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10-28-2003, 09:51 PM
Forrest Gump. The most cheaply sentimental piece of garbage ever created. Taking a guy and surrounding him by historical events and people does not make a good movie. I hate this movie more and more every time it is on. How on earth anyone ever thought it was so heart warming and original I will never understand.
10-28-2003, 10:36 PM
Jerry Mcguire This film actually made me angry. I cannot understand how anyone can like this piece of crap. What a waste of time and money.
Field of Dreams dull and boring nonsense. I could not even finish watching it, and considering some of the crap I willingly watch, it was so lame.
10-28-2003, 10:52 PM
10-29-2003, 01:02 AM
Count me as one more person who disliked Happiness.
I understand that Hollywood studios want to make money. And, formulaic films that usually make money are not always successful. A confused plot, stilted dialogue, sketchy characters, too much action, too much bad action, pretentious romance etc can all ruin a film.
But, there is a whole glut of indie films (the exalted independent label) that are really badly made. Conceptually, they are merely reactionary. "What's taboo for Hollywood is OK for us". Which translates into sex (incest and "perversions" obviously), depression and pills/drugs. A perfect recipe for bad coming-of-age films or poor commentaries on urban/sub-urban culture.
...and Happiness is right at there at the top of such crap.
10-29-2003, 02:03 AM
I agree with a lot of the movies posted here, but others I really like. Let me toss a few more into the fray:
I don't think anyone's mentioned On Deadly Ground yet. This is by far the worst movie I have ever seen, and this is coming from someone that generally gets a kick out of bad movies. I never miss an opportunity to slam this bit of trash.
Deep Blue Sea. Oh. My. God. My ex-girlfriend's dad made me sit through this one, and he kept getting pissed off with me because I couldn't stop laughing at the movie.
Slight hijack... Does anyone else try to watch their most hated movies at least once every few years, just to remind yourself how much you hate it?
10-29-2003, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by Punoqllads
The worst movie I ever sat through has got to be [b]Mission to Mars...
Such bad lines, and overacting in Tim Robbins' death scene. And then five minutes of hearing his character's wife screaming as we go back and forth between shot and counter-shot of her and his lifeless body drifting away...
Ohhhh, you brought it all back, all of the repressed memories, the ones I'd thought I'd buried, along with $7.50. Tim Robbin's death scene was the worst. The cross-cut back and forth--between her shrieking and Tim's dead, frozen noggin (in tight close-up) was laughable. I'm sure we're supposed to feel pathos, but all I could think of was how his dead head looked like a dog turd found while mowing the lawn.
...and then that incredibly unbelievable new-agey ending where those friendly, good aliens who'd killed a truckload of people who were trying to get to them, decided to take one of the astronauts to their playground, as if that made up for everything. Gah.
10-29-2003, 02:53 AM
I found Santa Sangre to be sickening.
The Rapture also disgusted me. I found the moral point of view very troubling. The Mimi Rogers character was a much better person before she found religion - at least she didn't murder her children then.
In An Officer and a Gentleman, I did not understand how doing a bunch of push-ups and carrying off Debra Winger in the end was supposed to redeem the Richard Gere character. He still deserved to have his face punched in.
Terms of Endearment is one of the worst pieces of manipulative tripe I've ever seen.
10-29-2003, 05:16 AM
So many seemed to have forgotten that this wasn't about bad movies, but movies you actively hate -- for whatever reason. Bad movies happen, they are a fact of life, and can be fun in spite of everything. To that end, I offer movies I despise (and have paid good money to see) which have nothing to do with they're relative merit as a movie:
Saturday Night Fever (actually somebody else paid for me to see this and I still felt cheated)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ($1, I was still cheated, and fell asleep somewhere in the middle of it, woke up, tried to watch it on cable once -- same effect)
Blair Witch Project (Scary as dinner at Denny's, and almost as interesting)
Grease (which my sister-in-law and children love, but which I can't stand to sit through)
Not a movie, but a great indicator that I will hate a movie: Julia Roberts
10-29-2003, 04:08 PM
Titanic. I saw it in college, and wanted to puke all over the place. and funny thing is, my pals considered it the right thing to say that they cried in teh movie- Guys cried in the end!!
