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Despite Roy.'s best attempts to scoop me (The W), here now are the long awaited WORST 10 for 2004 according to Ebert & Roeper:

Again, audio at http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/ebertandroeper/050117.html starting Tuesday

EBERT:
10. The Village
9. The Whole Ten Yards
8. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
7. White Chicks
6. The Grudge
5. New York Minute
4. Dogville
3. The Girl Next Door
2. Christmas with the Kranks
1. Alexander / Troy (tie)

Hey, wait, that's eleven!!

ROEPER:
10. Connie and Carla
9. Taxi
8. Saw
7. Thunderbirds
6. Catwoman
5. The Stepford Wives
4. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
3. Godsend
2. The Whole Ten Yards
1. White Chicks

Well, I saw none of them this year. I know, I can't believeI didn't see "New York Minute" either!



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I totally agree with The Village. That movie was ok till the ending, then it totally sucked.
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I enjoyed the Village. Not nearly as good as his other movies - in part because you could see the "Plot Twist" coming a mile away, but the movie wasn't bad.

I ended up seeing "White Chicks" at the dollar theater with my GF and a bunch of her college friends. We were there to see something else that was sold out, and ended up groaningly walking into this.

Turned out to be very funny. Not a movie I'd want to pay more than a dollar for, yes, but it had plenty of moments where the whole audience was laughing. I'd recommend renting it if you feel like some stupid funny. Nowhere near the worst movie of the year.

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Ebert, I believe, gave Team America 0 stars, yet it didn't make his list.

(edited by odessasteps on 15.1.05 2156)


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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.31
Ebert has Alexander tied for worst? How long before Oliver Stone rebuts that proclamation by Ebert as being a conspiracy devised by the CIA and the ghost of Richard Nixon in order to silence him?
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Wow I did pretty good this year. I think I saw more movies this year than ever and yet I didn't see any of the movies on either worst list. Although I have a hard time believing that two movies I did see, Along Came Polly and Garfield, were not bad enough to make the list.



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I Want My Two Hours Back! or... The Worst Films of 2004
THE ALAMO: Long. Very long. Stuff happens. Then a lot of waiting.
ALIEN vs. PREDATOR: There's one fight. It lasts five minutes. That means 105 minutes of me not caring.
DIRTY DANCING HAVANA NIGHTS: At first it was just an overly pretentious love story about a rich white girl and a Cuban guy from the wrong side of the tracks. And then the Cuban Revolution did a run-in...
GARFIELD: To paraphrase Jon Stewart, Bill Murray & Jennifer Love Hewitt must be hard-up for money.
GODSEND: They came up with a cool concept, and then just winged it. DeNiro holds his own (as always) but everyone else drowned.
LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Brittany Murphy ruins her own relationship, then whines about it. Nevermind that if she hadn't gone digging around in her boyfriend's things, everything would've been fine. Unlikable characters doing stupid things does not a good film make.
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE: Hated it. Hated. There's no story. It felt like I was laughing at a handicapped kid. I left feeling bad.
THE STEPFORD WIVES: And setting the women's rights movement back 20 years is this shining example of a remake missing the point of the original film. The original Wives had the men replacing their uppity wives with robots. This one has one of the wives replacing the wives with robots, with plans for the men. Why? Because the town would be perfect. Suuuure.
TAKING LIVES: Bad acting, bad writing, and one of the most insane swerves ever when a pregnant Angelina Jolie is STABBED IN THE BELLY by Ethan Hawke, and then reveals she was wearing a fake belly and pretending to be pregnant for NINE MONTHS on the off-chance that Hawke was stalking her.
THUNDERBIRDS: No puppets. No plot. Terrible.

The world is polarized on TROY. Good fights and good atmosphere, but it has too much of Brad Pitt looking stoic and could've used the plot-driving power of the Gods. The rest of the lists are dotted with "vehicles" for people with little-to-no acting talent and sequels that weren't needed or wanted.



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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Ebert, I believe, gave Team America 0 stars, yet it didn't make his list.

    (edited by odessasteps on 15.1.05 2156)


One snowflake for Team America, while Troy got two.

I think this is half A.) Ebert remembering how he disliked Troy more than his thumb-down at Team America, so it deserves the spot, or 2.) Ebert using his influence to dissuade people from seeing the latter film, since it will surely lure people in on DVD more than Parker and Stone's effort will.

That or he just plain forgot.

I've seen none of these, though The Village is in my Netflix queue; I must witness the horror.



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    Originally posted by PeterStork

    One snowflake for Team America, while Troy got two.

    I think this is half A.) Ebert remembering how he disliked Troy more than his thumb-down at Team America, so it deserves the spot, or 2.) Ebert using his influence to dissuade people from seeing the latter film, since it will surely lure people in on DVD more than Parker and Stone's effort will.

    That or he just plain forgot.

    I've seen none of these, though The Village is in my Netflix queue; I must witness the horror.


Perhaps Ebert just thought that since TROY was a bloated $200 million Hollywood epic it deserved to be on the list more than say the $20 million or so R-rated puppet movie. So glad to see that Alexander tied for #1. It really was the worst film I ever witnessed in 2004. And I had to review A LOT of bad movies.

