sadly somewhat under-acknowledged in the zeitgeist.
- Nick Blake
Tom Cruise’s latest action movie, the sci-fi-flavored Oblivion — out on April 19 — follows Tom through a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Earth. Drama ensues when his character, who has been assigned to extract Earth’s last resources, is forced to question the nature of his own mission. Oblivion promises to take viewers to another world, full of intrigue and action. But did it actually hit the mark? Some reviewers think Tom’s newest movie is a total flop, while others have called it an “adventure to remember” (but mostly, the reviews are not good). You’ll just have to read the reviews and decide for yourself!
The Reviews of ‘Oblivion’
Los Angeles Times
Oblivion is not perfect. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."
So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!
Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112
2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996
3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247
4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348
5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121
6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641
7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842
8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325
9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887
10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713
11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272
12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021
13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284
14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089
15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097
16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634
17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991
18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764
19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350
20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532
21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945
22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376
23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159
24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726
25. 2.0 Fat Slags »
News of Roger Ebert's death prompted an outpouring of emotion, tributes and fond memories from some of Hollywood's finest. Ebert may never have been an above-the-line movie star himself, but his importance to the film industry cannot be underestimated.
In a five-decade career spanning newspapers, TV and the internet, Ebert mastered every medium he turned his hand to with reviews of wit, intelligence and eloquence. In short, he was the master where most other film critics were mere apprentices.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 great Ebert reviews below.
"Years and years from now, when Coppola's budget and his problems have long been forgotten, Apocalypse will still stand, I think, as a grand and grave and insanely inspired gesture of filmmaking - of moments that are operatic in their style and scope, and of other moments so silent we can almost hear the director thinking to himself. »
Tell us your favourite lines and reviews from the much-loved film critic, who died this week
To say that film Roger Ebert, who has died from cancer aged 70, had a way with words would be an understatement. In a career spanning five decades, the Chicago Sun-Times film reviewer won a huge international following thanks to his brilliant, often acerbic, but always engaging criticism. Admirers have been sharing some of their favourite lines of his on Twitter with the hashtag #EbertQuotes – below are a few highlights, but what else would you add? Are there any Ebert film reviews that stand out for you as favourites?
For the uninitiated, there's a wealth of Roger Ebert quotes here and here, and for a mnore comprehensive look at his work visit rogerebert.suntimes.com.
"To say that George Lucas cannot write a love scene is an understatement; greeting cards have expressed more passion." #EbertQuotes
— Lo! »
No one loved movies like Roger Ebert. But perhaps more importantly, no one panned movies like Roger Ebert. He turned taking the piss out of a reprehensible film into an art form, leaving you giggling days later.
While we're heartbroken at his passing, we'll always remember him for his big heart, his humanity, his passion, his fortitude, and, most of all, his incredible wit in the face of so many terrible, terrible cinematic train wrecks.
Here are a few of the funniest Ebert take downs of movies. Let us know which one's your favorite.
"I hated this movie. Hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
"The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, »
- Carol Hartsell
All around Hollywood, the movie industry’s best and brightest are preparing for the year’s biggest awards bonanza — a starry, starry night of designer dresses, well-deserved wins, and touching acceptance speeches.
But as exciting as the Independent Spirit Awards may be, they can’t hold a candle to the Golden Raspberry Awards. Since 1980, this off-brand ceremony has rewarded the best in bad film, giving cinematic trainwrecks like Mommie Dearest, Howard the Duck, Showgirls, and Battlefield Earth the dishonor they deserve. The films in contention this year may not be quite as terrible as those that have won in years »
- Hillary Busis
John Travolta turns 59 today, but at least one part of him is much younger: his hair.The actor, who's starred in films ranging from the acclaimed "Grease" to the panned "Battlefield Earth," has also sported a range of hairstyles.John's hairline is one of Hollywood's great mysteries ... it's gone from long to short to long again in the span of a week (as seen in the photos above).He's also sported some crazy coifs on screen, from dreadlocks in the aforementioned "Battlefield," to bleach blond hair in "Love Song for Bobby Long."Check out his ever-evolving hair, below:We have to say that despite all the controversy surrounding John, he is incredibly gracious to us on the red carpet. Send your birthday massage message below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Tagline: "Fear is the infection." There are a few genres that go well together. Horror and science fiction is often a compelling blend of genres. Director Roger Christian (Battlefield Earth) brings both of these elements into his upcoming film Stranded. The darkened hallways, blood smeared instrument panels and dangerous air hatches offer the thrills. Meanwhile, the crew of an isolated bio-dome are attacked by mutated spores from a rogue asteroid, which brings a science fiction aspect. Both science fiction and horror come together in this film to create for some very dangerous scenarios. And, the first trailer for Stranded has recently been released at the European Film Market. The clip, hosted below, shows Col . Gerard Brauchman (Christian Slater), who is trying to keep his crew together in a chaotic environment. Meanwhile, an alien parasite has been hatched by Ava Cameron (Amy Matysio) and it is murderous and bloodthirsty. Watch the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Sukhdev Sandhu applauds an eye-opening account of America's most controversial religion
At the end of the 1940s, L Ron Hubbard – a sinophobic college dropout turned pulp writer (his pseudonyms included Joe Blitz and Legionnaire 148) turned reckless naval officer (one report claimed he was "lacking in the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and co-operation") turned ulcerous and gonorrhea-afflicted war veteran – hatched a plan to revive his stuttering fortunes. "I'd like to start a religion," he's reported to have declared. "That's where the money is."
