Posts Tagged ‘Rant’

Some of the, um, lesser pieces of my collection. And yes, I bought the 4th season of The OC

So I guess it’s just an amateur movie buff thing because apparently it’s  hard to see why I have a good time watching these bad movies.

It seems like no matter whom I tell about my little project – everyone from you classmates to my friends – people have questions.

“So you’re doing this for a class?”

Well, yes, but I’ve always watched bad movies.  There’s just a list now.

“So you… like it?  Watching bad movies on purpose?”

Hell yes.

I guess my personal obsession started by way of Roger Ebert, and his book “Your Movie Sucks.”  The Amazon synopsis states that the book reviews “not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.”  I got the book as a present a few Christmases back and have kind of been enthralled since then. (That being said, Ebert is the biggest movie critic in the world, and does not review the movies I do.  He does, however, keep the wonderful “Your Movie Sucks file” at the Sun-Times’ website which is worth checking out)

There’s something to watching a bad movie.  It’s not the enjoyment you get from watching the movie in the same way you would by watching something like Casablanca (my all-time favorite), but rather it’s in the experience of seeing the bad movie unfold; it’s like the old adage about not being able to look away from a trainwreck, you can’t look away.

So I made a venture to start seeing movies like ‘The Room’ and other cult favorites of the sort.  But then a great thing happened:  I realized I was far from the only one who does this.  Aside from Ebert, there are massive followings for these kinds of movies, and the people who seek them out love doing it.

Some of the fervor for this may have started around a show called  Mystery Science Theatre 3000, a TV show that ran for the better part of the 90s.  The show prominently features a man and his robot companions watching old B-movies and making fun of them, much the way you would if you were watching at home (Much of the show is also available at Netflix Instant if you’re into that kind of thing).

But it hardly stops there.  The rather famous Onion AV Club has a running series called ‘I Watched This On Purpose,’ which is basically a better-written version of my site, only they don’t stick to old movies. There is also the wonderful database over at Badmovies.org, which is well worth a browse or two.

As I frequently mention, FilmDrunk’s Vince Mancini loves talking about bad movies, and has prompted me to wonder when I’ll finally be able to see Birdemic, as well as be the basis for this site.

I guess the point of all this was to basically say that: it’s just fun.  There are a ton of bad movies out there to see, and there’s a bunch of people who see them too.  It’s fun to watch a super bad movie and make fun of it with people.  Whether those people are your friends in the same room, some internet message board, or a badly-written blog, it’s not just about watching – it’s about the experience.

BONUS: The amazing Patton Oswalt and his infamous rant about one of his favorite bad movies “Death Bed.” I guess it should be noted that it has very NSFW language.


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A Welcome Addition

So when I started doing this little experiment, I knew something would happen like this, but not quite in this way.

Honestly, I was pretty sure that by watching all these bad movies so quickly that I’d tire of them and not complete the challenge.  Now, whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but it hasn’t hit me like that quite yet.  No, instead what it’s doing is making me appreciate the goo movies I watch even more.  As getting some of these movies requires actually getting them shipped to my apartment, it’s really messing up my Netflix queue.  Like, badly.  But when I do finally get to a movie that I’m really excited for, it’s that much better now.

For instance, I have Never Let Me Go coming in today.  It was a small indie from last year that I missed in theaters, so I was pretty happy to see it finally get a release date a few weeks ago.  But, right when it was coming out, I had Space Mutiny to watch, and I can;t be letting the class down, now can I?

My point is this:  I wasn’t expecting these crappy movies to make me appreciate my other viewings more, but that’s what’s happening.  And it’s pretty cool.

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So here we are.  What is this place?  What am I doing and why am I doing it?  All great questions, give me time.

I love movies.  I love reviewing movies, talking about movies and going to movies.  But I also have a special place in my heart for bad movies.  I mean, really bad movies.

Seeing bad movies has become somewhat of a popular thing in film circles in the past few years (read: The Room, Troll 2, etc.) so actually, chalk me up for jumping on that bandwagon; I like watching these terrible films.

Right, right, what I’m actually doing.  IMDb.com has a list of their top movies, which is frequently cited as a good barometer of what the current generation really thinks of movies.  They also have a list of the worst movies, and this is where I come in.

Julia Powell became famous tackling Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French Cooking and Vince Mancini is at his best lambasting bad movies over at FilmDrunk so this is me bastardizing both of them and coming out with a sort of hybrid.

I will (attempt to) watch all 100 of IMDb’s “worst” movies.  Unlike Powell, there is no timeframe here.  There also will be no order.  I may start at number 48 (Uwe Boll’s House of the Dead) and maybe after that I hit number 73 (Uwe Boll’s Alone In the Dark).

And right now I’ll stop to look at that and laugh.  Both of those numbers I picked at random, and they happen to be the same director, so I need to point out how funny that is to me.  And that kind of sums up the site’s ambition better than my prepared statement can.

This is going to be laid-back – I am reviewing terrible movies after all – and it will be random at times.  I will not pretend that I am a professional, and you will rarely mistake me for one.

But, hey, we should have some fun with it, right?

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