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(HitFix)   The ten worst box office hits of all time. It's still sad to realize so many of us got duped into watching The Phantom Menace   (hitfix.com) divider line 236
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2012-05-13 01:44:54 PM  
I was really excited to go see The Phantom Menace. It was the last dollar I ever spent on Star Wars.
 
2012-05-13 01:51:09 PM  
I agreed with all of them except My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I enjoyed the movie, and was also glad to see an independent movie do so well.
 
2012-05-13 01:57:14 PM  

DrRatchet: I was really excited to go see The Phantom Menace. It was the last dollar I ever spent on Star Wars.


I remember going to the midnight opening day premiere of that movie. There was just this excitement in the air, this feeling of just being so excited that Star Wars was back.

So the screen goes black, and the words "A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" appear on the screen, and the crowd goes nuts. The familiar opening chords of the theme strike up, we're in a frenzy. Then comes the opening crawler. When we are informed that a "trade dispute" is going on, the excitement suddenly starts to die down. And it continues to dissipate throughout the whole thing. By the time it's over, it just feels like I could be at just about any other movie. And the crowd left far more silently than they arrived.

It's a feeling familiar to all of us now: that realization that maybe George Lucas isn't the master filmmaker we thought he was. But at that point, on that night, it was a punch to the gut.
 
2012-05-13 02:15:58 PM  
This list totally fails without Titanic.
 
2012-05-13 02:16:07 PM  
I was a foolish child. I saw TPM 11 times in theaters
 
2012-05-13 02:17:13 PM  
I had a good friend that was a Star Wars geek. I can't stand any of the 6 movies. But I traded taking her to the movie for her getting me rather high.

I very rarely smoke. Like, pretty much never. However, I've seen all 6 Star Wars movies high as a kite.
 
2012-05-13 02:33:08 PM  
I have paid to see some of these movies, but never more than once. I have seen some of them on TV. And some I have no intention of seeing if I can help it. And I was forced to see Titanic 6 times. Yes, it should be on the list.
 
2012-05-13 02:43:02 PM  
I loved The Phantom Menace.

And there's nothing you can do about it.

/list fails HARD without Titanic
 
2012-05-13 03:01:50 PM  
I didn't like any of the Shrek movies. The first one was okay. Just okay. They got progressively less impressive after that.
 
2012-05-13 03:13:59 PM  

Saborlas: /list fails HARD without Titanic


Titanic wasn't that bad. A bit predictable and sappy, but the crap it tends to get is largely undeserved. It just became cool to hate on it.
 
2012-05-13 03:21:24 PM  
Come on, the Phantom Menace was not THAT bad!

This, however, was a disaster:


www.radiantattack.com
 
2012-05-13 03:21:59 PM  
I see that the Titanic omission has been deftly covered. Leaving before Celine Dion's song comes back with a vengeance.
 
2012-05-13 03:22:45 PM  

Nabb1: I didn't like any of the Shrek movies. The first one was okay. Just okay. They got progressively less impressive after that.


I agree about the first one being just okay, but that whole genre of comedy sells itself on a few really great bits per movie. It's like sketch comedy, even in it's heyday SNL tended to only have 2-3 truly funny bits per show. For me at least, the Shrek series usually manages to deliver that. The Snow White Immigrant Song bit will always be one of my all time favorite moments in animation, even if it's surrounded by a fairly lackluster movie.
 
2012-05-13 03:22:46 PM  
Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

/I wonder if that furry that was so depressed about not getting to live on the Avatar world ever got over it.
 
2012-05-13 03:24:33 PM  
Or 'Daredevil'
 
2012-05-13 03:24:36 PM  
Haven't seen any of them....I guess I have good taste in movies.

/saw the original Star Wars in the theater
//Thought it sucked
///Haven't watched anything to do with Star Wars since
 
2012-05-13 03:26:47 PM  

PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.


It's hilarious how people like you latch onto the same tired cliche and try to pass it off as if you're so witty.

Avatar was a great movie, deal with it.
 
2012-05-13 03:26:48 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

comicbookhotties.com

/daredevil was a necessary evil to allow for Elektra
//no excuse for ben affleck
 
2012-05-13 03:27:45 PM  
On Stranger Tides was the 2nd best of the Pirates series.
 
2012-05-13 03:28:08 PM  
The Phantom Menace.. yeah, it's pretty Meh.
Shrek Forever After: I saw it once on cable. Thought it was better than the 3rd one, anyway.
My Fat Greek Wedding: I've seen some of it on cable. It's not bad, but not really my kind of movie.

Haven't seen any of the others on the list; didn't want to see them even once.
 
2012-05-13 03:28:23 PM  

9beers: Avatar was a great movie, deal with it.

sucked. Deal with it.

