There's no sumptuous food or exorbitant goody bags to give
away. The annual Razzie award is no Oscars, instead you can
called it a parody of the latter. Rather than honouring the
year's best movies, the Razzies honour the worst.
to the audience but definitely not to the nominated cast and
crew and of course the winners. John Wilson (the creator of
Razzies awards) takes a humourous and satirical approach to
the selected movies in the guide. Offensive no less, his breezy,
tongue-in-cheek writeups will have you in stitches. Not exactly
politically-correct but that's where the fun lies.
Wilson even includes Choice Chapter stops such as the following-
(1994 Color Of Night); Chapter 12 ("Rose Returns"):
In which Willis's weenie plays a teeny bit part.
The Official Razzie Movie Guide is the perfect book to plan
your next private screening with an equally bunch of wacky
film buddies, the only letdown perhaps you might have a hard
time laying your hands on some of the titles.
Wilson's writing is too sarcastically wacky that I would suggest
you read it in the privacy of your own room than the crowded
train, here's some excerpts of his rave reviews:
On Brooke Shield's performance (in one particular
scene) from 'The Blue Lagoon':
"..wait you see Shields squatting to give birth,
grunting and screaming like a seriously constipated elephant
until the poorly dubbed sound effect of a baby's cry is heard
on the soundtrack"
On Madonna's figure in the 1992 'Body Of Evidence':
"In the unrated DVD version of the film, Madonna
is clearly nude. But before you go getting excited at that
prospect, be warned: This was before she got so compulsively
into physical fitness- and seeing this scene's daillies may
have been what convinced her to get into better shape"
There's huge coverages on classic old movies made
in the 50's, 60's and even 30's. Many unknown to the lot of
us here (we are pretty young actually). That perhaps is one
of the major obstacle in giving full marks for this guide.
But nevertheless, Wilson has the ability to abosorb you on
his wry take on why these movies are up for the Razzies. If
you find Oscars typical and showy, no harm taking a look at
the laugh-a-minute Razzies.
by Linus Tee