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Worst Movie ever

Stilly River Sage 12 Mar 11 - 01:56 AM
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MGM·Lion 12 Mar 11 - 12:17 AM
Little Hawk 12 Mar 11 - 12:07 AM
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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 01:56 AM

When my kids were old enough to appreciate some good movies I started having evenings when we'd watch together. This happened after I brought home an undubbed version of Blazing Saddles. They thought it was so funny, and were so pleased that I wasn't making them watch the tv version, that we kept watching uncut movies after that.

The first planned time this happened was on an inspiration - I bought the Chicken Run DVD to try in our new player. They thought it was good, but I realized they should understand more about it. I taped Stalag 17 next time it was on TCM and one evening we watched that. They fussed about the black and white and all the talk, but when Peter Graves got their attention they were fascinated how the story evolved around his nasty character. Anyway, they stayed with it, enjoyed it, and as soon as it was over I popped Chicken Run into the player. You should have seen their eyes open wide as that movie they'd watched as a simple comedy/drama a couple of weeks earlier suddenly took on great significance as the opening scene zeros down on the chicken house - number 17. Another escape.

From then on, they knew that there was more to movies than the basic story. I will confess that when we watched 2001: A Space Odyssey, there were scenes (later on, that wierd living room aging episode) where they were practically howling in protest.

I was surprised last fall when my college freshman son asked to borrow my copy of 2001. I told him he could probably find it in his college library, but he said wanted a copy to keep. He got it for xmas. It took a number of years for it to sink in, and clearly the things he agonized about as a child stuck with him and he thought about them.

The stupidist movie my daughter and I watched together, a couple of years ago, was Mama Mia. Pierce Brosnan should have been dubbed, and the cast should have been clubbed for agreeing to do a story with such a stupid plot.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 12:59 AM

I'm watching that space docking scene from 2001 on You-tube right now. You'll never see ten minutes from a movie more beautiful and sublime. But then again,if we all liked the same things what a boring world it would be.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 12:17 AM

Still nobody has reminded me of title/director of dire 'expressionist'·or·whatever E European farrago about man wandering city with cavalry sabre, which I described above, 06 Mar 11 1201 AM.

Now I have recalled it to mind, I should be happy if someone could put me out of misery of trying to remember what it was & who was responsible.

Movie mavens everywhere ~~

Anyone?

Please.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 12:07 AM

RangerSteve, I think you probably suffer from the usual short attention span or mild case of ADD that is afflicting most of the western population these days, and that's why you can't handle a beautiful scene where, in your words, "nothing happens for about 10 minutes". ;-) You don't want to feel the mood that is set by that scene and just go with it for awhile and feel the sheer beauty of it...you don't want to meditate on anything...you just want something to happen, so you can react to it! Someone should SAY something! Something should blow up! Someone should crack a joke! Something should crash! Anything! Just, please God, don't make me SIT here for several minutes while nothing happens!!!! I see people like this at traffic lights all the time. They are frantic for the light to change, because they can't bear to sit still for 30 seconds and enjoy what's around them. They MUST make the next move in their mental game (which involves an anticipated destination)!

It's a modern disease of the mind as far as I'm concerned, and you've got it, buddy.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 11:08 PM

I understand not liking 2001,but as with most Kubrick movies you shouldn't watch it like you would other films. Kubrick was better at setting a mood and creating an experience than telling a story. Seeing a Kubrick movie is like viewing a great painting.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: RangerSteve
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 07:35 PM

I'm gonna get some flack for this, but I'll say it anyway. 2001 - a Space Odyssey. I saw it twice when it came out and didn't get it. Two people who did get it explained it to me and I still didn't get it. I saw it a few months ago on the TCM channel and I still didn't get it. And some of the scenes are way too long. The scene of a space ship docking at a space station, for example. Nothing happens for about 10 minutes, but Kubrick was apparently so in love with the accompanying music (Blue Danube Waltz) that he had to have the entire piece of music in the film. I could compare it to watching grass grow, but it wasn't that exciting.