/oh, oh, 'unobtainium'
//oh oh there are hundreds of tribes... and millions spent in special effects
 
2012-05-13 03:28:31 PM  
Oh look, "all time" now dates back as far as 1999. These internet list writers must be maturing.
 
2012-05-13 03:29:11 PM  

9beers: PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

It's hilarious how people like you latch onto the same tired cliche and try to pass it off as if you're so witty.

Avatar was a great movie, deal with it.


Avatar sucked, man. I'm sorry. James Cameron's last good movie was T2: Judgment Day. Deal with it.
 
2012-05-13 03:30:48 PM  
Oh, and no t&a in Avatar either.

/only pro is Michelle Rodriguez
//www.moviephotogallery.com
/hot like my spunk all over her
 
2012-05-13 03:32:03 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Oh look, "all time" now dates back as far as 1999. These internet list writers must be maturing.


Yeah, I started looking at the list and had to go back to the headline to see if I had really read "of all time" and it wasn't just a trick my mind played on me.
 
2012-05-13 03:32:37 PM  

DrRatchet: I was really excited to go see The Phantom Menace. It was the last dollar I ever spent on Star Wars.


Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. As a well known sci-fi character once said "fool me once, shame on you..."

I've seen less than half the movies on that list, and they all did suck, except I did see the pirates one, and I thought it was better than any of the others besides the first. They just turned in a big confusing ball of nothing. I figured it was one of them had gotten listed at first.
 
2012-05-13 03:34:01 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

After dropping ten bucks on this mess a buddy and I were killing time at the theaters arcade and got to talking to some guys as we each waited our turn at a new Star Wars game. Soon enough I said "Oh by the way, save your money and avoid WWW." One of them looked at me and said "Are you serious? That's what we're here to see." I told him it was utter trash and he should get his money back and see something else. His buddies weren't so sure but a few others in the crowd had also just seen it and agreed with me. Shortly after they were at the ticket counter swapping for another movie.
 
2012-05-13 03:34:04 PM  
If The Phantom Menance was just a bad movie, it would have died a horrible death right away. It didn't. Children love the prequel.

Is it the greatest movie, I've ever sceen? No. But you judge Star Wars as a Star Wars movie. Just like you wouldn't judge a James Bond movie to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Personally I hate Avatar and Titanic. But people found them entertaining. I thought Avengers was a great action flick, but a weak movie. I will probably see watch avengers a few time more- never worrying about plot or anything.
 
2012-05-13 03:35:37 PM  

urban.derelict: oh, oh, 'unobtainium'


Another favorite line of the hipsters. You do realize that Cameron came out and said why he chose that name, right? You realize it's a joke that has been used by scientists since the 50's right? Of course you didn't.

i51.tinypic.com
 
2012-05-13 03:38:53 PM  

9beers: urban.derelict: oh, oh, 'unobtainium'

Another favorite line of the hipsters. You do realize that Cameron came out and said why he chose that name, right? You realize it's a joke that has been used by scientists since the 50's right? Of course you didn't.

[i51.tinypic.com image 128x128]


You post that picture a lot when people don't agree with you. Maybe you're the hipster.
 
2012-05-13 03:39:26 PM  
If the original Star Wars had been released today, it would be seen as a pretty crappy movie.

Kids like the Phantom Menace just like Farkers liked Star Wars when they were kids.

Kids will grow up and think The Phantom Menace is still a good film and the prior generation of Star Wars Episode IV homers will continue to think that was an awesome movie.
 
2012-05-13 03:40:10 PM  
I actually liked the last Indiana Jones movie. It was fun in a sort of campy way
 
2012-05-13 03:41:06 PM  
GF loved Alice In Wonderland and I didn't mind it.

Agreed with the whole list and most of them are movies released in just the last 5 years.
 
2012-05-13 03:41:35 PM  

cptjeff: Saborlas: /list fails HARD without Titanic

Titanic wasn't that bad. A bit predictable and sappy, but the crap it tends to get is largely undeserved. It just became cool to hate on it.


No, it was bad, and Cameron whined like a little biatch when one prominent reviewer panned it.
 
2012-05-13 03:41:38 PM  

PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

/I wonder if that furry that was so depressed about not getting to live on the Avatar world ever got over it.


To be frank, not everyone is a movie buff. Dances With Wolves was over 20 Years ago. Many people haven't seen it.

There is also the fact that Dances With Wolves was far more realistic: there was no world saving.
 
2012-05-13 03:42:30 PM  
Avatar and Matrix 3 were the biggest cinematic disappointments of my life.
 
2012-05-13 03:42:53 PM  

Sabyen91: Gordon Bennett: Oh look, "all time" now dates back as far as 1999. These internet list writers must be maturing.

Yeah, I started looking at the list and had to go back to the headline to see if I had really read "of all time" and it wasn't just a trick my mind played on me.


Technically the headline is "10 of the worst..." not "the 10 worst..."

