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Saturday, March 17, 2012

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 19 - Baby Geniuses (1999)

Baby Geniuses (1999; Triumph Pictures)
Another in the Totally Unnecessary category, Baby Geniuses is a comedy about two scientists who work for BabyCo (dumb name) who are trying to unlock the universal knowledge babies are born with by learning Baby Talk. Baby Talk is not just a bunch of gurgling and mumbo jumbo though, it’s actually a highly sophisticated language they forget once the babies learn to speak (WHAT!?). The first mistake this film makes is it gives babies far too much credit, the second one is its just plain unfunny.  

The focus of the film is Sly, the leader of the babies who escapes the lab and rallies together some of the other babies on the outside to rescue the other captive babies inside. The result are scenes where Sly uses baby kung fu to fight off baddies while the adults act completely confused by what is going on. In one particularly bizarre (and I would even say grotesque) scene, Sly dons a leisure suit and dances disco-style to the Bee Gee’s Sayin’ Alive. Thus is the issue with this film: it suffers from ADD and revels in the idea that a baby acting like this is not creepy, but funny.  

Baby Geniuses makes the top 20 worst of the 90’s, which rank not just among the worst of the 90’s but the worst of all time. Baby Geniuses is particularly offensive due its hideous effects, which aren’t cute, rather they are disturbing. The digital mouths don’t look quite right, and instead resemble more closely a YouTube video where somebody thought it would be fun to use Final Cut to make it look as though their dog can talk. This is a shoddy work with bad performances by some talented actors. It’s a shame too.  

I do not believe Baby Geniuses could have worked no matter who they cast however I think that this list of B and C-grade stars was lost when they signed on to this project, which was doomed from conception. The film’s story is the product of Steven Paul, who also wrote the story for the 2011 film Opposite Day, a movie that I couldn’t even finish to review on this blog legitimately. The film was directed by Bob Clark, a director with only one good film to his credit, A Christmas Story. The rest of his repertoire is just horrible, and Baby Geniuses just may be the worse of them all.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 20 - Bio-Dome (1996)

Bio-Dome (1996; Weasel Productions)
This movie is only number 20.  That surprised even me.  I hated 19 movies more than this one.  Full disclosure: when I was younger, before I came to my senses, I actually (I can’t believe I’m admitting this) liked this movie.  I thought it was funny.  A few years back I watched it again and couldn’t finish it.  I managed to force myself through it and can honestly say, now, this is one of the stupidest, most senseless, idiotic, unfunny, incoherent, soulless, vile, disturbing, and all around pathetic films ever made.  I could not put a finger on a moment that I could say “I could see why I thought it was funny as a kid.”  It isn’t funny.  Not at all.

The stupid plot focuses on two slackers who mistake a giant science experiment (one where five scientists will live in harmony with nature in an unpolluted environment), for a mall and go inside.  They are locked inside for a whole year because they can’t open the doors without “compromising the scientific data”.  The fundamental flaw of the film is that these idiots were in the place for all of 30 seconds, they could just kick them out, and reset the clock.  But nooooooooo!  We get plot contrivance instead, and these two fools act like morons bringing chaos to the otherwise solemn experiment.

Bio Dome is bad.  It’s really, really, really bad.  If there was a movie hell, this movie would burn in it.  You have to think; somebody green-lit this.  This was a concept that somebody with deep pockets thought would make for quality entertainment.  I think back and wonder to myself what kind of brain damage I must have suffered that would have led me to like this garbage.  I can’t think of an honest reason.  I consider myself a reasonably intelligent person but I wonder sometimes when I look back at the films I used to watch.

So, in a film starring two of the most consistantly bad actors in Hollywood, how do the other actors hold up?  Well, every single person in this film is annoying.  Everyone overacts, everyone behaves like idiots, and Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin are the epitome of over-the-top here.  Nobody in the real world acts like this.  These two cartoon characters fill each scene with noise, strange sounds, silly faces and incessant shrieking and shouting.  Pauly Shore can’t act, so he subsidizes his lack of talent with antics, and Bio Dome is easily his single worst film.  It was actually the last major role of his career.  He still acts to this day but only in cameos, bit parts, and straight-to-DVD fare.  He is an afterthought, discarded with the rest of the waste from the very excessive 90’s.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 21 - Steel (1997)

Steel (1997; Warner Bros. Pictures)
If you hated Kazaam, then you’ll reaaaaly hate Steel.  At least in Kazaam, Shaq has a comical Darth Vader “Noooooo!” moment.  Well, he has that here too, but here he shows even less emotion in it.  Steel is a mindless action film about a weapons designer who turns to crime fighting in the most impractical costume ever, wielding the most impractical weapon ever.  