On the other hand, I managed to live 61 years without seeing "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" -and finally saw it a few months ago and it should be on my list of bad movies. Not one character had even the slightest redeeming qualities. I'd avoid them in real life like the plague - but I'll admit the acting was, by far, the best acting ever in any movie. ANyone who wants to be an actor should watch that movie to see how it's done. I'm grudgingly putting it on my list of great movies.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST,Wilfried
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 02:08 PM

Ben Whore


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 12:49 PM

But I digress - these actors have no doubt made some stinkers, but they generally make thoughtful, well-acted films. Proceed with the discussion of silver screen dreck.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Mar 11 - 11:43 AM

Jack Black has been okay in the films where it was appropriate for someone like Jack Black to be a character. But he doesn't mold himself to fit the role, that I can see.

If you want to move into a new realm of films, look for character actors, and look at people like Ralph Fiennes or Stephen Dillane, who are very active stage actors who make films. For women, think Marcia Gay Harden, and possibly Charlize Theron. I think the reason Dillane is not known very well is because he is simply so different in every film, you're not struck with the Jack Black or Hugh Grant character popping up and thinking "oh, I remember this guy!" (Dillane was Thomas Jefferson in the recent HBO John Adams drama).

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 04:08 PM

Jack Black was in "School of Rock", and it's great.

"Doubt" was a pretty good movie, in my opinion.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Becca72
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 03:46 PM

Stilly has helped me decide on my answer: Worst movie ever is anything with Jack Black in it. Can't STAND that guy.

I have never liked Adam Sandler, either, but I thought Grown Ups was a riot. That and Bedtime Stories were the only 2 films of AS I have had a positive review for.

And I agree with MtheGM about The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - that one was painful to watch.

Just arrived via Netflix is "Doubt" which I have heard is actually quite good. We'll see...


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 02:38 AM

But tell us about the girl!


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: acegardener
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 02:33 AM

Girl on a motorcycle. Awful even the bike couldn't keep me interested


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 01:39 AM

Is it true or myth that he appointed his favorite horse to the Roman Senate? Either way the crazy fucker's ilk are still with us. Why and I mean WHY do we continue to put up with them? When is enough enough? And I just got way too serious. Insomnia is a bitch.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 01:22 AM

Yeah, but I bet it wasn't half as bad as living under the real Caligula... ;-)


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 10 Mar 11 - 01:20 AM

"Caligula" was a complete and total piece of shit. You'd think the founder of Penthouse could at least produce a movie that might turn us on (at the very least). All it did was make everyone who ever saw it sick. It was a waste of a couple of good actor's talents, as well.Sorry Malcolm.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 08:59 PM

I liked the Wyatt Earpfilm, though Casey terfertiller, Wyatt's biographer doesn't seem to think much of it. Apparently the Mclaurie family still live in Tombstone and refer to the OK Corral, as the time their family members were robbed and murdered by the Holliday/Earp gang. And they don't reckon much to either depiction of Ike Clanton.

I liked Robert Downey Jnr in Natural Born Killers. I liked Tom Hanks in That Thing You Do.

The film I hated most - couldn't watch,was the little Princess2.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:24 PM

I thought "Tombstone" was good entertainment, all right...but I couldn't take it seriously as any kind of realistic depiction of what actually happened. "Wyatt Earp", on the other hand, was a much more serious and realistic film. I liked it a bit better than "Tombstone", though I did like both of them. "Tombstone" was like a comic book. "Wyatt Earp" was like a story about real people.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 05:54 PM

Have you read The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? It is one of the best books I've read in years. I read it about the same time I read Cormack McCarthy's Blood Meridian - also stunning, but one I hope they don't make into a movie. Hansen's book was brilliant. And I haven't seen the film, but it's on my NetFlix list.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 03:15 PM

Not entirely a reverse of the topic, Tombstone vs. Wyatt Earp?

I favor Tombstone for many reasons. The story was more complete I think. and I prefered the actors. (Kurt Russell, Sam Elliot, Dana Delaney, Val Kilmer etc....) but Dennis Quaid was a fine Doc Holliday.

Don


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:28 PM

I like it a lot, MtheGM. Even bought a copy of it to keep. Maybe I'm more patient than the average westerner?

