Six Unspeakably Bad Films From Good Directors

By Matt Prigge
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Jack (1996): Some films are so uniquely terrible they could’ve only been made by a genius—someone either swinging for the gates and missing spectacularly, or simply blinded by hubris. Indeed, had someone less talented than Francis Ford Coppola made this dramedy about Robin Williams aging rapidly, it would’ve merely been a forgettably saccharine weepie. But Coppola, who was a mere director-for-hire, makes it idiosyncratic in its awfulness—a train wreck of tones with entirely too much Bill Cosby.

The Muse (1999): Albert Brooks’ first three films limn the dark side of neurosis, illuminating the self-absorption too often whitewashed by, say, Woody Allen. They’re also hilarious. By his sixth directing job, he’d lost both. As a screenwriter who hires a real-life muse (Sharon Stone) to jump-start his flailing career, he’s victim rather than oppressor. Moreover, the film is never funny. Luckily, 2006’s Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World served as a near-comeback.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001): Woody Allen’s 40-film run is filled with peaks and valleys, with the last decade mostly a deep chasm. There’s so many low points to choose from, but I’d go with this retro-comedy as his nadir—an absolutely juiceless hypnosis-related farce that feels like it’s under a narcotic spell.

The Dangerous Thread of Things (2004): Michelangelo Antonioni died before he could make a film better than his contribution to the omnibus film Eros . Alas, his final work will remain this laughably stiff bickering-couple saga, featuring cavorting naked babes, mysteriously ugly shots and bad actors stumbling over pseudo-profundities like, “It’s funny, isn’t it? You’re always lookng for purity and you end up in shit.”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008): And David Fincher didn’t even win that Oscar. Expert filmatists: Stay away from bizarre, aging movies!

The Lovely Bones (2009): So awful it makes me question my love for Peter Jackson’s great films. Please hold up, Heavenly Creatures .

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1. Anne said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:07AM

“Have you got any support for your claims? I mean, what's so terribly wrong with these films? Haven't seen a one of them but was planning to see The Lovely Bones.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:21PM

“It's called "opinion," Anne. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, you know. And since you haven't seen any of the films, how do YOU know they're any good?”

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3. Matt Prigge said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:38PM

“Anne: I was running out of word space towards the end, but I basically agree with Sean Burns' take-down of The Lovely Bones here: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/screen/reviews/the-lovely-bones-movie.html. It's a case of a director singularly unsuited for the material. Alice Sebold's book is (I hear) all about subtlety, while Peter Jackson makes it bombastic and distractingly shallow. Moreover, it features special effects both a) stupid and b) terrible, which I never thought I'd say about the great Kiwi f/x house Weta. I think the above clip speaks for itself; Susie Salmon's pre-heaven waystation looks like a Theraflu commercial and generally makes me long for the relative restraint of one of my least favorite movies ever, What Dreams May Come. Not good.

I eviscerated Benjamin Button over here: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/screen/38473664.html”

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4. Anne said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:56PM

“Hi anonymous, Opinion is good, and so is discussion :)”

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5. Anne said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 02:04PM

“Thanks Matt, That word space thing is a bugger. I checked out the link, and that's helpful. Suppose I'll just look around at some more reviews.

I can see from the Lovely Bones clip that the effects are kind of...childish, maybe. Or your word, shallow or like a Theraflu commercial lol

I've got a couple tickets I was given as a gift so I'm browsing around looking for ideas. I don't often go to the cinema so I'd like to make a good choice.

Maybe I'll get the Lovely Bones book; subtle sounds good.

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6. greg said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 07:26PM

“I'd remove 'The Muse' (which was only okay, not awful) and replace it with Altman's 'Popeye' (which was not only horrifically unwatchable, but also deserves an entry due to Altman continuing to defend it unto his death, actually believing it to be a good film.) (also; Robin Williams really deserves to be on this list more)”

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7. robert said... on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:04PM

“Have to disagree on The Muse. It was on cable the other night and had a surprising amount of big laughs. The tennis game with Jeff Bridges was like out of a Chaplin movie. Really really funny. And Steven Wright and Scorsese and James Cameron. Funny shit.”