Henry Irons (GET IT!?) has developed a weapon that can safely knock out dangerous attackers but his demonstration is rigged to fail.  When his weapons end up on the street and his partner and best friend ends up in a wheelchair he makes a totally conspicuous “secret” lair and crafts a suit of armor and a hammer (what..?) to fight the bad guys and get his guns off the street.  

This is a no-thrills action movie.  But it’s worse than that.  It’s a badly acted, no-thrills action movie.  The script is as cliched as they come and Shaquille O’Neil is as bad as you’d expect him to be here.  The supporting cast, which includes Annabeth Gish (supposed descendant of silent film start Lillian Gish), Judd Nelson and Richard Roundtree (Yeah! Shaft!  Yep, I was pissed too.) do what they can with the material, but Kenneth Johnson’s screenplay is written at about a fourth-grade reading level.  Johnson also directed, and this is his only major directorial credit, for good reason.  This is an uninspired movie.

The action is on par with a cheap dinner show and the bad guys are exceptionally unconvincing.  We believe Judd Nelson could be a crooked and traitorous arms dealer, but not in this movie, maybe in something with a little more depth.  However, Steel is just a shallow movie aimed at younger audiences who love Shaq the b-baller who the producers hoped had forgotten all about Kazaam the year before.  Alas, this movie was destined to failure despite it’s strong marketing.  It made a pitiful 1.7 million at the box office (just a shade over ten percent of its budget) and was Shaq’s final major film role until he was resigned to cameos and bit parts in a few more movies.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 22 - Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997;
New Line Cinema)
Video game movies are bad.  The reason for this lies in that most games (especially the games they chose to make movies into) don’t typically have enough material in terms of story to justify a film. Also, these films tend to be over-the-top exercises marketed to younger audiences because that is who Hollywood believes plays video games.  Thus, they tend to not try to make a good movie, just one that has enough recognizable characters to bring in the fans of the games to the theatre.  When this trend began, dollars came in, but after fans caught on, and video game movies began to tank, Hollywood began to slack off just a bit.

Mortal Kombat, which opened in theaters in 1995, was successful because compared to other video game movies before it, it was a masterpiece.  It still wasn’t good, but it wasn’t Super Mario Bros. either.  Naturally, given the success of the first one, New Line saw “$$$$” and opted for a sequel.  However, most of the cast did not sign on for the sequel and those that did either appeared for a very limited time, or were already on the C-List, looking for any opportunity for a check.  

In Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the Earth Realm’s victory from the first tournament was short-lived as Shao Kahn attempts to merge Earth with Outworld and the forces of good have six days to destroy Kahn’s forces and save the world.  So how does it work out?  Not good.  Okay, so this plot is established early, forgotten about entirely, then picked up again at the end.  This movie really just focuses on a series of showdowns between good guys and bad guys in poorly choreographed fight scenes.  

The action in Annihiliation is just as weak as the plot. The very sad-looking CGI mixed with silly makeup effects make this one a dud visually and the battles with cgi characters are never convincing. The fights are tame, the characters rarely use their powers and the thrills are greatly held back by the fact that this is a PG-13 adaptation of a game that was most notable for its violence and this forces many of the scenes that would be pretty intense to be pretty sad.  

