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The Razzies

The Razzies

Date: Feb 08 2006


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Remember the scene in The Day After Tomorrow where the subzero draft is chasing the two main characters through the halls of the library? Or how about Colin Farrell’s flaccid depiction of Alexander the Great in the movie Alexander? Despite their big budgets, these movies were big letdowns.

While there are a lot of awards ceremonies to recognize great movies and actors, there is also one that recognizes the year’s worst movies and actors: The Raspberry Awards.

Listen to Taylor and I talk about this year’s Rasberry Awards.


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Taylor:  You know, sometimes actors, actresses, directors are so bad.

Dave:  Very bad.

Taylor:  And they need to get recognized, you know. And, finally, for the past few years there’s been a recognition for terribleness. Tom Cruise is up for it this year in the Razzies.

Dave:  Tom Cruise is getting a Raspberry Award?

Taylor:  Yes, ah, you know, because, well, apparently, many people think he’s a bad actor. I think he’s passable. I couldn’t give him a Razzie for acting, but for his public persona these days, that’s why he’s getting a Razzie.

Dave:  I mean, he’s been around for a long, long time.

Taylor:  Right.

Dave:  But ever since he’s had these outbursts on Oprah, and whoever it was where he criticized – was it Kate Moss? – for being depressed.

Taylor:  Yes.

Dave:  Well, what are some of the other movies that are getting the Raspberry Award this year?

Taylor:  I saw that Cheaper By the Dozen II got entered in there. The number one Razzie receiving movie this year is Son of the Mask, the sequel to a movie from when I was probably 14 years old.



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Hollywood releases nearly 600 movies per year. Some of these movies are great, some are passable, and some just stink.

Some of the worst movies of 2005 include War of the Worlds, The Dukes of Hazzard, House of Wax and Son of the Mask.

Do you agree? What terrible movies have you seen this year?

To see a list of the 100 worst movies ever made, check out this link:

100 Worst Movies



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I think Tom Cruise is one of the best actors.

12:24 AM Feb 09 2006 |

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