Waterworld

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As the year comes to a close, many people are assembling their best and worst of the year lists. This can also inspire people to look back at some of the best and worst of previous years. While Kevin Costner’s infamous 1995 box office behemoth Waterworld is fondly remembered by some (evidenced by the possibly surprising RottenTomatoes score of 43%), most people remember it for its cost overruns and ballooning budget that threatened to break Universal’s bank. (Spoiler alert: Even though Waterworld was famous for its massive budget that wasn’t even remotely recouped at the U.S. box office, it eventually broke even with international numbers, home video sales, and other ancillary revenue streams.) I fall in the column of people who thought the film was a bit of a turkey. Sure, it was impressive in some respects, but the story and characters weren’t enough to keep me interested. There was also this little thing called “science” that bothered me throughout the film. This wasn’t a sticking point for other famous flops from the 90s like Cutthroat Island, The 13th Warrior, and Costner’s other albatross The Postman. Those really weren’t science fiction per se. But Waterworld was. And looking back almost twenty years, that got me thinking: How realistic were the events of Waterworld?

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While we’ve all come to expect truly terrible made-for-TV movies with hilariously intuitive titles from the SyFy cable network (ones with names like Aztec Rex, Dinoshark, Flu Bird Horror, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, and Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon, wonders all), the NBC Universal-owned channel is now interested in lowering their standards (almost unfathomably) even further. Forbes reports (via ComingSoon) that SyFy is now looking to push “into the movie business — and that it may even remake Waterworld, one of the most notorious Hollywood bombs of all time.” Let’s take this time to remind everyone that it is November 27th, not April 1st. This is not a joke. The outlet adds that the network “has been looking for a way into film for years, ever since NBC merged with Vivendi Universal Entertainment in 2004. That marriage provided Syfy — known as Sci Fi Channel until a 2009 brand makeover — with access to Universal Pictures’ vast trove of intellectual property.” Obviously, of all the Universal titles available to SyFy, the one that makes the most sense for them to remake is Waterworld. Clearly. Let’s most definitely use the vast coffers of SyFy, a network known around the world for their top-notch effects work and huge budgets to remake a film that was, at one time, the most expensive movie ever made and one that still reigns as one of the biggest flops in modern movie history. Yes, SyFy, this is the one.

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Earth Day: the red-headed stepchild of world holidays. Founded in 1970, the celebration of our planet has been mounted (and basically ignored) every April 22nd. When was the last time you paid respects by going outside and planting a seedling? Or left a plate of cookies out for Mother Earth? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Earth Day may not have the allure of its cheerful , laid back holiday counterparts, but it’s certainly no less important. Recognizing environmental concerns is more relevant than ever, and Hollywood has been trying its darndest to prod you in to taking action. Think of it as a  “scared straight” course of action: if you’re afraid of impending environmental doom, maybe you’ll do something. Here are seven movies that a sure to reinvigorate your ecological awareness and get you back on the green track this Earth Day:

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With J.D. Shapiro apologizing for writing the early drafts of Battlefield Earth, what would it look like if all filmmakers and writers apologized for bringing the world bombs?

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In this edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it’s another round of slim pickings as I continue to save you money at your local retailer…

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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