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'Horrible Bosses,' 'Bad Teacher': Why we love 'bad' and bad movies
csmonitor.com ^ | 9 July 2011 | Gloria Goodale

Posted on 07/09/2011 11:46:56 AM PDT by smokingfrog

When it comes to movies, let’s just call this the summer of “bad.”

It’s not just grown-ups behaving badly – though there is plenty of that. From Jennifer Aniston as a rapacious dentist in “Horrible Bosses,” which opens Friday, to Cameron Diaz as every student’s nightmare in “Bad Teacher,” to the projectile body functions in “Bridesmaids” and “Hangover 2,” multiplexes are awash in R-rated adult comedy.

But this is also a record summer for just plain bad movies – doing very well.

Roundly panned films such as “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Green Lantern,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” are breaking box office records and spawning sequels at the same time they all have miserable rankings on such popular review sites as rottentomatoes.com.

As Hollywood.com box office expert Paul Dergarabedian puts it, “Fewer tomatoes, more green than ever this summer.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bad; hollywood; movies; summer
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There doesn't seem to be very many good movies this summer.
1 posted on 07/09/2011 11:47:05 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Heard “Zookeeper” was the worst.


2 posted on 07/09/2011 12:00:37 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Hollywood has no new ideas...my proof; a remake of Footloose with the names and script nearly identical to the first. Pathetic.


3 posted on 07/09/2011 12:23:17 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: smokingfrog
I hope this one turns out as good as the book (Freaky Deaky):

Elmore Leonard film shooting in Detroit.

4 posted on 07/09/2011 12:29:52 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: smokingfrog

just took the kids to see super 8 the other day, i liked it, steven spielberg and jj adams from lost it was like close encounters meets the goonies


5 posted on 07/09/2011 12:31:49 PM PDT by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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To: smokingfrog
There is very little of anything that I care for right now. I'm kind of bitter at the whole damn Hollywood entertainment industry doing it's best to poo on our political spectrum and culture. Where I work, Tom Hanks was on for his latest flap (Glad it tanked) and going on about Obama. Then and an hour later, some yahoo is talking about how he messed his pants when he met Bill Clinton.

As much as I shouldn't, I LOVE the beginning of the movie ‘Escape From LA’ when the whole damn city brakes off from the rest of the country and is used as a prison. Good libertarian movie btw.

6 posted on 07/09/2011 12:35:00 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: smokingfrog

I only wish they woulda made more WWII movies from 1946-1975. My TV is constantly on the prowl for WWII movies. :)


7 posted on 07/09/2011 12:36:17 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: nerdwithagun

I liked Escape from New York more than the LA version. But I did like it when Stacey Keach(IIRC) Tells Snake Plissken: “You KNOW the US is a NON-smoking country!” Plissken says: “The land of the free...” and then later shuts down the entire power grid and lights up a cigarette as he walks away. Loved it! And Kurt Russell is right-leaning in real life, too.


8 posted on 07/09/2011 12:44:34 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: smokingfrog

The only movie I have watched this year is “Battle: Los Angeles.” Otherwise, I just watch movies from my Blu-ray disc collection. Today I am watching “The Patriot.”


9 posted on 07/09/2011 1:03:44 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: smokingfrog
Transformers was not "roundly panned." The critics didn't like it; so what? They don't get Westerns, War Movies, Sci-Fi, Actioners (for the most part) or guy films in general. It's not they they don't like them, of course they don't, but the bigger problem is that they don't even understand them at all.

Shane: The greatest Western of all time? Seriously? Nobody who actually likes Westerns thinks that, but that's the critics' choice.

2001: A Space Odyssey:? No plot, no pacing, no acting and a completely incomprehensible ending. Needless to say, the critics adored it.

The Day The Earth Stood Still: A great science fiction movie? The original is AWFUL and the remake was even worse. It's thinly veiled commie propaganda with a kewl robot who actually appears in all of about 90 seconds of the film. Bilge. The critics thought it was great.

The Longest Day: Terrible movie, according to the critics. Their choice: Full Metal Jacket. Oh PUH-LEASE give me a small break. The former is based on actual vignettes researched by Cornelius Ryan. The latter is -- like most of Stanley Kubrick's dreck -- completely unwatchable.

The audience tomatometer for Transformers is 90%. That is a huge number, and it tells you that if you like Actioners, you're almost certain to enjoy the film, regardless of what the critics say. I haven't seen it, but based on audience reaction -- not critical acclaim -- I'll go.

10 posted on 07/09/2011 1:28:25 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a Title. -- Thomas Paine)
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To: FredZarguna

I totally agree.


11 posted on 07/09/2011 1:32:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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You can’t pretend to like Sci-Fi and then diss both The Day The Earth Stood Still and 2001: A Space Odyssey.


12 posted on 07/09/2011 1:36:30 PM PDT by Melas (Sent via Galaxy Tab)
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To: smokingfrog; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

Cinema

Post here or FR Mail DollyCali or Perdogg
to be added or dropped from this ping list.



13 posted on 07/09/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: smokingfrog

I didn’t think Green Lantern was all that bad... but then, I saw it for free.


14 posted on 07/09/2011 1:43:04 PM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: DollyCali

My kids saw “Green Lantern” and “Monte Carlo” earlier this week. They said both were “Okay,” which doesn’t lead me to want to spend more money in the theater any time soon.

I was sitting in the lobby reading a book, and it seemed like they spent half the time going to the bathroom or the snack bar, anyway. Might as well stay home.


15 posted on 07/09/2011 1:43:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: FredZarguna

I loved the original “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” other than that I agree with your comments.


16 posted on 07/09/2011 1:49:14 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: FredZarguna

Except for R Lee Ermey as the DI....


17 posted on 07/09/2011 1:50:15 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: SVTCobra03
The only movie I have watched this year is “Battle: Los Angeles.” Otherwise, I just watch movies from my Blu-ray disc collection. Today I am watching “The Patriot.”

Please tell me it is the Mel Gibson Revolutionary War one, and not the Eco weenie Steven Segal one.

18 posted on 07/09/2011 1:53:31 PM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Melas
You can’t pretend to like Sci-Fi and then diss both The Day The Earth Stood Still and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Days the Earth Stood Still were preachy and boring. 2001 was pretty on the wide screen but pointless and boring. They should be avoided unless one is in need of sleep.

19 posted on 07/09/2011 2:07:56 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: onedoug
Yeah, he almost makes it watchable. Now, if he'd pulled first in the latrine, I might be able to stomach it.
20 posted on 07/09/2011 2:11:29 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a Title. -- Thomas Paine)
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