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2012-04-12 08:13:05 AM  
I've got to disagree with the Godzilla one: They *ONLY* reason it gets a bad name is that it carries the baggage of all the Godzilla films that came before it, and in fact it's superior to almost all of the traditional Godzilla films, with the exception of the first one. Even there, the 1998 version is superior in many ways to the original 1954 version, and not just in special effects. The science is better.

And I say this as a fan of Eiji Tsuburaya's work.

/Grew up watching Godzilla movies and Ultraman.
 
2012-04-12 08:44:27 AM  

dittybopper: I've got to disagree with the Godzilla one: They *ONLY* reason it gets a bad name is that it carries the baggage of all the Godzilla films that came before it, and in fact it's superior to almost all of the traditional Godzilla films, with the exception of the first one. Even there, the 1998 version is superior in many ways to the original 1954 version, and not just in special effects. The science is better.

And I say this as a fan of Eiji Tsuburaya's work.

/Grew up watching Godzilla movies and Ultraman.


I lost it when the dotted line of Godzilla's travel to NYC went through the Panama Canal.

Also, list fails without SST.
 
2012-04-12 10:10:23 AM  
Battlefield Earth doesn't belong on that list.
 
2012-04-12 10:45:23 AM  
Ghosts of Mars had an excellent soundtrack.
 
2012-04-12 11:17:25 AM  
I don't think its fair to I Am Legend to put it on that list. It's easily the best of those 20 movies. There's a difference between a movie being a "disappointment" and just not being as good as it could have been. I was still satisfied with it.
 
2012-04-12 11:25:28 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Battlefield Earth doesn't belong on that list.


I am unsure as to how to see this comment, either you are being facetious, you have never seen the movie, or you are a Scientologist. (There is a minute possibility you are John Travolta but, I am going to assume this not to be the case.)
 
2012-04-12 11:29:46 AM  

Ennuipoet: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Battlefield Earth doesn't belong on that list.

I am unsure as to how to see this comment, either you are being facetious, you have never seen the movie, or you are a Scientologist. (There is a minute possibility you are John Travolta but, I am going to assume this not to be the case.)


In order for it to qualify as a 'disappointment', people would have to have expected it to be something other than a steaming pile of horsecrap before they went in to see it.
 
2012-04-12 11:29:48 AM  

DamnYankees: I don't think its fair to I Am Legend to put it on that list. It's easily the best of those 20 movies. There's a difference between a movie being a "disappointment" and just not being as good as it could have been. I was still satisfied with it.


I thought it was only a little disappointing, but solid in a lot of ways.
 
2012-04-12 11:30:56 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: In order for it to qualify as a 'disappointment', people would have to have expected it to be something other than a steaming pile of horsecrap before they went in to see it.


Thank Xenu! I was slightly afraid you might be serious!
 
2012-04-12 11:49:28 AM  

DamnYankees: I don't think its fair to I Am Legend to put it on that list. It's easily the best of those 20 movies. There's a difference between a movie being a "disappointment" and just not being as good as it could have been. I was still satisfied with it.


It may be the best of those movies, but they still horribly farked up the ending, basically invalidating the entire point behind the title and its meaning.
 
2012-04-12 12:23:47 PM  
I kinda like Johnny Mnemonic and even Judge Dredd despite their many, many flaws. Ron Perlman made Alien Res watchable.

Holy gods, Alien vs. Predator is an awful, awful thing. I'd rather take a chestburster through the ass than watch another one.
 
2012-04-12 01:13:32 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: Ennuipoet: DammitIForgotMyLogin: Battlefield Earth doesn't belong on that list.

I am unsure as to how to see this comment, either you are being facetious, you have never seen the movie, or you are a Scientologist. (There is a minute possibility you are John Travolta but, I am going to assume this not to be the case.)

In order for it to qualify as a 'disappointment', people would have to have expected it to be something other than a steaming pile of horsecrap before they went in to see it.


I loved the book when I was a kid, I read it in one night, and was really looking forward to the movie. I knew, though, after seeing previews and hearing the early reviews that I was going to be disappointed and, indeed, was.
 