The special effects are also really bad here. This is a movie that was a sequel to a successful movie. It was released in theaters and had some decent backing. So, I ask, why the hell does this movie look so bad? I mean, I've seen Sy Fy originals that look ten times better than this crap. Visually it is dank, boring, ugly and uninteresting. Silly CGI skies flash across the screen and this causes the shoddy green screen work to stick out like a sore thumb. The animated creatures look like something out of Clash of the Titans (the original one, not the remake) and the little things that made the first one fun, like the inclusion of levels from the game into the progression of the story, are gone for the most part.
This movie is one of the silliest works ever to be put to film.  Its unintentionally funny dialogue keeps this one just out of the bottom 20 but it loses points for some of the more uncomfortably stupid moments.  In one of the strangest displays ever to grace the silver screen, the new villains, Sindel, Motoro, Sheeva, Rain and Ermac are introduced in a row while they pose and snarl and it is one of the dumbest things you will ever see.  This movie shows that it takes more than action to make an action movie good.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 23 - Jawbreaker (1999)

Jawbreaker (1999; Tristar Pictures)
Jawbreaker just might be one of the most disturbed high school films ever.  This isn’t a slasher either.  Jawbreaker is a black comedy, and boy is it dark.  In fact, the mean girls stories we hear from cyber-bullying cases are dwarfed by the sheer vileness of the behavior of the characters in this movie.  The plot of Jawbreaker is founded in the idea that every single character in the plot is a self-serving buffoon that cares more about high school popularity than human life.

The story begins on the eve of a girl’s birthday.  Her friends, led by Courtney (Rose McGowan)  kidnap her as a joke and tape an over-sized jawbreaker into her mouth.  They stuff her into the trunk of a car and drive to the venue of choice.  When they open the trunk they find that the jawbreaker is lodged in the girl’s throat and she is dead.  So what do you do?  You make it look like a rape!  That’s what!  So we get that joke then a girl named Fern (Judy Greer) witnesses their attempted cover-up.  Fern, as it turns out, is not who you would call popular, so Courtney offers her a chance to be part of the in-crowd in return for her silence with the threat of being framed for the girl’s death as an added incentive to keep her mouth shut.  Fern is made over and reborn into Vilette, who turns out to be even more egotistical and vindictive than they would have ever expected.  Still, despite these characters being morons, one of the girl’s strike of conscience, and a cop constantly on the case, nobody manages to put two and two together until the plot says so.

This is a really, really offensive movie.  Teenage girls, the film’s obvious target audience, were apparently not all too fond of the rape jokes and the film barely made back it’s paltry $3 million (est.) budget.  The film was highly pushed by MTV, received prime ad time and even had cameos from some popular rockers including the Donnas and Marilyn Manson (McGowan’s main squeeze at the time... scary, huh?).  This film proved to be too much for people and it was mostly ignored.  It was universally panned by critics, who mostly pointed out the stupidity of the plot and the idiotic behavior of the characters.  I guess it goes without saying that the writer/director of this film never had another major release.  

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 24 - Drop Dead Fred (1991)

Drop Dead Fred (1991;
Polygram Filmed Entertainment)
If I had one film I could kill forever, eliminating any trace of its existence from this world (every copy of the movie, ever poster, ever mention on the Internet, all of it), Drop Dead Fred would be a strong, strong candidate.  And if you’re like “But it’s only number 24 on your list!”  Well, first off, DON’T QUESTION ME (:P) and second, the 23 films that follow this one are worse and all are candidates for the same “Movie Kill”!

Drop Dead Fred is a look into the mind of an evil clown who lives in an amusement park in the desert and eats motorists who breakdown along the interstate.  Okay, okay.  That has nothing to do with this movie.  This is a FAMILY FILM!  No.  Really.  The plot follows Lizzie (Phoebe Cates) who is nuts.  She is so repressed and so beaten down by her overbearing mother and so overwhelmed by her relationship with her misogynistic husband that a long lost imaginary friend is reborn from deep in her psyche.  That imaginary friend is Drop Dead Fred (played by Rik Mayall) and he constantly causes Lizzie to embarrass herself as she forgets time and again that he is not real and everyone spends the movie wondering who the crap she’s freaking yelling at!  So it all culminates in a massive metaphor of her getting sucked into imaginary friend land (or whatever) and facing her adult life head on in one of the biggest cop-out scenes ever.  You can literally tell they had no idea of how to really resolve these plot points so they just had her do it on the set of Beetlejuice.

Drop Dead Fred ultimately caused Phobe Cates’ career to drop dead and was one of her last performances.  This movie was not just a critical flop, this movie was not just panned, it was hated.  It received some of the worst reviews of the 1991 and nobody really survived this film.  Everyone in the movie was either reduced to bit parts in small film projects or TV shows or their careers ended altogether.  Drector Ate de Jong continued to work behind the camera but most projects were made-for-TV fare and none of the writers never had another major film credit to their name.  Drop Dead Fred was a career-ending disaster!  It was Gigli!  It was Ishtar!  It was HORRIBLE!

