Thursday, October 18, 2007

The 10 Worst Movies Directed by Actors

Click the Vulture link for the list.

Vulture: Actors: Most of them are lucky if they can even act. So it's always hilarious when they try other stuff, like
singing, running for president, or playing bass. Still, there's nothing that torpedoes a career quite like a self-directed vanity project. The Ben Affleck–helmed Gone Daddy Gone hits theaters this weekend, and you can only imagine our abject disappointment, as bloggers, when we found out that it's actually supposed to be very good. But not every movie star can be competent at two things.


11 comments:

Cate said...

Thanks for stopping by, Bill. Hope you're well, and hope your wife's doing better. Maybe I'll see you when we're there for Thanksgiving!!!

Randy Johnson said...

Most of the ten I haven't seen(Harlem Nights, the Star Trek, and Braveheart being the only ones). The two former I agree, but I rather Liked Braveheart. Sorry.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I liked Braveheart, too, Randy. Also Beyond the Sea despite some creaky parts. I haven't seen the others.

Peter said...

I didn't think Reds was anything more than Warren Beatty's vanity project, a thin, tired romance, and a desperate effort to signal its own seriousness by (a) being four hours long and (b) having celebrity intellectuals as between-scenes "witnesses," itself a wearying piece of pretentiousness. Henry Miller had one funny line, though.
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Todd Mason said...

I've had the misfortune of seeing at least pieces of most of them, but the Turturro musical had previously completely escaped me...is it possible to embarrass Christopher Walken? In the YouTube clip, he seems to be having as much fun as he seems to be in every film, good and bad, he makes. Meanwhile, not having seen all of any of the works of Gibson the director, might his several other productions easily substitute for BRAVEHEART? My brother dubbed the Murphy HARLEM FIGHTS, which might just be the worst film that my ex and I actually sat all the way through in a theater on one ill-fated night.

Bill Crider said...

I haven't seen most of these. Saw parts of Braveheart on commercial TV one long night in the hospital while sitting up with my mother years ago. Like the Cap'n, I sort of liked Beyond the Sea.

Rick Klaw said...

I liked Braveheart and The Cable Guy, but I'll agree with the rest of the list. And where were Bruce Campbell's The Man With the Screaming Brain and Clint Eastwood's Bronco Billy (yes, he has directed some fine films. This just isn't one of them.)?

Juri said...

Hey, what about John Agar? Didn't he direct some of his films himself?

I've seen some of the list and certainly don't remember Braveheart being a box-off failure, but maybe it was in the US. I didn't like it, though. I liked Rob Roy more, which isn't much.

Word up: watching Harlem Nights I felt myself boiexd.

gomer said...

you oughta host a submissions event for the ANY GOOD movies directed by an actor.

Anonymous said...

BRAVEHEAT was a good film, and even the one about Jesus getting his ass whupped was well directed, even if I'm not a big supporter of how it was marketed, and I'd already read the book and didn't like it much, but the books they took out really give the story some kick. But, just about everyone thought BRAVEHEART was good. it has to be universally hated to really make a list like this. And there are much worse than BEYOND THE SEA. One of the greatest films directed by an actor was Charles Laughton's NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. J.R.

Bill Crider said...

Agree on NIGHT. Also on BEYOND THE SEA.