The Happening

This is the problem with online polls, reactionism and predetermined biases tend to reign. Still, one must be at least slightly impressed that 500,000 people voted for anything that wasn’t the next U.S. President or American Idol.

The good people of Rifftrax put their computing power to work on trying to figure out what people thought were the worst movies of all time, and to no one and everyone’s surprise, the 2008 teen vampire romance Twilight came out in the number one slot.

This is the problem with the these types of lists, our memories only go back so far as the last thing we hated to see. All but three of the movies on the list were made in the last 25 years, 15 of them were made in the last 10 years, and 10 of them were made in the last five. Sorry, but I have a hard time believe that in 110 years of cinema, that two-fifths of the worst movies of of all time have been made in the last five years.

Oh, and not to quibble, but #11 – High School the Musical – wasn’t even released in theaters, it was a TV movie. For the record, High School the Musical 3 was the only one of the trilogy to be released on the big screen. Haters can’t even hate right.

Anyway, here’s the full list of the Top 25. It has some of the names you might expect, and a lot of the names you think might deserve a place here. So let’s all now indulge in the hate together.

25. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (7,278 votes)

24. The Wicker Man (7,614 votes)

23. Plan 9 From Outer Space (7,696 votes)

22. Battleship (7,942 votes)

21. Manos: The Hands of Fate (8,148 votes)

20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (8,269 votes)

19. Eragon (8,272 votes)

18. The Happening (8,286 votes)

17. The Room (8,918 votes)

16. X-Men: The Last Stand (10,341 votes)

15. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (10,353 votes)

14. Troll 2 (10,384 votes)

13. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (10,795 votes)

12. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (11,076 votes)

11. High School Musical (12,878 votes)

10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (13,792 votes)

9. Son of the Mask (14,680 votes)

8. Jack and Jill (15,720 votes)

7. Battlefield Earth (16,138 votes)

6. Super Mario Bros. (17,755 votes)

5. Last Airbender (18,086 votes)

4. Spider-Man 3 (19,152 votes)

3. Catwoman (22,544 votes)

2. Batman and Robin (27,929 votes)

1. The Twilight Saga (35,593 votes)

What do you think, Bastards? Any titles missed on this list?

Source: Comic Book Movie

M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith may not have been at Comic Con, but that actually hasn’t stopped their new film After Earth from making some news. A new viral video has been posted by Coming Soon which outlines the background of the film; a kind of pseudo-history of the last 100 years (not to mention the next thousand). Let’s role the videotape:

For a minute there it seems like Shyamalan is revisiting some of the same thematic ground as the much loved* The Happening. Of course, that’s all background and what really matters is the actual content of the film, none of which we have yet to see.

But until then, here’s the video from the SDCC panel featuring screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) courtesy of Trailer Addict:

*Denotes Sarcasm

Plot Synopsis:

In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.

Source: /Film

No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan

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There comes a point where a once brilliant director and writer cannot maintain his same level of greatness across his movies, and the suitable thing for them to do is move on to do something else entirely. But, there are some directors that insist on trying to re-capture their fleeting moment of greatness again and again … never to do so.

Directors like M. Night Shyamalan.

I mean, I liked The Sixth Sense, and thought Signs had potential. But, while Unbreakable had its moments, The Village was not that good, and The Happening was just a train wreck on film. And, from what I hear, The Last Airbender was even worse than that.

What must M. Night Shyamalan think?

The guys at College Humor decided to show just that very thing, and wouldn’t you know it, Shyamalan sees what is happening in a very M. Night kind of way. Check out the video below!

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