Saturday, August 09, 2008

Defending the Worst

The Sun-Sentinel.com has posted their list of the 100 Worst Movies. While I would agree with many of their choices, there were ten that I thought good enough to avoid the dubious honor:

  • Soylent Green: Sure, it looks dated now, but as a 14 year old watching it for the first time on the big screen, it was cool. Plus there’s that great fight scene between Charlton Heston and Chuck [The Rifleman] Connors… and Edward G. Robinson in his final performance. Who can forget the classic line yelled by Heston: “Soylent Green is ….” [No, I’m not giving it away.]

  • Last Action Hero: I’ve never understood the backlash against this one. Sure, it’s no classic, but it’s also not as bad as some folks claim. I enjoyed the conceit of the movie: Arnold is a movie action hero brought to life. We get to see the clichés of action films played against a “real world” setting. Maybe people didn’t want that wall broken down. I don’t know, but I can tell you that I thought “Last Action Hero” was fun.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau: Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando. That alone should be worth the price of admission… especially with some of the choices that Brando made for the film. It’s no classic, but it sure doesn’t belong on the worst films list.

  • Rhinestone: Sly Stallone, Dolly Parton and country music. Okay, I’ll admit I am a bit biased towards Stallone films. [You’d have never guessed, right?] “Rhinestone” is not one of Sly’s best, but it does have some fun moments… enough to at least keep it off the worst movies of all time list.

  • Maverick: How in the world could James Garner returning as Daddy Maverick and teamed with director, Richard Donner plus stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster make this worst movies list? Just watching for all the appearances by Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Geoffrey Lewis, Paul Smith, Dan Hedaya, Denver Pyle, Clint Black, Art LaFleur, Corey Feldman, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, William Smith, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, James Drury, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder, Reba McEntire and so many more makes it enough fun to keep it off the list.

  • Waterworld: This is one of those movies doomed from the start due to negative publicity. Costner and director Kevin Reynolds had problems and Costner ended up taking the reins. The movie went way over budget. When it finally opened the buzz was bad. “Waterworld” is not a classic, but it is a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Although not based on a comic book, it has a comic book feel. And I mean that in a good way.

  • The Godfather Part III: How could any movie live up to “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II”? Sure, “Godfather III” has it’s problems, but it’s another movie that I think got a far worse backlash than it deserved. Poor Sofia Coppola got hammered by the press. So too, did her dad for hiring her. Then Robert Duvall wasn’t brought back because he was asking for too much money? Pay the man! He’s worth it. Still, even with it’s flaws, it has enough going for it to make it worthwhile. Hold it up to “The Godfather” parts one and two and it falls way short, hold it up to 90% of the movies on this list and it towers above them.

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space: There’s no way I can argue that this is a great movie. It’s bad, bad, bad. Terrible dialogue, cheap beyond cheap sets, a stupid plot, burning paper plates as fly saucers, a hokey prologue by Criswell the psychic, Bela Lugosi in his last role [he died during filming and was replaced by a taller man who was a dentist by trade] and so much more just make this thing a complete mess. A mess you can’t take your eyes off. A mess that bears repeated viewings. A mess that entertains. And that’s enough to keep it off the list.

  • Over the Top: Like “Waterworld”, “Over the Top” was doomed before it opened. Stallone’s salary got more publicity than the film itself since it made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood. That coupled with the fact that his character would arm-wrestle his way back into his son’s life kept audiences away. If you can get past the basic premise that Stallone is a truck driving arm wrestler trying to win back his son’s affection from a rich grandfather who has lied about him… wait, now as I type this, I’m wondering how I got past the premise! Anyway, I thought the movie was okay. Not great, but definitely not one of the 100 worst.

  • Anaconda: Jon Voight is so crazy and Jennifer Lopez is so hot that you just have to go with it. Throw in Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Jonathon Hyde, Owen Wilson, Danny Trejo and one big computerized snake and you’re in for 89 minutes of fun.

10 comments:

Saynt Jaymz said...

This is the first time commented on your blob zone, but I had to, because LAST ACTION HERO is one of my favorite movies of all time, and does NOT deserve to be on that list. I am glad you liked it too. I didnt think Rhinestone was that bad either, and Over The Top has always been a favorite of mine. I can think of some movies WAAAAY worse than most of the ones that were included on the list.

Saynt Jaymz said...

edit* BLOG zone, lol

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

How in the world could James Garner returning as Daddy Maverick and teamed with director, Richard Donner plus stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster make this worst movies list?

Because Mel Gibson plays Bret Maverick and not Garner. Man, that is just wrong.

Also: Jodie Foster cannot do comedy. I think she was 40 years old when she was born.

Anonymous said...

Here's my list of the movies that shouldn't be on that list.

