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The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced its nominations for the 30th Annual Razzie Awards, which will "dis-honor The Worst of the 'Uh-Ohs'" inflicted on cinemagoers during 2009. Leading the race to mount the podium of shame is Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, described as "over-loud, over-long, …


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  1. Andy Hockey

    This is a Title

    "Murphy's lifelong services to bad cinema may also be honoured" But Murphy did do good films such as Beverly Hills Cop. It just for the past decade all his films have been unremittingly shit.

    1. DrXym Silver badge

      It's sad

      Eddie Murphy can be very funny but it seems clear he will take a paycheck and put his name to any kind of shit.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Transformers deserves a mention certainly but are they really saying there was nothing worse than it in seven separate categories?

    1. Andrew_F


      It's only one of the nominees in each category, it hasn't won anything yet.

    2. Filippo Silver badge

      Re: Seven?

      No, they aren't. They're nominations.

    3. strangefish


      It truly was an absolute turd

  3. Glyn 2

    After the first film...

    why would anyone go and see the second?

    Apart from megan fox draped over a bike, which I'd think would be a good icon in the vein of Paris Hilton to indicate the reader feels that the subject of the article is "Only there for the look but is ultimately pointless"

    1. David Adams
      Paris Hilton


      "Only there for the look but is ultimately pointless"

      I can certainly see the point of Megan Fox.........

      Both of them in fact!

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Much like the iPad?

      Or anything from Apple?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        RE:Much like the iPad

        Microsoft should be awarded a lifetime achievement award then. Almost every piece of software they've produced has had massive box office takings in the first week and from then on, even illegal (but free) downloads haven't tempted us all on board...

        If MS was an actor, it would be Marlon Brando in his fat, bloated years (but without the talent!)

    3. Anonymous Coward
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      Re. "Why would anyone go and see the second?"

      Because their son loves Transformers, and they love their son.

      And yes I was thoroughly bored after the first half an hour :-\

      1. Glyn 2


        You lasted half an hour awake :O

        If your son wanted to go, someone else's son wanted to go, so just let that son's parent take yours to go see it too. It's good for time and efficiency and good for health and safety (your face isn't damaged because you're banging your face on the chair infront).

        My mates been doing this with his kids for years or as he puts it "Hannah Montana is for other people"

        Which gives you more time for that beer and the price of tickets these days, you can now afford 4 more of them :)

        1. Neil Hunt
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          Father of the year candidates, clearly

          The whole point of being a Dad is taking your own kids out, not passing them off to others to raise for you. Case in point, I'm taking my little girl to see one of The Wiggles shows in a few weeks, not palming her off on some other poor sap.

  4. DZ-Jay

    An I nominate...

    Madonna should be the worst actress of *any* decade.


  5. Evil Auditor Silver badge

    Mariah Carey... actress?! I mean, Gordon Brown's facial expressions* are on a par with Tom Cruise's and he (Gordon) appears on the screens all the time yet no one would call him an actor.

    I'd understand if Carey was up for Public Display of Plastics of the Decade.

    *There are only two: none and horrid evil grin.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You missed...

      Winking, THE HORROR.....

  6. Kajiki

    South Park quote

    Kyle: Michael Bay gets to keep making movies and Cartman gets his own theme park; there is no God.

  7. Anonymous Coward


    Is Shia La Bouf any relation to Shia LaBeouf?

  8. Yorkshirepudding

    Film snobbery

    ok so transformers wont win any oscars for dialogue or story but lets face it if you know transformers, and enjoy a bit of 'Bayhem' what could be worse on a friday night with a pint of lager and a curry?

    seriously its all just good fun, whats wrong with seeing robots beat the crap out of one another, a johnathan pearce extra audio track would have been funny though

    1. MinionZero

      Here's an idea...

