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  • Jason Travis
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    #34478

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    WORST Best Picture Winner = Crash

    Runner Up (Loser Up?) = Braveheart

    Dishonorable Mentions:  Rocky; Terms of Endearment; Rain Man; A Beautiful Mind; Chicago; Slumdog Millionaire

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    Intestacy
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    Of course, the problem with movies you don;t like is that you either a) didn’t finish watching them or b) will never watch them again.  It is quite possible that I will go back some day and give these a second shot, but given the abundance of movies I like that I’d want to see again, that isn’t likely. 

     

    1. THE ENGLISH PATIENT–that Seinfeld episode hit it on the head…what did people like about this?  It certainly was pretty; I can’t begrudge it winning Oscars for Cinematography, Score, Costumes, or Art Direction.  However, it was a long, boring tedious film about two main characters that really weren’t worth our time.  The only remotely likeable character in the movie won the Oscar.  But unlike Ms Binoche, who gave a charming performance in a bad movie, Lauren Bacall actually gave a great performance in a bad movie and thus earned that Oscar for which she was the deserved frontrunner. 

    2.  TERMS OF ENDEARMENT–Ever get stuck in a family function with you rmom or an aunt going on about some person tragedy or blessing which may mean the world to her but is of absolutely zilch interest to you.  that’;s what this movie felt like.  for two and a half hours.  Also, this has to be the worst possible example of the Academy nominating an actor for the Oscarin a perfectly decent performance, thus barring their nomination for a totally kickass performance.  John Lithgow has oft said that his favorite film performance of his was in TWILIGHT ZONE as the guy on the plane who is the only one to see the gremlin outside.  He’s right, that’s the movie he should have been nominated for, not this one. 

    3.  CHARIOTS OF FIRE–OK, I was really young when I saw this.  Maybe I just needed to be old enough to appreciate a long boring movie with British people talking.  I have certainly enjoyed several movies that fit that description.  However, I haven;t bothered because nobody who’s seen the movie more recently seems to think it’s all that great anyhow.  And this beat RAIDERS?  That bugs me, too. 

    4.  GIGI–It’s actually rather funny to see this somewhat lecherously suave French dandy sitting in a park singing “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”.  Other than that, Ms. Caron was quite charming in LILI, which had a better story.  I guess it’s my bias against musicals, I don’t love any that have won, but Gene Kelly, Jerome Robbins, Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison, Richard Gere, and the Dickensian world of OLIVER! all fared better for me than this one. 

    5.  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN–This is the only film on this list which I keep saying I will watch again.  I actually like it quite a bit more than many of the films which have won that leave me lukewarm.  No, this movie just irritated the bejeezus out of me.  Perfectly good thriller, one guy chasing another guy, the obvious climax is a faceoff between them.  So when that face-off occurs, but we jump past it, and then follow around Tommy Lee Jones and the killer for half an hour…  maybe I’ll get it on the second viewing.  When I saw it in the theatres, though, I was plenty peeved since I was quite digging acts 1 and 2. 

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    2.  TERMS OF ENDEARMENT–Ever get stuck in a family function with you rmom or an aunt going on about some person tragedy or blessing which may mean the world to her but is of absolutely zilch interest to you.  that’;s what this movie felt like.  for two and a half hours.  Also, this has to be the worst possible example of the Academy nominating an actor for the Oscarin a perfectly decent performance, thus barring their nomination for a totally kickass performance.  John Lithgow has oft said that his favorite film performance of his was in TWILIGHT ZONE as the guy on the plane who is the only one to see the gremlin outside.  He’s right, that’s the movie he should have been nominated for, not this one.

     

     

    I felt like, as grating as the mother figure could be, having Shirley MacLaine in the role kept us attached to her. And that ending … in the hands of someone else, it could’ve seemed like it came completely out of left-field. But James L. Brooks handles it professionally, tastefully, and tragically. I rarely cry while seeing a film, but I did here. 

     

    5.  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN–This is the only film on this list which I keep saying I will watch again.  I actually like it quite a bit more than many of the films which have won that leave me lukewarm.  No, this movie just irritated the bejeezus out of me.  Perfectly good thriller, one guy chasing another guy, the obvious climax is a faceoff between them.  So when that face-off occurs, but we jump past it, and then follow around Tommy Lee Jones and the killer for half an hour…  maybe I’ll get it on the second viewing.  When I saw it in the theatres, though, I was plenty peeved since I was quite digging acts 1 and 2. 

     

    You’re right. The obvious climax would’ve been a face-off. But that is exactly what the Coens were trying to avoid. When I first saw No Country for Old Men in theaters, I could not believe it ended the way it did. I was miffed. I might’ve gone into a bathroom and punched the wall if there hadn’t been a line wrapping around the water fountain. But upon multiple viewings, I get it.

     

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    It is a chase film where no one catches who they are following. Chigurh never catches Llewelyn. Sheriff Bell never catches Chigurh. When Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem do have a shoot-off, blood is shed on both sides. Rarely in an action thriller do you see both the hero and villain tending to their wounds, pulling out shards of shrapnel, or applying morphine to themselves. Rarely do you have your main character die off screen. Rarely do you have your villain get away with everything, especially considering the fact that he had just finished murdering yet another innocent. Rarely do you hear a story like Ed Tom Bell’s final monologue without having images of a flashback. But that’s what happened. I like it more with every viewing, though the first time through, it can be maddening.

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    dwb585
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    #34483

    After “The English Patient”, the worst Best Picture winners are from the 50’s: “The Greatest Show On Earth”, “Around The World In 80 Days” & “Gigi”. 

