Friday, February 23, 2007
The worst best picture of all time
The folks at Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), the movie review aggregation site, have put together a list of every best picture from best to worst -- or, more accurately, from worst to best.

The rankings were put together using a combination of contemporary and current reviews, so you have the interesting mix of the late New York Times critic Bosley Crowther next to, say, David Cornelius of efilmcritic.com.

I won't say what the worst (or best) film is -- you'll have to check it out for yourself -- but what's striking is how many of the bottom 20 are from the last 15 years or so. Not that winning best picture has often been associated with actually being a great picture, of course.

So rev up those arguments. It makes for fascinating reading.
"Shakespeare In Love" - - - one long yawn, from start to finish.
In my opinion, the worst "classic" Best Picture win was �How Green Was My Valley" (1941), for the very simple reason that it beat out "Citizen Kane." Sixty-five years later, we're still scratching our heads on that one. "Greatest Show On Earth" is a close runner-up.

As for modern films, the worst Best Pictures of the last decade were:
Shakespeare in Love (1998) - sappy, overhyped, historical fiction
Gladiator (2000) - The best thing about it was Joaquin Phoenix. The rest of the cast and story were limp as a soggy biscuit.
Crash (2005) - That's right, I said it. I've never seen so many unlikable characters in one film. One-dimensional drivel, with one of the worst scripts ever. (Sandra Bullock�s line "I'm angry all the time and I don�t know why!" actually made me cringe.) Brokeback Mountain was far superior to Crash in every conceivable way.
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