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The 1977 made-for-TV Gargoyles

I can't list the bad about this cheesy B-movie, because to me there isn't any. The costumes and SFX are amazing for their budget, the story actually holds together, nobody suffers from plot-related stupidity (well, okay, one person does, once), and the titular monsters are tough but not bulletproof or otherwise invincible, meaning that both they and the heroes have to use some brains.

I've loved this movie ever since first seeing it on TV as a boy.

I suppose the bad is -- it's 70's made for TV horror? In some corners that's the kiss of death all by itself.


Regarding Conan the Destroyer: even as a youth I found it hilarious that they make a huge deal about how the Princess must remain a virgin... Then entrust her to the care of Wilt Chamberlain.

I still laugh.


Me too.

A girl that hot? Nope. No way she's unsullied*.

* And like Dagon, the god of chaos/evil, would care if you got the ritual exactly right anyway. It's gonna go all Kaiju on the place no matter what!


MMCJawa wrote:


Visually the movie is AMAZING, but the plot and dialog...uggh

Probably a good overall description of most of the Wachoski (sp?) sisters work however

I enjoyed the plot. "Girl discovers she owns the earth, gets cool wolf boyfriend, has to deal with her three evil space family. Also gets a cool spacecop friend."

And the dialog... well, you must admit it's memorable. Bees recognize royalty!


Davia D wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:


Visually the movie is AMAZING, but the plot and dialog...uggh

Probably a good overall description of most of the Wachoski (sp?) sisters work however

I enjoyed the plot. "Girl discovers she owns the earth, gets cool wolf boyfriend, has to deal with her three evil space family. Also gets a cool spacecop friend."

And the dialog... well, you must admit it's memorable. Bees recognize royalty!

You must be joking? Only thing I remember is not wanting to watch JA ever again :)


The Big Hit (1998)

This is a kick-ass action movie.

This is a comedy about a hitman who just wants to be loved.

This is a star-crossed romance.

It is all movies to all people.

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Philo Pharynx wrote:
The Big Hit (1998)

"Trace-bustah, bustah!"

What a fun movie.


Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Davia D wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:


Visually the movie is AMAZING, but the plot and dialog...uggh

Probably a good overall description of most of the Wachoski (sp?) sisters work however

I enjoyed the plot. "Girl discovers she owns the earth, gets cool wolf boyfriend, has to deal with her three evil space family. Also gets a cool spacecop friend."

And the dialog... well, you must admit it's memorable. Bees recognize royalty!

You must be joking? Only thing I remember is not wanting to watch JA ever again :)

I am completely not joking. There's only one movie like it. If there were more 'hidden princess' genre movies set in space it'd likely rate lower down, but it's the only one *plus* it has this weird huge epic worldbuilding setting of the type seen in European comics like Incal (and the Incal/Metabarons universe makes JA look subtle).


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Hm, one that I don't think is considered as 'bad' but I do consider underrated- John Carter.

It's planetary romance with sword fighting, it's a good adaptation of a classic (ok, it changes some things and gets some things off, but keeps the spirit IMO), and, like, if one wants to see planetary romance on the big screen, what options do you have? This and Flash Gordon?


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Days Of Thunder?

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Davia D wrote:

Hm, one that I don't think is considered as 'bad' but I do consider underrated- John Carter.

It's planetary romance with sword fighting, it's a good adaptation of a classic (ok, it changes some things and gets some things off, but keeps the spirit IMO), and, like, if one wants to see planetary romance on the big screen, what options do you have? This and Flash Gordon?

I liked it, especially the visual effects for the skyships and the tharks, but I think I would have liked it a lot more if they'd cast someone with a bit of southern charm in the role. I have nothing against that actor, whom I've liked in other movies (like Battleship or Savages), but this role really called out for someone like Matthew McConAHey (whose name I am too lazy to look up the spelling of), who can both play a southern accent, and has more likable swagger to him.

Whether it be comic books or movies, it seems like media / entertainment really flounders when it comes to portraying someone who *isn't* from New York or Los Angeles, particularly folk from the south or Midwest. Other than a thark calling him 'Virginia,' there's literally nothing about the movie's portrayal of John Carter that's distinguishable from a yankee from Boston.

But yeah, that aside, I can still watch and enjoy John Carter, and wish it had done better and we could have more in that vein, being a big sword & planet pulp fan.


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One movie that I thought was hilarious but completely bombed commercially was the 1989 Weird Al Yankovic movie UHF.

I was home from my first year of college, and I'd dragged three of my high school buddies to see UHF at the movies about three days after it opened. There were only two other groups in the theatre when we got there. I was roaring in laughter throughout the film, but I realized that none of my friends were... and that after the movie ended, the other two groups were gone: They must have walked out!

