What's the Worst Movie of All Time?


There's always endless chatter about which movies and performances are the best. But what about the other end of the spectrum? Using the popular ratings site Rotten Tomatoes, Libby Coleman over at Ozy found that Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) may actually be the worst movie ever made, according to critics. One hundred percent of the 116 critics who reviewed the sci-fi thriller gave it a bad rating, resulting in a "Tomatometer" score of 0 (audiences were slightly more generous, giving it a 17 percent score).

Other films that belong to what Ozy calls the “zero-percent club” include Orgy of the Dead (1965), Staying Alive (1983), Jaws the Revenge (1987), Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (2004), A Thousand Words (2012), the 2016 remake of Cabin Fever, and over 280 other titles, some of which were reviewed by so few critics that they almost don’t count.

Reviewers of Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever seem to agree that the film is just “an endless barrage of bullets and bazookas” without any substance to back it up. Jocelyn Noveck of the Associated Press wrote that “for many viewers, the big question may be not whether Ecks and Sever will get together, or why they are fighting in the first place, but why am I sitting here, anyway?” In The Boston GlobeWesley Morris called director Wych Kaosayananda “stupendously inept, unable even to properly light a combat sequence.” Ouch. 

While that film has been universally panned and reigns as the worst ever on Rotten Tomatoes, it has some competition according to other rankings. If you go by the Razzies, the worst movie ever is Adam Sandler's cross-dressing "comedy" Jack and Jill (2011). Empire’s 50 Worst Movies Ever list gave the dishonor to Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin (1997), based on votes from thousands of readers. The loser according to Screen Rant’s "Worst 25" list is United Passions (2014), while WatchMojo gave it to Gigli (2003), and Flavorwire listed Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010). Vice argues that The Room (2003) is “entertainingly bad to the point of transcending such subjectivity,” which sort of seems like a compliment.

Films that have appeared often in bad movie lists but have narrowly missed the top (or bottom?) spot include Battlefield Earth (2000) and Troll 2 (1990). So while the Internet may not have a definitive answer to the question, people clearly enjoy discussing the pool of candidates.

[h/t: Ozy]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Watch the American Psycho Business Card Scene, But With Cats

Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.
Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.

When it comes to designer suits, ax murders, and social commentary, 2000’s American Psycho has more than enough to spare. What it doesn’t have in abundance is cats. Though one kitten makes a memorable cameo, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel suffers a regrettable lack of feline breakout moments overall.

As Nerdist reports, a YouTuber called OwlKitty addressed that very niche (and possibly heretofore nonexistent) critique by remaking the business card scene with cat photos. In the original segment, a group of arrogant young investment bankers gather in a conference room to drool over the subtle variations between their business cards. Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman is smugly certain that his new bone-colored card will take the cake, only to be outdone by the “tasteful thickness” of Paul Allen’s (Jared Leto).

In OwlKitty’s version, the hobnobbers brag about their cats, instead. Since most of the dialogue from the film scene revolves around hues, fonts, and watermarks, the YouTuber edited it down to the bare essentials—but cats as cute as these really speak for themselves. Bateman offers an image of his orange tabby, to which Bill Sage’s character responds with a photo of his own tabby freaking out over a toy mouse. After Justin Theroux’s character reveals his white cat (“White,” he explains), the group marvels over the clear winner: a video of Paul Allen’s hefty black cat swishing his tail.

OwlKitty’s artful American Psycho parody is the latest in a long line of cat-centric videos, most of which feature OwlKitty herself. According to her YouTube account, she’s a black cat who lives in Oregon, loves cream cheese, and usually goes by “Lizzy.” Some of her past appearances include clips from Dirty Dancing (1987), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Mandalorian.

[h/t Nerdist]