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Despite Roy.'s best attempts to scoop me (The W), here now are the long awaited WORST 10 for 2004 according to Ebert & Roeper:

    Again, audio at http://tvplex.go.com/​buenavista/​ebertandroeper/​050117.html starting Tuesday

    EBERT:
    10. The Village
    9. The Whole Ten Yards
    8. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    7. White Chicks
    6. The Grudge
    5. New York Minute
    4. Dogville
    3. The Girl Next Door
    2. Christmas with the Kranks
    1. Alexander / Troy (tie)

    Hey, wait, that's eleven!!

    ROEPER:
    10. Connie and Carla
    9. Taxi
    8. Saw
    7. Thunderbirds
    6. Catwoman
    5. The Stepford Wives
    4. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
    3. Godsend
    2. The Whole Ten Yards
    1. White Chicks

    Well, I saw none of them this year. I know, I can't believeI didn't see "New York Minute" either!


Out of 21 movies, I have seen a grand total of none of them. None of Ebert's worst, none of Roeper's worst. The only one that I have even come close to watching is White Chicks, which I did rent, but never got around to watching.
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I guess Roeper never saw Dogville?

It was three hours of Nicole Kidman getting raped and people making fun of her. On a stage.

Worst movie I've ever seen.



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You guys know Ebert said the Academy should put aside its usual snobbery and nominate Spider-man 2 for best picture? Seriously, he did.




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.34
So Ebert and Roeper agree on five of the best and two of the worst. At least they seem to have different tastes; I remember back when Gene was around and come the end of the year, thier lists would be closer together... well, except the year RETURN OF THE SWAMPTHING came out and Ebert 'LOVED' the film where Siskel hated the thing and Siskel asked Ebert if he was drink or nuts for liking it... that was funny.

(HEY! I didn't do a list... what's wrong with me?)



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    Originally posted by The Vile1
    You guys know Ebert said the Academy should put aside its usual snobbery and nominate Spider-man 2 for best picture? Seriously, he did.


You know what? I agree... If they nominated the 3 Lord of the Rings movies, why not Spider Man 2? It was a great story, it was well done, and it's the type of movie that's equally effective everytime you see it. A few hokey scenes aside, it was a great movie...
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Why would Roeper put Scooby Doo 2 on his list...it's predominatly a kids' movie. I took my next door neighbour's kid to see it when it was released in theatres (way back when I lived in Edmonton) and she was thrilled by it. Myself, I thought it was cute. Nowhere being one of the WORST movies of the year, though.

I'd give that one to "THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW". I wanted my three hours back after seeing that one.





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I finally saw the Villaged and I loved it. I thought the twist-ending was well down and I think people who didn't get the twist ending, didn't get the film. So, if you hated the ending you hated the film which is too bad, because I really enjoyed all of the characters.

I agree with Spiderman 2, not going to happen though. Million Dollar Baby looks to be this year's Rocky though. I still don't know about that film, I hear great to good to Oh My God is the Academy on crack about it. Aviator looks good, but the Academy will probably give Best Director to Clint again instead of Marty. I came out of Spidey 2 emotionally moved by it, so it gets my award for Best Film of the year. Too bad about Hero being already in last year for best forgien film, because it would have been my dark horse this year.

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    Originally posted by A Fan
    I finally saw the Villaged and I loved it. I thought the twist-ending was well down and I think people who didn't get the twist ending, didn't get the film. So, if you hated the ending you hated the film which is too bad, because I really enjoyed all of the characters.




I don't think that the people who didn't care for "The Village" didn't get the ending. The point was that you could see the ending coming from about seventeen miles away. I enjoyed the movie even though I could tell what was going to happen.



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Seen three of these:

Resident Evil: Apocalypse -- This was unavoidable, as my wife loves the games and has the first movie on DVD. It wasn't THAT bad. It certainly wasn't GOOD by any stretch of the imagination, its plot was laughable and Nemesis looked like something Survival Tobita wrestles, but as a poke-your-frontal-lobes-out-and-drool-while-watching popcorn flick, it was tolerable. I've seen worse in that genre.

The Grudge -- Ehhh. The Ring was a better localization. (Plus, I giggle at the words "actress" and "Sarah Michelle Gellar" being used in the same sentence.)

Saw -- Mind-numbingly bad, but simultaneously high camp. Cary Elwes chewed scenery like the Cookie Monster, Danny Glover might as well have held up a sign reading "My Agent Is SO Fired" during each of his scenes, the budget was so low that they had to HIDE Elwes's leg after he applied the titular implement to it... this movie was eighteen kinds of goofy, to the point where it crossed over into Troma territory. If I'd paid my nine bucks to see it expecting a straight-up horror film, I'd have felt ripped off, but thankfully I read the reviews first and knew what I was in for.




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    Originally posted by pieman
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      I finally saw the Villaged and I loved it. I thought the twist-ending was well down and I think people who didn't get the twist ending, didn't get the film. So, if you hated the ending you hated the film which is too bad, because I really enjoyed all of the characters.




    I don't think that the people who didn't care for "The Village" didn't get the ending. The point was that you could see the ending coming from about seventeen miles away. I enjoyed the movie even though I could tell what was going to happen.


my case is a little different. There is a piece of literatue I read in 5th grade called "Running out of time" in which people lived in a made up village, thinking it's the 1800's or whatever. And this was the main plot, with the protagonist escaping and expierancing the 90's.

So in this case not only was The Village predictable, it felt like a complete rip off.



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