Films that are so awful, they're actually quite good?
Just watching the Perfect Storm on ITV2. It’s utterly preposterous! It lost credibility on the idea that they could fly a Black Hawk helicopter through a tornado. But then when the C130 turned up to refuel it mid-air – in a hurricane – we became strangely enthralled as to how ridiculous it could get. Every single word of ludicrously clichéd (even for Americans) dialogue is comically over-acted. As mrs Binners observed, all it’s missing is for Nicholas Cage to pop up saying ‘I just want to get home to my wife and kids!’
Your nominations for films that are so monumentally awful, they become strangely compelling?Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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Love, Actually. I watched it for the first time on Friday. It should have been terrible, but was somehow endearing and enjoyable.
I was forced to go and see Love, Actually by an ex (I wanted to see Master And Commander: Far Side Of The World but was vetoed). Loved it. Never admitted it 😆Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
Behind Enemy Lines (it was on TCM last night)Posted 4 years ago
its badness is largely down to Owen Wilson’s performance (exacerbated by his more recent character stereotyping) but the plot, the Team America gung-honess and the political ignorance don’t help, but I do find it a captivating filmmolgripsSubscriber
I suspect it was done in a very knowing way, but The Fifth Element is gloriously bonkers.
Just put this on, actually. I was discussing with the wife how it’s the only film I can think of that aims to be simultaneously a spoof and a serious action movie and achieves both brilliantly. It’s a perfect film.
I once watched Plan 9 from Outer Space, supposedly the worst film ever made, thinking it’d be so bad it’d be a laugh. It went beyond that and it really was just shit.
I’m not sure if stuff like XXX or Jason Statham films count as ‘so bad they’re good’, because they’re supposed to be stupid and some of them do it quite well.
Who am I? with Jackie Chan is a bit of a weird mix. Some of it is really crappy but some of it is just genius.
Starship Troopers is a clever film. The main message is really obvious when it’s pointed out, but it’s so unusual that you just don’t notice it at first. The first time you watch it after you’ve twigged it’s like watching a different film.
However none of these come under the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. They are all high quality films.
I might nominate.. Independence Day. Bad, but I really enjoyed it in the cinema.Posted 4 years agoMarkSubscriber
Binners, TPS is biographical btw. The helicopter stuff happened by all accounts including the ditching and the loss of a crew member. The bits after the radio mast blew off the Andrea Gail are made up of course as the boat and crew were never found and the captain of the yacht that was rescued doesn’t agree with the account given by his two female crew mates. His account is backed up by the fact his yacht was washed up on a beach three days later perfectly intact.Posted 4 years ago
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