‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

The Razzies: Dishonoring the Worst of the Worst for 2018

The Golden Raspberry Award


Now that we know which movies are up for this years Academy Awards, aka “The Oscars,” it is time to take a look at the other end of the spectrum. The only thing sadder than the movies that made the list for the 2018 Golden Raspberry Awards, aka “The Razzies” is that most of them still made a lot of money, which means Hollywood will churn out more of the same in the coming year.

On top of the heap is Transformers XVII: The Last Knight coming in with a whopping nine nominations followed by Fifty Shades Darker with eight. (Ironically, the latter’s next installment comes to theater on Valentine’s Day) Universal’s start of its reboot of the studio’s iconic monsters film series, The Mummy, comes with seven nominations and lastly, Baywatch and The Emoji Movie both bring four nominations to the table.

How bad are these movies? It depends on who you ask, but if you ask Rotten Tomatoes, they’ll tell you that Baywatch ranked the highest with an 18% “rotten” score. Transformers and The Mummy both received 16%, Fifty Shades received 10%, and The Emoji Movie received the lowest at just 9%. But wait, there’s more! These are just the biggest “losers” of the year. There are plenty more where those came from.

The last few years, the official Razzies website has offered a list of contenders for the “Razzie Redemption Award,” but sadly, there is no mention of such award on the website this year.

And now, here is the complete list of the baddest of the bad:

Worst Picture
Baywatch, The Emoji Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

Worst Actress
Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable; Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker; Jennifer Lawrence, Mother!; Tyler Perry, BOO! 2: A Medea Halloween; Emma Watson, The Circle

Worst Actor
Tom Cruise, The Mummy; Johnny Depp, Pirates of The Caribbean XIII: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker; Zac Efron, Baywatch; Mark Wahlberg, (TIE) Daddy's Home 2 AND Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

Worst Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, (TIE) Mother! AND Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Russell Crowe, The Mummy; Josh Duhamel, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight; Mel Gibson, Daddy's Home 2; (TIE) Anthony Hopkins, Collide AND Transformers XVII: Last Knight

Worst Supporting Actress
Kim Basinger, Fifty Shades Darker; Sofia Boutell, The Mummy; Laura Haddock, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight; Godie Hawn, Snatched; Susan Sarandon, A Bad Moms Christmas

Worst Screen Combo
Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions, Fifty Shades Darker
Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight
Any Two Obnoxious Emojis, The Emoji Movie
Johnny Depp & His Worn Out Drunk Routine, Pirates of the Caribbean XIII: Dead Careers Tell No Tales
Tyler Perry & Either The Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig, BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
Baywatch, BOO 2: A Madea Halloween, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

Worst Director
Darren Aronofsky, Mother!; Michael Bay, Transformers: XVII: The Last Knight; James Foley, Fifty Shades Darker; Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy; Anthony Leonidis, The Emoji Movie

Worst Screenplay
Baywatch, The Emoji Movie, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, Transformers XVII: The Last Knight


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