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8. Andrew said... on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:48AM

“Peter Jackson is, was, and always will be a hack.”

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9. Dylan said... on Jan 21, 2010 at 10:56AM

“"Swept Away," anyone?”

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10. An asshole obsessed with trolling said... on Jan 21, 2010 at 12:54PM

“"Swept Away," anyone?"

By what bizarre standard is Guy Ritchie a good filmmaker?

And if you meant Wertmüller, heavyhanded as it is, the original is one of her best films.



Also, The Muse is mostly just mediocre, a concept in search of a third act, much like Looking For Comedy, but I'm surprised you left out Polanski's Pirates and Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary.

And while Antonioni's contribution to Eros is pretty awful, it is no worse than Beyond the Clouds, which is just aimless, pretentious, and filled with his idea of old man porn, with hilariously gratuitous nudity that would be out of an episode of Red Shoe Diaries, if the movie had been entirely in English.

Finally, while it is a crapshoot which Allen to throw in the mix from the last 20 years, what about Celebrity, which unpleasantly exceeds the annoying boredom of most of his other output since Crimes and Misdemeanors?”

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11. Steve C. said... on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:26PM

““Peter Jackson is, was, and always will be a hack.”

No reasonable human being who has seen DEAD ALIVE or MEET THE FEEBLES can say that and mean it. You don't have to like 'em, but hackwork they sure as hell ain't.”

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12. les said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:46AM

“One that surprised me, was the lack listing of Mel Brooks' 'Life Stinks'. He had really lost his knack for comedy at that point.”

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13. MAG. said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:57AM

“Why anyone's talking about "War of the Worlds" ? The one by Steven Spielberg of course... It was soooo bad...

I like Jack though, for Coppola going wrong, I would have chosen Dracula. What a stupid movie !!”

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14. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:57AM

“I saw the Lovely Bones and thought it was truly terrible, and I love everything Jackson made, except King Kong. Stay away, its really bad and baffling (the 'safe montage?). It does make one question Jackson's other work, which is a bad thing to do.”

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15. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:55AM

“Anne, sounds like you're more into arguing than discussion.”

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16. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:45AM

“Let's see... Coppola completely lost his mind in '79, Brooks has always been terrible, Allen is the most inexplicably overrated artist in the history of the universe, Antonioni was always up and down, Benjamin Button would be better classified as disappointing than unspeakably bad, and Jackson had already made a couple of awful, awful movies - including crapping all over a classic”

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17. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:50AM

“For me, the superficial comic-book The Departed, marks the point in which Scorsese stopped trying. Ironic that he won an Oscar for it.”

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18. Reggie said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:54AM

“I disagree with your take on "Benjamin Button." That's a pretty good film. "Alien3" is Fincher's weakest, and even that is decent.

I respect your opinion, even as I disagree with it.”

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19. Redcloak said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:01AM

“Alien 3
This is the worst movie from David Fincher”

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20. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:02AM

“Anne never said any of Matt's choices were good; she merely asked for a more detailed explanation about why he thought they were bad. Since the second post (yours?) infers an unsubstantiated opinion upon her. It seems to me poster number two is the one who likes to argue...and poorly at that.”

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21. Eddie said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:41AM

“I'm glad someone finally kicked Benjamin Button into the gutter where it belongs. It had OSCAR BEGGER written all over it.”

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22. Anony-moose - The Elk with no Name said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:52AM

“The book The Lovely Bones was a good idea poorly executed by a writer who got bored at the end! Although my wife will probably want to see it :-(”

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23. AJ said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:01AM

“More impotent ranting from a no-talent hack who'd rather knock artistic effort (regardless of their merit) than venture out and create one themselves.”

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24. Ty said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:28AM

“WTF?! The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a cinematic masterpiece!”