/managed to avoid seeing any of them
//I did see the filming of Pearl Harbor while flying into Honolulu tho'
///csb
 
2012-05-13 03:42:54 PM  

9beers: PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

It's hilarious how people like you latch onto the same tired cliche and try to pass it off as if you're so witty.

Avatar was a great movie, deal with it.


Avatar is one of the few movies that I considered getting up and walking out of. I absolutely hated it. The other movies on the list include Ang Lee's Hulk, Matrix Reloaded, and The Transformers. Phantom Menace was close.

I know people might like Avatar, I just can't for the life of me understand why other than the fact that it visually looks pretty. Good CGI is not enough to make me like a movie. The whole time I sat there thinking about Fern Gully and being shocked that it was the same movie, but with aliens.
 
2012-05-13 03:43:22 PM  

9beers: Avatar was a great movie load of crap, deal with it.

 
2012-05-13 03:43:40 PM  

9beers: PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

It's hilarious how people like you latch onto the same tired cliche and try to pass it off as if you're so witty.

Avatar was a great movie, deal with it.


You forgot part:

I wonder if that furry that was so depressed about not getting to live on the Avatar world ever got over it.

So...did you get over it?
 
2012-05-13 03:43:47 PM  

mikemoto: I actually liked the last Indiana Jones movie. It was fun in a sort of campy way


This! It was an Indiana Jones movie. I can even forgive the fridge scene. The thing that did it in for me was Aliens. And I thoroughly enjoyed the campus chase. Get that greaser!
 
2012-05-13 03:46:11 PM  

MoronLessOff: mikemoto: I actually liked the last Indiana Jones movie. It was fun in a sort of campy way

This! It was an Indiana Jones movie. I can even forgive the fridge scene. The thing that did it in for me was Aliens. And I thoroughly enjoyed the campus chase. Get that greaser!


The fridge scene was silly but all the Indy movies have silly stuff in them. Shia swinging through the trees like tarzan with a bunch of bad CGI monkeys though, that was some BS there.
 
2012-05-13 03:47:23 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: Children love the prequel.


That's the biggest problem with the prequels, Lucas wrote them more for the younger audience than he did for those of us that had grown up with the original movies. You could already see him going in that direction with the goddamn Ewoks in RotJ. He tried redeeming himself with RotS and did make the best of the final three films, but the damage was already done.
 
2012-05-13 03:47:31 PM  

mikemoto: I actually liked the last Indiana Jones movie. It was fun in a sort of campy way


My two problems with that movie was the Fridge and the vine swinging. But every Indiana Jones movie had one or two scenes like that. The Raft scene in temple of doom, and the airplane in the Tunnel scene in Last Crusade.
 
2012-05-13 03:51:35 PM  

9beers: urban.derelict: oh, oh, 'unobtainium'

Another favorite line of the hipsters. You do realize that Cameron came out and said why he chose that name, right? You realize it's a joke that has been used by scientists since the 50's right? Of course you didn't.


There's a good reason why scientist aren't known for being comedians.

My brother is a rocket scientist, he hated the reference because it took him out of the movie.
 
2012-05-13 03:53:53 PM  
Say what you will about Pearl Harbor... the director's cut of the battle is one of the goriest war scenes off all time.
 
2012-05-13 03:54:47 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: My brother is a rocket scientist, he hated the reference because it took him out of the movie.


If the name of a fictional mineral is enough to take him out of the movie, he shouldn't be working on anything other than a deep fryer. No, scratch that, he'd probably lose focus and reach in to check the fries. Also, saying "it took me out of the movie" is another famous hipster cliche.
 
2012-05-13 03:55:35 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: But you judge Star Wars as a Star Wars movie.


So, Star Wars movies are supposed to be made up of interminable dialogue scenes, and action sequences that make absolutely no sense and run on for far longer than they should have? It's funny, I don't remember the Star Wars movies being boring (well, except for Empire- I hated Empire as a kid).

9beers: He tried redeeming himself with RotS and did make the best of the final three films,


It was "the best", only because: 1) no annoying kid, 2) no improbably acted and written love story. It was farking terrible. And still, so much pointless dialogue. Seriously, this is Star Wars. Do you know how much political discussion I want to see in a Star Wars movie? NONE. Across all three movies, we needed about 5 minutes spent in the Senate Chambers to establish Palpatine. Instead, we get what felt like hours of time in the senate.
 
2012-05-13 03:56:01 PM  

PainInTheASP: Avatar. I'm not sure what was worse, the fact that the movie itself was just a subpar Dances With Wolves for the chromatically impaired or that so many people went absolutely apeshiat over it.

/I wonder if that furry that was so depressed about not getting to live on the Avatar world ever got over it.


I usually refer to it as "Dances with Smurfs". Or Ferngully II.
 
2012-05-13 03:56:36 PM  
List fails without Birth of a Nation.
 
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