      "seriously its all just good fun, whats wrong with seeing robots beat the crap out of one another"

      I agree entirely, and I did really enjoy the 1st film. In fact I have even thought up a key plot element for the 3rd film. It involves the biggest robot possible accidentally stepping backwards onto Shia LaBeouf, then trying to scrape what remains of him off his foot, in the same way we would do with a dog turd!

      After that, the films can only get better! :)

    2. Aldous

      why not

      just watch a tape full of explosions in a loop, much cheaper and hey eco freindly no need to make more explosions and tack on a plot convienience playhouse story

    3. CADmonkey
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      I kinda almost agree...

      I thought the first one was quite good, actually. Nice effects, and lots of awkward nerdy human characters saving the day ...what's not to like?

      But Number 2? Says it all, really...

  9. Alan Parsons


    I'm incredulous. It has transformers in it. TRANSFORMERS! The only way it could be any more awesome is if it also had ninjas with guitars.

  10. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Film snobbery

    'Bayhem'? Good Christ.

    I'm with the snobs on this one. Anyway, the Razzies are 'just a bit of fun', in the same way. A couple of people have been great sports and actually showed up to accept their award in the past.

    1. Stu Wilson

      ie Halle Berry for Catwoman

      she really should have done a Boxing Helena on that film, but then i'd not have those images of her rampaging through my cortex, next to the Swordfish/Monster's Ball/Last Boy Scout images.

      1. Dave Bell

        Could have been a lot worse

        I don't think Halle Berry deserved that award. She was dragged down by the script, but her performance deserved far better. Once they put her into the purpose-designed Catwoman costume, and the fan-service started, that was when it stopped being worth watching as a film.

        It was a different idea of Catwoman from the comics, or from Batman, but it was working. And they ruined it.

    2. Will Leamon
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      Personally I wouldn't be surprised if Michael Bay showed up to collect his. And Will Ferrell is almost a shoe-in for an acceptance speech.

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    It ain't that bad.

    Come on, Transformers rocks. Where else can you get a "slow mo" run of megan fox's norks. In an otherwise pointless plot. It isn't about plot, it is about CGI transformers with the voice of the guy who did the cartoons for optimus prime and michael bay ruining all that was set down in the comics and yadda yadda. You know the rest.

    But it has a megan fox slow mo nork run... Besides the one liners and the leg humping transformer are class. And two punk ass robots with gold teeth and bling, only to find out they are a citroen C2 (or similar) the ultimate boy racing car. Chav tastic.

  12. Carsten Holmskov

    Worst Critic of the Year Award goes to........Razzie Critics

    It's odd, but these days things like Oscar's and Razzie awards have nothing to do with neither general audience or even the majority of people's dislike and likes.

    Insted they are given out by snobs for whom a "good movie" is worthless crap thats so "high-and-mighty" it could be made into an Opera.

    If you want to win an Oscar, make a long-winded movies in black-and-white, all shot in 1 room with the same actor playing all 11 roles and make it about the mental state of a cockroach, thats certain to garner great critical reviews and win several oscar's.

    If you want to win a Razzie Award, make a movie that, while it's neither deep-thought or very artistic provides the exact thing people goes to see it for, mind-numb action, pretty pictures and fun.

    These days, if you just want to chill out with a good movie, go check movies that won a Razzie or were not nominated for any Oscar's, chances are you will find many great movies there.

    If you want to find some psykadelic crap like Golden Palms or "Dancer in the Dark", then go check who won Oscar's

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Worst Critic of the Year Award goes to...Carsten Holmskov!

      Let's see a clip:

      "If you want to win an Oscar, make a long-winded movies in black-and-white, all shot in 1 room with the same actor playing all 11 roles and make it about the mental state of a cockroach, thats certain to garner great critical reviews and win several oscar's."

      LOL that sucked

      (applause, cheers)

    2. Tom Maddox Silver badge

      I know, right?