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25. Matt Prigge said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:56AM

“A.J.: As opposed to an impotent and unoriginal critique of film criticism from someone cowering behind an internet handle? If you'd like to debate the merits of any of these terrible films from filmmakers who can (and have done) far better, be my guest. The world impatiently awaits an eloquent defense of fucking Jack.”

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26. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:32AM

“I'd like to throw in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
And I'd like to defend Altman's Popeye
and I'd nominate either Tideland or The Brothers Grimm from Terry Giliam”

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27. Steph said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:43AM

“AJ, as a student of film criticism, I've realized something.

1) Its not exactly fair to hate on a critic for not being an artist themselves. We all have opinions and some people are very good at explaining why they have those opinions in order to help people chose what to spend hard earned money on.

2) That being said, some critics, Matt Prigge included, are NOT good at explaining those opinions. Even in his extended pieces (which he was so self-promotingly happy to share) he seems like that most-hated type of critic who likes to hate simply to make a name for himself, and cannot explain why because he has no real reason. I'm not saying all the time, but a good bit of the time it reads like "oh, everyone loves this...I'll hate it and get loads of comments on my page!"

3) Matt Prigge, you sir are NO Michiko Kakutani. If you wanna hate on art and then be almost illiterate in your reasons why, at least try to build a respectable name for yourself FIRST”

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28. Pinhead100 said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:10PM

“What would anyone think of including Eyes Wide Shut from Kubrick on this list?”

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29. JRS1965 said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:30PM

“I think EYES WIDE SHUT is quite a good film. The only Kubrick film to stumble was THE SHINING, but I was a HUGE fan of the novel. To add to the list:

Robert Altman - QUINTET. This makes Popeye look great. Paul Newman's worst movie as well. All it has is shots of snowy exteriors and a game that is never fully explained so it is all confusing.

Stanley Kramer - THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE. A political thriller that is impossible to follow.

Martin Scorsese - NEW YORK,, NEW YORK. An overlong, poorly written wartime love story with Liza Minnelli totally miscast opposite Robert DeNiro. This was torture to sit through.

Mike Nichols - THE FORTUNE. A horrible comedy with two of the biggest actors of the 70's (Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson) playing in a depression-era comedy that is beyond stupid and beneath the talents of everyone involved.”

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30. sdfklsfdhkl said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:45PM

“Benjamin Button was the beginning of Fincher's downslope. While not a bad movie, it certainly doesn't hold up to his other masterpieces, nor Forrest Gump, with which it shares more than a few things (a script-writer, for one).

I would also add to the list: Scorcese's "Bringing Out The Dead", Robert Zemeckis's descent into motion capture cartoons, beginning I think with "The Polar Express", and "There Will Be Blood" by P.T. Anderson, which was nothing more than a showcase for Daniel Day Lewis's acting genius.”

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31. Josh said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:53PM

“I'd have to state the obvious here - "Spider-man 3." I know all the stories of the suits' involvement, but you can just tell Raimi didn't care.

Also,

Woody Allen's extraordinarily overrated "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and James Cameron's "Avatar," but that's not a complete failure I guess. I still don't see why it's on it's way toward being the biggest movie of all time.”

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32. Sam said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 01:57PM

“I'd mention Peter Bogdanovich's 'At Long Last Love', which ruined his career. He hadn't done as many as, say, Coppola, but he certainly was on the high end of things after 'Paper Moon' and 'The Last Picture Show'. It's a career that was cut short by such an awful, awful movie.”

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33. Chris L. Harris said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:21PM

“Marc Forster and "Quantum of Solace": The ultimate exhibit as to why you shouldn't give a Bond film to a person with no action chops.”

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34. Chris L. Harris said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:21PM

“Marc Forster and "Quantum of Solace": The ultimate exhibit as to why you shouldn't give a Bond film to a person with no action chops.”