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    Vincent Yeoh (aka Vinny)
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    I missed catching Braveheart on the big screen, and when it appeared on cable, i tried watching it several times but somehow just could not sit through it.

    For some strange reason, i also found myself not being very taken by Gladiator, although i was quite mesmerized by Joaquin Phoenix’s performance.

    I managed to sit through Crash, thanks to the great casting, but the heavy-handed writing made me hate this movie that tries so hard to be like one directed by Robert Altman.

    I found The English Patient to be too subdued to be engaging enough for its long running time, but it has a great cast and it is a visual feast at least.

    I have no problems with other Best Picture winners.

     

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    allabout oscars
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    For me, the worst best pictures are

    SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

    CRASH

    GANDHI

    THE LAST EMPEROR

    UNFORGIVEN

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    #34486

    The Colin Firth trifecta — The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, and The King’s Speech.

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    MHS83
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    Going My Way – The only one on my list that I have seen more than once.  I used to like it, but having seen it some more, the deficiencies really stand out.  Awkward writing, mediocre songs and some really bad supporting acting make this uncomfortable to watch now.  Barry Fitzgerald was good.

     

    Terms of Endearment & Out of Africa – Made almost no impression on me.  The only thing I remember is how much I didn’t care if any of the characters lived or died.

     

    Dances with Wolves and Forrest Gump – Overrated and overlong.  You think they’re over and you realize the third act has just begun and you’re going to be sitting there for who knows how much longer.  I remember seeing both of them in the theater (before I had seen any of the other BP nominees) and wondering what the fuss was all about with these.

     

    No Country of Old Men – This is one of those “Movies That Would Have Ended in Five Minutes If the People in Them Had any Brains”.  If Josh Brolin’s character hadn’t been an idiot…  If the police officer hadn’t turned his back…  There would have been no movie.  I can watch violence, I can watch mean people doing bad things, but I just can’t sit still for 2 hours watching stupid people.  Sorry.

     

    Movies I’m willing to give a second chance (unlike the ones above):

    The Deer Hunter –  The one time I saw this was in March 1979 when I was 14, having talked my parents into taking me.  Needless to say, I was mighty uncomfortable sitting next to my mother during this.  But I’m willing to give it another shot some day.

     

    Unforgiven – This didn’t really do it for me, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it again to see if I misjudged it.

     

    The English Patient – Didn’t get a chance to see it on the big screen so I only have one viewing on TNT to judge it by.  I need to see it uninterrupted on a larger screen than I initially saw it.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    My least favorite is definitely No Country For Old Men.  I know film buffs love it, but I just can’t.  I’ve watched it a couple times all the way through hoping I would like it, but it just seems to get worse and worse for me.  I don’t mind that the main character anti-climactically dies 3/4ths of the way through.  I actually think that’s a pretty cool choice.  It’s just that it’s so… slow…  And, most importantly, I don’t know who is who and what is happening for a lot of it.

    There are others (Braveheart, Dances With Wolves, Unforgiven, etc.) that are fine, just not my cup of tea. 

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    DCurrie
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    Definitely, definitely and wait for it again…. definitely No Country For Old Men.

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    M H
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    I have seen a few more than half of the winners, and these are the bottom tier for me. Not just movies that didn’t deserve to win (hardly any winners do), but movies I strongly disliked while watching them: 

    Crash
    Terms of Endearment
    Going My Way
    A Beautiful Mind
    Around the World in 80 Days 
    Rainman 

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    babypook
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    Well, sometimes the films by themselves are good enough, but thinking about the films they defeated for the Oscar can get irksome.

    How Green Was My Valley (uh-huh)
    Going My Way
    The Greatest Show on Earth (whatever, lol)
    The Sound of Music (so shoot me. I realize the film is iconic but really…)
    Out of Africa
    Gladiator
    A Beautiful Mind
    Slumdog Millionaire

    I’m not a fan of Ben Hur, but, I can see how and why it won, and so many.
    And I’m going to refrain from picking on “Rockey” because, it’s a sentimental ‘win’; but I want to.
    And I’m never going to call “Dances with Wolves” a ‘worst win’; not when some of my friends are in the film; it was made just outside my backyard, I side with it politically,  and Kevin Costner is and has been a peach to us in this part of the world.

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    Scottferguson
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    Citizen Kane is better, but for me, after Sunrise, How Green Was My Valley is the best BP winner ever, so I don’t begrudge it.

    I like Going My Way, but its sequel The Bells of St Mary’s was better.

    The Greatest Show of Earth was nothing great, but I prefer it to A Streetcar Named Desire or High Noon, though The Quiet Man should have won.

    Out of Africa beat The Color Purple at least, so I’ll always be grateful for that.

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    Hamilton Bacon
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    MHS83 wrote: “No Country of Old Men – This is one of those “Movies That Would Have Ended in Five Minutes If the People in Them Had any Brains”.  If Josh Brolin’s character hadn’t been an idiot…  If the police officer hadn’t turned his back…  There would have been no movie.  I can watch violence, I can watch mean people doing bad things, but I just can’t sit still for 2 hours watching stupid people.  Sorry.

    Movies I’m willing to give a second chance (unlike the ones above):

    The Deer Hunter –  The one time I saw this was in March 1979 when I was 14, having talked my parents into taking me.  Needless to say, I was mighty uncomfortable sitting next to my mother during this.  But I’m willing to give it another shot some day.”

    The funny thing is, i love movies by the Coen brothers but No Country is probably my least favorite of theirs!

    As for The Deer Hunter, i loved it much more the second time round and it’s now one of my 10 favorite BP winners.


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