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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

And the worst movie I ever saw? Even though it was 30 years ago, I still have to vote for Sorcerer,a Billy Friedkin job from 1977 with Roy Scheider. I never saw the original on which this piece of crap was based [The Wages of Fear],but this movie was awful from the first. Ironically, I actually had to sit through this 121 minutes of hell on earth twice!

The Good: Uh, Uh.... Well, Amazon gave it 4.5 stars. Somehow.

The Bad: As I rcall, the first 30 minutes were in French, without subtitles! Believe me, the visual narrative flow was nonexistent and incoherent. Once it started maing some sense, the story was excruciating, involving prisoners in the jungle transporting high explosives somewhere in rickety trucks. Roy Scheider is in the lead, and I hope he got paid well, because that would have been the only good thing to come out of this turgid excuse for entertainment.

The Bottom Line: No Flicks. It really is the worst movie I can remember ever seeing. And I saw Ishtar!


Blogger Icepac said...

Ishtar is an unfairly maligned movie. It's actually quite good, and more and more people are coming to realize that.

I think this is going to be a great year for Ishtar... the 20th anniversary will mark a big resurgence. There is a documentary film about Ishtar fandom in the works, The guy that runs the Ishtar fan website (http://www.ishtarthemovie.com/) is putting together a tribute CD
featuring cover versions of songs from the movie, there's an Ishtar fan group, and possibly a US release on DVD (something the heathen in Europe have been enjoying for years). So shake off that square world, get with the countdown, and blast off to Ishtar!


9:54 AM  
Anonymous Alex Bensky said...

Leaving aside the "Plan Nine From Outer Space" movies, I'd have to go with "Battlefield Earth."

In almost any movie you can find something worth watching--a good-looking girl, scenery, a neat explosion, something. "Battlefield Earth" had nothing at all, not one redeeming feature in the entire flick.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, you've never suffered through 'Gymkata'!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Sorcerer is the worst movie you've ever seen, either you haven't seen many movies, you've limited yourself to watching only the best and better films ever made, or you have really questionable taste.

1:17 PM  

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