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35. Matt Prigge said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:28PM

“Sam: Let me throw in for At Long Last Love which, while not a great film or even completely successful, hardly deserves its miserable reputation. A lot of the disdain for it at the time had to do with a) a backlash against a box office darling and his pert, homewrecking mistress and b) the fact that this was one of the most alienating experiments from a popular filmmaker. (It's reminiscent of certain Soderberghs, only Bogdanovich seems to have honestly thought mass audiences would eat it up.) The idea was to replicate an '30s, Ernst Lubitsch-style musical: light, unpretentious, and with songs recorded "live" (as in sung as the cameras rolled, not lip-synching to a track). It doesn't totally work (see: Burt Reynolds), but he got a lot closer than he's given credit for. FWIW, Jacques Rivette is a big fan.”

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36. Matt Prigge said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:29PM

“Sam: Let me throw in for At Long Last Love which, while not a great film or even completely successful, hardly deserves its miserable reputation. A lot of the disdain for it at the time had to do with a) a backlash against a box office darling and his pert, homewrecking mistress and b) the fact that this was one of the most alienating experiments from a popular filmmaker. (It's reminiscent of certain Soderberghs, only Bogdanovich seems to have honestly thought mass audiences would eat it up.) The idea was to replicate an '30s, Ernst Lubitsch-style musical: light, unpretentious, and with songs recorded "live" (as in sung as the cameras rolled, not lip-synching to a track). It doesn't totally work (see: Burt Reynolds), but he got a lot closer than he's given credit for. FWIW, Jacques Rivette is a big fan.”

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37. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:37PM

“I'd like to throw out there "X-men 3". Brett Ratner is a true master at his craft, but I can't believe he sunk to such unsophiscated material as this. Unfunny one liners and horrid, annoying performances are just not like him.

And for that matter, how about "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". While this was Lucas' first mainstream film and second overall, when you compare it to his modern works such as "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones", it is so unspeakably terrible that it's hardly worth watching.”

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38. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:00PM

“How the hell can you honestly suggest, There Will Be Blood? sdfklsfdhkl, you are clearly an idiot.”

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39. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:05PM

“Sorry but if benjamin button and lovely bones are classed as 'unspeakably bad films' then we should all give up now.”

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40. JM said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:06PM

“You lost me with the last two. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was in fact a very good film. And, even if you didn't like it, its 13 Oscar nominations suggest that, whatever its shortcomings, it MOST DEFINITELY didn't fall into the "unspeakably bad" category that you mention in the title of this article.

As for "The Lovely Bones," I also thought it was uneven and not nearly as good as it could have been, but to call it unspeakably bad is also untrue. Maybe it didn't live up to your expectations (which I assume were high, it being Peter Jackson), but it's definitely not on the same low level as Jack.”

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41. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:31PM

“You know what's the downsideof freedom of sppech ...... any capiche can log on to internet and write whatever he wants ....... like this "so called" critic or something ...... I have seen all of these movies ..... and none of them bad enough to be enlisted like this ........ and few of them are actually quite good movies .... like Benjamin Button ..... so my advice is people ..... decide for yourself ...... this man is not objective .... he is just letting his personal bias get the best of him ....”

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42. Bill C/ said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:48PM

“Greg, I have to agree ... though it looked lovely, "Popeye" just may be the most disappointing film I have ever seen.”

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43. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:54PM

“what a loser”

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44. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 03:59PM

“I think Jack is a great kids movie. A good solid story with a message that doesn't come across as forced or heavy handed.”

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45. Matt said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:00PM

“While Benjamin Button certainly isn't my favorite Fincher film, it's much better than Alien 3, The Game, and Panic Room.”

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46. noah said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 04:37PM

“Woody Allen is a genius and though he had a lull at the turn of the century he certainly regained his footing with excellent movies like Match Point, VCB and Cassandra's Dream.
Can David Fincher really be considered that good of a director? What's his best? Fight Club?”

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47. simon said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:15PM

“Surely M Night Shyamalam should be on this list for pretty much everything after signs. Promising director to the worst working director in hollywood. The happening is laughable, how the actors couldn't question the material is beyond me.”

