Ah, yes, even at this relatively early date in October, Halloween is already in the air. Costume party invitations are being sent out, conventions are springing up (like Orlando's Spooky Empire, formerly ScreamFest), Hollywood's product is taking a meatier turn (Zombieland), and the crisp weather of Fall is being felt.
Well, OK, not so much that last one in Central Florida. Afternoon temps are back in the 90s with the associated high humidity, but, hey, I was just waxing poetic there for a moment.
As I write this, ED Tucker's Retrorama is the only Halloween-themed column posted this issue, but I'm expecting plenty more in the coming weeks from my talented and warped staff. Even Ye Olde Editor is taking a little more time to get spooky this month.
As I was getting ready to put last week's PCR "to bed", I learned that the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes had posted their Top 100 worst movies of the decade (so far, haha). Since I didn't get to it, I fully expected Mike Smith (Mike's Rant) to cover this chestnut last week, but such was not the case.
Excerpted below for your amusement and feedback are Rotten Tomatoes Top 10 Worst Movies of the past 10 years (I guess you could say "of the century" as well!).
"Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever". The 2002 action film starred Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu -- RottenTomatoes.com says it was the worst-reviewed film of the past decade.
"One Missed Call," Eric Valette's 2008 remake of Japanese horrormeister Takashi Miike's "Chakushin Ari".
2005 Anthony Anderson comedy "King's Ransom," directed by Jeff Byrd.
2004 comedy "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers," from first-time director Gary Preisler ("tame, toothless and dull").
2004 sequel "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2," which employed the talents of Jon Voight and Scott Baio to put bad jokes in the mouths of babes.
2008 comedy "Strange Wilderness," which saw stoner documentarians Steve Zahn and Jonah Hill stranded in the woods.
2000 low-brow comedy "3 Strikes," from director DJ Pooh.
Andy Cheng's 2007 effort "Redline," described as having "plenty of bad acting, laughable dialogue and luxury cars".
and 2008's "Witless Protection," one of several films on the list starring Larry the Cable Guy.
None of the 10 worst films had even one positive review; in RottenTomatoes' parlance, they were 100 percent rotten.
Other familiar names from the Top 100: actors Steven Seagal (#19, "Half Past Dead"), Madonna ("Swept Away," #65), Paris Hilton (#67, "The Hottie & the Nottie") and Eddie Murphy (#79, "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"), as well as directors Renny Harlin (2006 fright-fest "The Covenant" at #31) and Uwe Boll (#48, 2006's "BloodRayne," and #42, 2003's "House of the Dead").
Remakes are always dicey: 2002's "Rollerball" is #28, one slot below notorious failure "Battlefield Earth," while 2005's "Yours, Mine and Ours" is at #63.
Ben Affleck is well represented, too, for an Oscar winner, with the expected "Gigli" at #73 and "Surviving Christmas" at #91.
And who could forget "Epic Movie" or "Basic Instinct 2"?
Thanks to Rotten Tomatoes for this intriguing(haha) retrospective.
A judge has ruled that Mel Gibson's conviction stemming
from his notorious 2006 drunken driving arrest is being expunged.
The ruling Tuesday came after his lawyer had requested the dismissal.
The actor-director successfully completed the terms of his three-year
probation following the misdemeanor drunken driving arrest in which he
made derogatory comments about Jews and women.
OK, so, now we all pretend like this never happened. Purge it from your memory. Collect all magazine and newspaper accounts in your possesion and cut out all references to Mel's anti-Semitic roadside rant, mug-shot and arrest record.
Since it's been expunged, I'm sure the original incident will never come up in conversation again. Like Pee-Wee Herman's expunged masturbation incident, right? Yep, never heard of it.