I have a goofball sense of humor, but I really did not understand why none of my friends liked it.

Another problem was that it opened opposite the 1989 Tim Burton film Batman starring Michael Keaton, Kim Bassinger, and Jack Nicholson... which out-grossed UHF by a factor of 20.

I watched UHF a few years ago with my then-14-year-old daughter, and I thought it held up surprisingly well!


Haladir wrote:

One movie that I thought was hilarious but completely bombed commercially was the 1989 Weird Al Yankovic movie UHF.

...

I watched UHF a few years ago with my then-14-year-old daughter, and I thought it held up surprisingly well!

The first time my now-20-year-old son watched it as a teenager, he laughed so hard he was crying, and he is generally very reserved. My now-12-year-old daughter laughed a lot, too.

UHF had the misfortune of both opening against "Batman" and being rated PG-13 due to the amputation sequence with Emo Phillips. Audiences weren't quite as willing to "risk" PG-13 films back then with kids, so I'm sure a number of potential viewers just never made it.


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Set wrote:


Whether it be comic books or movies, it seems like media / entertainment really flounders when it comes to portraying someone who *isn't* from New York or Los Angeles, particularly folk from the south or Midwest. Other than a thark calling him 'Virginia,' there's literally nothing about the movie's portrayal of John Carter that's distinguishable from a yankee from Boston.

But yeah, that aside, I can still watch and enjoy John Carter, and wish it had done better and we could have more in that vein, being a big sword & planet pulp fan.

Aside from the bits that frame Carter's Martian adventures where he does ruminate a bit, I'm not sure there's a heck of a lot in the books that make him distinguishable from a yankee either.


Mythica.
Currently onto film 4, it's a really low budget D&D-esque series, crowdfunded and acted by enthusiastic amateurs on a micro budget. The plot is almost incoherent, and the SFX are totally unconvincing.

Kevin Sorbo is the token Hollywood actor making everyone else look wooden in comparison.

However, it is awesome because it is a D&D campaign on film.

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Orgazmo

Bad: Stupidest movie ever!!!

Good: Stupidest movie ever!!!

My gaming group & I always quote lines from that movie.

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Neriathale wrote:

Mythica.

Currently onto film 4, it's a really low budget D&D-esque series, crowdfunded and acted by enthusiastic amateurs on a micro budget. The plot is almost incoherent, and the SFX are totally unconvincing.

Kevin Sorbo is the token Hollywood actor making everyone else look wooden in comparison.

However, it is awesome because it is a D&D campaign on film.

I recently finished the Godslayer. I enjoyed all of the movies.


BeefSupreme wrote:

Orgazmo

Bad: Stupidest movie ever!!!

Good: Stupidest movie ever!!!

My gaming group & I always quote lines from that movie.

We often tune up Now you're a Man during gaming sessions.

spoiler:
LIVE IT....LIVE IT!!


I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.


BeefSupreme wrote:

Orgazmo

Bad: Stupidest movie ever!!!

Good: Stupidest movie ever!!!

My gaming group & I always quote lines from that movie.

And who the f$+$ are you?


Set wrote:
Davia D wrote:

Hm, one that I don't think is considered as 'bad' but I do consider underrated- John Carter.

It's planetary romance with sword fighting, it's a good adaptation of a classic (ok, it changes some things and gets some things off, but keeps the spirit IMO), and, like, if one wants to see planetary romance on the big screen, what options do you have? This and Flash Gordon?

I liked it, especially the visual effects for the skyships and the tharks, but I think I would have liked it a lot more if they'd cast someone with a bit of southern charm in the role. I have nothing against that actor, whom I've liked in other movies (like Battleship or Savages), but this role really called out for someone like Matthew McConAHey (whose name I am too lazy to look up the spelling of), who can both play a southern accent, and has more likable swagger to him.

Whether it be comic books or movies, it seems like media / entertainment really flounders when it comes to portraying someone who *isn't* from New York or Los Angeles, particularly folk from the south or Midwest. Other than a thark calling him 'Virginia,' there's literally nothing about the movie's portrayal of John Carter that's distinguishable from a yankee from Boston.

But yeah, that aside, I can still watch and enjoy John Carter, and wish it had done better and we could have more in that vein, being a big sword & planet pulp fan.

Exactly, it's not perfect, Carter could've used more swagger (Southern or otherwise), Kantos Kan could've used more than one scene, but it left me having fun and wanting more!

How they did the white martians was different but worked pretty well too, imo.