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48. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:18PM

“If you think "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" is "unspeakably bad", you either:

A) Suffer from some sort of neurological impairment
or
B) Have only seen about a dozen films in total in your lifetime, and the other six were, at the low end of the quality spectrum, still as good as Coppola's "The Godfather" pictures.

If you compare it to greatness, "Benjamin Button" comes up decidedly short. And it did indeed smack of Oscar bait, without being worthy of the already-debased honors. But "unspeakably bad"?!? Negro, please. It didn't really work, but it isn't a fucking fiasco...unlike, say, Altman's "Popeye". Or Altman's "Quintet". Or indeed any one of about a dozen post 1976 films from him. Or, for that matter, roughly half of Barry Levinson's filmography---he isn't a great director, but he is a good one. Or Bogdanovich's "Daisy Miller", which is far, far worse than "At Long Last Love". Or Friedkin's "The Guardian". Or Robert Aldrich's "The Choirboys". You're welcome.”

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49. Terminal said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 05:43PM

“Yes, most of these films are terrible.

Most notably "The Lovely Bones" which is pretty much the worst movie of 2010 so far. Peter Jackson really bombed big time with that movie.”

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50. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:33PM

“Simon said: 'Surely M Night Shyamalam should be on this list for pretty much everything after signs.'

AFTER Signs? Seriously? Signs is the exact definition of unspeakably bad. Aliens that are seriously harmed by water travel light years and decide to visit a planet that's made up almost entirely of WATER -- brilliant. What did the aliens think all that blue was on planet earth when they viewed it from their spaceship? Not to mention their superior technology and yet they can be trapped behind a simple wooden door. A family that refuses to clean up the hundreds of glasses of water their daughter leaves everywhere? When they need another glass do they just run out to crate & barrel for more instead of putting a few dozen sitting around the house in the dishwasher? A washed up baseball player who keeps his bat on the wall, his entire backstory nothing more than a set-up for him to smash all the glasses of water to hurt the invading aliens. UNSPEAKABLY BAD and (expletive deleted) absurd.”

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51. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:35PM

“When I first read the title of the article, my first thoughts were:

John Huston - Annie
and
Sidney Lumet - The Wiz

**shudder**”

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52. the mutant said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:45PM

“gelmo gelmo gelmo”

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53. omen said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:04PM

“Yes, "The Lovely Bones" are that bad, but I still think that Peter Jackson deserves another chance, 'cause can anyone name just one director who hasn't made at least one truly bad movie (only exception I can think of is maybe Andrei Tarkovsky).

But speaking of great directors turning bad - how about John Carpenter's "Ghosts Of Mars", which is probably one of the worst movies ever made.”

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54. Greg said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:42PM

“Curse of the Jade Scorpion may well deserve entry, but if one looks at Allen's last 11 years-- 1999-2010--you get "Sweet and Lowdown," "Match Point," and "Vicki Christina Barcelona" (which, yes, I really liked--getting out of NY proved to be great for Allen, as did writing for non-Woody-Allen-esque characters), three movies any director'd be honored to have on his/her resume. Likewise, "The Muse" is perfectly enjoyable. I would replace Albert Brooks with Altman (as an above poster suggested) and go with either Ready-to-Wear or Beyond Therapy, which actually could have been a good movie if Altman'd just stuck to the damn script of the original Durang play.

"The Brothers Grimm" is the most fun I've had at a Gilliam since Fear & Loathing, and Tideland had a fierce integrity to it.”

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55. BC said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:54PM

“How about Martin Brest for Gili? He had a nice resume up till that point.”

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56. Anonymous said... on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:38PM

“I'm glad to see that someone finally agrees with me that Peter Jackson is a Hack!”

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57. fairportfan said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:04AM

“Have to defend Altman's "Popeye".

Of course, i'm familiar with the original source material (*not* the cartoons, though the Fleischers' early work wasn't bad) and i actually have the capability to listen to dialog rather than expecting that everything be perfectly clear from the visuals alone.

