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Thanks for your bad movie recommendations

Thanks to the many people who offered suggestions for “Eric’s Bad Movies” when I put out the call last week! There were some excellent recommendations that I have added to my Netflix queue. The people at Netflix, meanwhile, must think I’ve recently suffered brain damage, or married someone stupid.

By my count, you suggested a total of 177 different films. Many of those had to be eliminated because I’d already reviewed them (including three that were the subjects of “Eric’s Bad Movies,” AHEM), or because they are unavailable on DVD (including “North” and Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker”), or because I consider them too obscure. I might get to the obscure titles eventually, but for now I think there are enough suitable candidates that are well-known.

I also had to eliminate some for not being bad enough, or, in some cases, for not being bad at all. A few more, like “American Psycho 2,” were disqualified for being direct-to-video films. At least one film had to be disqualified for not existing — unless the person who suggested “Daisies” meant the 1966 Czech film by that name, in which case it’s disqualified for being obscure, as well as for being actually rather well-regarded by those who are familiar with.

Some people freely admitted that the films they were suggesting were ineligible, yet suggested them anyway, presumably because they like to hear the sound of their own voices. You see that a lot on the Internet: “I have nothing useful to add to this discussion, but I must speak anyway, lest others be deprived of my words!” So if someone really, really wanted a forum to post their list of least favorite movies, most of which aren’t eligible for this feature, then I guess I’m glad I could provide an opportunity.

But I wound up with about 30 titles that I’ve added to my list, including several that made me say, “Oh! Yes! Of course! How could I have forgotten ‘Inspector Gadget’?!” (for example). Between those and the ones I’d already come up with, we should be set for a year of “Eric’s Bad Movies.” And that’s if I hold myself to only one Stallone movie! If I cover each of his cinematic offenses, we’re set until the year 2014.

16 Responses to “Thanks for your bad movie recommendations”

  1. Cameron Says:

    I beg to differ about American Psycho 2, look at this IMDB page:

    See! A theatrical run in the Netherlands…

    :) Sorry for the dud suggestion; I could have sworn it played at the crummy movie theater in my home town for a week or two, but I guess I am mistaken.

  2. Jason L. Wright Says:

    Moonwalker is available on Region Free DVD if you look on eBay or Amazon. Just because Netflix doesn’t have it doesn’t mean that you can’t get it. You could always do “The Wiz” if you want to do a movie with Michael Jackson though.

  3. B Says:

    In 3rd grade, as a “treat” on the last day of school, we got to watch The Wiz. Although, in some ways it was an improvement over watching the Sound of Music, like we did at the end of 1st and 2nd grade.

  4. Moffio Says:

    Regarding Stallone – the only Rocky movie you can touch is Rocky V. I’ll freely admit that Rocky IV is mindless and predictable, but at least it’s fairly entertaining fluff. Rocky V is trash.

  5. Maxo Says:

    btw yes that is the version of Daisies I mentioned, doesn’t everyone have a friend who takes Czech classes in college and brings home the films?

    I didn’t mean to suggest that movie though, i was just sharing my bottom 25 list

  6. clumpy Says:

    Thanks for considering my suggestion. I watched “Inspector Gadget” only once, near the end of junior high school, in a flu-induced quasi-coma a couple of hours after midnight. Normally a flu knocks out my ability to reason, but I could still tell that the movie was terrible.There were more than a few parts that had me muttering vague threats at the television.

  7. Ampersand Says:

    I’m so glad that “Eric’s Bad Movies” has enough juice to keep going. It’s a bright spot in my week.

  8. ClobberGirl Says:

    Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” is available on YouTube for free:

    You wanna know how I know this? BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WAS WATCHING IT THE OTHER DAY.

  9. Adam Good Choice Says:

    Did Bicentennial Man get any consideration? Any movie where Robin Williams is a robot married to a human and we are expected to sympathize with him has to be on the bad list, right?

  10. Heli Says:

    First off, I am appalled that people think Big Trouble in Little China is bad.

    Secondly, how did nobody mention The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, starring Andrew Dice Clay? It’s easily as bad as Hudson Hawk.

  11. Alex Thorne Says:

    that settles it. Eric HAS to do “Moonwalker” now that there seems to be a popular demand.

    this film is simply the most self indulgent, ego tripping pile of trash, and must be named and shamed by Eric and his Bad Movies article.


  12. Laremy Legel Says:

    I don’t know what one needs to do to get “Daylight” on the docket. I’m thinking maybe I’ll have goons show up at your door.

  13. bexdfw Says:

    My problem with Moonwalker: it is akin to asking Eric to review an extended music video. I suppose if he skips the concert parts, it might work- but isn’t that skipping about half the movie? A movie to take its place: The Blue Lagoon. Horrible drivel starring a young Brooke Shields.

  14. OrganizedMom Says:

    I forgot to mention before…. Demolition Man.

  15. LamaniteDancer Says:

    I hope it’s not too late to add to the list:

    I’d love a review of Mr. Wrong. Bill Pullman and Ellen DeGeneres in a romantic comedy. ‘Nuff said.

  16. Kyralessa Says:

    By the way, Eric, as far as your Netflix queue, you might want to create a Profile (now that Netflix has wised up and kept them) for your bad movies, and rate them all five stars, to see what recommendations you’ll get. If you do it in a separate profile, the ratings won’t pollute your regular account.

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