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Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.

Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.


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Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.

...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!

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Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!

That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

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John Woodford wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!
That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

I think that type of thing has moved on over to the small screen and/or internets.


John Woodford wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!
That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

Movie 43 (2013)


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!
That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.
Movie 43 (2013)

...which is an actual bad movie. Movie 43 piles on the gross but isn't actually, y'know, funny.

Thankfully, I didn't see it in the theater. I did stop watching it after the foruth sketch and returned the disc to Netflix. I gave it a rating of one star.

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Surely I can't be the only fan here of The Last Dragon?

When I say 'who is the master' you say Sho'Nuff!

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limsk wrote:

Johny Mnemonic

How Bad? A 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a Golden Raspberry nomination for Keanu Reeves

Why I like It: As a unabashed William Gibson fan, this film showed me the worlds that I spent my teenage years imagining, reading Neuromancer in my school library. Yes the dialogue is so cheesy you could spread it on bread. Ice-T and Dolph Lundgren ham it up gloriously too.

I love everything about this. It was my first exposure to Cyberpunk that I can recall, and it was just amazing for me. I also love Keanu Reeves as an actor, so shaddup. XD

Belabras wrote:

Surely I can't be the only fan here of The Last Dragon?

When I say 'who is the master' you say Sho'Nuff!

You're not the only one! A buddy told me about this movie not long ago and I watched it on Youtube. It's downright amazing.


Kirth Gersen wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!
That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.
Movie 43 (2013)

Which I also found amusing. :P

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Belabras wrote:

Surely I can't be the only fan here of The Last Dragon?

When I say 'who is the master' you say Sho'Nuff!

I am.


John Woodford wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Pan wrote:
Scythia wrote:
I have to agree with UHF, it's absurdist comedy in a vein I quite enjoy. Always seemed strange to me that the Naked Gun movies did well and UHF didn't, when they're both over the top silly.
Other than being zany comedies, Naked Gun has every single advantage over UHF when compared. Id say a better similarity would be Amazon women on the moon to UHF.
...and I also totally loved Amazon Women on the Moon!
That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

If we're still talking about Naked Gun/police Files genre... I think it evolved into the Scary Movie franchise. Where Naked Gun reveled in bad puns of common cop shows and Airplane did it with Disaster movies... Scary Movie did it with Horror movies... which then moved on to Epic Movie with Superheroes.. and I think there was another one that branched out...

All of which sucked. I'm honestly surprised at how great spoof movies were in the 70/80's and how low the bar is set in modern times.

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Conan the Destroyer

Why It's Bad: This is what happens when you do a PG-rated sequel to an R-rated movie. Plus, you know, all hopes for Conan the Conquerer pretty much died after this one and Red Sonja happened.

Why I Like It: It's not Conan the Barbarian. It's never going to be Conan the Barbarian in terms of plot, or sheer brutality, and its villain sure as hell doesn't live up to Thulsa Doom's high mark, but there's still some awesome fights in this. (Plus, if you really think about it, this is the best adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons to film.)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Why It's Bad: Your pain runs deep, Uhura fan-dances, this plot makes absolutely no f*&#ing sense, James Tiberius Kirk meets God and finds out He's a hundred-watt floodlight with a face, a lot of things went wrong behind the scenes

Why I Like It: Ignore the (admittedly horrible) special effects shots; William Shatner had a fantastic eye for awesome set pieces. Besides the cinematography, there's some genuinely good moments from Kirk, Spock, and McCoy ("They found a cure! A G@$%+!NED CURE!")


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This is a director rather than a specific movie, but am I alone in loving (most of) Roger Corman's work? Yeah, he did some stinkers -- what the heck was he thinking when he did Gas-s-s-s? But most of his movies are a delight, even when they make next to no sense whatever.

Really if you want to see a Grade-A wizard's duel, you have got to see The Raven. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and a young Jack Nicholson all take turns chewing the scenery, and it is glorious.

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phantom1592 wrote:
John Woodford wrote:

That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

If we're still talking about Naked Gun/police Files genre... I think it evolved into the Scary Movie franchise. Where Naked Gun reveled in bad puns of common cop shows and Airplane did it with Disaster movies... Scary Movie did it with Horror movies... which then moved on to Epic Movie with Superheroes.. and I think there was another one that branched out...

All of which sucked. I'm honestly surprised at how great spoof movies were in the 70/80's and how low the bar is set in modern times.

No, the movies I mentioned were made up of a bunch of individual skits, with occasional callbacks. (Think something like SNL.) That's different from the single parody plot of Naked Gun/Scary Movie/etc.