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58. Jerald Brewer said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 01:08AM

“Is crack cocaine addiction rampant in Philly?
THE CURIOUS OF BENJAMIN BUTTON was not only the best film of '08 it may be Fincher's best film yet --strike that, it is better than SE7EN. I liked it even more than THE DARK KNIGHT.”

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59. miika said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:56AM

“Matt Prigge, you "unspeakably" suck. You write really SHORT reviews... huh. I wonder why.”

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60. Anonymous said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 06:38AM

“Antonioni's "worst" is better than 99,99% current directors' "best"...”

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61. Daniel Spicer said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 09:45AM

“A bad list, very poorly written”

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62. Arnzilla's said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:49AM

“The Departed or any Scorsese movie from the last decade. Man, do that guy's movies suck.”

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63. Tumult said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:23PM

“You SHOULD question your love for Jackson's "great" films. "Heavenly creatures" holds its own, but those hobbit humping flicks are embarassing. Oh yes, they look fine, like Avatar, but the script sucks - like Avatar.”

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64. Anonymous said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 01:20PM

“This must be one of the most godawful posts in the imdb hit list. Benjamin Button won 3 oscars. But i'm sure you're the expert :)”

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65. Anonymous said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 01:20PM

“This must be one of the most godawful posts in the imdb hit list. Benjamin Button won 3 oscars. But i'm sure you're the expert :)”

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66. Hamster said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 01:23PM

“I agree completely with two of the above posts: Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear": I had forgotten about that unwatchable, cringeworthy mess. "Annie": John Huston? Musical? Little girls? Really?”

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67. CH Smoot said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 01:58PM

“I liked "Popeye". I liked "O.C. & Stiggs" even more.”

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68. Zawmer said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:00PM

“Lovely Bones, Benjamin Button "Unspeakably bad"? I admit, I am a big fan of Fincher and Jackson so I'm a bit biased, but come on! Those are not their best movies, but they are pretty good. Both of them are extremely well directed!”

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69. kilbeyhands said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:58PM

“Away We Go by Sam Mendes was one of the worst movies ever. hated Ben Button and yet love Fincher. or i used to.”

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70. Steven gabriel said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 06:53PM

“Benjamin Button was a great film, hence the Criterion Collection edition. Peter Jackson is a nerd, so mostly nerds will stick up for him, but I think The Lovely Bones suffers from shitty camera work, thanks to "the new medium" of digital cinematography which will surely destroy any meaning that is left in cinema. I think SOUTHLAND TALES should have been on this list at the very top. That is by far the worst movie ever made by a decent director.”

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71. Steven gabriel said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 06:53PM

“Benjamin Button was a great film, hence the Criterion Collection edition. Peter Jackson is a nerd, so mostly nerds will stick up for him, but I think The Lovely Bones suffers from shitty camera work, thanks to "the new medium" of digital cinematography which will surely destroy any meaning that is left in cinema. I think SOUTHLAND TALES should have been on this list at the very top. That is by far the worst movie ever made by a decent director.”

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72. plingeling said... on Jan 23, 2010 at 09:57PM

“Regardless of the many - in my opinion - strange opinions stated in this thread, I'm glad there's at least some people who display an overall appreciation for the directors that are accused of having gone 'bad' at one time... First of all, like Matt says when referring to The Lovely Bones - you seem extremely ignorant when you say you have to question every single great film Jackson made before this. Really? You really have to question the LOTR-trilogy? I'm not a fanatic, but I'm just one of those people that knows that those films transcend the boundaries of its genre, and its not only cinematic art in its essence, if it hadn't been for those films, the past decade would be without a lot of other films in which they inspired. Some might live by the "you're only as good as you last achievement"-quote, but if you do that, then a list like yours might be more convincing, which it isn't.
And Woody Allen is an institution, he makes 1,5 movies a year-all above average or better.”