2012-04-12 01:13:58 PM  
Why in the hell isn't the horrible Keanu Reeves version of "Day the Earth Stood Still" on the list? Or Spielberg's "War of the Worlds"?
 
2012-04-12 01:14:06 PM  

Quasar: I kinda like Johnny Mnemonic and even Judge Dredd despite their many, many flaws. Ron Perlman made Alien Res watchable.

Holy gods, Alien vs. Predator is an awful, awful thing. I'd rather take a chestburster through the ass than watch another one.


I just remembered that one of my best friend's dad was involved with AVP. Has has a veritable list of awesome movies to his name, and some bad ones, but holy hell was that the worst.
 
2012-04-12 01:19:30 PM  
Yo I'm really happy with your list, and Imma let you finish, but Mass Effect 3 had the worst sci-fi ending of all time. OF ALL TIME.
 
2012-04-12 01:21:58 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Why in the hell isn't the horrible Keanu Reeves version of "Day the Earth Stood Still" on the list? Or Spielberg's "War of the Worlds"?


Did you mean "War of the AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"?

I think that was the name of that one. It would more accurately describe most of the sounds you hear coming out of the little girl for half the film.
 
2012-04-12 01:22:32 PM  

Quasar: I kinda like Johnny Mnemonic


Johnny Mnemonic is fun in a batshiat crazy kind of way, I think if it didn't have Gibson's name attached to it, it might be considered campy fun (along the same lines as Hackers maybe).

John Carter strangely missing from this list (especially given the original book's status as one of the foundational works of SF)
 
2012-04-12 01:23:06 PM  
Haha! I really liked all those movies.
 
2012-04-12 01:26:21 PM  

MDGeist: Haha! I really liked all those movies.


Battlefield Earth included? Shirley you can't be serious?
 
2012-04-12 01:28:27 PM  

Snapper Carr: Quasar: I kinda like Johnny Mnemonic

Johnny Mnemonic is fun in a batshiat crazy kind of way, I think if it didn't have Gibson's name attached to it, it might be considered campy fun (along the same lines as Hackers maybe).

John Carter strangely missing from this list (especially given the original book's status as one of the foundational works of SF)


Perhaps John Carter was so badly marketed that they didn't notice it came out.
 
2012-04-12 01:29:07 PM  
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2012-04-12 01:30:54 PM  
I think Matrix: Revolutions was a bigger disappointment than Reloaded. When I first saw it, I thought, "Okay, this was a little weak, but it could be building up to a huge 3 act." Then they took all that potential and flushed it down the drain.

/Also, I am Legend was decent. Shouldn't be on that list. But, MIB 2 should be.
 
2012-04-12 01:31:31 PM  
Too old?

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2012-04-12 01:32:07 PM  

under a mountain: Too old?

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Yeah, that's more than 20 years old.
 
2012-04-12 01:32:46 PM  
Yes bbfreak, even Battlefield Earth.
 
2012-04-12 01:33:02 PM  
One of the finest sci-fi novels ever written, HG Wells' 19th century masterpiece Island of Dr. Moreau deserves an adaptation that faithfully captures its horrifying tone. At the very least, it deserves a better adaptation than this star-laden misfire, which history has noted as one of the most disaster-laden film productions on record. British director Richard Stanley started with good intentions, but was quickly fired when Val Kilmer began to ask for script revisions (for reasons best known to himself, he wanted to reduce the time his protagonist spent on screen by 40 per cent) and the first few days' rushes failed to satisfy the studio. Seasoned director John Frankenheimer was brought in as a replacement, but the resulting film was an utter mess: horrifying, but not for the same reasons as the book. Sadly, the film's famously messy shoot will probably put off any other studio or filmmaker who might otherwise have made their own adaptation of Wells' haunting fiction.

Dear sci-fi-cinema "fail" expert: recycling well-worn tales of how difficult Val Kilmer is does not bolster your contention that the movie was an aesthetic failure.

I will defend Frankenheimer's Moreau to the death.
 
2012-04-12 01:33:25 PM  

Treygreen13: Bathia_Mapes: Why in the hell isn't the horrible Keanu Reeves version of "Day the Earth Stood Still" on the list? Or Spielberg's "War of the Worlds"?

