Friday, November 16, 2007

Biggest movie duds of all time

AOL has posted the 25 biggest movie bombs of all time. Nothing too surprising. Of course, there are the bombs we’ve long heard were bombs, like Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra (#5), Heaven’s Gate (#4), Madonna’s Shanghai Surprise (#17), and Ishtar (#3). I’m surprised by how few of these big-budget disasters are science fiction movies. Just five, two of them Kevin Costner films: A Sound of Thunder (#15), Battlefield Earth (#10), Waterworld (#8), The Postman (#7), and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (#2). Is Pluto Nash sci-fi? Maybe not.

The #1 biggest movie dud of all time? I’ve never heard of it before, but it’s a 2001 thing called Town & Country, starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton. It must have been a real loser. Few things with Ms. Keaton, whom I’ve adored for 36 years, fly beneath my radar.

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At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Tom Ender said...

I think Pluto Nash qualifies as SciFi. I can understand why it wasn't a big hit, but it ranks as better than Battlefield Earth, at least with me. Unless one wants inadvertent comedy, for that category Battlefield Earth scores high.

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger The King Of Music said...

I think it's important to strike out against herd mentality. These lists are always the same, and the inclusion of Ishtar on them is always wrong. Most people who have actually seen it like it.

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 manager of the Ishtar fan website (http://www.ishtarthemovie.com/) is putting together a tribute CD featuring cover versions of songs from the movie, 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!

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ILoveIshtar/
http://www.waitingforishtar.com/
http://www.ishtarthemovie.com/

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Wally Conger said...

King, I remember liking Ishtar, but that's not the point. This isn't herd mentality. It's numbers. This is a list of movie box office (i.e., financial) disasters.

 
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