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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

‘The worst movie I’ve ever seen,’ Part II

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? As of this morning, 221 commenters (and a couple dozen people who emailed me directly) have sent in nominations for The Worst Movie I’ve Ever Seen. I have, in my thoroughly scientific way, tabulated the votes (currently 263 different movies nominated). . . and here are the, ahem, winners:
Most votes (drum roll . . . .): “Ishtar”
First runners-up (tie): “Battlefield Earth,” “Howard the Duck,” “Magnolia”
Second runners-up (tie): “The English Patient,” “The Grey,” “The Room,” “Starship Troopers”
Honorable mention (all receiving multiple votes): “2012,” “The Thirteenth Warrior,” “Black Swan,” “Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Broken Arrow,” “Caddyshack 2,” “Caligula,” “The Conquerer,” “Cyborg,” “Freddy Got Fingered,” “Gigli,” “The Happening,” “Highlander 2,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Lost in Translation,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Naked Lunch,” “Nightfall,” “Nothing But Trouble,” “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” “The Postman,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Showgirls,” “Shutter Island,” “Star Wars Episode 1,” “Star Wars Episode 3,” “Transformers 2,” “The Tree of Life,” “Twilight,” “What Dreams May Come”
Bonus categories:
Worst directors (i.e. a vote that reads “Anything by XX”): Woody Allen, Kevin Costner, Peter Greenaway, George Lucas, Terrence Malick
Worst actors (i.e. “Anything with XX in it”): Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Will Ferrell (special bonus for Ferrell, with multiple mentions), Chuck Norris, Adam Sandler (runner-up to Ferrell), Rob Schneider, Paulie Shore, and John Wayne.
Movies I haven’t thought of in years, and giggled to remember: “Barney’s Great Adventure,” “Charlie’s Angels 2,” “Crossroads,” “Face Off,” “Moment by Moment,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “Roller Boogie,” “Ssssssss,” “Spice World,” “Waterworld,” “Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?”
Movies I can’t believe somebody nominated: “The Princess Bride,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Devil Wears Prada” (Streep alone should keep this movie out of the category, shouldn’t it?), “Junebug”
Movies I had never heard of, and will now have to restrain myself from finding: “The Dog Lover’s Symphony,” “Bleeders,” “The Ice Pirates” (how did I miss this?), “Robot Jox,” “Sharktopus.”
So, there it is. Personally I’d stick Ishtar in the “so bad it’s good” category (there’s something weirdly lovable about that movie, I think), but if the past three days have taught me anything, it’s that one person’s cinematic treasure is another person’s cinematic trash. Many thanks to all who chimed in, and my apologies for those who found it painful to dredge up memories of time spent in the company of horrific movies.
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Sorry, didn’t have a photo of “Ishtar,” but does Travolta in “Battlefield Earth” bring back a few memories? (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.)
(btw, I’m taking a week off; not necessarily because I need to recover from all these bad movies. Back on Monday the 9th. Talk amongst yourselves, and have a lovely week.)

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