      Goddamn critics with their "standards" of "quality." They should be content to sit back with a six-pack of good old American lager and take a break from ESPN with a good old American explosion-fest. Plot? Story? Dialogue? These are for effete, cheese-eating (with the exception of good old American Kraft singles), wine-drinking, arugula-buying, socialistic, probable-homosexual, Obama-electing, limp-wristed, namby-pamby intellectuals. The day will come when we vote from the rooftops, and the movie critics will be the first against the wall!

      1. the Jim bloke

        WTF ??

        "Good old American lager" ???

        they wouldnt recognise good beer if they were drowning in it

        They are so completely ignorant on the subject of beer, that we Australians can sell them Fosters, and they BUY it !!

        All i can assume is that "good old American lager" is a code for something else, probably illegal and grown in a third world country.


        Beer so bad, we sell it to Americans.

      2. heyrick Silver badge


        I dont know what's worse - your insinuation that Americans actually know what a good beer is, or the allegation that Kraft slices are in any way related to cheese...

    3. Anonymous Coward

      @Carsten Holmskov

      All of which may be true...

      ...but doesn't change the fact that both Transformers movies suck so hard that the only thing we can compare them to are black holes.

  13. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Transformers 2?

    Agree, but it's a close run with 2012.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo

    re: Alan Parsons,wtf?

    Ding. Transformers was clearly the most AWESOME film of the decade. In fact, it's up there with Starship Troopers as one of the greatest films of all time. Indeed, I suspect the critics simply weren't able to digest the subtle messages or the overwhelming, if unauthodox, brilliance of Transformers II.

    Oi scamps, get on Yahoo. I need to talk to you about stu [-]

    1. Anonymous Coward

      re: re: Alan Parsons,wtf?

      Ahh, but Starship Troopers really is a good film. Unfortunately it's commonly mistaken for a very bad film by those who fail to recognise satire. It's a paradox that you have a film, acknowledged by film 'snobs' as a intelligent classic, but considered by the masses to be cheesy dumb trash.

      The differences between Starship Troopers and Transformers place them a thousand miles apart. Even if the content appears superficially similar, explosions, aliens, bad dialogue and seemingly worse acting, they are at two ends of a spectrum because one was intentionally cheesy (at least on the surface) and the other was not.

      I'm not trying to sell anyone on Starship Troopers, if you missed the point of the film, the satire and depth the first time around you won't see it the second or third time either.

  15. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Worst Critic of the Year Award goes to........Razzie Critics

    Wow. What a succinct and unerringly accurate summation of the state of Hollywood today. I'm going to replace all my DVDs with copies of Catwoman.

  16. Scottie Taylor

    Only 7 nominations?

    Seriously? They only got 7 nominations for that crapfest of epic failure? I'm shocked that they got that few. Really, I'm of the opinion there should have been new categories created just to provide awards for this waste of film.

    I'm a huge Transformers fan. Have been most of my life. But Bayformers? No. Just... no. They're worthy of nothing but scorn and hatred. What could be more awesome than Bayformers? Anything.

  17. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: re: Alan Parsons,wtf?

    (You know Starship Troopers is satirical, right?)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      RE: Re: re: Alan Parsons,wtf?

      Is it really? Or are you taking the piss? Is it actually worth watching? And along with all these Transformers wannabes, is there a generation of grown men just beginning to consider entertaining the possibility of pencilling in a date to start to think about approaching the thorny issue of encroaching middle age who still swear by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

      I think this thread is the first time I've felt old and bloody grateful for it!

      1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

        Hard of thinking

        I found it was quite chilling to see Bush, Rumsfeld, Blair, Brown and the like replaying whole scenes from the film as a bunch of amateur actors, without realising the irony and with real-life consequences.

        People don't understand movies like Starship Troopers for the same reason they elect (or allow to be elected) the "leaders" like those named above - being a bit dim, naive and easily scared, really.

    2. DrXym Silver badge

      No excuse for bad acting

      Starship Troopers was a decent action flick with satirical overtones inhabited by terrible actors. I don't believe this was deliberate, just terrible casting.

  18. Pirate Dave

    Land of the Lost...

    was a waste of a Netflix mailing envelope.

