In cinema today, there are some spectacular actors. They light up the screen and always put on terrific performances. This article is not about them. This article is about the scum of the screen. It’s about the worst actors of our generation. It’s about those actors who can single-handedly ruin a movie. Let’s count them down, shall we?

Number five: Keanu Reeves. There are a couple reasons Keanu Reeves does not rank higher on this list. The first is that all the other actors are just worse than he is. The second is “The Matrix” — just “The Matrix,” — not the “Matrix Reloaded,” “Matrix Revolutions” or “Enter the Matrix.” And definitely not “Constantine,” “Speed” or “Something’s Gotta Give.” Other than “The Matrix,” Keanu has produced, at best, mediocre films with poor plot lines and bad acting. Not to mention he looks like a homeless person 90 percent of the time.

Number four: Paul Walker. Let’s talk about the “The Fast and the Furious” movies for a hot second. I’ll go ahead and say it: Those movies are straight up amazing. Like, incredible. I love those movies, all five of them. They’re so good. They are wildly entertaining and a 100 percent joy ride. Regardless, Paul Walker is an awful actor. I’m not going to say he ruins “The Fast and the Furious” films, but he kind of does. A pall is cast over them by his poor acting skills. Actually, let’s be real — nothing could ruin those movies, not even Paul Walker. They’re just too good. Also he was decent in the “Takers.” But otherwise he sucks.

Number three: Adam Sandler. The sole reason that Adam Sandler is number three and not number two is that, before 2006, he actually produced a lot of good films: “Eight Crazy Nights,” “Big Daddy” and “The Waterboy.”  They’re all great movies. But I’m talking about Adam Sandler post-2006, which was when he went straight downhill. Let’s count. “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Grown Ups,” “Just Go With It,” “Zookeeper”and “Jack and Jill.” That’s six right off the top of my head, and I know there are several more I can’t think of. These movies are what I like to call, in a word, atrocious. I mean, they are so bad. In the way that “The Fast and the Furious” films are terrific, those Adam Sandler films are just awful. The time has come for him to pull in the reins and stop cursing the planet with terrible movies.

Number two: Brendan Fraser. Dear God. You know how I talked about some of the redeeming qualities with the aforementioned actors? Yeah, Brendan Fraser has none. “The Mummy” films are some of the worst movies to hit the earth, ever. Not to mention “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” His films are painful to watch and have few-to-no good points. He has this ability to take a movie with potential and kill it. There is not much else to say about him. He’s just bad.

Number one: Nicolas Cage. I could go on forever about this guy, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I just want to put this out there, though: He is horrid. Although he used to star in good, even great, movies, his time is over. “National Treasure,” “Con Air” and “The Rock” were all fantastic, but that ship has sailed. Now his poor acting overshadows any previous good acting he may have done. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Season of the Witch” and both “Ghost Rider” films (I still can’t believe they made two of those) are all a disgrace to the cinematic industry. He should be ashamed of himself. He is hands down the worst actor that our generation has ever witnessed, and it would almost be a kindness to just put him in an institution. He is appalling on every level.

So there you have it, folks, the top five worst actors of our generation. All five of these gentlemen have a magical capability of embarrassing any movie they are in. They are a humiliation to the film industry. You may see fit to shuffle them around a little, and that’s fine. But don’t you dare remove Nicolas Cage from that top spot. Especially after his second “Ghost Rider” film — he deserves it.