Lost in Space in another contender, though thankfully, I saw it on cable.
10-29-2003, 04:32 PM
Forrest Gump and Any Given Sunday are the two sets of two and a half hours I want back. At least Lost In Space was bad enough to be almost funny at times.
Gump was so dull I had to take regular breaks to avoid falling asleep (so maybe that should be 4 hours I want back). If it hadn't been a rental copy, it'd have gone straight in the garbage compacter after I finished watching it.
Sunday just had no redeeming features whatsoever. Ok, so it probably doesn't help that I don't like American football, but I don't like baseball either and even the Major League series were enjoyable enough. The characters were boring and one-dimensional, the acting was totally unmemorable, and the premise was hackneyed. After this and the disappointing Natural Born Killers, I've really been put off Oliver Stone as a director. I'm just glad I didn't pay to see this dreck.
10-29-2003, 04:49 PM
Jesus...this thread has brought up some many bad memories...I may need to go back to my shrink.
10-29-2003, 05:02 PM
My el stinko list:
Armageddon--This movie has more holes in it than Amadou Diallo
Battlefield Earth--See Armageddon
Meet Joe Black--Movie Director: "Brad, for this role, we would like you to play the wooden, can't really show emotion type character". Brad Pitt's Acting Coach: "you mean like every role he's ever played on film?"
Batman and Robin--I love it when studios spend $7 billion on the cast then use a script that wouldn't fetch you a buck fifty on the literary market.
Very Bad Things--2 hours of nails across a chalkboard...that's my best description of this disaster
Toys--Kidneystones? Toys? Hmmmmm....that's a tough one.
Mission Impossible--See Armageddon
The Legend of Bagger Vance--Did they film this whole movie in one take? It was like watching Funniest Home Videos do a golfing movie
the 2nd Austin Powers movie--I've banished the title from my pissant brain...but Cha-ching, cha-ching
Godfather III--I pissed off my Mother and left her house on Xmas Day to see this movie. She didn't talk to me for the rest of the Holiday...I didn't talk to myself for the rest of the year because I chose such a stupid movie.
10-30-2003, 02:17 PM
Originally posted by Superdude
Tank Girl. I went to see this coagulated bit of goat-cum at a dollar night at the local theater. And walked out, demanding my money back. In fact, it was so bad, I left during the gratuitous nude scene, which is 100% unlike me.
I could not agree more! My SO loves this movie and watches it anytime it's on TBS (I think) and I literally have to leave the room. It makes me want to hurl.
10-30-2003, 03:13 PM
Tim Robbin's death scene was the worst. The cross-cut back and forth--between her shrieking and Tim's dead, frozen noggin (in tight close-up) was laughable. I'm sure we're supposed to feel pathos, but all I could think of was how his dead head looked like a dog turd found while mowing the lawn.
The death scene was the best part of the movie! If I had been stuck in that movie, I would have spaced myself, too. I thought Tim had a satisfied smile on his frozen face, as if to say "I got paid--I'm outta here, suckers!"
I hate hate hate anything made by the Micheal Bay / Jerry Bruckheimer combo, but Armageddeon was the worst. I'm a pretty accepting guy, but if I meet someone and they like that movie, I instantly dislike them.
well he's back
10-30-2003, 03:30 PM
Previously posted (by Jeff LIchtman): "Terms of Endearment is one of the worst pieces of manipulative tripe I've ever seen."
Yes, yes. I Loathe that one too. And Kramer vs. Kramer - shamelessly manipulative.
10-30-2003, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Jeff Lichtman
I found Santa Sangre to be sickening. I can't remember if I mentioned it before, but I hate Santa Sangre (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?postid=3063585#post3063585)
well he's back
10-30-2003, 04:11 PM
aside/hijack - to Hamlet: your comments in that previous thread, about why you hated Sante Sangre, were the funniest things I had read thus far on the Internet!!! Wondered if you were still around, or if that movie had done its final damage to your brain.