    Transformers 2 had some good points - explosions, Megan Fox, space robots, fast cars, Megan Fox. Of course, it had some bad points - plot, plot, and,well, plot. But hell, explosions and Megan Fox. MEGAN FOX. Ah well...

  19. Adrian Jooste

    Iron Man 2 better not pull the same nose dive

    Luckily I watched the sequal to Transformers 30000 feet up plied with free alcohol over Africa somewhere at 3am. The little screen on the back of the chair didn't help make any more sense out of it, I can assure you...

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    The conspiracy theory part of me,...

    has the suspicion that modern games and movies are de-sensitising us for a known future (Terminator series for the inevitable rise of the machines, 2012 and Day after tomorrow for environmental disasters, etc). If Transformers is preparing me for something, I 'm not sure I want to be patronised that loudly and for that length of time.

    </drinks Kool-Aid>

  21. gribbler
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    Say what you like about Transformers...

    ...but any film with Megan Fox running (should that be bouncing?) along in slow-motion is ok with me!

  22. the Jim bloke

    The missus dragged me along to see Transformers 2

    I wasnt that interested, but went along to humour her, Then she tells me she thought it was a movie I wanted to see, so she was doing it for me.

    As a fitting punishment for her offence, I kept waking her up in the cinema and interupting her loud snoring, and making her watch the actual movie.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Transformers and Transformers 2 both sucked.

    Land of the Lost wasn't as bad though...

    Which perhaps is like saying "having your face slashed open" isn't as bad as "being torn in two and someone sprinkling dettol inside you".

  24. Dr Patrick J R Harkin


    ...sounds so bad I almost want to rent it to see if it really can be that dreadful. It's the cinematic equivalent of rubber-necking a car crash.

  25. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Oh come on people

    I liked Transformers. Only watched the first one though.

    And I was drunk at the time.

  26. Alpha Tony

    Did they really fall, or were they pushed?

    The first Transformers was actually pretty entertaining IMO. It lacked any real depth but the plot was coherant within it's own (somewhat silly) parameters and there was enough in-jokes thrown in to mean it didnt feel like it was taking itself too seriously. Certainly not a classic piece of cinema, but entertaining action fluff to watch after a few pints.

    I cannot even begin to express how utterly awful the second film is. The plot doesan't make any sense whatsoever. The acting is terrible. The casting is terrible. What dialogue there is (squeezed between all the gratuitous explosions and CG), is terrible. I honestly cannot think of a single good thing to say about the movie. It's not even over quickly- It's like some endurance test on a sadistic Japanese gameshow.

    I also really don't understand the mentality of guys that watch a film and say 'yeah it was terrible but there was this hot girl who got almost naked in it, so I still enjoyed it'... Seriously? You'd sit through two and a half hours of eye-bleedingly bad acting, writing and cinematography just to see an attractive woman almost get naked? You DO know that if you have the internet you can look at hot women get completely naked whenever you want? Do your self a favour- Surf yourself some boobies then go and watch a decent film.

    1. DrXym Silver badge

      I notice that trend too

      People go on and on about Megan Fox but the reality is with a 3 second search you can find racier pictures of her than anything in Transformers. All from the privacy and comfort of home.

      Michael Bay is just an awful director with inexplicable commercial success. His movies are at best mediocre and more often inexcusably bad. In virtually instance any other director would have made a better job of things.

  27. markp 1

    i don't get it... were there no truly bad films this year?

    why do they have to pick on one from 1985?

  28. FreeTard


    Transformers 2 was all right, I enjoyed it. One of the kids got it on a DVD at Xmas, I seem to remember watching it twice, hmm, was I drunk...hmmm.

    The worst flics of the noughties were :

    1. Pearl Harbour

    2. I know what you did.... (every release)

    3. titanic

    Anything recent by Spielberg or Cameron in fact.

    I remember thinking Avatar was fantastic, but now I'm thinking it was just graphics and political correct shite. Adding that to my list.

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