Posted February 15 2013 - 06:05 PM
I've had EAT PRAY LOVE in my queue since its DVD release. I've heard it's pretty horrid, which is why I'm curious about it. I guess it would perfectly fit in since I'm watching so many bad ones this month. CHASING AMY is also one of my favorites. Certainly one of the best love stories out there. Leonard Part 6 (1987) :half: Bill Cosby co-wrote, produced and stars in this disaster that he eventually would be kind enough to tell people to avoid before its release. In the film he plays secret agent Leonard Parker who is hired by a firm to track down a crazy woman (Gloria Foster) who uses animals to carry out her murderous plans. LEONARD PART 6 really is a complete disaster but I'm going to at least give it credit for attempting to do just about everything you could think of in a bad movie. I mean, there's no question that this is a horrid film but I still give a little credit to Cosby for at least trying to go all out and deliver something unlike you've ever seen before. He actually succeeds at this because I personally can't think of another movie like this one but just because you're different or original doesn't mean your good. Sadly, all the "different" things here are all terrible so there's nothing to be entertained by. I guess I should also mention that I give Cosby credit for warning people about the film and he even went a step further by buying the television rights so that it couldn't be shown there. I'm really not sure where to start with this thing but there's no question that the entire thing just has a very uneven feel to it and worse of all is that there's not a single laugh to be had. I guess the movie is worth watching at least once so you can say you've seen it and you might even get into a debate about which sequence or scene is the worst. I'm going to have to go for the one where Cosby battles some bad guys by throwing meat on them. As for Cosby, he's incredibly bad here and you have to wonder what type of ego he had to go ahead and say okay to his own screenplay. I'm sure no one around him was being honest by saying this was crap so I guess he just had to see it for himself once it was all filmed. Either way, LEONARD PART 6 lives up to its reputation, which is about the only thing it does right. Ben & Arthur (2002) BOMB Sam Mraovich wrote, produced, directed, shot, scored and did just about everything else in this gay movie, which many consider the alternate of THE ROOM. In the film Mraovich plays Arthur, a gay man happily in love with his boyfriend Ben (Jamie Brett Gabel) and the two plan on getting married in Hawaii. Sadly, the state overturns their policy on gay marriage so they can't be together and things get even worse when Ben's wife refuses to give him a divorce thinking he's just confused. Things take a far more dangerous turn when Ben's brother is kicked out of his church because Ben is gay and he decides to kill his brother and his mate. Oh, what will Ben and Arthur do? Here's yet another film I first heard about in Michael Adams' "Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies" book and yes, it lives up to its reputation. The connection to THE ROOM really isn't all that fair since that movie was at least so bad that you could laugh at it whereas this one here is just plain bad. I guess we can give Mraovich a little credit considering how much he did to get this film made but sadly the hard work didn't pay off anywhere. The film really is a complete mess and we can start with the story itself, which is just so silly and over-the-top that you can never take it serious. Even worse is some of the dialogue and especially during the scenes where the righteous brother seeks advice from the "higher up" about his gay brother. There are many bad sequences here including one "romantic" sequence, which is just downright bad from the word go. Even worse are the performances, which are among some of the worst that you're going to see in any movie no matter the subject or genre. The continuity errors here are also quite shocking and worse than anything you'd see in an Edward D. Wood, Jr. movie. One example has Arthur going to an interview wearing a blue shirt and shorts but when he walks through the door he's all of the sudden wearing a black shirt. One scene he talks about his male lawyer but in the next scene we meet the lawyer and it's a woman. There are many other issues like this throughout the picture. Speaking of Ed Wood, you might want to really compare this to GLEN OR GLENDA? since you have a filmmaker trying to tell a serious story about his own issues. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) :star::star: Considering the talent in front of and behind the camera, there's really no way to look at this adaptation of the James M. Cain novel as anything but a disappointment. In the film, Jack Nicholson plays drifter Frank Chambers who enters the lives of Cora (Jessica Lange) and her much older husband Nick (John Colicos). Soon the drifter and Cora start up a sexual relationship, which leads to them planning the murder of the husband. This here would be the fourth version of the classic story and the second one filmed in America. Unlike the previous versions, director Bob Rafelson didn't have to worry about censors but even so this version isn't nearly as hot as the earlier one with Lana Turner. Outside a rather intense sex scene towards the start of the picture, this thing really never takes off, which is too bad because they've got a terrific cast and some beautiful settings but in the end the film is just flat. I think the first forty- five minutes are the best thing in the film as we see the love triangle set up and there's no question that the director has the look of the era down perfectly. I thought the setting really added a lot of atmosphere but sadly very little else happens. Nicholson was the perfect choice to play a drifter but the screenplay really doesn't give him too much to work with. Lange is clearly the best thing in the movie as she delivers a sexual charge to the thing. Colicos is also extremely good as the husband in a strong supporting performance. What really hurts the film is the second half because the director never really makes us believe or feel anything for the two leads. Are we supposed to hate them for what they've done? Are we supposed to be rooting for them to get away with the murder and live happily ever after? The entire second half of the film features way too many dialogue scenes that lead no where and in the end the "romance" that starts to bloom towards the end just never fully works. The film isn't nearly as bad as its reputation but at the same time there's no question that it's a major disappointment and a bitter feeling takes over when you think about what could have been.