This scene in particular is a classic, and needs no explanation as to why. Video: YouTube, Veovisjohn 5. The Gingerdead Man This is what happens when you bake the spirit of Gary Busey into a holiday treat. It’s also why we can’t have nice things. The 2005 movie is so bad, we couldn’t possibly pick one scene. Video: YouTube, GrackleBoxStudios 6. Nightmare on Elm Street We all have to start somewhere in our careers, and for Johnny Depp, it was in 1984, when he lost a battle with a bed. The old and clunky technology just makes this scene better/worse. Video: YouTube, TzTokFlame 7. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes The special effects in 1978 were just incredible. We’re at a loss for words over the giant, evil tomato in this film. Video: YouTube, lemonysnicket1234567 8. Santa’s Slay Skip to 1:50 if you don’t find enjoyment in obnoxiously rich people talking about their “humble” Christmas. Video: YouTube, itburnswhenithink 9.
Counterpoint: Why Justin Timberlake Should Keep on Keeping On–and Making Movies
The Entity was Poltergeists’ sleazy cousin, that was all about watching a ghost sexually assault a woman for two hours in a vaguely poltergeist-ish way. It’s embarrassing to have seen it at all. And yet the two movies layer on each other and morph into this big creepy mass that keeps you from feeling safe in your house even though one of those movies clearly didn’t earn your fear. 2. The Blair Witch Project (1999) The Blair Witch Project isn’t really a bad movie. In fact it’s so good that it paved the way for a lot of other movies. After it came out, other movies allowed their monster mythology to be vague, instead of explaining every detail. Other movies used the found footage technique to give people a sense of immediacy during the experience and reality after it. Other movies threw out the formula that said “the girl lives,” in favor of killing everyone and leaving the audience alone with the monster at the end. The problem is, we’ve had fourteen years of movies doing exactly that. After all these years the Blair Witch should have uncoiled her hairy fingers from our psyche. It should be nineties nostalgia by now.
Of course not. Long before “Mamma Mia!” elevated her to the box-office elite, she won Oscars and starred in movies we love to watch. Not unlike Timberlake. He, too, is a performer we love to watch (partly because, as Vulture’s Margaret Lyons noted last week , he so loves to perform). And though currently Oscar-free, he generated legitimate Oscar buzz for his supporting turn in “The Social Network.” And, guess what: he’s starred in movies people love to watch–no, really. “In Time,” his 2011 sci-fi thriller, grossed more than four times its reported production budget. “Friends With Benefits,” his 2011 romantic comedy, did likewise. Maybe the movies didn’t play like big hits here, but they played like big hits overseas. And as long as you’re big somewhere, you’re big. In the end, Timberlake doesn’t need a blessing anymore than he needs an unsolicited career assessment. The only thing he needs is perspective: It is a rare thing to be movie star.