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 25 - Baby's Day Out (1994)

Baby's Day Out (1994; Twentieth Century Fox)
This film is a perplexing one.  It’s a movie based on a long-forgotten children's’ book from the 50’s about a nanny who reads the titular book to a baby and the baby reenacts the trip in the taken book by visiting different landmarks in New York City.  Pleh.  This movie is boring!  The lead character is a baby crawling around while prerecorded googly noises and giggle tracks overlay each scene.  Countless bad green screen shots show crazy stuff happening in the background while the baby crawls safely along.  I HATE THIS MOVIE!!!!

The film opens with Baby Bink (I KID YOU NOT!!! That’s his freaking name!) about to be photographed for the paper (for whatever reason) but the photographers are actually kidnappers.  They take the baby and, uh-oh!  Zaniness!!!  The baby gets away and we get pratfall after pratfall as the baby is posed on screen over and over while the three idiot crooks keep getting knocked out.  It’s like a really, really, really bad Road Runner cartoon, only even more repetitive.

This is a looooong hour and a half.  This is a sluggish movie, and the fact that the leading character can’t FREAKING talk makes things pretty damn boring.  This film was universally panned by both critics and audiences and was a massive box office bomb, barely making back a fourth of the film’s fifty-million-dollar budget.  This was also another film from John Hughes.  I remember when he made good movies.  I don’t know what happened but if I had a time machine, I would go back to interview him and ask him what the hell he was thinking, and you know, if I had a time machine, I bet I could get an interview because, well, I would have discovered FREAKING TIME TRAVEL!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 26 - It's Pat (1994)

It's Pat (1994; Touchstone Pictures)
Speaking of films that are uncomfortable, It’s Pat! (See what I did there?)  So, you know those movies based on SNL sketches where you can’t figure out how they got a full two hours out of this material?  Well, It’s Pat isn’t one of those because it’s only 77 minutes.  Also, I found on IMDB this film is “Rated PG-13 for bizarre gender-related humor”, I wonder how many other films have that reason behind their MPAA rating?  This film also ranks on IMDB’s bottom 100 (OF ALL TIME) at #93 at the time I’m writing this.

For those who do not know who Pat is, “it” is a character created in the 80’s on SNL (during one of the series weaker periods) and acted by cast member Julia Sweeny, who also plays Pat in the film.  The whole joke behind the sketches was that the characters would spend the whole two or three minute skit trying to determine the gender of the androgynous Pat through a series of leading questions and double entendre.  I still can’t figure out who thought that would work for a whole movie.

The film focuses on two primary plot points (if you want to call them plot points). The first is that of Pat’s romance with Chris, an equally-androgynous he/she played by Dave Foley.  People spend the film trying to figure out which one is which in the seemingly heterosexual (?) relationship.  The second plot point is focused on Pat’s neighbor who becomes obsessed with uncovering Pat’s gender to the point where it drives him mad.  

I’m really at a loss.  This movie is a 77 minute sketch starring a character that was never all that funny to begin with.  On top of that, Sweeny is just awful.  For some reason she chose to play this character with a nerdy nasal voice (on TV and in the film) and it is unbearable.  It’s bad enough sitting through a few minutes of it, but an hour!  UGH!  Other than that, this film relies heavy on the SNL film mainstays like cameos (the worst kind, the ones where the film announces who they are so the younger viewers will know) and other former cast members in bit parts.  The film was directed by Adam Bernstein who would go on to direct the outstanding TV series Breaking Bad.  He did great there, but I blame this more on material and a very, very bad performance by Julia Sweeny.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 27 - Exit to Eden (1994)

Exit to Eden (1994; Savoy Pictures)
Rosie O’Donnel in dominatrix gear.  Alright, so now that you’ve taken a shower, cried, set your computer on fire, downed some anti-depressants, cried some more, shouted “I am unclean!”, went to Confessional, gotten addicted to meth, gotten clean from meth, returned home to your broken family with distrust but second chances in the air and finally got a new computer, I can continue.  Exit to Eden.  This one is... special.  I don’t really know what can be said about this film besides, (Deep breath) Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd are cops pursuing jewel theives who are chasing a photographer with incriminating evidence who is vacationing on a private resort for people into S&M (Whew!).

