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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #154935

    Braveheart is so bad, it’s unwatchable — just three tedious hours of seeing severed body parts flying across the screen. There’s nothing remarkable at all about “Hurt Locker” … what a ridiculously overhyped pic! And, why, oh, why does Ben-Hur hold the record for most victories in Oscar history? That thing is a snoozefest …

    1.) Braveheart
    2.) The Hurt Locker
    3.) Ben-Hur
    4.) Cimarron
    5.) Gladiator
    6.) The Greatest Show on Earth
    7.) Out of Africa
    8.) Gandhi
    9.) An American in Paris
    10.) Chicago

    Please give us YOUR list and reasons for your rankings….

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    Guest2014
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    1.  The Hurt Locker (the MPAA version of the 1972 Olympic gold medal men’s basketball game; the greatest ripoff in Oscar history, forever asterisked as the “let’s give BP to a movie directed by a woman” when you had the most popular film of all time as its opposition, revered by critics and fans alike)
    2.  Annie Hall (vs. the most popular film of ITS time and a cultural phenomonon, the most overrated comedy maybe ever)
    3.  The Artist (reflection of how much 2011 sucked in movies that a SILENT MOVIE won BP)
    4.  The English Patient (total, unadulterated fluff)
    5.  How Green Was My Valley (it will never overcome being in the same year as the greatest movie ever, Citizen Kane)
    6.  The King’s Speech (in a year when Inception and The Social Network were far better choices, more circlejerking for Weinstein)
    7.  Slumdog Millionaire (asterisk city because it did not compete against The Dark Knight)
    8.  Shakespeare in Love (over the best war movie of the past 40 years, Saving Private Ryan?  Yeah, right. Another Weinstein Whopper)
    9.  Kramer vs. Kramer (Apocalypse Now was clearly the better choice that year)
    10. A Beautiful Mind (LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring was miles better)

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    vinny
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    1) Dances with Wolves (Goodfellas….that is all)
    2) Out of Africa (should have been any of the others)
    3) Rocky (Anyone who knows me knows I adore that movie but it should have been Network)
    4) The Life of Emile Zola (should have been The Good Earth or Stage Door)
    5) Crash (honestly the nominees for this particular catagory that year were good BUT Walk the Line should have been nominated and won)
    6) Slumdog Millionare (sould have been Milk or a movie that wasn’t even nominated: Revolutionary Road
    7) The Hurt Locker (Inglorious Bastards, Avatar,  or Up in the Air should have won)
    8) Gigi (should have been Cat on a HotTin Roof)
    9) Going My Way (should have been Gaslight)
    10) How Green Was My Valley (should have been Citizen Kane or The Maltese Falcon)     

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I don’t like calling something the “Worst BP Winners” just because they beat something else better.  For example, The King’s Speech winning over The Social Network was DISASTROUS, but I still enjoyed The King’s Speech and wouldn’t call it a bad movie.  I would have ranked it 5th or so that year.  Same goes for Shakespeare in Love for me.

    So here are the BP winners that I just really don’t enjoy:

    1. No Country for Old Men (Shoot me in the face with that air gun thing.  Please.)
    2. Braveheart (Yawn)
    3. Unforgiven (What’s happening?)
    4. Dances With Wolves (La La La Don’t Care)
    5. Out of Africa (Out of my memory)
    6. The Hurt Locker (Seriously.  WHAT is the fuss about?  It’s a competent film.  That’s about it.  Zero Dark 30 was insanely better.)
    7. The Bridge Over the River Kwai (I watched about half of it and then just fast forwarded to the bridge exploding.)
    8. Ben-Hur
    9. Ghadhi
    10. The Godfathers (Yes.  I said it.  I’ll respect the fact that they’re well-made.  But I think they are snoozes.)

     

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    10. The Godfathers (Yes.  I said it.  I’ll respect the fact that they’re well-made.  But I think they are snoozes.)

     

    Preach it for the little people, Carol! Preach it good!

     

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    [quote=”LFTSPICE44″]
    10. The Godfathers (Yes.  I said it.  I’ll respect the fact that they’re well-made.  But I think they are snoozes.)

     

    Preach it for the little people, Carol! Preach it good!

