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Every single movie ever made is built upon a series of rules; these might simply be copied facsimile from the world around us, or they might relate to some high level of reasoning, as with science-fiction and adventure films primarily. The common feature in all of these films is that they establish a very specific universe governed by logic and rules, which they then needlessly appear to obey in order to move the plot forward.
It is as though the screenwriters got tangled up in their own world-building and couldn’t find a way out. Some of these offenders are in otherwise excellent films and so can be forgiven, whereas some are the icing on a very crappy cake indeed. Here are 8 movies that broke their own rules…
8. Everything – Battlefield Earth
Rule: Psychlos are a technically superior race in every aspect, most humans are still highly primitive.
Battlefield Earth is an infamously awful movie, »
- Shaun Munro
Christian Slater saves the world. You’re welcome, world. Check out a new batch of images for “Battlefield Earth” director Roger Christian’s “Stranded”, a “The Thing” on the moon, if I’m seeing this correctly. Or not. See for yourself, though. When the isolated U.S. military moonbase is bombarded by a rogue meteor storm, Colonel Gerard Brauchman (Christian Slater) and his small crew are cut off from Earth with their life support failing. Before long, the crew discovers the meteors harbored alien spores…and they’re replicating. Now a vicious, shape-shifting predatory life form is loose inside the crippled facility, picking off victims one by one. Locked in a desperate fight for survival, Brauchman and the terrified remaining astronauts have one final mission…keep the creature from escaping the moon and finding a new food supply on Earth. Starring Christian Slater, Brendan Fehr, Amy Matysio, Ava Cameron and Bruce Johns. »
The first trailer for Mark Steven Johnson's action thriller Killing Season is now available. Starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro as two military veterans, the movie pits them against each other in a test for survival when past grievances bubble to the surface. This one came completely out of left field and this trailer hints at just why that might be. I have no idea why De Niro or Travolta signed on, unless it was to take another crack at an action film, but this first look doesn't exactly promise the best work of their careers. At least Travolta has another bizarre style of facial hair to add to his repertoire; this iteration might top Battlefield Earth and Swordfish. Also starring Milo Ventimiglia, Killing Season opens July 12th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Check out the first trailer for Killing Season below (via Apple): Here's »
- Dave Trumbore
Update (6/12/13): The Church of Scientology's media center emailed us with this reaction to the piece:
The myth launched by a handful of self-promoters that After Earth is about the Scientology religion and its tenets is silly nonsense. After Earth has as much to do with Scientology as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Moby Dick, King Arthur, Homer’s The Odyssey or countless other stories about protagonists overcoming fears and opponents. The Church’s website, www.scientology.org, contains accurate information on the Church and the many social programs it supports.
When the first trailer for the new Will Smith sci-fi epic "After Earth" came out, pundits immediately noticed the surface similarities to the Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," as both films deal with solitary heroes trying to survive on a future version of our own ravaged homeworld. Now, though, a somewhat less obvious parallel is being »
- Scott Harris
Like “Alien”, but from the director of “Battlefield Earth”. I guess you could sell “Stranded” as being “From the Christians” (that would be Christian Slater and Roger Christian). It’s yet another “stranded in an isolated location with an alien that wants to peel off our skin and take us over” movie in the vein of “Alien”. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone whips out one of those devices that starts pinging the location of the alien at some point. Check out the first trailer for “Stranded” below. It doesn’t look entirely awful, which is a surprise. When the isolated U.S. military moonbase is bombarded by a rogue meteor storm, Colonel Gerard Brauchman (Christian Slater) and his small crew are cut off from Earth with their life support failing. Before long, the crew discovers the meteors harbored alien spores…and they’re replicating. Now a vicious, shape-shifting »
Looking for all the world like they just saw someone who dissed Battlefield Earth and Meet The Fockers and decided to act, John Travolta and Robert De Niro are tooled up in the first poster for indie action thriller Killing Season. Take a look...In actual fact, the film – which sees Mark Steven Johnson directing an Evan Daugherty script – has Bosnian War veteran De Niro living off the grid deep in the Appalachian mountains.When a European tourist (Travolta) shows up, the pair forms an unlikely friendship. But wouldn’t you know it: the tourist is also a Bosnian veteran, except he fought for Serbia... And what follows is a tense battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape proving the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.That’s it, it’s war, and we predict bang after bang after bang on this one. Well, bang after thwip, »
By David Gibson
Religion News Service
The news is not good for the new movie “After Earth,” which means the news is not good for Sony Pictures, or Will Smith … or, it seems, Scientology, whose sci-fi inflected religious system inspired what was to be a summer blockbuster. Now it’s looking like a summer bust.
