I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just get in the mood for a really bad movie. I don’t mean bad in the sense of “lots of violence and nudity” but bad in a sense of “everything about this movie is poorly made.” Most often I can turn to the trusty Mystery Science Theater 3000 to curb my craving, but the other day, i wanted something a bit newer.
So I watched Battlefield Earth. This movie is bad. What makes it wonderful is that it falls within the “so bad it is good” category. Acting? There are scenes where the only spoken lines are “ooga booga.” Special effects? They are indeed very special. Plot? Utterly ridiculous. This was the most enjoyably bad movie I have seen in a long time. And I’ve seen some bad ones.
What blows me away is that this was not some backwater production. It was a pet project of John Travolta, and he starred in it along with Forest Whitaker. It had a multi-million dollar budget. Even with all of that, it is still a horrendous movie.
Almost every scene is shot at a strange angle, and the acting is beyond campy. The one thing I always wonder is this: when the actors finish a horrible movie, or a scene in a bad movie, do they sit back and think, “wow, this is some great stuff we’re doing” or do they think, “why did I ever agree to do this?”
Take a peek from one of the better scenes in the movie.
Bad, right? If you’re ever in the mood for a horrible movie, this is one that should be on your list!
…and other random thoughts.
I know the Romgi is absolutely embarrassed by this, but I am not: I bought a Snuggie. It is dreadfully warm and comfortable. I know May is a ridiculous time of year to get one; unfortunately, we don’t control the temperature in our apartment, since the thermostat is located upstairs. And I guess it just stays a lot (lot lot lot) warmer upstairs, which means the air conditioning has been on a lot (lot lot lot) recently. Even with the vents closed, I’m cold.
I’ve read three more books in the past week or so – a Sherlock Holmes book (my first!), the final book in the Fablehaven series, and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Reviews will probably not be up until after this weekend, when the Romgi leaves for Korea (without me. Sniff sniff).
We had our house clean last week on Sunday and Monday because friends came to dinner both days. But, all the dishes from cooking and serving food just sort of piled up, and now our house is very much not clean. One of these days, it will be beautiful. I hope.
Have you ever had Ben & Jerry’s Fossil Fuel ice cream? It’s my favorite, and I thought it had been discontinued. Turns out they just don’t sell it anywhere in Utah. Grumble grumble grumble! I guess I’ll have to take a trip to California this fall! (Can I wait that long?!)
Also, I like this dress. The end.