In Japan it is quite common for movies to last much longer than movies do here and to tell a story in a much slower fashion. It's because the Japanese look at things in a different way...they savour every little detail and enjoy every subtlety. Western audiences tend to want to "cut to the chase", and they get bored quite quickly when the action slows down.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 02:10 PM

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ==

as unnecessarily and clumsily long as its inept, disingenuously simple title.

A subject of great interest to me; but grossly outstayed its welcome. Would have made a good, sharp film at about 90 minutes. Instead it ran for a yawn-enforcing 153!

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:40 PM

I was horrified when Winona Ryder got a part in an Adam Sandler film...Winona has usually appeared in excellent, intelligent movies...but Adam Sandler???? There's just about nothing that can persuade me to watch an Adam Sandler movie, and I've never watched more than a fragment of any film he's done. I have yet to see the one Winona Ryder's in. I don't think I could take seeing her opposite Mr Sandler.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: DonMeixner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:06 PM

Sanglish was pretty good. The rest I agree with.

D


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: RWilhelm
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 12:34 PM

Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" - worst and most mis-named movie of the year.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: ollaimh
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 12:24 PM

hands down the worst movie i have ever seen was" they saved hitler's brain" it was a bad sci fi thriller about saving you know who's brain and getting marching orders for the new reich, that was done in black a white with no expense avoided. occasionally the filming would show the grips and equipment onn the edges of the shot. there was a cheesey monologue by a sam spade style privete detective describing his uncovering of the cabal saving the brain. it was so bad it was funny--once!

cbc ran it late night a few times in the seventies, but i haven't seen it since.(seeing it three times was a testament to my wasted youth)

i have never seen a good movie by adam sandler as well--how does he keep getting funding? and tim burton? he may be off the mark sometimes but he is risk taking and creative so i don't trash his failures.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 08:55 AM

Interesting to hear everyone's take on King Kong. I loved every inch of it. It did what it was supposed to do. I was entertained.

I don't know if the Dinosaur stampede was excessive. It was fun to watch. The bug fight was icky and that's the point I suppose. It was cut out of the original film because it was too frightening I am told.

I liked Brody because he didn't look heroic until he was doing heroic things. Jack Black was the weakest part for me. I'd rather have seen John Rhys Davies in that character but even so Black was pretty good.

I am in love with Naomi Watts (?) and that was her job in the movie.

I watch every couple months or so and see something I missed.

Jackson is pretty good at what he does.

Don


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 06:51 AM

In a strange way I like black and white B movies e.g. 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon' and 'The Blob' and films of that ilk for the wrong reasons, it makes me chuckle. Any old black and white English film where the police are giving chase in plummy English accents and still manage to keep their helmets securely on their heads is such a laugh to watch.

Before Leslie Nielson made the spoof Airplane movies I used to watch the 'proper' disaster movies that he was in previous to that. I always thought they were pretty awful but as soon as the spoof ones came along I then saw the other ones in a different light. Knowing his sense of humour I could imagine what went on in the outtakes and can't take them seriously at all.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:21 AM

I thought Waterworld was reasonably okay, but The Postman was a disaster. I wasn't too impressed by The Bodyguard, where Kostner played opposite Whitney Houston.

A truly awful film was A Star Is Born, the one starring Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. Never have onscreen lovers had worse chemistry! ;-)

Another pretty dreadful film was yet another remake of the original A Star Is Born, which was a 1980s Bob Dylan film called Hearts Of Fire. Everyone in it except Dylan was totally forgettable...he was interesting to watch merely because he is Bob Dylan...the screenplay was pretty hopeless...but it was fun seeing Richie Havens, an old friend of Bob's.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: J-boy
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 12:50 AM

There are great bad movies (Plan 9 from Outer Space comes to mind) and there are bad bad movies like The Postman. Waterworld was a Costner suckfest as well.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 10:40 AM

Well, I don't really remember what I paid, but it was probably about equivalent to $10 in today's terms. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 08 Mar 11 - 03:36 AM

'Prudence and the Pill' or 'Percy', both '60s UK. Set their standards low, but failed to reach them.....

I once gave up on 'The Wicker Man' after a few minutes, appalled by wooden acting, lousy script, fake folk music and general implausibility,
but tried again and got hooked.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 09:20 PM

Try the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON scared the sshhiitt out of all the kids inmy time


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: darkriver
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 06:20 PM

Little Hawk,

you paid $10 for a movie ticket back in 1976??

