I’ve never seen Ishtar or Showgirls, though they’re both on my “I’d like to check them out sometime” list. I’ve also never seen Leonard Part 6, though I’m planning to keep it that way.
What infamous bombs have you actually seen? Did you see them before or after they gained their reputations? What did you think?
Note: I am not trying to pick a Verhoeven fight by mentioning Showgirls. My point is that there are certain films for which the consensus is almost universally negative, and that is among their number.
The Postman - I saw that in the theatre and I actually liked it. However, my requirements for a movie are pretty low. Am I entertained, and does the air conditioning in the theatre work? If it’s any consolation, I think I saw it on a student ID, at a matinee.
I’ve managed to miss most of the biggies, simply because we don’t try to see things Opening Day, or even Opening Week. That gives us a chance to catch the buzz and avoid the mega-clunkers. But we still managed to see Showgirls. All the rest I’ve caught on cable, because I was bored.
I’ve not only seen Heaven’s Gate (‘The Film That Killed United Artists’), I enjoyed it and have it on DVD. The only thing I didn’t like was the Harvard Dance scene and the Roller Skate Dance scene. I know what the director was going for, but they were way too long. It’s a beautiful film.
I’ve also seen Howard The Duck. I don’t remember if I liked it. I have a photo of the marquee where some wag changed latters to make it ‘Howard The Fuck’.
I saw **Ishtar ** when it first came out. It was (and still is) a pretty good film. A bomb, because it lost a lot of money, but not due to its quality, some of which is first-class comedy. It’s definitely the most unfairly maligned movied of all time. Worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
I’ve also seen:
Battlefield Earth – so bad it’s funny – it also turned me off Director’s commentaries as I listened to Roger Christian raving about how wonderful it all was Waterworld – not all that good, but not terrible, either. Howard the Duck – bad, but not horrible – critics couldn’t get over the silliness of the concept, but Howard was a great comic book Cutthroat Island – the biggest money loser of all time, and just plain terrible (and sloppy – a while shipload of pirates just vanished, forgotten by the plot).
I paid to see Highlander II in the theater the opening weekend and I didn’t walk out because I wasn’t driving. In retrospect, we had a great time harshing on the movie on the ride home, so I guess I’m glad I didn’t walk out.
I have seen many of the movies mentioned:
**Ishtar ** was very boring and no camp value.
**Battlefield Earth ** was awful
**Hudson Hawk ** I enjoyed, not a great movie but I liked the characters and the singing. Showgirls: High Camp, funny and reasonable amount of titillation. Bonfire: I hated this and it is probably the only time I did like Toms Hanks Acting. I have mostly forgotten this piece crap. Waterworld: Hate this overblown piece of garbage. Howard the Duck: Disliked Highlander II: Argh!!!