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    Well, now that I know I have some support, I’ll say that some moments are flat-out laughably bad.  That scene in the first one where Pacino convinces Keaton to come back to him…  Awkward.  Clunky.  Not believable.

    ::drops mic:: 

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    Malick
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    ^ yeah uh-huh,. .

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    I don’t like calling something the “Worst BP Winners” just because they beat something else better.  For example, The King’s Speech winning over The Social Network was DISASTROUS, but I still enjoyed The King’s Speech and wouldn’t call it a bad movie.  I would have ranked it 5th or so that year.  Same goes for Shakespeare in Love for me.

     

    I agree with this sentiment (though I’m still shocked by your feelings on The Godfather and Unforgiven, but ah, well). I don’t think How Green Was My Valley was the best film of 1941, but it’s a charming enough coming of age tale with a sweet performance by Donald Crisp. I think Kramer vs. Kramer beating Apocalypse Now was a grave error on the Academy’s part, but it’s also a film that I greatly enjoy for the performances by Hoffman and Streep.

    1) Around the World in Eighty Days
    2) The Greatest Show on Earth
    3) Gigi
    4) The English Patient
    5) Gladiator
    6) Tom Jones
    7) Crash
    8) Chariots of Fire
    9) Braveheart
    10) You Can’t Take It With You  

    Admittedly, I’ve avoided some of the earliest BP winners (Cimarron, The Broadway Melody, Cavalcade), because I imagine that quite a few of them would end up on this list. Most of these didn’t anger me, so much as bore or leave me completely apathetic. Around the World in Eighty Days deserves special mention, though. I know it’s not breaking new ground, but that film is just so lifeless all throughout its (EXTREMELY BLOATED) 3-hour running time. Ugh.

    I’m probably being a little hard on You Can’t Take It With You. While not a bad movie, per se, it just comes off as inconsequential to me, especially in comparison to Capra’s previous Oscar contenders like It Happened One Night and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Lionel Barrymore is pretty charming, but other than that… eh.

     

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    Some comments:

    (over the best war movie of the past 40 years, Saving Private Ryan?

    Saving Private Ryan is FAR FROM “the best war movie of the past 40 years.” 

    It seems like there are differences in approach to these top 10 lists as in the other topic, as I suggested.  Is it your least favorite films, the films you feel are the worst (regardless of personal preference), or your least favorite wins (not the films but considering the competition)? 

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    Tom O’Neil
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    #154945

    yes, Unforgiven and Dances with Wolves. I forgot about those — I def should’ve put them on my list. Grade B- filmmaking

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    M H
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    Alphabetical order, though Crash, Terms of Endearment, and Going My Way (in order) would be the bottom three. This is out of the 47 that I have seen. 

    A Beautiful Mind
    An American in Paris
    Around the World In 80 Days
    Crash
    Going My Way 

    Oliver!
    Rain Man

    Terms of Endearment
    The Departed 

    Titanic

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    OnTheAisle
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    Worst winners (chronologically)

    1. Cimarron
    2. Cavalcade
    3. Hamlet
    4. The Greatest Show on Earth
    5. Around the World in 80 Days
    6. Ben Hur
    7. A Man for All Seasons
    8. The Sting
    9. The Last Emporer
    10. Crash
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    chronological order:

     

    The Greatest Show on Earth

    Ben Hur

    Out of Africa

    The English Patient

    Gladiator

    A Beautiful Mind

    Slumdog Millionaire

    Argo

    There’s only eight but I couldnt bring myself to criticize some of the other “honourable mentions”/ Also, some on my list I wouldnt necessarily call “bad” films. I just didnt personally care for them. At all.

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    Atypical
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    #154949

    1. “A Beautiful Mind” (2001)

    2. “American Beauty” (1999)

    3. “Marty” (1955)

    4. “Gladiator” (2000)

    5. “The Artist” (2011)

    6. “Oliver!” (1968)

    7. “The King’s Speech” (2010)

    8. “Rocky” (1976)

    9. “The Sting” (1973)

    10. “Going My Way” (1944)

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    Chronological order
    1-Rocky
    2-Gandhi
    3-Braveheart
    4-Shakespear in love
    5-Gladiator
    6-A Beautiful mind
    7-Chicago
    8-Crash
    9-The Departed
    10-Argo

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