No wonder you're pissed....


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 05:14 PM

I remember watching the dystopian cult classic Zardoz back in the mid-1970s. It seemed total nonsense, until I realized the farce that it was. And it said so in the very beginning, if you only remembered it. I had the same response to Rollerball, until I realized the violence was actually supposed to be that bad, and wasn't gratuitous. I don't ever want to watch Rollerball again, but it made a good point.

Each of the King Kong flicks requires the viewer to check their grasp of reality at the door. I haven't seen the Jeff Bridges Kong in many years, so I can't really compare it. The things I remember most about it were the great New York City interiors, largely in Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope, and how creepy it was to have the gorilla peek through the windows to find her.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 09:25 AM

"Eyes Wide Shut" was strange. I don't know how I'd rate it, frankly. Maybe Stanley Kubrick was trying to alert the public to just how sick things are in very high places...

Stilly, I thought that the Jeff Bridges/Jessica Lange version of King Kong was simply awful! One of the worst 10 big budget movies ever in the history of film! The absolute nadir of Big Ape movies. Horrifyingly bad. Unbelievable. Wretchedly terrible. Not to mention downright creepy in a sexual sense. And the Twin Towers scene was hopeless. You cannot have drama if you pit King Kong against modern warplanes or helicopters with gatling guns on them. It's pointless. He has no more chance in that situation than a dog fighting a Sherman tank, for God's sake. The drama of him fighting Depression-era biplanes with little 30 cal. machine guns is that although he is doomed, there's still some sense of heroic proportion in his efforts to defend himself against those fragile aircraft. I can hardly think how a worse film could have been made about King Kong than the 1976 one. I still cringe when I remember it, and I want my $10 BACK!!!!

;-)


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: C-flat
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 06:50 AM

Oh Yeah!!! Not forgetting "Eyes Wide Shut" a Tom Cruise turkey of epic proportion!!!
That was another hour and a half of my life I'll never get back!


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: C-flat
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 06:48 AM

One of the best "worst film" I ever saw I tuned in halfway through, at a scene where the top half of the cabin of a large passenger jet had been ripped off in some mid-air catastrophe. In true Star-Trek-under-alien-attack style the air-stewards bravely struggled up the aisles to comfort passengers, like bad mime artists pushing against the wind. Wind??? These guys should have been dragged into the ether and decorating the landscape below from the first instant!!!
It was so bad I could barely see through the tears of laughter. I looked in the TV listings to see what this masterpiece was.....
"Miracle Landing"!!!!
No prizes for guessing how that ended up!!!


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 04:32 AM

I thought the stampede in the newest King Kong was 'over the top' and a little bit 'Jurassic Park' which had been done in quite a few films by then so 1 tyrannosaurus would have done just to show the might of Kong because they had to demonstrate how powerful he was I guess. Or may be the odd giant spider thrown in would have been a bit more plausible.

LH I agree about the Empire State Building scene when Kong was attacked and shot by the airplanes, it always makes me cry and I always get angry at the girl too for putting him in that position in the first place.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 11 - 01:21 AM

The Jeff Bridges/Jessica Lange version was more sexy, as I recall. I remember reading that Lange was really squashed by the animatronic hand - I just looked it up - she ended up with a pinched nerve from one of the scenes.

I do remember how the pathos of the last scene really worked in the old film, and it also worked in the Twin Towers version.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 10:18 PM

Well, yeah...but that's the basic premise. ;-D Whatcha gonna do? I'm just sayin', let's keep it tasteful...

One thing I'd say...they did a great job on the attack by the airplanes, but they still somehow couldn't match the pathos of Kong's death in the original film, even though it was done in primitive black and white film and using miniatures. His weakening grip on the cupola, his sad and confused dabbing at the blood pouring from his chest wounds, and that final fall in the original film is just wrenching to watch, specially when you see his body glance off the side of the building part way down. It really stirs pity.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 10:10 PM

"Sensible bounds."

Interesting concept in a film about a giant gorilla that battles dinosaurs and dies when shot off the top of the Empire State Building.

