What’s the Worst Big Budget Film?

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by ScaryMonster, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member


    Ishtar is a 1987 American comedy film directed by Elaine May and starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman as "Rogers and Clarke" – a duo of incredibly untalented lounge singers who travel to Morocco looking for work, and stumble into a four-party Cold War standoff.

    It also starred Isabelle Adjani and Charles Grodin and was shot by Vittorio Storaro. The songs in the film were written by Paul Williams, with additional input from Hoffman and May.

    The motion picture's production, carried out on location in Morocco and in New York City, drew media attention before its release due to its lavish budget and cost overruns, even given its well-paid stars. May and many of the others involved with the project, particularly Beatty, clashed regularly to the point that longstanding friendships suffered. A change in studio management during the post-production phase also led to interpersonal difficulties that affected the film.

    The film was a notorious failure at the box office and received horrible reviews, with more expected of the big-name stars involved in it than they managed to deliver on screen.

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  3. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

    I'm going to attempt something I've never done since joining Sciforums. Why not? I have no idea. What am I going to do? Well, I'm going to thumbs up this post as it just made my Saturday morning wonderful

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  5. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    Speaking of Will Smith

    Men in Black III (about the middle of 2012)

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
    Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin (Full Cast)
    Studio: Columbia Pictures

    The Plot: Plot unknown.

    THE BUZZ: What we do know: Tommy Lee Jones finally agreed to reprise his Agent K after a protracted period of negotiations; the story will involve Will Smith's Agent J traveling back to 1969, where he encounters a younger version of his alien-fighting companion, played by Josh Brolin; the story was still being written as filming commenced.
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  7. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

    ghoasts of mars, that film was just wierd
  8. superstring01 Moderator

    A fairly exhaustive list of my favorite movies (in no particular order):
    • Alien
    • Aliens
    • Matrix
    • Matrix Revolutions
    • Matrix Reloaded
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    • Star Trek: First Contact
    • Star Trek (Abrams)
    • Avatar
    • State of Play
    • Siriana
    • The Boondock Saints
    • Michael Clayton
    • Ocean's 11
    • Ocean's 12
    • Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
    • The Italian Job
    • Gangs of New York
    • The Bourne Identity
    • The Bourne Supremacy
    • The Bourne Ultimatum
    • The Departed
    • Kill Bill I
    • Kill Bill II
    • The Professional
    • The Mechanic
    • The Crow
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    • A Few Good Men
    • Letters from Iwo Jima
    • Unleashed
    • A River Runs Through It
    • Boogie Nights
    • Almost Famous
    • Bram Stoker's Dracula
    • The Kingdom
    • Apollo 13
    • Taken
    • Doubt
    • The A-Team
    • Batman
    • Batman Begins
    • Batman The Dark Knight
    • Inception
    • Snatch
    • Truman
    • Sin City
    • The Watchmen
    • V for Vendetta
    • District 9
    • Dances With Wolves
    • Good Will Hunting
    • Blade I
    • Blade II
    • Pandorum
    • Supernova
    • American Beauty
    • Tron Legacy
    • Gattaca
    • Pitch Black
    • The Chronicles of Riddick
    • Serenety
    • The Lion King
    • Titan AE
    • Die Hard
    • Live Free or Die Hard
    • Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    • The Quantum of Solace
    • Casino Royale
    • Donny Darko
    • Twelve Monkeys
    • Independence Day
    • The Return of the King
    • Spiderman II
    • Xmen I
    • Xmen II
    • Gladiator
    • Starship Troopers (yeah, horrible. . . but really fun)
    • Minority Report
    • The Fifth Element
    • The Fountain
    • Superman
    • MST3K: The Movie (This Island Earth)
    • Kingdom of Heaven
    • The Andromeda Strain (original, though the remake was pretty good)
    • 28 Days Later
    • 28 Weeks Later
    • Star Wars III, The Revenge of the Sith (yeah, I liked one of the prequels)
    • Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
    • Elizabeth
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • 2010: The Year We Make Contact
    • Shooter
    • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Belle Époque
    • Pan's Labyrinth
    • Shrek I
    • Airplane
    • Airplane II
    • Aladdin
    • Unbreakable
    • The Sixth Sense
    • Shrek II
    • Top Gun
    • The Last of the Mohicans
    • Glory
    • True Grit (2010)
    • The Karate Kid
    • The Silence of the Lambs
    • Terminator II
    • Stargate
    • The Usual Suspects
    • Fight Club
    • Pulp Fiction
    • Legend
    • Dune (SciFi Channel's)
    • Dune (1984)
    • The Planet of the Apes
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    • Dark City
    • Predators (yeah, the new one)
    • Spaceballs
    • The Abyss
    • Team America, World Police
    • Tombstone
    • The Pacific
    • Band of Brothers
    • Mission Impossible III

  9. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member


    Nice list, I only counted about 5 that I haven't seen on it. But I'm somewhat confused as to why with that list of likes you could have disliked the movies in your dislike list. I find that really strange. But like you said it's probably mostly a super hero thing, but I did notice some on your like list, so still confused.