As the NYTimes reports, “After Earth” took in 18 percent less than the lowest of prerelease expectations and may have ended Smith’s reputation as a surefire action-adventure box office draw — not to mention hurting the budding career of son Jaden, his co-star. Oh, and how much further off track could M. Night Shyamalan’s career go? He used to pose big questions in intriguing ways, but he directed and co-wrote this movie, yet another flop for him.
The movie has been ripped in reviews, and may well add to the narrative of decline and crisis »
- Jahnabi Barooah
You recognize the warning from the fine-print at the bottom of every financial investment mailing you’ve ever received: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”
It applies to Hollywood, too. Tom Hanks made The Terminal, Harrison Ford did K-19: The Widowmaker, and Julia Roberts starred in The Mexican (a romantic comedy with Brad Pitt!) — three disappointments that featured huge stars in vehicles tailor-made for their proven brand of character. No one is immune to an inevitable hiccup, and last weekend, it was Will Smith’s turn.
After Earth, Smith’s futuristic science-fiction adventure, was pronounced a flop after »
- Jeff Labrecque
The day a new M. Night Shyamalan movie hits theaters might as well be labeled Critics’ Christmas. Ever since 2004′s The Village — and, even worse, 2006′s Lady in the Water — each successive film from the Academy Award-nominated writer/director has given writers a golden opportunity to one-up each other with jabs at Shyamalan’s oeuvre.
And even though it’s more of a Smith-Smith joint than a Shyamalan picture — notice the absence of the director’s name from all of the movie’s promotional material — After Earth has been no exception. So far, the film has earned a paltry score »
- Hillary Busis
"After Earth" is not projected to have a particularly big weekend at the box office -- and it's certainly not having a good one with movie critics.
The sci-fi film starring Will Smith and his son Jaden and directed by M. Night Shyamalan is one of the worst-reviewed movies of the summer, scoring a dismal 13 percent ratings on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. So harsh are reviews that more than a few are invoking another epic bomb with "Earth" in the title, the legendarily bad "Battlefield Earth."
Here's a sampling of reviews, including one positive one for good measure.
"There is no small irony that this sci-fi action adventure is about surviving a serious crash. The scorched earth left behind by 'After Earth' is sure to leave a scar on everyone involved." [Los Angeles Times]
I like a bad movie. I like a bad movie with gumption and nerve. I like a bad movie with the courage of its insane convictions, one that's too much of everything. I like Battlefield Earth, for example. It's the product of a single-minded evangelist, a true believer -- John Travolta, I mean, not L. Ron Hubbard -- and, as such, it is pure. It is also bananas. I choose Battlefield Earth as my example here because it comes from the same cul-de-sac at the end of Vanity Project Lane in the same gated community as After Earth and because it's a space movie about stuff from space and one man who must triumph over... I forget what... his own negative something or other. Also because it has J.T. as a dreadlocked monster-dude doing a Bette Davis impersonation, which is excellent...
- Dave White
M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" has received such horrible reviews that it makes "The Hangover Part III" look good by comparison. The new film, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, debuted on Friday to a decidedly rotten Rotten Tomatoes score of just 14 percent, making it one of the most critically reviled films of the summer thus far. (For what it's worth, "After Earth" is still ahead of the pace of ignominy set by Shyamalan's last effort, "The Last Airbender.") Ahead, the nine most scathing reviews of "After Earth."
1. "Is 'After Earth' the worst movie ever made? Maybe not; there's always 'Battlefield Earth' to remind us how low the bar can go. But that's the wrong question, since it implies that this bizarre enterprise is a movie in the conventional sense." -- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
2. "Have alien body snatchers made off with M. Night Shyamalan? »
- The Huffington Post
Will Smith has proven that he can carry a movie about surviving on Earth without the existence of humans (e.g. ‘I Am Legend’), but can he achieve the same success with ‘After Earth,’ a film also starring his son Jaden Smith?
The usual summer blockbusters are taking over the box office right now, and After Earth joins the pack on May 31. The movie is a story of a father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) who crash land on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity’s escape. It sounds intriguing, but let’s see what the critics thought!
‘After Earth’ Reviews
Los Angeles Times
- Christopher Rogers
Whereas the name Christian Slater once meant a sign of a great movie (I’m thinking of the likes of Heathers, Mobsters, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and his magnum opus, Pump Up the Volume), today it tends to mean low-budget, badly scripted straight to DVD fodder. The last Slater film I watched, Sofia, was a bit of a mess. The film could have been an action-packed espionage thriller, but instead the film saw both actor and director seemingly out of their depth – with Slater literally trying to “act” like a tough guy without backing it up with any actual physicality. So I approached Stranded with a bit of trepidation, even moreso given that director Roger Christian was responsible for the atrocity that was Battlefield Earth…
Making it’s world premiere here in the UK, »
- Phil Wheat
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! »
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