Okay.  So yeah, this dude accidentally takes a picture of these thieves, the thief finds out, they follow the photographer to the island, the cops follow the bad guy.  Okay.  So when the cops get to the island, do they arrest the thieves?  NO!  We get scene after scene of things you can’t un-see!  Countless sex gags shelled out by people old enough to be your parents and you just want it to stop!  It never stops!  I never goes away!

I’m not kidding.  This movie is meant to be some sort of strange comedy, but it is one of the most horrifying films I’ve ever seen.  If you ever wanted to see Rosie in a sexy maid costume, get help, then see this movie.  If your answer was no, READ ON!  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AVOID THIS MOVIE!!! STAY FAR, FAR AWAY!!!!!

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 28 - Home Alone 3 (1997)

Home Alone 3 (1997; Twentieth Century Fox)
Home Alone was a passable and pretty fun, albeit sadistic, family movie from 1990.  It made Macaulay Culkin a star and was the written by John Hughes, who wrote many of the best teen dramas and comedies of the 80’s.  In the 90’s he began writing and directing films aimed at families and younger audiences and throughout the decade the works got progressively worse.  Things hit rock-bottom in 1997 with Home Alone 3, one of the stupidest cinematic displays ever to hit the silver screen.

In this direct-to-video-quality film, Max is sick and stays home and his parents leave him there.  Yep.  So apparently some remote controlled car he was given as payment by a disturbed old woman has some sort of weapons chip inside of it (WHAT!?!?!?!?!) and so now a team of mercenaries storm his neighborhood in search of the missing chip.  I really can’t make a joke about this, that summary should speak for itself.

Home Alone 3 is one of the dumbest, most desperate, most frustratingly bad films I have ever sat through.  When this movie hit theatres I was already much older than its target audience, but they could have at least had the courtesy to make this film bearable!  Countless pratfalls laced with cartoon sound effects flood each scene.  Characters mug and make silly faces right before something falls on them or they fall on something.  We see a shot of Max saying something that I think was meant to be funny then it all happens over and over again.  

The fact is, Home Alone is a comedy that did not need a sequel.  It was hardly a masterpiece, but at least it was watchable.  I sat through the first Home Alone years later and didn’t find it that bad, I think it actually kind of holds up, though it is still kind of a sick movie (I’m convinced that kid grew up to be Jigsaw, I know this to be true).  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was bad; I hated it.  However, it sucked for the same reason the Hangover: Part II sucked, it was the exact same movie recycled to make money.  Home Alone 3 shows no connection whatsoever (aside from the title) to the original two films.  Even the family name is different.  This tells me that the only reason this film was written was to cash in on the Home Alone franchise and do so without the series’ star.  In order to do that I guess that they had to rewrite instead of recast, but that doesn’t explain the live-action cartoon that was the result of this utterly unnecessary exercise!

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 29 - The Postman (1997)

The Postman (1997; Warner Bros. Pictures)
In 1997, Kevin Costner stared in what would only be the second-worst post-apocalyptic adventure of his career.  The Postman is a strange amalgamation of a Civil War-era feel and Mad Max-esque dusty and ugly future.  Characters ride around on horseback and dress like  steampunk cosplayers who spent four hours rolling around in the dirt.  Where this movie really goes wrong though is with the tiny touches of camp that were thrown in on purpose, because a rebirth of the pony express by a fake president executed by a strange drifter in a dusty future wasteland of a shattered America isn’t enough, you have to have a character named after a group of auto manufacturers.

Costner mugs and poses in this film as The Postman (no, we never hear his name) uncovers a bag of undelivered mail and brings a letter to a town to which it was addressed.  He then, for no apparent reason, digs himself deeper by claiming that the currently divided U.S.A. has reformed and the government is being reestablished under the new Commander In Chief, President Starky (WTF!?)  So, as hope is kindled in the hearts of countless extras in shantytowns, an evil separatist named Gen. Bethlehem (Were they even freaking trying with the names here!?  Oh, and he is played by Will Patton.  Yeah.  The dude from Armageddon.) learns of these goings on and immediately tries to capture the lowly Postman.  So, with passions and patriotism renewed, and scores of newly recruited postmen under his rule, he begins a new Pony Express and fights against the tyrannical threat of the evil Bethlehem.

