BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
Actually, Warren Beatty has been involved with two of this particular kind of Blockbuster, in the sense of destructive bomb...ISHTAR, however slightly entertaining it might be, was poorly reviewed, poorly grossing, and grossly overpriced, and also TOWN AND COUNTRY, all likewise only apparently missing any sort of entertainment value.Meanwhile, Bill, NERVE of all magazines has a relatively innocuous example of the kind of list that you like:http://nerve.com/CS/blogs/screengrab/archive/2008/03/06/the-twelve-greatest-opening-credits-in-movie-history-part-1.aspx"I read NERVE for the film-geek column."
But, it's true, even ISHTAR didn't sink its studio, nor did STAR!, quite as thoroughly as HEAVEN'S GATE did Columbia. But ONE FROM THE HEART did, though I understand that it's not really all that bad.
Worst largely amateur film I've seen: MONSTER-A-GO-GO. Worst fully professional: Well, CRASH (Paul Haggis) is Right Up There. THE LAST EMPEROR bows in respect, as does INDEPENDENCE DAY (the explosion movie).Wost slumming professionals: Probably the David Birney version of NIGHTFALL (from the Asimov story)...I understand that the remake from five-six years later is about as bad.
I've seen One from the Heart. I don't remember much about it except that I kind of liked it. I've never seen either version of Nightfall.
I'm not saying it's a good movie, but I didn't find HEAVEN'S GATE that odious. It's main fault was bulk; every scene ran too long and some of them could have been cut entirely.
this joe queenan guy is very good at assembling sentences and communicating thoughts. i guess that means he's a good writer. wow. a good writer who found work. fantastic.
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