The Worst Movies of All Time: Or: What Were They Thinking?

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In addition to rounding up the 50 worst movies of all time with an insightful and skewering wit, the author turns his attention to the tacky trends and beaten-to-death genres that have filled double bills for decades. What was the worst Elvis movie? The lamest Madonna movie? They're all here, along with an affectionate round-up of the "Baddest of the Bs", those ultra-tacky, low-budget movies that have earned them everlasting distinction in the pantheon of schlock.
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In addition to rounding up the 50 worst movies of all time with an insightful and skewering wit, the author turns his attention to the tacky trends and beaten-to-death genres that have filled double bills for decades. What was the worst Elvis movie? The lamest Madonna movie? They're all here, along with an affectionate round-up of the "Baddest of the Bs", those ultra-tacky, low-budget movies that have earned them everlasting distinction in the pantheon of schlock.
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Sauter's book is the latest addition to the canon of bad movie appreciation, and its organization is as kitschy as the movies themselves. Refreshingly opinionated, Sauter refuses to straddle fences, but there's no real rhyme or reason behind his selections. They run the gamut, from insipid genres (rock musicals and biker films) to schlock horror (Ed Wood's notorious output) to ill-conceived literary adaptations (The Fountainhead) and films hopelessly out of time and place (Paint Your Wagon). Sauter gloats most at blockbuster bombs, such as Cleopatra-there is a noticeable glint in this film critic's eye when, despite big budgets, technological wizardry and tried-and-true formulas, Hollywood still manages to fall flat on its face. Moments of wry tenderness for real duds are tinctured with caustic criticism. "Sign of the Times" sections approach genre analysis in terms of insight, and some historical overview is provided. Bad movies are an easy target, perhaps, but an amusing one. Recommended.-Jayne Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806520780
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I The Megaton Bombs 3
1 The Sign of the Cross 3
2 Rasputin and the Empress 7
3 She 11
4 The Adventures of Marco Polo 15
Signs of the Times: Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
5 One Million B.C. 25
6 The Outlaw 29
7 Duel in the Sun 33
8 The Babe Ruth Story 37
9 The Fountainhead 41
10 Beyond the Forest 44
11 The Greatest Show on Earth 48
Signs of the Times: Esther Williams
12 The Silver Chalice 54
13 Land of the Pharaohs 58
14 Sincerely Yours 62
Signs of the Times: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
15 The Conqueror 68
16 The Ten Commandments 72
17 A Summer Place 77
Signs of the Times: Beach-Blanket Bimbos
18 Cleopatra 84
19 The Oscar 89
20 Casino Royale 93
Signs of the Times: Superspies of the Sixties
21 Reflections in a Golden Eye 99
22 Valley of the Dolls 103
23 The Green Berets 108
24 Boom! 111
25 Candy 116
26 Skidoo 120
Signs of The Times: Hell on Wheels
27 Paint Your Wagon 126
28 Myra Breckinridge 130
29 Lost Horizon 134
Signs of the Times: Disaster Movies
30 Mame 139
31 At Long Last Love 143
32 The Blue Bird 147
33 A Star Is Born 151
34 Orca 155
35 Sextette 159
36 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 164
Signs of the Times: Rock Operatics
37 1941 169
38 Can't Stop the Music 173
39 Xanadu 177
40 Heaven's Gate 181
41 Mommie Dearest 186
Signs of the Times: Slasher Movies
42 One From the Heart 192
43 Inchon 196
44 Dune 200
45 Santa Claus - The Movie 205
46 Howard the Duck 209
47 Ishtar 213
48 The Bonfire of the Vanities 217
49 Hudson Hawk 222
50 Christopher Columbus: The Discovery 227
Pt. II So Many Bad Movies, So Little Space 231
Pt. III The Baddest of the B's 251
Index 333
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