Going Clear, Lawrence Wright's new study of the man and his followers, shows just how right he was. By 1950, Hubbard had developed a self-help system called dianetics, which was to form the basis of the Church of Scientology, whose assets are now reputed to be in the order of £1bn. Yet, though it claims a membership of 8m worldwide, independent studies suggest only 30,000 Americans call themselves »
- Sukhdev Sandhu
Let’s face it, we all love to hate on terrible films, and often there’s nothing more enjoyable or uniting than collectively voicing your grievances upon seeing a recent stinker. But what can easily get overlooked when focusing on this critical response is a film’s commercial success, or lack of. In a number of cases those guilty films thankfully get their just deserts – disasters such as Battlefield Earth, Gigli, and Catwoman not only quickly found themselves rated amongst the worst films of all time, but also flopped spectacularly at the box office as movie-goers made it perfectly clear to filmmakers what they thought of their efforts by withholding their wallets.
However, it is becoming increasingly common to look at lists of highest-grossing films and be thoroughly baffled at just how financially successful that one movie you thought was terrible in fact turned out to be. Indeed, no matter »
- Dave Taylor
Feature Ryan Lambie Jan 23, 2013
In this occasional series of 'remarkable things' articles, we've mostly focused exclusively on movies that were critical or financial flops. Previous entries have included Jaws: The Revenge, Battlefield Earth and RoboCop 3, which all suffered in both critics' reviews and at the box office.
This time, our choice isn't a notorious flop at all - it's Tango & Cash, a film which actually made a few million dollars more than it cost to make. At this stage in Sylvester Stallone's career, which featured the critical and financial nightmares Rocky V, Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Tango & Cash was a comparative blockbuster.
In terms of critical reception, though, Tango & Cash fared less well. It was nominated for three Razzies (though won precisely none) and reviews »
Back in mid-December I updated the upcoming schedule for the RopeofSilicon Movie Club due to the holidays, award season and an attempt to find a way to rejuvenate the club. Well, considering I'm trying to put together a list of my Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 to begin posting next week there is no chance I can prepare a Movie Club article for Monday. On top of that, I was getting a sense of general disinterest in discussing Wings of Desire anyway. Suffice to say, there will not be a Movie Club discussion this Monday and I have actually removed Wings of Desire from the calendar altogether, though if you're interested in discussing that film you can always click here for my review of the Blu-ray from 2009 and we can discuss. I'm game if you are. This brings me to the idea of the Movie Club overall. First off, I »
- Brad Brevet
Over the years, Battlefield Earth has not so quietly carved out its own little niche as being one of the worst movies ever made. It's another one of those stories about a movie with a huge budget that tanked when it hit theaters, but it didn't take long for us to realize this wasn't just another stinker. It was a monumental stinker. It was pitched as "Planet of the Apes starring John Travolta," and instead it was just a comically awful movie starring John Travolta and a planet full of dreadlocks. There are plenty of reasons why it's on all those lists about really bad movies. Here's one... After the film became one of this nation's greatest big-screen tragedies, producer Elie Samaha admitted that "everyone" thought...
- Erik Davis
Reader Anne-Kari recently suggested that we talk about Favorite and least favorite movies within specific genres (drama, b&w, scifi, comedy)? So that’s what we’re doing all this week. Today’s question: What are your all-time favorite and least favorite science fiction movies? This is really tough for me, because I’m such a geek and Sf is my favorite genre. But I think I have to choose The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension, for a few reasons that are particularly pertinent to my pet themes. First, it makes science and scientists look cool: Buckaroo isn’t just a rock star, he’s also a neurosurgeon and a particle physicist, and his exploits in all these areas are as interesting to everyone as the rock-star thing is. Two, the movie plays with pop culture itself as a sort of science fiction, not only in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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