Best Apocalypse – What could be more entertaining than the deaths of billions of people and the desperate attempts of the few survivors to carry on? Armageddon was all the rage in
1. Knowing: The planet gets reduced to a glowing cinder by solar flares. But hey, it’s alright, because space angel thingies save a handful of kids.
2. 2012: Director Roland Emerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) does what he does best: he blows shit up. The end of the world as a roller coaster ride.
3. The Road: A man and his young son try to hold on to some semblance of morality in a grey and lifeless world.
And the winner is… Look, if this were about cinematic quality, The Road would take the award easily. And for thoroughness, only Knowing completely and totally destroys the planet. But for sheer mayhem and entertainment value, I’ve got to give the “Bobbie” to 2012.
True Story My Ass Award – Nothing tells you to expect an onslaught of bullshit more reliably than the words “based on a true story” attached to a movie. For proof, you need look no further than the nominees in this category.
1. Paranormal Activity: Thrill to actual scenes of people sleeping. Gasp as unlikable characters argue with each other. It’s like the most annoying episode of Ghost Hunters ever, and even more bogus.
2. The Fourth Kind: This time we get “re-enactments” mixed in with the supposedly real footage of people being tormented by unknown forces. Mila Jovovich tries really hard to convince us that what we’re watching is true, but no one is that good of an actor.
3. Public Enemies: This is a more conventional kind of
And the winner is… The Fourth Kind. I’m used to horror movies using the “based on a true story” gimmick. Most of the time, it’s done with a wink and falls well into the tradition of carny ballyhoo. But The Fourth Kind really goes the extra mile to try and convince audiences that its bullshit is the truth, to the point that it borders on the irresponsible. But I guess if you make a movie like this one, you’ll do anything you can to draw attention away from how bad it is.
Best Nude Scene – This one is always a crowd favorite here at the “Bobbies”. Unfortunately, either I was watching the wrong movies or there wasn’t as much nudity in last year’s films. Still, I think I managed to find a few worthy moments of cinematic nakedness.
1. Black Dynamite: Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) services three lovelies at once.
2. Antichrist: Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg make love in the shower during the beautiful and tragic opening scene. Special credit to the actors who provided the stunt genitalia.
3. My Bloody Valentine: When people use the term “gratuitous nudity”, this is what they’re referring to. Actress Betsy Rue spends a good 5 minutes or so running around completely in the buff while being chased by a psycho with a pick axe. In 3D, no less.
And the winner is… Antichrist. Whatever you may think of the movie as a whole, there’s no denying the opening scene is a stunner, expertly contrasting eroticism and true horror. This isn’t cheap titillation (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but a rare example where the nudity really is necessary to the script.
(sorry, this is just the trailer. I'm trying to keep this blog PG-13)
Best Death – Death is the great equalizer, but some deaths are more equal than others.
1. The Burrowers: Characters have their innards liquefied while they’re still alive before being eaten by mutant moles.
2. Watchmen: Rorschach gets turned into an ink blot by Dr. Manhattan.
3. Trick R Treat: A kid gets some bad Halloween candy, then gets turned into a human jack o’lantern.
And the winner is… Trick R Treat. In the classic tradition of fairy tales and E.C. horror comics, this rotten rugrat disrespects the traditions of Halloween and pays a suitably ironic price.
Best Musical Moment – Music and the movies have gone together since the silent era, when films used to be accompanied by live organ players. It’s a combination that still works to great effect today.
1. Anvil: The Story of Anvil: After a series of setbacks that would have stopped many a lesser band, Canadian metalheads Anvil play before a huge crowd in
2. Gamer: Michael C. Hall’s dance number to the tune of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.
3. Watchmen: The opening montage set to the tune of Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’” is so perfect, even people who hate the movie love this sequence.
And the winner is… Anvil: The Story of Anvil. For sheer perseverance alone, these guys deserve some kind of an award. I don’t think they’re the best metal band out there, but they seem like nice enough guys, and certainly worse bands have had greater success. May their moment in the spotlight last long enough that they can save up a few bucks.
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Best Performance in an otherwise terrible movie – Why do bad movies happen to good actors? Times are tough all over, and even last year’s Oscar nominee can wind up in this years bomb when the mortgage on that million dollar house is due.
1. Mila Jovovich in The Fourth Kind: Yes, it’s a terrible movie. But Mila still gives her all as a psychiatrist dealing with an outbreak of alien abductions in
2. Brad Douriff in Halloween 2: I think Douriff is just about incapable of giving a bad performance. He’s done good work in a lot of bad movies. This is one of the worst he’s been in, but he still comes out of it with some measure of dignity.
3. Mickey Rourke in Killshot: An Elmore Leonard adaptation with a cast that included Rourke, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and
4. Carrie Fisher in Sorority Row: I thought this horror remake was pretty bad, but Carrie Fisher is great in a supporting role as a bad-ass house mother.
And the winner is… Carrie Fisher for Sorority Row. Come on,