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The Worst Films of 2007 and an Incredible New Hulk Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 20/03/2008 @ 14:56
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 74

“Flee! Flee! In terror from the badness...” - The Worst Movies of 2007
Film reviewing, eh? Sounds like a great job, doesn't it? Well, okay, maybe it is, but make no mistake, there's a downside. For example, on Monday I had to sit through two utterly dreadful films that will almost certainly be among the worst movies of 2008: Meet the Spartans and the upcoming Paris Hilton vehicle, The Hottie and the Nottie (opens 28 March). These are the kinds of films where you actually find yourself praying for death and no right-thinking film-goer should ever have to suffer them. So, just in case you were thinking I had it easy, here's my list of the Ten Worst Movies of 2007. If you were unlucky enough to see one or more of these, then you have my deepest sympathy. For me, this list represents almost 20 hours of my life that I'll never get back...

1. Captivity
2. Epic Movie
3. Norbit
4. The Truth About Love
5. Because I Said So
6. Wild Hogs
7. The Walker
8. The Number 23
9. Licence to Wed
10. Youth Without Youth

Films I'm Looking Forward To: The Incredible Hulk
Last week saw the release of the eagerly awaited trailer for The Incredible Hulk, or, as one of my friends has already dubbed it: Hulk 2: Anger Management. Basically, it's a total reboot of the franchise after the under-performing Ang Lee version (don't make me Ang Lee, etc), which I rather liked but was deemed a failure by The Suits. Anyway, even allowing for the full disclosure that I was a massive Hulk fan growing up, I have to say, I think the new movie looks fabulous (though not as good as Iron Man, obviously). Yes, the film-makers appear to have gone into CGI overload, but I'd rather have CGI on The Hulk than, say, some ex-wrestler in green body paint, Lou Ferrigno-style. Edward Norton (who apparently rewrote the script) is well cast as “Puny Banner” and Liv Tyler looks gorgeous as Betty Ross. Hulk fans may also get a kick out of the fact that they appear to have found roles for some of the lesser cast members from the comics, such as Doc Samson (will he have green hair?), though thankfully, they seem to have dropped Rick Jones (the Hulk's annoying teenage sidekick in the early comics). Also, let's face it, who isn't glad of the chance to start talking in Hulk-speak again? Hulk smash!

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):

No change to the top four this week, but I have bumped it up to ten films by popular request.

1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. No Country For Old Men
4. Out of the Blue
5. The Orphanage
6. The Spiderwick Chronicles
7. Water Lilies
8. Redacted
9. Juno
10. Lars and the Real Girl

DVD of the Week: Planet Terror (two disc Special Edition, out now, RRP £17.99)

This week's DVD of the Week is Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez's half of the proposed Grindhouse exploitation double-bill with Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof (apparently due for a DVD release as it was meant to be seen later in the year). Featuring a terrific cast that includes Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin and Bruce Willis, Planet Terror is a non-stop riot of marauding zombies, go-go dancers, pulpy dialogue, explosions and enough splatter-effects to satisfy even the most demanding of gore-hounds. It was also, flat out, one of the most enjoyable films of last year and it gave us one of the year's most iconic images, with Rose McGowan and her machine-gun-leg.

The two disc Special Edition DVD comes with a host of superb extras that includes a highly informative director's commentary, footage from the ComicCon press conference, posters, trailers, an audience reaction track and several interesting featurettes, of which the highlight is 10 Minute Film School, where Rodriguez illustrates how all the special effects were done. Shame there was no room for the other Grindhouse trailers though. It is also worth pointing out that the full version of Grindhouse (trailers and all) will be the next Midnight Movie at the Curzon Soho on March 28th. Book now to avoid disappointment, as it's apparently selling out fast.

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