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  10. Me-Ki-Gal Banned Banned

    I didn't see " The Post Man on that list . You better go watch that one again with an open mind . This time think about the power of 8 when you do .
    Your O.K. thou cause you got " A river runs though it on your list and that baby makes you the Greatest . This will get you good . The guy that wrote that book . I got his best friend Klu Klux Klan card in me desk . Yeah is funny . Arnold Holt is his name and yeah he was a Clans Man . Can you believe that I would have that evidence like that in my possession . I kept it cause I thought it historical and I had never seen a clans man card . Yeah he had a signed copy of the book that said " To my best friend Arnold . I bet the author of a River runs through us was a clans man too if they was best buds . Oh shit oh dear . The things you can learn when people die . I cleaned out his trailer . Arnold"s silly not the the other guy . Actually it was Stella's Trailer . She be Me step Daughters Aunt that Died a few years back . Arnold was her Husband who had died several years before that . Stella got a bad case of Alzheimer and ended up in the rest Home and I got the dirty job of cleaning up the trailer so it was some what fit to be sold . So Nasty little Me kept the Clan Card just for the hell of it cause I already knew he was best buds wid the author of that book . Was that bad ? I didn't think so cause I got evidence to back up Me claim . THE Card
  11. superstring01 Moderator

    I don't have an issue with superhero stories, per se. I just like some and dislike others. I pretty much have hated every single Marvel movie with a few notable exceptions.


  12. superstring01 Moderator

    I believe you.

    And, hey, "A River Runs Through It" could have been written by Rudolph Hess and I'd still love it. It was a great movie.
  13. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    I went through my Netflix list of saved DVD's, most are unrelesed movies with a rating of 4 or 5 stars. If you see anyting that looks old, it's a new release of an old movie. Also included 3 TV series I like a lot. For all in the below list Netflix availability is still unknown. If any of you would like to see the Netflix write up of any movie let me know and I'll post it.

    Dexter: Season 6
    Lie to Me: Season 3
    Hawaii Five-O: Season 1
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    Bad Teacher
    X-Men: First Class
    Green Lantern
    A Borrowed Life
    Almighty Thor
    Apollo 18
    Conan the Barbarian
    Cowboys & Aliens
    Cyborg 3
    Final Destination 5
    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows: Part II
    In Time
    John Carter of Mars
    Killer Elite
    Machine Gun Preacher
    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
    Paranormal Activity 3
    Piranha 3DD
    Premium Rush
    Real Steel
    Shark Night 3D
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    Super 8
    The Cabin in the Woods
    The Darkest Hour
    The Thing
    Underworld: Awakening
  14. CptBork Valued Senior Member

    Whoops, I missed that one. I know your pain, you have my deepest sympathies.

    Actually, the plot is more like: "Aliens wipe out all of Earth's defenses in 8 minutes, then take 1000 years to erect a giant dome over Denver, then a caveman gets put inside an education machine, then derp derp derpity derpadoo... ancient hidden Harrier jets drive the aliens out, caveman H-bomb blows up entire alien homeworld, derp derp... all humanity converts to Scientology, derp... happily ever after."

    Overall an excellent and entertaining film if you're already in a UFO cult and jacked up on so much coke that you can't feel your own face.
  15. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    I especially liked the caveman gold mining skills

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  17. ScaryMonster I’m the whispered word. Valued Senior Member

    Insipid endings seem to be a disappointing factor of some movies, I'd be interested to know who liked the original release version of Bladerunner better then the Directors Cut and why.
    To be honest I first off didn't mind the Chandler style narration of the first release but the ending was out of context to the rest of the film. The directors cut was much better.

    As for the Matrix's 2 and 3, problem is that they joined with the machines in the end. It felt like they were fighting a temporary evil (Agent Smith) and ignoring their bigger problem (the machines). As a result, the ending was unsatisfying. you've built up the machines as the bad guy the whole time and then you just ignore them.

    I think I'm going to re-watch these films to see if I still feel the same way.

    I liked your film favorites list.

    What's your opinion of "Howls Moving Castle"?
  18. phlogistician Banned Banned

    Just take 'Nikita'/'The Assassin'. The scene where Nikita is is the bathroom with the rifle was poignant and moving in the original. Not so in the remake, it seemed hollow.
  19. phlogistician Banned Banned

    Onto the list.

    The 'Star Wars' prequels,... FFS, awful child fodder. And contradicting the originals. Total arse.

    Spider~Man. Spoiled by bad CGI. He moved like a bendy toy.

    Hulk, one Eric Bana is boring, and two, it was ruined by CGI.

    Highlander 2 has been mentioned. I remember walking out of the cinema and thinking 'But, but, but', so many contradictions to the canon set down in the first, it was just plain wrong.

    The Matrix sequels. WTF? I enjoyed the first one, then they crawled up their own behind, died, and went stinky.

    Avatar. Totally stupid plot. I like Sci in my Sci Fi, this was Bull Fi.

    The Costner Robin Hood movie. That stank for many reasons. Not least that Costner was in it.
  20. Rhaedas Valued Senior Member

    I liked Titanic just like I liked Pearl Harbor, solely for the graphics. Unfortunately, new research of the wreckage suggests that the way it is depicted to break up in the movie, assumed correct at that time, is now not accurate.
  21. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

    Agree about remakes, it's starting to make me violent. They need to stop it with the remake shit.
  22. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

    Or do a better job.
  23. nietzschefan Thread Killer Valued Senior Member

    no. Stop it. Come up with new ideas....many writers, talented ones are not getting jobs.

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