Did you mean "War of the AAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"?

I think that was the name of that one. It would more accurately describe most of the sounds you hear coming out of the little girl for half the film.


I will give that movie one thing: the sound effects used for the aliens was pretty badass. Scared the crap outta me when I first heard it. The noise the Reapers make in ME3 is pretty close to what it sounded like.

But damn if Dakota Fanning's incessant screaming didn't ruin the whole damn thing.
 
2012-04-12 01:35:21 PM  

puckrock2000: Missing from list.


I liked The Hitchhiker's Guide. But it's such a beloved book that I can see how somebody could consider it a "disappointment". The film doesn't allow for all the hilariously random thought processes of the characters to be imparted upon the viewer.

For example, the part at the beginning where he's blocking the bulldozer. Adams goes off on this hilarious inspection of the foreman and how he's related to Genghis Khan and sometimes hears the sounds of horses. And it's so strange and not important to the plot but at the same time it makes the novel that much more interesting.
 
2012-04-12 01:35:51 PM  

That coward David Lopan: /Also, I am Legend was decent.


I assume because the movie completely and utterly missed the point of the book. I did really like the first half of it. I thought Will Smith deserved a lot of credit for his portrayal there.
 
2012-04-12 01:36:09 PM  
No "Watchmen" ?


Also I wouldn't call "Lost in Space" a disappointment. It sucked exactly as expected.


dittybopper: . The science is better.



Godzilla was a male but still lays eggs ? You fail science forever.
 
2012-04-12 01:36:41 PM  
You guys have probably already said this, but hell no. Reloaded isn't the conclusion and is my favorite of the series. What the hell is this guys problem. Also I do enjoy I am Legend.
 
2012-04-12 01:39:05 PM  
Terminator: Salvation. What a giant, nonsensical pile of horse crap.
 
2012-04-12 01:39:36 PM  
I wouldn't put Alien Resurrection on the list. Considering how Alien 3 ended and we knew Ripley would be back, I knew it was going to be shiat and wasn't at all disappointed when I saw that. Alien 3 did need to be on the list, even if I don't think it's as bad as it's been made out to be,
 
2012-04-12 01:40:24 PM  
I will agree with the writer on one thing: in "Species" the frequently-disrobed Natasha Henstridge did not disappoint.
 
2012-04-12 01:41:58 PM  

One Bad Apple: No "Watchmen" ?


The only really big issue I had with Watchmen was the ending - some of the performances were uninspired but they were balanced out by some equally excellent performances. Apart from those two things it's probably the best adaptation of an Alan Moore story that's been filmed.
 
2012-04-12 01:41:59 PM  

Teknowaffle: I just remembered that one of my best friend's dad was involved with AVP. Has has a veritable list of awesome movies to his name, and some bad ones, but holy hell was that the worst.


So how many dads does your best friend have, anyway?
 
2012-04-12 01:45:02 PM  

vygramul: I lost it when the dotted line of Godzilla's travel to NYC went through the Panama Canal.


Remember the scene where Nick is first introduced to the team investigating, and he ends up standing in a huge footprint? That happened in Panama. The implication is that the animal crossed the isthmus of Panama on foot at night, or at least part of it. In fact, as I recall, the introduction to that scene places it at Colon, Panama, which *IS* right next to the canal.
 
2012-04-12 01:45:04 PM  
My list (in no particular order):

Star Wars: Episode 1
Star Wars: Episode 2
Star Wars: Episode 3
Starship Troopers
Battlefield Earth
Hackers
Any sequel to Jurassic Park (people were eaten there - stop going back you farking morons)
Any Hulk movies
Wild Wild West (frankly never should have been made)
Spiderman 3
Fantastic Four movies
Superman reboot (how do you fark up superman)
XMen 3 (how do you fark up Xmen?)
Waterworld (you based your movie on something completely impossible)
Indiana Jones 4 (SUCK. FEST.)
Pretty much anything made by Michael Bay.
 