10-30-2003, 07:12 PM
One more movie I detest is a Nicolas Cage - Meg Ryan film called something-i-cannot-remember. It was very similar to Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire but was a complete butchery and mockery of the idea. It was so unbelievably false and manipulative that I had to watch it fully to stabilize myself.
10-30-2003, 10:59 PM
I agree with Titanic... HORRIBLE ACTING by Leo... lame-ass should be kicked out of all movies altogether. He almost ruined Gangs of New York.
But Final Destination is the absolute worst movie I have ever seen. I think they actually made a sequal... please.
10-31-2003, 05:17 AM
It really is quite funny how some of my *favorite* movies are being named here, such as The Big Lebowski and American Beauty. The Big Lebowski was just absolutely hilarious and I found it to be very clever, but I guess humor is just extremely subjective. American Beauty I found to be just... beautiful. All of the characters were complex and interesting (though some were obviously unlikable), and though the directing may have been a tad overdramatic, I was completely and utterly enthralled. For the person (or persons) that names this the movie they loathe, would you mind explaining why?
As for movies that I loathe, I really can't say I would choose any of the bad to mediocre action movies that have been listed, such as Armageddon, Face/Off, etc. I actually kind of liked Face/Off, as it was generally fast and stylish, and was innovative in certain spots. But I digress. Bad action movies are usually tolerable to me because they generally don't take themselves too seriously, are full of visual effects that are either interesting (Star Wars I) or are easy to make fun of, and in general you can sit through them and kind of laugh at the whole thing.
So as for a movie I loathe, I guess I would choose "Signs". Now, it was not a completely bad movie, in that there were some moments of suspense and a couple moments of clever directing. But the whole pay-off (you know what I mean) and resolution was just so terrible that it left a bile vomit gurgle taste in my mouth. It was just so non-sensical (i.e. the strategy of the invasion, the antagonists' actions, etc) in constrast to the very serious tone that Shamalan was trying to set. What really ticked me off was that it got a 4-star (perfect) review from Roger Ebert, and that was one of the reasons I wanted to see it (I've liked or loved every one of his 4-star movies). So I blew a full $9.00 to watch this dreck that was just too serious to really laugh at but just set you up for massive disappointment by the end.
Perhaps if I had never heard of the movie and I saw it on TV, I would feel differently, but alas...
10-31-2003, 02:31 PM
Damn it MrPud, I'd read six pages of bad movies, ready to come out with the WORST movie ever made, but you beat me to it: DEEP. BLUE. SEA. HORRIBLE. Like you, my ex rented it and I laughed even before it was put into the VCR. Made her mad, so I had to sit through it all.
And whoever posted that The Big Lebowski was a pile of whatever has problems.
11-01-2003, 12:21 AM
Air Heads. They air it on Comedy Central all the time. I can put up with bad movies, and if it's a movie I'm not into, I just won't watch it. But as much as I can remember, no other movie made me so angry.
The plot is of course pretty standard fare. A struggling band wants to get famous (I really really hate the whole "struggling band" premise to begin with, even in real life) so it takes over a radio station and holds all the employees hostage. It takes the ridiculous plot cliches of "Rebel against The Man!!" and "I'm an unstable, raging idiot, but I love you!" and takes them to a whole new level of irritation. There are few movies where I actually want the "bad guys" to win. You can joke about it all you want in any bad movie, like "Haha, I hated this movie so much it would have been funny if the monster ate the main characters." But honestly, I really wanted the good guys to lose horribly. The "bad guys" were just normal guys trying to do their job, and the GOOD guys were the idiots holding them for random at gun point. And the employees weren't even over-the-top oppressive like most "The Man" villains are, they were afraid and trying to reason with these psychos. And at the end of the movie, the idiots win! The main guy gets the girl, and the band is made famous. WHY?! I mean, ARGH! Just...ARGH! NO! Idiots like them deserve to go to jail! They are a menace to society! We do not feel sorry for them! UGH, what an awful awful movie.
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