Taste is subjective, and the Flickchart community is reminded of this every time we’re confronted by our choices. There are, however, some films almost universally damned and have been since they were released. In fact, some of them have been unpopular since before they were released. We’ve known for ages that a trusted critic’s star-rating or blurb review in the local paper can sway moviegoers, but what about the films who were condemned before anyone ever saw them?
Ah, the ’80s. A time when people wanting an opinion on a new movie had to seek out critic reviews in print and on television, rather than simply consulting Twitter, or Rotten Tomatoes, or the Highest Ranked Films of All-Time on Flickchart.
As hard as it might be to believe now (what with them occupying three slots in Flickchart’s Top 10 of all time), not everybody loved the original Star Wars trilogy even when the movies first came out. There were always people ready to jump to their defense however, including critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel of At the Movies. Here, the dynamic duo face off against their fellow critic, John Simon, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline, as Simon claims the Star Wars films are making kids even more stupid than they already are.
Check out this amusing clip after the jump.
While it is just a small sample of the collection of 60+ short films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival from January 17-27 in Park City, Utah, the festival’s programmers have made 12 of these shorts available on YouTube for everyone to watch. This is good news for anyone unable to attend the festival; they can get a glimpse of some works that would otherwise be unavailable for months, or possibly even years.
Everybody knows the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The premise of the forthcoming film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, co-written and directed by Tommy Wirkola, is simple: Years have passed since that fateful day at the gingerbread house, and a grown-up Hansel and Gretel are now bounty hunters who kill witches for money all over the world.
Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me for the first stop of my Flickchart Road Trip, where I’ll be watching movies from all 50 states, one per week.
If you’re wondering “How the heck are you going to do this for a whole year?”, the answer is simple: It’s virtual. Because I’ve got an active imagination, however, I’m going to give you a little flavor of the things that happen to me along the way. (Some people call this “lying.”)
So I kissed my wife and son goodbye, pointed my 2006 Volkswagen Jetta east on Interstate 10, and kept driving until I hit the Arizona border, some 240 miles from my Los Angeles home. I found a little fleabag motel, which was surprisingly clean for a place that costs only $29 a night. Next door was a convenience store, and I went inside to see if they had any funny-shaped balloons for sale. The guy at the counter told me “No. Unless round’s funny.” I won’t be able to hit the Grand Canyon on this trip, but at least I did pick up a couple of postcards at this convenience store – even though it’s some 400 miles away.
In my room I pulled up my laptop and started Smoke Signals (1998, Chris Eyre), which was conveniently available on Netflix streaming (though the wi-fi signal wasn’t great, so I had to deal with some buffering).