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I had to jump in with a couple that haven't been mentioned yet:

1. 2001 Bubble Boy
Bad: Plot is absolutely ridiculous.
Good: Plot, bright and shiny cult, five hundred dollars!

2. Mazes and Monsters
Bad: Used to scare parents away from letting their kids play dungeons and dragons. So bad its not even rated by rottentomatoes.
Good: Movie actually made me want to play dungeons and dragons more :)


John Woodford wrote:


That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

Although to be fair, two of those were created around the same time as the SNL TV series, and many of the talents involved either went to SNL (Chevy Chase, for example), or went on to other projects (ZAZ). The latter was eventually developed into a TV series (Television Parts) that aired for a few episodes as a summer replacement. Nez produced a couple of movies afterward (including "Repo Man") then gradually got out of the movie/video business for personal reasons.


Haladir wrote:
Movie 43 piles on the gross but isn't actually, y'know, funny.

(shrugs) I thought it was. I didn't expect sophisticated, highbrow humor, and didn't get any.

Besides, your complaint was that the genre had died. And although it mostly apparently did, it's not quite extinct yet -- I cited a recent example. (The fact that you -- and, admittedly, pretty much everyone other than me -- didn't like that recent example doesn't make it not exist.)


Battleship

This movie is stupid in so many ways. The "hero" is a clown that breaks into a convenience store to get a burrito for a girl he just met in a bar. Later goes on to get in a brawl with an officer from an allied navy in a restroom. And we are supposed to accept this guy's judgement of why the aliens are here from the brief telepathic flash the guy gets in a high stress situation? Nevermind the absolutely ridiculous battleship scene, does anyone think that a floating museum has thousands of pounds of bagged gunpowder stored on board to fire those 16 inch guns? The aliens don't have tech that can detect a US warship? They can cross interstellar space but lack the means to fly, instead they use a hopping drive that has to be murder on the crew and ship components.

Why do I even like this movie. Well, like just might be too strong a term. But, if you watch the movie from the alien's point of view, most of the violence is initiated by the humans. Most of the time the aliens are just responding to very aggressive actions, like a US warship firing at/near them. Also, the aliens often avoid causing harm. The battleball that ends up at a baseball game could easily killed everyone there. It could also have attacked other things nearby to cause panic/confusion. Instead they were just trying to cut the ground route from the nearby base to the transmitter. The other battleball that wrecked the helicopters at the base could have easily gone on to attack other parts of the base. Again, they were just preventing the military from being able to quickly send units to the transmitter. All while the movie is telling us the military is striving to defeat the evil aliens.

Its like the director was creating this subtle subtext of who is most likely to actually cause an interstellar conflict between humans and aliens.


John Woodford wrote:
phantom1592 wrote:
John Woodford wrote:

That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

If we're still talking about Naked Gun/police Files genre... I think it evolved into the Scary Movie franchise. Where Naked Gun reveled in bad puns of common cop shows and Airplane did it with Disaster movies... Scary Movie did it with Horror movies... which then moved on to Epic Movie with Superheroes.. and I think there was another one that branched out...

All of which sucked. I'm honestly surprised at how great spoof movies were in the 70/80's and how low the bar is set in modern times.

No, the movies I mentioned were made up of a bunch of individual skits, with occasional callbacks. (Think something like SNL.) That's different from the single parody plot of Naked Gun/Scary Movie/etc.

Gotcha. As it was, I really didn't see much connection between UHF and Naked Gun. Both great movies, but very very different genres.


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For those looking for recent sketch comedy movies, there's also the Onion movie, which isn't bad.

As well, InAppropriate comedy, which isn't good. Although I got quite a chuckle from the "Flirty Harry" segments. Adrian Brody played them so... straight.


phantom1592 wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
phantom1592 wrote:
John Woodford wrote:

That genre seems to have fallen by the wayside after the 70s-80s; at least, I'm not seeing things like Kentucky Fried Movie ("Big Jim Slade!"), The Groove Tube, or Elephant Parts any more.

If we're still talking about Naked Gun/police Files genre... I think it evolved into the Scary Movie franchise. Where Naked Gun reveled in bad puns of common cop shows and Airplane did it with Disaster movies... Scary Movie did it with Horror movies... which then moved on to Epic Movie with Superheroes.. and I think there was another one that branched out...

All of which sucked. I'm honestly surprised at how great spoof movies were in the 70/80's and how low the bar is set in modern times.

No, the movies I mentioned were made up of a bunch of individual skits, with occasional callbacks. (Think something like SNL.) That's different from the single parody plot of Naked Gun/Scary Movie/etc.
Gotcha. As it was, I really didn't see much connection between UHF and Naked Gun. Both great movies, but very very different genres.

