The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have announced the “dis-hours” for the year in film that was 2009. Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the big “winner”, taking home three awards: Worst Screenplay (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci must be proud), Worst Director and the not so coveted “Worst Picture of 2009”.
Sandra Bullock, who is up for a Best Actress Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards for the movie The Blind Side, takes home two dishonors: Worst Actress (for her performance in All About Steve) and Worst Screen Couple (shared with Bradley Cooper for, yes, All About Steve).Bullock had said that she would accept her award in person if she won, and was true to her word. You can watch a video clip of Bullock’s acceptance speech embedded after the jump.
The Razzies also awarded Battlefield Earth with Worst Picture of the Decade. Check out the full press release, which includes a full list of winners, after the jump.
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The Golden Raspberry Foundation has revealed its nominations for the worst films and performances of 2009. The contenders for the latest batch of Razzies include most of the films you’d expect to see on the list: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Pink Panther 2 and All About Steve. All bad films, sure, but it seems like the list could be a little more interesting. Where’s The Informers, which is a total disaster? Where’s Amelia, the would-be prestige picture that drones on like the buzz of an airplane propeller?
Really, the only notable thing about this batch of Razzie noms is that Sandra Bullock could be one of those rare individuals to find themselves nominated for both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same week. We’ll see if that happens tomorrow morning, when the Oscar nominations down down. In the meantime, the Razzie nods are after the break. Read More »
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(DVD available as single-disc and 2-Disc Edition)
Socially conscious though it may be, District 9 is not the piercing, thought-provoking apartheid allegory and complex examination of race relations that so many people seem to want it to be. But that’s okay; it isn’t trying to be. District 9 is a straight-up action film, and it makes that fact very clear after about the twentieth soldier that is gruesomely exploded by the aliens’ seemingly lightning-infused weaponry. Its creative implementation of the mockumentary format is used foremost as a means of instilling a sense of reality to the proceedings, using socially relevant issues to set the stage for a much simpler, more cinematically spectacular transformation/aliens-vs-humans tale—not unlike last year’s Oscar-winning sleeper Slumdog Millionaire, with the end result in that case being a classic tale of love and destiny. Though the basic plot elements are familiar, borrowing from movies like The Fly and Alien Nation, it’s the way in which Neill Blomkamp tells this story that makes it so compelling. By playing with the archetypal protagonist introduction, and in doing so ditching the need for big name actors, Blomkamp provides the film with a sense of disorienting glee as the story unfolds and reveals its true intentions. At a certain point, he outright abandons the mockumentary set-up, and from that moment onward the movie propels itself through one dizzying, splatter-filled action sequence to the next. For some, this will be the point that the movie loses them. For me, it didn’t matter, because the movie already had me. My eyes were hooked to the screen, unable to be pried away for even a second. It’s by far one of the most exhilarating moviegoing experiences I’ve had this year, and a guaranteed contender for my Top 5 of ’09.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – A director’s commentary, a 3-part documentary (“The Alien Agenda: A Filmmaker’s Log”), and a Koobus Big Gun feature. 2-disc DVD & Blu-ray – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as additional featurettes (“Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Wikus”, “Innovation: Acting and Improvisation”, “Conception and Design: Creating the World of District 9”, “Alien Generation: Visual Effects”).
|BEST DVD PRICE*
|Amazon – $15.99
*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $20.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of the other listed stores (including Amazon).
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
|Amazon – $17.99
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