2012-04-12 01:46:25 PM  
Alien: Resurrection is miles better than the crap fest that was Alien3. No, its not close in tone to Alien or Aliens, but at least its a functioning movie with a plot, discernable, distinct characters and competently-written dialogue that serves to move that plot along, rather than a creepy 2 hour music video.
 
2012-04-12 01:46:33 PM  
The film version of Aeon Flux was disappointing. Loved the animated shorts on liquid television, but the movie just fell flat.
 
2012-04-12 01:46:35 PM  

verbaltoxin: Terminator: Salvation. What a giant, nonsensical pile of horse crap.




I didn't think this was too bad, but it definitely felt like 2 completely different scripts colliding into one movie.



I would also add that I'm surprised the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movie don't have more of a cult following. To me, Reloaded felt like the Wachowskis buying into their own hype and making a glorified fanfiction, but I thought that would at least appeal to someone. Otherwise, the only really defense I've seen of the sequels is a half-hearted "well, they aren't that bad."

I may one day get around to seeing Revolutions, but it doesn't sound like an enticing prospect even when I see HBO airing it.
 
2012-04-12 01:48:16 PM  

bdub77: Waterworld (you based your movie on something completely impossible)


Yet "The Core" didn't make your list?

Now that was a terrible, terrible movie.
 
2012-04-12 01:48:36 PM  

DamnYankees: I don't think its fair to I Am Legend to put it on that list. It's easily the best of those 20 movies. There's a difference between a movie being a "disappointment" and just not being as good as it could have been. I was still satisfied with it.


Had they not called it "I Am Legend" it would have been a good sci fi movie. Instead they bastardized the source material and took away all meaning from the title which ruined it for anyone going in expecting to see the story made into a film.
 
2012-04-12 01:49:12 PM  
No Superman Returns? None of the batman movies; not even one?! Catwoman? I'd say most of those were worse than I Am Legend and equally 'disappointing'.

And no, John Carter shouldn't be added to the list. That was a good movie that got a bad rap.
 
2012-04-12 01:50:18 PM  

bdub77: Any sequel to Jurassic Park (people were eaten there - stop going back you farking morons)


To be fair, the main character in both sequels basically says, "no" to going back but ends up going either to A) save somebody he cares about or B) is forced to go at gunpoint.
 
2012-04-12 01:51:31 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Yet "The Core" didn't make your list?

Now that was a terrible, terrible movie.


No, that was definitely horrible. I would add 2012 to that list too. I mean. fark there have been some atrocities.

I tend to rate my disappointments by my expectations, though. Sometimes you can just look at a movie and know it's gonna suck. The Core was one of those for me.
 
2012-04-12 01:51:58 PM  
Hey they put the last movie I drove in on the list! Yes I was in the Invasion. :( My company would whore a bunch of us out to production companies when they were in town. So if you see a movie or TV show shot in DC from about 2000-07 and you see a radio station vehicle in the background that was me or a coworker of mine. Most of the time I never knew what I was doing. I would drive there check in, hang out , eat, drive around , eat, drive some of the crew to their hotel. I did meet Nicole Kidman she was pretty nice.
 
2012-04-12 01:53:26 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: verbaltoxin: Terminator: Salvation. What a giant, nonsensical pile of horse crap.

I would also add that I'm surprised the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movie don't have more of a cult following. To me, Reloaded felt like the Wachowskis buying into their own hype and making a glorified fanfiction, but I thought that would at least appeal to someone. Otherwise, the only really defense I've seen of the sequels is a half-hearted "well, they aren't that bad."

I may one day get around to seeing Revolutions, but it doesn't sound like an enticing prospect even when I see HBO airing it.


Yeah thats me. The second(on this list) was great for fans. It tied in the animatrix and some of its sub plots, had a good cliff hanger, great action and fight sequences, and explored what the Matrix really is and how it contains humans.

third one sucked and for some reason the second one gets clumped with it.
 
2012-04-12 01:54:05 PM  
WHAR DUNE!?
 
2012-04-12 01:54:47 PM  
I think there's a big difference between a disappointing movie and just a crappy movie. Did anyone expect The Core to be good? was anyone disappointed when it wasn't? Something like the Matrix sequels are disappointments because the first film set high expectations.
 
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