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Old 05-15-08, 09:17 AM
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Single worst year for movies?

In the "best year" thread, PopcornTreeCt nominated 1982 for the worst year. It was certainly an unimaginative year of sequels (Road Warrior, Rocky III), remakes of stage shows (Annie, Peter Pan), and sword & sorcery movies (Conan the Barbarian).

It gives me pause if one of the best movies of the year is a franchise picture like Star Trek II.

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Universal) $359,197,037
2. Tootsie (Columbia) $177,200,000
3. An Officer and a Gentleman (Paramount) $129,795,554
4. Rocky III (United Artists) $125,049,120
5. Porky's (Fox) $105,492,483
6. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount) $78,912,963
7. 48 Hrs. (Paramount) $78,868,508
8. Poltergeist (MGM) $76,606,280
9. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Universal) $69,701,637
10. Annie (Columbia) $57,059,003
11. The Verdict (Fox) $53,977,250
12. Gandhi (Columbia) $52,767,889
13. First Blood (Orion) $47,212,904
14. The Toy (Columbia) $47,118,057
15. Firefox (Warner Bros.) $46,708,276
16. The Dark Crystal (Universal) $40,577,001
17. Conan the Barbarian (Universal) $39,565,475
18. The Sword and the Sorcerer (Group 1) $39,103,425
19. Best Friends (Warner Bros.) $36,821,203
20. Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (Columbia) $36,299,720
21. Friday the 13th Part III (Paramount) $34,581,519
22. Tron (Buena Vista) $33,000,000
23. Young Doctors in Love (Fox) $30,688,860
24. Sophie's Choice (Universal) $30,036,000
25. The World According to Garp (Warner Bros.) $29,712,172
26. Victor/Victoria (MGM) $28,215,453
27. Blade Runner (Warner Bros.) $27,580,111
28. Airplane II: The Sequel (Paramount) $27,150,534
29. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Universal) $27,092,880
30. Some Kind of Hero (Paramount) $23,671,186
31. The Road Warrior (Warner Bros.) $23,667,907
32. Bambi (Buena Vista) $23,000,000
33. Pink Floyd The Wall (MGM) $22,244,207
34. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount) $21,437,879
35. Things Are Tough All Over (Columbia) $21,134,374
36. Night Shift (Warner Bros.) $21,095,638
37. Creepshow (Warner Bros.) $21,028,755
38. Quest for Fire (Fox) $20,959,585
39. The Man From Snowy River (Fox) $20,659,423
40. Six Pack (Fox) $20,225,989
41. My Favorite Year (MGM) $20,123,620
42. Deathtrap (Warner Bros.) $19,282,134
43. Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (Universal) $18,196,170
44. Peter Pan (Buena Vista) $17,200,000
45. Zapped! (Embassy) $16,897,768
46. They Call Me Bruce (Film Ventures Intl) $16,894,678
47. Death Wish II (Filmways) $16,100,000
48. Kiss Me Goodbye (Fox) $15,782,759
49. Star Wars (Fox) $15,476,285
50. Grease 2 (Paramount)
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Old 05-15-08, 09:31 AM
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1998 was a pretty terrible year.
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Old 05-15-08, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by BullGooseLoony
1998 was a pretty terrible year.
You'd have to explain that one, I was actually just thinking how much I liked '98, was pretty strong personally (I'm bias, as Dark City is one of my favorite movies). IE:

Dark City
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Rushmore
Saving Private Ryan
The Truman Show
Run Lola Run (Didn't open stateside until mid '99, but yeah.. bootlegs)
Gods and Monsters
Primary Colors
Thin Red Line
Pleasantville
Out of Sight
Elizabeth
Mask of Zorro
Prince of Egypt
A Bug's Life
There's Something About Mary
The Big Lebowski
American History X
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Happiness
Antz... There's plenty more that I enjoyed, but at this point I can already think of worse years.

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Old 05-15-08, 10:02 AM
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10,000 B.C. pretty much sucked for movies. They only thing they showed was Quest for Fire!

Sorry....now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
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Theatrically, 2002 was pretty awful. There's only a few movies I saw that I really really liked and the rest weren't very good. There were also a ton of stinkers: Murder by Numbers, Friday After Next, Showtime, etc.
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Originally Posted by Star Wars Guy
10,000 B.C. pretty much sucked for movies. They only thing they showed was Quest for Fire!
It sucked so hard even the movie about 10,000 B.C. sucked. That's power.
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Flame me all you want, but Close Encounters might be the only good thing to come out of 1977.
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Old 05-15-08, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by printerati
Flame me all you want, but Close Encounters might be the only good thing to come out of 1977.
You're nuts. Annie Hall? Star Wars? Eraserhead? Suspiria? (just to name a few)
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How about the first year of the Hayes Code?
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Old 05-15-08, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by printerati
Flame me all you want, but Close Encounters might be the only good thing to come out of 1977.
I think you are forgetting one of the all time greats. It was the first part of an epic trilogy, and its sequels came out in 1980 and 1983.

That's right, I'm talking about Smokey and the Bandit.
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Old 05-15-08, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
You're nuts. Annie Hall? Star Wars? Eraserhead? Suspiria? (just to name a few)
I've seen them all, and Allen, Lucas (especially), Lynch, and Argento did nothing for me this year.

