Some of you objected to my choice of Howard the Duck as the greatest big budget movie disaster of all time but among your own selections, which include Sharon Stone's mighty Basic Instinct 2 and Bruce Willis's ineffable Hudson Hawk, are salutary lessons about the permeability of the membrane between bad and good.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Benny K

    on 26 Oct 2009 22:42

    I won't mention anything M Night Shyamalan makes then...

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by sharkskinman

    on 16 Oct 2009 13:18

    I would add Around the World in 80 Days starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan which cost about $80 million and bombed.

    And unless you are a fundamentalist Jules Verne fan screaming "blasphemy", it is a totally charming and enjoyable film that appeals to the whole family as well as Chan and Coogan fans. Lots of nice cameos, funny script, Rob Schneider not being hateful, excellent fight choreography and stunts and Cecile De France being so charming and beautiful I completely fell in love with her even though you suspect she would turn into a shaven-headed psycho lesbian truck driving serial killer at any minute!

    That this movie failed at the box office only proves we live in a sad world.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by DoctorOrloff

    on 14 Oct 2009 09:14

    I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned "Casino Royale"! By which I mean the sixties version - is this the only example of a remake with the same title being the exact opposite of the original film? I'm not sure if it was a financial disaster, though I rather think it was, but it's way, way overlong, clearly very expensive indeed, and contains some of the most staggeringly weird miscasting since Harpo Marx played Sir Isaac Newton (yes, really! - in "The Story Of Mankind", if you're interested). David Niven, Woody Allen and Peter Sellers ALL playing James Bond (sort of) in the same film??? Or indeed Ronnie Corbett as a supervillain's lackey with a clockwork heart who dies on the toilet? And what about those kamikaze grouse?

    Personally I think that any film in which Woody Allen swallows an atom bomb must have something going for it, but the "Helzapoppin" ending with cowboys, the Frankenstein Monster, etc. crashing into the casino and adding to the chaos which is already total strongly suggests that the scriptwriters were taking the same drugs as whoever thought a big-budget "Howard The Duck" movie was going to be a really good idea... Anyway, "Casino Royale" to my mind has that transcendental jaw-dropping "WHAT were they thinking of???" quality which I think is what we're talking about here. And although there are lots of dull bits (and the inexplicably famous Bernard Cribbins is in it for quite a long time), you certainly don't know where it'll be going next. Best in-joke: Peter Sellers' facial expression when, having no doubt read the book, he realises that the villain is about to interrogate him in a room containing a wickerwork chair and a carpet-beater...

    PS - If I may attempt to be psychic: how long will it be before we are having pretty much this same discussion about a hideously misjudged mega-budget superhero spoof called "Flaming Carrot" (possibly retitled "Flaming! - A New Breed Of Hero!" in the UK)?

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by thedarkdreamweaver1

    on 14 Oct 2009 00:03

    The only thing that redeems the overblown arty pretensions of ' irreversible ' is Vincent cassels performance.Eraserhead took a few screenings to get.but I think its Oldboy for me or anything by Park chan wook.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by DarthPunk

    on 13 Oct 2009 14:14

    I'm honoured to be considered an old friend despite only ever having one comment and that being months ago

    Also pleased to see the Good Doctor shares my views on the underrated gem that is Last Action Hero

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Michael Bay

    on 13 Oct 2009 10:07

    Last Action Hero was elevated by McTiernan's direction. The undisputed king of 80s/90s big budget hardboiled action films. Accept no subsitute.

    Hudson Hawk is an OK caper for kids. It's certainly has enough silly Looney Tunes inspired moments to keep them interested. However, the film was ruined by Sandra Bernhard (and Bruce Willis's earring). Richard E. Grant could've used an accomplice who's voice didn't sound like nails on a chalkboard. Bruce should stick to being directed by McTiernan.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Flim_Fan

    on 12 Oct 2009 22:03

    Lynch's Dune was a mess (though often a good-looking mess); although it was cut prior to release, I haven't seen anything in the deleted scenes that convinces me it was ever anything else. The TV adaption was laborious. It seems that the transition to screen strips the book of any subtlety and serves only to highlight its weaknesses. I've read that another film adaptation is in the works.

    I too liked Hudson Hawk.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by WillMartyn

    on 12 Oct 2009 21:42

    Apologies for this being off-topic but I've just seen Up for the second time and just need to spread the word. It's fantastic.

    Funny, charming, engaging, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I left the cinema tonight with the same feeling as I did after It's A Wonderful Life. OK, I'm not going to even compare it to the Capra classic but I've just got a feeling this film will go down as a cult classic.

    Finally, just to stick to the topic of budgets; I assume the budget was fairly sizeable but in my opinion worth every penny!

    Good Doctor - I hope the swine flu doesn't spoil your enjoyment. It was even better second time around for me, so if illness is your excuse for a second viewing; grab it with both hands.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by floyd75dylan

    on 12 Oct 2009 17:31

    Mark Kermode, You need to do another Moral Panic video.

    From Melon Farmers.

    “Tory MP Julian Brazier has urged local authorities to ban Saw VI.

    He said: The British Board of Film Classification is passing more and more violent films.

    But councils do have the power to ban such films and I welcome any taking this tough line.

    Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch, called for tighter controls. She said: Studies link exposure to film violence with violent behaviour. If there is the slightest chance that media violence can cause harm, is it worth the risk?”

    I fear that if the Tory's get back in to power, we could be heading for another video nasty scare, with the Murdoch newspapers waving the moral panic banner just like they did back in 1984, and in 1993.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Jovica

    on 12 Oct 2009 17:10

    I believe that Citizen Kane didn't earn it's budget back and that it was met with mixed responses by critics.
    I even heard that it was booed at the academy awards.

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