This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.
Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.
Today I’m excited to be joined by Kate Ward, the managing editor of Bustle.com. She is the former executive editor of Hollywood.com, a former editor and writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, and a forever fan of pop culture.
A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Kate—whose work has also appeared in Glamour magazine—loves talking about nutgrafs and hates exclamation points (that makes two of us), despite using them on a regular basis. Specializing in reality TV, ’90s nostalgia, and bad movies, she believes she may very well be the oldest person to attend “American Idols LIVE!” every year with her mom. You can find her on Twitter as @KateWardBustle.
As for Kate’s question, I had to use this opportunity to get a recommendation.
What is your favorite bad movie of the last decade?
The Happening is the only bad movie that’s inspired an annual drinking game in my household. Drink when horniness is discussed in front of terrified orphans, drink when you hear actual lines like “cheese and crackers!” and when Mark Wahlberg asks a plant if he could use the bathroom? Waterfall!
I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with this cinematic classic, but with Kate’s seal of approval for its awfulness and this trailer, it’s now on my must-watch list:
Mark Wahlberg’s facial expression from 1:41–1:45 says it all. I also really appreciate that in the midst of the honeybee apocalypse, he is still thinking clearly enough to respond to the train conductor’s despondent “We lost contact” with the grammatically correct “With whom?”
Everyone, Mark. EVERYONE.
Here is Kate’s favorite clip of awesome acting from The Happening:
Yeah, I have a feeling people are getting pretty ripped in the Ward house when this comes on.
Huge thanks to Kate for stopping by this week and reminding us that M. Night Shyamalan probably should’ve called it a day after The Sixth Sense.