Nor did Hal Needham.
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Originally Posted by RichC2
You'd have to explain that one, I was actually just thinking how much I liked '98, was pretty strong personally (I'm bias, as Dark City is one of my favorite movies). IE:

Dark City
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
Rushmore
Saving Private Ryan
The Truman Show
Run Lola Run (Didn't open stateside until mid '99, but yeah.. bootlegs)
Gods and Monsters
Primary Colors
Thin Red Line
Pleasantville
Out of Sight
Elizabeth
Mask of Zorro
Prince of Egypt
A Bug's Life
There's Something About Mary
The Big Lebowski
American History X
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Happiness
Antz... There's plenty more that I enjoyed, but at this point I can already think of worse years.
The Waterboy
Doctor Dolittle
Deep Impact
Godzilla
Star Trek: Insurrection
Lost in Space
U.S. Marshalls
The Man in the Iron Mask
What Dreams May Come
Small Soldiers
The Negotiator
The Replacement Killers
Blues Brothers 2000
Sphere
Soldier
Holy Man
Tarzan and the Lost City
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Old 05-15-08, 11:44 AM
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I remember 1998 seeming like a pretty bad year. At one point I was especially looking forward to the year, I remember there being rumors that Superman Lives and a new Indiana Jones movie would be coming out then.

Man, did I actually see Small Soldiers in the theater? I think I did, but why?
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1992 was a pretty lousy year for movies. Even the 5 Best Picture nominees were only so-so flicks:

Unforgiven
Scent of a Woman
A Few Good Men
The Crying Game
Howard's End


The top 5 box-office draws (domestic) weren't much to rave about either:

Aladdin
Home Alone 2
Batman Returns
Lethal Weapon 3
A Few Good Men
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1982 a bad year? How could a year that gave us The Thing, Death Wish II and Blade Runner ever be considered bad?

It's all subjective. Any year I post here that was filled with bad films can just as easily be refuted by someone that posts all the good films for that year. Every year is full of terrible shit, and it's also full of a lot of films people love.

I'll throw out 1998 as well, if only because it was the year that gave us a cinematic travesty of epic proportions: Godzilla.
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1998 also gave us He Got Game
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
1982 a bad year? How could a year that gave us The Thing, Death Wish II and Blade Runner ever be considered bad?
Not to mention E.T. and Wrath of Khan.
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20. Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (Columbia) $36,299,720
That is very impressive.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
1982 a bad year? How could a year that gave us The Thing, Death Wish II and Blade Runner ever be considered bad?

It's all subjective. Any year I post here that was filled with bad films can just as easily be refuted by someone that posts all the good films for that year. Every year is full of terrible shit, and it's also full of a lot of films people love.
exactly, most of the movies of '82 are legendary cult movies that people love to this day. just because they aren't Oscar worthy doesn't mean they don't then and still entertain the hell out of people.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
I'll throw out 1998 as well, if only because it was the year that gave us a cinematic travesty of epic proportions: Godzilla.


It also introduced us to:

ARMAGEDDON

the cheese-fest that made Harry Knowles cry like a baby.
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What year did Birth of a Nation come out? Cause that would have to be the worst year. Armegeddon couldn't compare to the effect on American culture that movie had. I'd take a thousand Michael Bay movies over DW Grittifth's.
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Originally Posted by Nick Danger
In the "best year" thread, PopcornTreeCt nominated 1982 for the worst year. It was certainly an unimaginative year of sequels (Road Warrior, Rocky III), remakes of stage shows (Annie, Peter Pan), and sword & sorcery movies (Conan the Barbarian).

It gives me pause if one of the best movies of the year is a franchise picture like Star Trek II.
Are you serious? I think that last is terrific for movies. And Star Trk II is arguably the best genre/sci-fi movie ever made.
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Originally Posted by jeffkjoe
It also introduced us to:

ARMAGEDDON

the cheese-fest that made Harry Knowles cry like a baby.
I keep hearing about Knowles infamous tears for this flick. Does anyone have a link to the review where I can read his weepy prose?
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No, but it's interesting that 1998 is also the year that Harry Knowles was invited to the premiere of Godzilla, and was apparently so wowed by it all that he gave a GLOWING review to Godzilla '98! He loved it and gushed over how great it was...and then it was released and everyone realized it was awful -- and then he changed his mind and said that he realized that the movie was actually shitty. Yup.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
I keep hearing about Knowles infamous tears for this flick. Does anyone have a link to the review where I can read his weepy prose?
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/1631

Here ya go

It's really long, so here's a few snippets...

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The first time I cried in the film was when Billy Bob Thornton says, "For the last twenty years the U.S. Government has wondered why to fund us, let's give them an answer today." (or something real close to that) That got me because it was such a sad statement on the situation. That this asteroid was coming to take us all, and it's because we weren't funding the searches, because we weren't looking to the skies, but to our own petty problems here on earth, too preoccupied with blowjobs in corner offices than to look into the sky and see that it was falling.

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The performances in the film capture me, each and everyone of them. Like OUT OF SIGHT was for the crime lovestory, this is for the action/adventure/sci-fi/love story. The dialogue I felt was snappy and sharp, the score was perfect. Trevor Rabin gave these men, these simple men that could never put a sunset into words, and he gave them a soul, he gave them the nobility they didn't know they had themselves.

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I can't understand not loving this film, it's just not in me to grasp it.

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I'll see the film again on Wednesday, I'll stand in line for hours, I'll take my sister and I'll see her tremble and cry, a reflection of myself and many others. Not everyone will love it, but for those of us that do, don't doubt the motivations, it's not because we're paid, it's not because we went to DisneyWorld, it's because we loved the movie. And it's because of that that I won't talk of the Aerosmith concerts or my brushes with the famous, that's not what you'll get for your $8, and it won't be what I get for my $8 bucks either. But the comments I made for this movie are whole and real.

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