August 30th, 2005


Ebert's Ass-picks

Ebert offers up his Most Hated Films.

I'm proud to say that I've seen none of the 'alleged comedies' in his list. My luck certainly doesn't hold out in the 'science affliction' section, though.

Mostly I'm inclined to agree with his choices, but I'll go out on a limb and defend a few:

Stargate, I think, could have been a great film. Like Hellboy, it has a fascinating prologue, but the film itself is weak. I can't find it in me to hate it, though. It's like a diseased and maimed puppy at the shelter with cute eyes. You feel sorry for it and you want to want to take it home, but you know in your heart that it should be put down. But you don't hate it.
The Usual Suspects may be a bit of a cheat, but it's a skillfully executed conceit. You might think it has no replay value, but I would disagree; however, in the interests of honesty, I confess that I haven't actually seen it again.
Caligula has a car-wreck fascination. Peter O'Toole & midget fellatio. John Gielgud & anal fisting. I believe this film transcends mortal distinctions of good and bad.