The connection I was making was that both are absurdist comedy. Basically, comedy that doesn't even try to be grounded in realism or make sense. That's my favourite kind of comedy.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Movie 43 piles on the gross but isn't actually, y'know, funny.

(shrugs) I thought it was. I didn't expect sophisticated, highbrow humor, and didn't get any.

Besides, your complaint was that the genre had died. And although it mostly apparently did, it's not quite extinct yet -- I cited a recent example. (The fact that you -- and, admittedly, pretty much everyone other than me -- didn't like that recent example doesn't make it not exist.)

I wasn't the one who complained that sketch comedy movies had fallen by the wayside. (That was John Woodford.)

My only complaint was that I didn't like Movie 43.

Then again, I was the guy defending Jupiter Ascending, so what the hell do I know from movies?

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

This is a director rather than a specific movie, but am I alone in loving (most of) Roger Corman's work? Yeah, he did some stinkers -- what the heck was he thinking when he did Gas-s-s-s? But most of his movies are a delight, even when they make next to no sense whatever.

Really if you want to see a Grade-A wizard's duel, you have got to see The Raven. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and a young Jack Nicholson all take turns chewing the scenery, and it is glorious.

I love all the schlocky Vincent Price films! "The Horla,"* "House of Wax," "Witchfinder General,"* the "Doctor Phibes"films, I even liked "Ruddigore" (Price can't sing a darn but he's just so hammy I love him anyway!) I have playbills from plays he was in here in Los Angeles -- he had an extensive stage career in addition to his film, tv and radio work.

* Horla = aka "Diary of a Madman"
* Witchfinder General = aka "The Conqueror Worm"


I had an opportunity the other day to pick up The Abominable Dr. Phibes at the Goodwill for, like, two bucks.

I passed it up and, looking back, I'm not sure why.


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

I had an opportunity the other day to pick up The Abominable Dr. Phibes at the Goodwill for, like, two bucks.

I passed it up and, looking back, I'm not sure why.

Bad judgment and lack of alternatives? (It's the only reason I live where I do...)

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Haladir wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Movie 43 piles on the gross but isn't actually, y'know, funny.

(shrugs) I thought it was. I didn't expect sophisticated, highbrow humor, and didn't get any.

Besides, your complaint was that the genre had died. And although it mostly apparently did, it's not quite extinct yet -- I cited a recent example. (The fact that you -- and, admittedly, pretty much everyone other than me -- didn't like that recent example doesn't make it not exist.)

I wasn't the one who complained that sketch comedy movies had fallen by the wayside. (That was John Woodford.)

My only complaint was that I didn't like Movie 43.

Then again, I was the guy defending Jupiter Ascending, so what the hell do I know from movies?

Hey, Jupiter Ascending wasn't that bad!

(And thanks for the correction, Kirth; I didn't know of any recent ones, even though Movie 43 doesn't look like something I'd enjoy. OTOH, I'm not sure whether the Suck Fairy has visited the ones I mentioned, as I haven't rewatched them for a while.)


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John Woodford wrote:
(And thanks for the correction, Kirth; I didn't know of any recent ones, even though Movie 43 doesn't look like something I'd enjoy.)

As Scythia pointed out, The Onion Movie (2008) was better. Steven Seagal spoofs himself in one of the skits, which for me was alone worth the price of admission.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
John Woodford wrote:
(And thanks for the correction, Kirth; I didn't know of any recent ones, even though Movie 43 doesn't look like something I'd enjoy.)
As Scythia pointed out, The Onion Movie (2008) was better. Steven Seagal spoofs himself in one of the skits, which for me was alone worth the price of admission.

I'll look for it on Netflix.


We've got three Jupiter Ascending lovers here :)

One other thing I'll note- It's got her facing three Evil Space Relatives. The first one, she survives because the Relative isn't that bad, but she doesn't do much to direct that.

The second one, she tries out recently learned legal-fu and while it doesn't work entirely per se, it does force Evil Relative onto plan B and gives time to be rescued.

The third one, she takes a much more active role, and while Wolf Boyfriend tries to rescue her, it is *she* who beats the big bad while he fights the Dragon*, and they both end up getting picked up after things are resolved.

We get a steady progression of agency and effectiveness over time.

*Both a metaphorical dragon in 'the big bad's physically badass right hand' sense, and a literal dragon. This movie has a genetically engineered wolfman vs dragon kung fu battle inside the storms of jupiter in a collapsing fortress. That doesn't get enough mention!

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