Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Beyond the Books: Worst Movie & Children's Halloween Reading

Every Thursday Karen of KissinBlueKaren hosts Beyond the Books, at which time participants are given a topic and asked to write about it on their own blogs. They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.

Today Karen's Beyond the Books topic is about the worst movie I have ever seen and why.


I asked my husband this weekend this question because I drew a blank. I thought of three of his favorite movies that I do not like (Lost in Translation, Sidways, and American Beauty--the first two of which I found boring and the third I just couldn't get past the sexual abuse scene that was glossed over), but I am not sure they count as the worst. I can see the artistic merit in all three, even though I didn't like them. And so that leaves a movie like Catwoman, which could have been good with a good script. Catwoman is a great character and this movie failed on so many levels. The CGI could have been better, for one, And where is the character development? Halle Berry as Catwoman was a good choice, but they completely wasted her talent. This movie was embarrassing. I wanted a movie about a strong woman dealing with better thought out issues--instead of a dumbed down plot. It was an insult to women, but I guess good eye candy for men. 

I didn't realize I felt so strong about that one.  Haha

What about you? What is the worst movie you have ever seen?
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Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.


Halloween Edition:You're volunteering to read a book to a group of young children at a library. What scary themed book for kids would you read to them?

Such an easy question! I would read Witch on a Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It's my favorite Halloween book and my daughter just loves it. I can just imagine sitting in the library, with young children gathered round as I tell the story about a witch and the friends she makes on her travels. The scary factor is pretty low, I admit, but maybe just enough for a really young crowd.


What scary themed book would you like to read to a group of children?


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30 comments:

  1. Oddly enough, I can't remember a movie that I 'hated'. That must mean that I either have incredible luck in picking movies, or that the worst I've seen is so bad that I wiped it from my memory :p

    For a scary book, I'd pick Coraline by Neil Gaimen! It still freaks me out

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    1. Eustacia - I think I forget most of the ones I don't like too. That's why I had to ask my husband to help jumpstart my thinking process. LOL

      I haven't read Coraline yet, but I do want to.

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  2. The worst movie I've ever seen? Do you know not a particular one comes to mind.

    Oh I love Room On The Broom. Someone bought our great-nephew an interactive copy for Christmas and I loved reading it/listening to the sounds.

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    1. Tracy - That's probably for the best. The worst are better forgotten in most cases. :-)

      Room On the Broom is such fun. It's a favorite in our house.

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  3. Catwoman! I've heard about that one but never seen it. I don't think I've ever heard anything good though... LOL.

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    1. Greg - It's best not to tempt fate. Don't watch it. :-) Unless you just have to see why it's bad. I admit I've done that before.

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  4. I'm not sure exactly which movie would be my least favorite but I'm sure Wes Anderson's movies would be on my short list.

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    1. Kathy - I am trying to think if I've seen Anderson's films . . . I don't think so.

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  5. Haha! Is it just a happy coincidence that we both chose movies with Batman to hate on, I think not. Obviously, this is not an easy thing to take to the big screen.Great post!

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    1. Karen - I thought that was pretty funny how our choices for worst movie were similar too. :-)

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  6. I love the basketball court scene in the Catwoman movie, expressly because it's so awful. I love awful movies... because they make me laugh!
    ~Litha Nelle

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    1. Litha Nelle - Some awful movies I can't seem to turn away from when they come on. This wasn't one of those for me though.

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  7. Oh good question. I have walked out of several in the movie theater because they were just too dumb. I think one was an Adam Sandler movie and the other was a Jim Carrey movie. Maybe I should stick with dramas :)

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    1. Iliana - You just reminded me of another movie I hated. Stepbrothers with Will Farrell and Adrienne Bailon. I should have known better than to see that one. It's not my type of movie. Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey's movies, with a couple exceptions, tend to be ones I don't like either.

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  8. Room on a Broom sounds fabulous! It's going om my wishlist!

    I don't have a movie I hate - there are many I didn't like but that's about it.

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    1. Athira - It's such a fun book. :-)

      Hate probably is a strong word . . . There are certainly bad movies out there though.

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  9. Movie I hated the most? Carnal Knowledge. I never got over my dislike of some of the characters.

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    1. Jenclair - I don't think I've ever seen Carnal Knowledge. Just from the description, I don't think it'd be something I would like.

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  10. I was really disappointed with Catwoman. I didn't like the story and the CGI. I forgot about this movie and this would have been on my list!

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    1. Kathy - It was such a horrible movie. Very disappointing.

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  11. Hmm... I think I've a few least favourite movies in mind and since I didn't really care too much about them I didn't think too much of the titles, lol. I think one of them will be Jim Carrey movie, though.

    Room on the Broom sounds like a fun read!

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    1. Melody - I am sure I forgot a few I didn't like because they didn't make an impression on me at all. I am not a huge fan of Jim Carrey's movies either. I do like a couple of them, but not most.

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  12. I vaguely remember American Beauty and I haven't seen Catwoman, but it didn't look appealing. One of the worst films I wasted time and money on taking the kids to the theater for was Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Even the kids were bored.
    I also have to mention the Godfather part 3, because I enjoyed the first two so much that I was super disappointed in that last installment. It was totally unnecessary. Also, recently I tried watching Ouija on Netflix and it was too boring and ridiculous to finish.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Naida - My husband loved American Beauty. I haven't seen Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, but I heard it was terrible. :-(

      I know I've seen all the Godfather movies, but I can't remember them apart from each other, I'm afraid. It's been so long.

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  13. Lucy was a pretty awful film. Some good effects and one moving scene from Scarlett Johansson, but mostly just stupid. I'm planning a post soon about slightly scary picture books. I think for a story hour read I'd choose Michael Rex' The Runaway Mummy (parody of The Runaway Bunny).

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    1. Selah - I'd forgotten about that one, but yes, I have to agree with you about Lucy. It was bad. I couldn't tell what kind of movie they were aiming to make--an action flick or something sentimental/philosophical?

      The Runaway Mummy sounds like fun!

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  14. I haven't read Room on the Broom but I'm going to have to look for it next time I'm at the library. It looks adorable! I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't like Lost in Translation. I just absolutely did not get it and found it about as exciting as watching paint dry. Though I guess you're right about the artistic merit and Cat Woman was SO bad!

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    1. Katherine - It's such a cute book. Oh my gosh, yes! That's exactly how I felt about Lost in Translation. I was bored stiff watching it.

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  15. The worst movie I've ever seen? That's a tough question. The Secret of Moonacre is definitely in contention. It's an adaptation of Elizabeth Goudge's wonderful children's fantasy The Little White Horse, but they butchered it. They made the best friend into an enemy of sorts, made the myth of the Moon Princess very New Age-y (I'm not against New Age per se, but it didn't fit the original book) and took out the village, the vicar, and the village children. The costumes were strange and the villains were camp. I wanted to cry. It could have been such a lovely movie if it had been adapted well.

    I'll have to keep an eye out for Room on the Broom. My favorite Halloween picture book is probably Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.

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    1. Lark - I haven't seen the movies you mention, but it sounds like I'm not missing out. Isn't that always the way though? Certain movies could be so good if only adapted better.

      Too Many Pumpkins is cute. :-)

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