I don’t expect this to be a very popular list at all because — let’s face it — Cate Blanchett can do very little wrong. She’s a classy, talented, and hard-working actress who gets the job done without resorting to a privileged or diva-like attitude. With that said, she’s made some inferior movies in comparison to most of her work, but all things are relative, so Cate’s crappier movies aren’t nearly as easy to bag on as, say, those of Steve Martin’s career. So (I guess), let’s do this:
Robin Hood: Yet another pointless remake has cluttered up theaters in favor of new, original material. C’mon, auteurs — rise up again and show a little bit of creativity.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Such a terrible plot and such a nonexistent script. This movie literally shamed the rest of the franchise.
Paradise Road: The true atrocities of this film’s subject matter were so watered down here that the movie was almost like a soap opera. Shame on you, Hollywood.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Not only was this a typically inferior sequel to the original, but they couldn’t even bother to CGI in the Spanish Armada. (Miss you, Ranylt Richildis!)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Sorry guys, I’m with Dustin on this one. F. Scott Fitzgerald never dreamt of this degree of pointless pandering.
The Good German: This movie wasn’t bad, but it was certainly evidence of Soderbergh’s frenetic directing pace that has absorbed him of late. Also, some of the dialects were … lacking.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: I’ll get crucified for this one, and it truly pains me to put a Bill Murray movie on this list, but this film was just so twee and precious that I want to vomit.
Charlotte Gray: There was far too much historical inaccuracy within this movie, not the least of which was the scene involving an underground French Resistance fighter screaming at German troops in the street.
The Gift: Speaking as a horror nut, Sam Raimi has done far better than this movie.
Pushing Tin: Yes, I liked this movie, but it was so damn cheesy! A guilty pleasure but a crappy one, indeed.
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