I want to stop talking about Twilight--in fact, I never wanted to start. But Ben Lyons just won't let me.
I suggested recently that Ben put Let The Right One In on his Top Ten of 2008 in order to make up for hyping Twilight. Now, he puts Twilight on his ten worst of the year! Better yet, it is precisely number ten--just "bad" enough to make the list, but not so bad that it is necessarily worse than any of the other films. He even adds "I admit I bought into the hype that swirled around the project for months on end." Do you really need to remind us? Better yet, he calls it "the most disappointing film of the year." Of course, that assumes that you actually thought it was going to be a decent movie in the first place. Mank responds appropriately--no, it's not the most disappointing movie of the year, that would be Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull--because at least you had a reason to think it would be a good movie (not that it was the worst movie of the year).
I would like to stop there, but there is another problem. There are a whole series of crappy movies that are certainly worse than Twilight--The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Spirit both come to mind--the latter would be my pick for the most disappointing film of the year, by the way, I really thought that was going kick ass. I am surprised that neither one of these made either list.
Ok, so I would really love to stop there, but it gets even worse. Ben Lyons thinks Synecdoche, New York is worse than Twilight. Let me say that again:
Ben Lyons thinks Synecdoche, New York is worse than Twilight!!!
In fact, there are only two films that Ben thinks are worse than Synecdoche in 2008! Just when I think you are taking Mank's recommendation to "calm down", you go and do something ridiculous like this.
Ben then goes on to agree with Mank's number 5 pick 21, saying that director Robert Luketic (better known for directing Legally Blond) was the wrong choice because he is too much of a light-weight. Yeah, seriously, it's like taking some fool from E! and putting him on a serious film review show--you never know, he might go and do something stupid like put one of the best films of the year on his ten worst list.
Oh, and let's not forget, Mank listed Rachel Getting Married as number 8--on his ten worst list! That means:
Ben Mankiewicz thinks that Rachel Getting Married is worse than Twilight!!!
Dear God, what are we going to do with these guys?
Their full lists are below:
|10. Twilight||10. Mamma Mia!|
|9. Speed Racer||9. Love Guru|
|8. Mad money||8. Rachel Getting Married|
|7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua||7. Babylon, A.D.|
|6. Meet Dave||6. Max Payne|
|5. The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor||5. 21|
|4. War, Inc.||4. College|
|3. Synecdoche, New York||3. Filth and Wisdom|
|2. The Women||2. Vantage Point|
|1. Repo! The Genetic Opera||1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull|
PS My Top Ten Films of 2008 list will be posted on Friday. And no, it was not influenced by this episode.