If I were to list everything I hated about this movie it would take about eighty pages, so I’m going to try to keep this brief.  If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s a lot like another Costner film that’s coming up on this list in that it really does have to be seen to be believed.  It is so strange, so ugly, so badly written and so horribly acted that it is actually comparable to anything released by the Asylum.  However, with all the flaws of this film, the single worst part of the film is the Postman himself.  Costner is utterly lost on how to make us like this character.  Unlike his lead in Waterworld, who was cold and just plain evil most of the time, this character is earnest to the point where you just want to punch him in the face.  He sounds off like a ninth-grader addressing his social studies class and you never get a sense that this character is part of any threatening or menacing future world.  This is one of those bad performances that just deserve recognition and the Postman, as a whole, is a remarkably bad film.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 30 - Kazaam (1996)

Kazaam (1996; Touchstone Pictures)
Now for a movie I don’t respect.  Saquille O’Neil is an NBA Mega-Star, one of the most recognizable sports figures in history, and, honestly a pretty likable guy from what I’ve seen on him.  However, in the 90’s he made the inexplicable decision to be a rapper, and I guess decided the easiest way to become a rapper was to star in a movie where he rapped so he can show off his skills.  Oh-ho boy did he overshoot this one!  

Kazaam is a perplexing tale that follows Max (played with zero gusto by that kid from Free Willy 2) who meets up with a rapping genie named Kazaam who was trapped in a boom box after evading some local hoods.  He then exploits Kazaam’s enslavement to him to help him reconnect with his biological father.  Meanwhile, somebody found Shaq’s rapping bearable (because the plot says so) so he gets a record deal, and an evil exec tries to gain control over Kazaam and ultimately does so by KILLING THE KID!!!  So, we get an epically contrived ending to an already stupid, loud and mindless “comedy?”.

Kazaam is a truly bizarre film because it bounces between its emotions more than a bipolar meth addict.  We get heartwarming emotion unexpectedly interrupted by an unnecessary musical number, danger and menace mixed with special effects-ridden adventure and a strange and kind of twisted death scene followed by an elation-filled and facepalm-worthy ending.  This movie suffers from Buffet Screenwriting, a philosophy that you have to squeeze everything you can into your movie whether it belongs or not because otherwise it will be boring.  It’s interesting that just about every movie that employed this including, and particularly, Kazaam, ends up sucking big time while simpler films are almost always better.  Maybe filmmakers should take a hint.

My 100 Worst Movies of the 90's - 31 - Judge Dredd (1995)

Judge Dredd (1995; Hollywood Pictures)
This is one of the big ones!  The only thing that keeps this one out of the top 20 for me is the few unintentional laughs I get out of Sylvester Stallone and Armand Assante’s over-the-top-awesome performances in this absolutely dreadful, dismal movie.  Shortly after the release of Demolition Man (an exceptionally silly action flick from 1993), Judge Dredd managed to make THAT movie look like the freaking Best Years of Our Lives (If you do not know what that movie is, watch it.  It is a GOOD film)!

The plot takes place in a dangerous future where the law is upheld by Judges, law enforcement officers who also determine guilt and administer sentencing on the spot.  One of those Judges, Joseph Dredd (Stallone) is framed for murder, and is sentenced.  Dredd manages to escape captivity however and fight back while attempting to clear his name as he suddenly becomes a target of the unfair justice system of which he was once part.

Rob Schneider returns to this list as, what else, a quirky sidekick.  James Coburn is wasted in his throwaway role as a senior judge forced into retirement to cover up the framing of Joseph Dredd and just about every other actor in this film more or less fills one of the simplest character stereotypes that commonly appear in films such as these.  The action is incomprehensible, the special effects are terrible and the dialogue is off-the-charts-bad.  I will say though, as bad as this movie is, I do enjoy laughing at this stupid movie try to take itself seriously and that it is so unintentionally funny it does hold a special place in my heart.  It isn’t quite so-bad-it’s-good, but I don’t know, I think it is just that I hate this movie so bad that I kind of respect it.