Thursday, March 24, 2005


I have never seen Ishtar or Heaven's Gate, but I have seen my share of awful movies. I will list a few of them here.

Honorable mention: The Avengers, Toys, Plenty.

5. The League of Extroardinary Gentlemen - Okay, so I never read the graphic novel or comic or whatever... but this was almost as bad as Wild Wild West.

4. Random Hearts - While I am a Harrison Ford fan, I am awfully glad I rented this and didn't pay seven or eight bucks to see it in a movie theater. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever really did.

3. What Dreams May Come - Simply beautiful to look at, but the plot and dialogue were agonizing. Robin Williams has had some high and low points in film, but this may just about be his lowest.

2. Wild Wild West - This is a horrendous film. The giant spider contraption takes the cake.


1. Hook - Low points for Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman. Poor Gwyneth Paltrow, making her film debut here as Wendy... Smarmy and trite, this one tries to dig into the viewer's sense of personal nostalgia, childhood lost, etc. by establishing some sense of timeless fantasy, but ends up pouring on enough syrup to make just about any viewer instantly diabetic.

From Maximonline: “Look, honey—Peter Pan!” How many hapless parents accidentally subjected their impressionable children to the hideous spectacle of Robin Williams in tights? Oh, and the tykes won’t spend a few years in therapy sorting out Dustin Hoffman’s menacing drag queen Captain Hook? Just sit Junior in front of an autopsy video—it’ll be far less traumatic.

From Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide: "Turning Peter Pan into an exploration of yuppie angst and a metaphor for rediscovering one's "inner-child," Hook might very well be the worst film of Steven Spielberg's career. The first of many disappointing fantasy-themed family comedies featuring Robin Williams, Hook dispenses with the charm and terror of the original tale in order to revel in some busy art direction and make parents realize they need to spend more time with their kids. Such moralizing would be fine if the film were at all entertaining, but none of the characters make any sense in their modern incarnations. The only character who works in a new way is Captain Hook, who misses battling with Peter, but Dustin Hoffman spends time chewing the scenery instead of acting. This is an artistic dead-end for everyone involved."

From Rob at : "Spielberg at his aggressively saccharine worst, and yet another one of 1991's rash of Busy Dad Sees the Error of His Ways fables."

COMING SOON: Bad Movies That I Love!


Blogger J. Marquis said...

You know I really like and admire Robin Williams but he has made some Godawful movies. "Hook" is horrible, "Jack" is insufferable, "Popeye" is interminable and "What Dreams May Come" is the probably the biggest load of psychobabble ever put on film.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Spicy Cauldron said...

Two films I particularly dislike are Nurse Betty and The Passion of Christ.

Actually, these days I find it hard to stomach any film with Mel Gibson's involvement owing to his being a complete prat, evangelising Catholicism, attacking women and homosexuals and bragging about the size of his family - how many kids now? 12? 13? The man is so retrograde, and The Passion seeks to horrify audiences into belief, which to me gets to the core of the strangest aspects of Christianity but when exposed like that, it comes across as really desperate and uncomfortable. x

11:25 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Mel's films have been somewhat tainted for me also, as have Arnold's. Retrograde is a good word for it... !

3:09 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

As long as you don't bash Dead Poet's Society. I really liked that particular movie. Dead Poet's is William's favorite of his films as well, which seems ironic because he has gained his fame from overacting, which he didn't do in that particular film.

Kind of like Jim Carey. The only Jim Carey film I have enjoyed was The Truman Show, but I figured that was because of Peter Weir. Come to think of it, I think Peter Weir may have directed Dead Poets Society as well, didn't he?

2:22 PM  
Blogger The Bird Poop said...

Christ in the Passion of the Christ seemed to look more like Jesus Balboa. I refused to pay money to a man who wished to re-write the scriptures for the umteenth time.

Worst movies in my opinion that I have watched:

Iron Eagle, Time Bandits, and Sex, Lies, and Videotapes.

Best Movies, a few that come to mind:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Godfather, and Animal House.

5:46 PM  

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