Why the Razzies are bothersome

It’s January, which means it is now time to look back at the year we have had, and list down the things that we remember. That is, before taking a dump all over anything that looked us wrong in the eye. With the Oscars not too far away with their toasts to the best of the best, we have to sit through its loudmouthed clown of a brother – the Razzies – as he rants on off a long list for a few laughs.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the Razzies are awards given to the worst performances of every year, scouring most of the categories of director, film, actor and actress. And while it is a fun hoopla to throw tomatoes at the big names that the masses agree are bad, it is quite inconceivable a list they propose. We as humans are always looking up, toward the best of the best, as we only want to indulge in the finest any art has to offer us. There is no one who seeks out the bad music, the worst paintings or some such, rather any one of us would be more willing to go see a Picasso, listen to Pink Floyd, or watch the Dark Knight. But oh, we do go for the Transformers, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you would say. And there lies the question, are those really deserving of being proclaimed the worst films in the 2014 industry? Sure, Dumb and Dumber 2 was a letdown, but does that make it the worst the year had to offer? I think these movies of which another is Robocop should fall more into the realm of blue-ballers, ones that promise to be good, or take something that a generation loves and turn it into something less than fascinating and dull. I am not even including Transformers: Age of Extinction in this arena, for there is no letdown there, Michael Bay delivers what Michael Bay promises.

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There is a reason I do not make an end-of-the-year ‘Worst in Film’ list, and it is precisely the reason that I do not call One Direction the worst band of all time. It is incredibly effortless to brand something at the top of the ladder in terms of reach as ‘rotten’ and condemn them to the depths with a steady blow. I agree that the best films of the year cannot be conclusive, for how dependent they are on the subjective tastes of the critics. But it is undeniable that word would have gone around about the best ones, the ones creating all the buzz, making it near impossible to be in that line of business and not have heard about the best performances that year. Even the critics at the lowest rung, just starting out, would instantly recognize Boyhood, Gone Girl or Birdman. This does not hold true for the worst of the pile, for that very reason would have driven them into obscurity and the void is filled with such cheap half-efforts.

This would make the Razzies more of a mouthpiece that desires to be heard, and wishes to gather laughs all around, as they hold up the ringers and their failures, as huge as they may be, to the mockery of the people. Is it really believable that Ridley Scott, one of the most acclaimed directors in the business, having directed Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner to fall to the bottom, with the admittedly empty yet crafted Exodus? The Razzies are to be taken for what they are, and that is something that listens to the cries of the people and scripts a list of exactly what they want to hear, ignoring the fact that in reality, the worst of the pile do not start a buzz and end up hidden in silence. It is more of putting to shame the ones with all the power, who delivered less than enjoyable pieces through the year, for some popular reason. I mean, while I cannot declare to have viewed every film out there to name ones worse than the 2014 nominees, I did watch The Interview as did I Noah, and I can testify that those two definitely do not deserve their spots, as there must be ones worse than these out there. For if there are no such ones, then Hollywood must be ever-shrinking as there aren’t that many films I can list down to bridge the path between the Razzies and the Oscars.

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All said, I have nothing against pointing out flaws in the industry, which undeniably each one of these had. I simply state that necessary as it may be to help correct the mistakes of the capable ones, titling them the worst is troublesome. If anyone is interested, here is the shortlist for this year’s Razzies, many of which I believe have put in enough effort to save them this title, bad as they are:

WORST PICTURE

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
A Haunted House 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I, Frankenstein
Transcendence
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Left Behind
The Interview
Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL

Noah
The Legend of Hercules
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
A Haunted House 2
The Expendables 3
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Annie
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Endless Love
Pompeii
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I, Frankenstein
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

WORST SCREENPLAY

Transformers: Age of Extinction
A Haunted House 2
Pompeii
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
Endless Love
Left Behind
The Expendables 3
Winter’s Tale
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Noah
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transcendence
I, Frankenstein

WORST SCREEN COMBO

Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) / Transformers: Age of Extinction
James Franco & EITHER Seth Rogen or Randall Park (Kim Jong Un) / The Interview
Kellan Lutz and EITHER His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / Legend of Hercules
The Entire Cast of The Expendables 3
The Entire Cast of Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
The “Rock Monsters” / Noah
Johnny Depp and His “Virtual Doppelganger” / Transcendence
Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron and His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape

WORST DIRECTOR

James Manera / Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Jake Kasdan / Sex Tape
Darren Aronofsky / Noah
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Michael Tiddes / A Haunted House 2
Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Wally Pfister / Transcendence
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Vic Armstrong / Left Behind

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Shaquille O’Neal / Blended
Johnathon Schaech / The Legend of Hercules
Kelsey Grammer / The Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction
Arnold Schwarzenegger / The Expendables 3
Morgan Freeman / Transcendence
Jack Black / Sex Tape
Liam Neeson / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Russell Crowe / Winter’s Tale
Mel Gibson / The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland / Pompeii
T.J. Miller / Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sophia Myles / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Jaime Pressly / A Haunted House 2
Susan Sarandon / Tammy
Bridgette Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Carrie-Anne Moss / Pompeii
Amanda Seyfried / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jane Fonda / This Is Where I Leave You
Emily Browning / Pompeii
Nicola Peltz /Transformers: Age of Extinction

WORST ACTRESS

Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Elizabeth Banks / Walk of Shame
Jennifer Aniston / Horrible Bosses 2
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Nicole Kidman / Before I Go to Sleep
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Drew Barrymore / Blended
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules
Lea Michele (Voice Only) / Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

WORST ACTOR

Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Johnny Depp / Transcendence
Adam Sandler / Blended
Seth Rogen / The Interview
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Marlon Wayans / A Haunted House 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Sabotage
Aaron Eckhart / I, Frankenstein
Alex Pettyfer / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
James Franco / The Interview
Nicolas Cage / Left Behind

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I can assume that you agree with me there are at least a few names there that do not deserve to be mocked at so. Then there are ones that do need a reality check to open their eyes to all the wrong they are doing, but this goes way beyond such a pointer. An even worse thought is that some of these entries would have been inserted without actually being viewed, which would be the greatest mistake, one we cannot afford to make. At the end of the day, bothersome or not, it is a hoot, and I guess that is their only purpose. So, just as we do with the Oscars (who I have almost as many troubles with), we join in.

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