Soylent Green
I haven't seen this, but I know it's good. And no Charlton Heston movie should be here.
Conqueror
John Wayne as Genghis Khan? Howard Hugues directs? Awesome.
Robot Monster
I haven't seen it, but I get the feeling I would love it.
Last Action Hero
It has problems, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
Flash Gordon
The poster alone made me include this. I've never seen it, and maybe it is bad, but I can't imagine it not being fun at least. And that's enough to get it off the 100 worst list.
The Island of Dr. Moreau
I never got the hate for this movie. It's pretty weird, and it has some flaws, but it's really pretty well done in some ways. Stan Winston's creature effects are great. It's a sad movie with a message. And the score is really really good. Even if you hate the movie, you've got to love Gary Chang's score. I listened to it over and over again.
Maverick
This movie rules. End of story.
D.C. Cab
I've never seen it, but it has Mr. T and Gary Busey in it. Something is definitely wrong here.
The Beastmaster
I've never seen this, but I doubt it's that bad. The poster is cool and it's directed by Don Coscarelli.
The Beast of Yucca Flats
Never seen it.
Waterworld
Never seen it.
Joe Versus the Volcano
This is a misunderstood masterpiece. I hate it when people bash this movie. It's a beautiful movie. Beautiful Georges Delerue score.
Starship Troopers
I have trouble taking this movie seriously, but that's the fun of it. Verhoeven is a genius at satire. This movie is at least a great comedy.
Attack of the 50 ft. Woman
Notice a pattern here? I have a lot of mercy for movies like this.
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Yeah, I get the feeling I would love this movie.
Hercules in New York
I've heard good things about it.
Anaconda
The second one was a guilty pleasure. And you know that if giant monsters are involved, then I'm willing to forgive quite a lot.
Snakes on a Plane
It's pretty terrible when you think about it, but it was the most fun I've ever had at a theater. Sam Jackson is really what made it fun.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
OK, this movie is bad. No argument there. But it's just so absolutely hilarious. I watched it a lot as a kid and I never realized how funny it was until later. Just watch it. You won't regret it. It's just plain fun.
Krull
I've seen some of this movie, and it looks pretty good.

Crowmagnumman

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Anaconda, Snakes on a Plane, The Happening, and i think i will love Starship Troopers 3

SlySystem

Anonymous said...

For me I pretty much agree all of those films should be on the list, except for:

Popeye
Over the Top
Godfather III
Waterworld
Maverick
Last Action Hero
Soylent Green

There's much worse films out there then the ones I listed above.

I'd put Envy, anything with Paris Hilton in it, pretty much all those spoof movies they do nowadays.

Slyclone

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but Over the Top is such a crap film. I know this is a stallone forum and all, but man is it bad.
Most of these films are bad, but of course some decent fare like Waterworld gets lumped in with the rest because of the bad publicity.
And what's with Maverick being on the list?

Overall this is a fair list.

Eatlightning

Anonymous said...

I strongly object to Soylent Green being on here. It's absurd. It's a sci-fi classic. How does one even call it a bad film let alone one of the worst? I can rattle off half a dozen lousy sci-fi movies that aren't even on here. In fact, George Lucas made three of them.

What's wrong with Popeye? Another bullnuts choice.

Beastmaster and Anaconda are cheesy fun, hardly worse than a dozen or more torture porn flicks that should be on here. I'll take those silly movies over a Hostel any day.

Godfather III? I think Craig nailed that one. It's still a good film, admittedly flawed, but hardly what critics have described over the years. Just about anything pales in comparison to parts I & II.

Strange bringing up all these old disco movies. No one's even heard of these let alone cares enough to dump on them. The author must be a retiree.

Archer

Anonymous said...

Films that I think should NOT be on that list:

The Last Action Hero - A fun and entertaining parody of the movie industry.
Rhinestone - I actually think it's Sly's best attempt at comedy.
Convoy - "Cause we got a great big convoy, rockin' through the night..."
Striptease - Burt Reynolds is simply hilarious in this one...
Starship Troopers - Didn't find anything bad about it. Entertaining action/sci-fi.
Over The Top - One of my favorite movies of Sly (Yeah, I know it's cheesy but except that it's very good.)
Stop!Or My Mom Will Shoot - Come on, it's not THAT bad!

Haven't seen Waterworld, Soylent Green, Maverick or The Godfather III yet, but I don't reall think they are bad enough to be mentioned in the same breath as stinkers like Epic Movie and Spice World!

Rambo88

Anonymous said...

What the hell, that is ONE crappy list ladies & gentlemen. Soylent Green is regarded as a Sci-fi classic, yet to these people it is one of the 100 worst movies of all time?! That doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Axel Foley