:)


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 05:54 PM

Well, I found it to be great entertainment, but the scenes with the 3 tyrannosaurs and the Apatosaurus stampede were, yes..."over the top"...to the extent that they became, in my opinion, far less effective than they could have been if kept within sensible bounds. A duel between Kong and ONE tyrannosaur could have been epic, as it was in the original film...but 3 of them??? Just ridiculous.

The modern young multiplex audience, however, seems to feel that MORE is always better when it comes to that sort of thing, so I guess Peter Jackson was trying to give them what they expect.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 03:50 PM

It was the creepy natives part that really repulsed me. Adrien Brody isn't someone I think of outside of kind of cerebral films (not that I've seen that many of his, I'm just aware of some of his early work), but there was an instance when he was bare-chested in the darkened ship passageway, talking to Naomi, and I experienced the classic feminine sit up and look moment: he's one of those skinny guys who can be quite buff in some of his films. I'm sure he had to work out a lot to be ready for that role, and to their credit, the parts of the film I saw after the natives raided the ship I didn't see them flaunting his bare chest. I was impressed the at the remarkable durability of the negligee and peignoir she wore as she was dragged around the island.

I think the term you're trying to land on as you weigh the features of this film is "over the top." It intentionally put itself in that territory, so as to avoid criticism of the number of T Rexes in the battle, and the apatosaurus (apatosaurii?) running around on those dodgy cliff edges. I was working in a couple of rooms of the house, and I put a different film in one room but the other room still had Kong on, and I saw bits of both as I moved back and forth.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 02:03 PM

Indeed, LH ~~ this was an instance of the "good bad film" ~ or do I mean "the bad good film"?

Either way, I think any of such would avoid the anti-accolade in this thread's title.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:46 PM

I thought that Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was in some respects quite a good film of its type...in other respects it was excessive (the battle with not just one but THREE Tyrannosaurs was absolutely excessive to the final possible degree). But the relationship between the heroine and the ape was far more interesting, subtle, and better handled than ever before in a King Kong movie. The character who played the heroine's boyfriend didn't work so well as far as I was concerned. Jack Black DID play Jack Black in the movie, yes, but he was still just about perfect for the part of Denham, I thought. The atmospheric portrayal of the depression era in New York and the whole feel of the first half of the film was marvelous, visually gorgeous, very forboding, and appropriately dramatic for a story which is, after all, simply escapism...an adventure fantasy on a grand scale. The stampede of the huge herbivorous dinosaurs along the cliff edge was again simply totally excessive and overdone...as was the struggle in the pit with the creepycrawly insect things.

And the creepy natives were overdone.

But the scenery and sets were great.

So I think it was both a very good King Kong film and a pretty silly movie at the same time (mostly because of the WAY overdone action scenes on the island), depending on which part of it you choose to focus on.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:29 PM

There are lots of actors who play themselves in film after film. The ones who DON'T play themselves are the ones that are harder to recognize until they end up in some breakout role so you at least recognize their face when they turn up in the next one. Good character actors are like that.

Last night I was working around the house and turned on the television for some noise. ABC was playing the 2005 Peter Jackson version of King Kong. Now that surely ranks with either the stupidist or silliest movie ever made. The CGI budget for dinosaurs battling giant gorillas may push it out of overall contention for "worst" movie ever. In that film, Jack Black played, you guessed it, Jack Black.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 12:17 PM

Red Dawn was so utterly awful that it was almost unbelievable, but that was the Reagan era... ;-)

As for Tom Hanks, I kind of agree. Perhaps in the future there will be a whole series of "Tom Hanks" films where other actors play Tom Hanks and try to get it exactly right so that you can't even tell them from Tom Hanks. It could become a profitable sub-genre in movies, sort of like the Woody Allen stuff, but a little more middle-class in tone.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: Van
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 04:38 AM

Anything with Tom Hanks in it. He always plays Tom Hank not the Character he is meant to depict.


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Subject: RE: Worst Movie ever
From: darkriver
Date: 06 Mar 11 - 02:35 AM

Red Dawn, in which a bunch of high school kids defeat the Soviet invasion of America.
Whatever else you say about Tim Burton, at least his plots are plausible...


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