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73. music1358 said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:59AM

“I think you have to remember which parts of a movie are director influenced and which are beyond their ken. Script, acting, casting, studio shenanigans. All these effect the film. But I love the idea of thinking about great directors and their worst movies. How about Hitchcock, or Kurosawa or Demme? Great idea for a party game.”

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74. music1358 said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:59AM

“I think you have to remember which parts of a movie are director influenced and which are beyond their ken. Script, acting, casting, studio shenanigans. All these effect the film. But I love the idea of thinking about great directors and their worst movies. How about Hitchcock, or Kurosawa or Demme? Great idea for a party game.”

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75. bevo said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 02:59AM

“Interesting to include a movie (Benjamin Button) that had a billion Oscar nominations, including best director, and even 3 wins. Also, a movie that people on imdb rank among the top 200 films of all time. If you don't like a movie, at least make sure that you're not the only one.”

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76. gerberzebe said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 07:48AM

“I absolutely agree with "The Lovely Bones" and "Benjamin Button," both of which are absolutely terrible. Neither film seems concerned with being an interesting film, but would rather (especially in the case of "Benjamin Button") push all the requisite buttons necessary for an Oscar win. By the way, for all of those trumpeting the fact that "Benjamin Button" won three Oscars, it won for Art Direction, Make Up, and Visual Effects, the sum of which do not necessarily make a good movie, just one that looks good. In addition, anyone who wants to cite The Criterion Collection as being only for good films need only to look at the fact that Michael Bay has two films in the Collection, "The Rock", and "Armageddon." Criterion also has a Beastie Boys video compilation and several other films, that are also of questionable quality. Oscar wins and Criterion Collection DVD's are not always indicative of quality, and in the case of "Benjamin Button" that is absolutely the case.”

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77. Jb1085 said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:48AM

“How about kingdom of the crystal skull. Even spielberg can make a bad movie. I dont agree with Benjamin buttons. I just saw the lovely bones and although I agree it wasn't good, king kong was just as bad. Woody Allen also had far more than only one bad movie”

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78. Phil said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 11:29AM

“How about a mention for Spike Lee? When he's bad, he's really bad (School Daze, He Got Game). That being said I love The 25th Hour. I think The Muse is disappointing considering what came before but it isn't awful. And despite a mediocre performance (which is probably his plateau) from Brad Pitt, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a good movie.”

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79. Roberta Trevisan said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:04PM

“I don't agree with "Jack" and "The Curse of Scorpion of Jade".

Because I like these movies, they're funny, they have nice narrative and they're fun for me.”

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80. Anonymous said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 12:56PM

“I liked Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Hollywood Ending and Small Time Crooks. Were they his best work? Of course not, but we are judging the movies based on the fact that it's a Woody Allen movie which is pretty unfair and I think as individual movies they are all funny and worth a viewing or two.”

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81. Luke said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 03:36PM

“Planet of the Apes, man”

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82. The Meagles said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 04:31PM

“I agree with Simon, M Night Shyamalam should be on the list. 'The Lady In The Water' rates as one of the worst films I've ever seen (and I've seen some crap!) I didn't waste time watching 'The Happening'. If the title of his next film is anything to go by, 'The Last Airbender'(?!) he's got a lot of work to do to rebuild his reputation.”

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83. Anonymous said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:15PM

“hey is it just me or has he ignored some old films? I am sure some of the directors of old had thier bad days too”

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84. Nomaic said... on Jan 24, 2010 at 11:18PM

“--“Peter Jackson is, was, and always will be a hack.”

You just described James Cameron, not Peter Jackson.”

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85. Anonymous said... on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:00AM

“"Ghosts Of Mars" was pretty terrible, I laughed my ass off the entire time and not because it was supposed to funny. I never saw "Jack", but I always heard it was shit. "Popeye" was brutal and I saw that as a kid and did not know who Altman was at the time. I am surprised that nobody brought up "The Age Of Innocence". That must of been someone else named Martin Scorcese. Freidkin has a lot of misfires in his filmography.”

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