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Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies

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Showgirls "or" Spice World?
Reefer Madness "or" Robot Monster?
battlefield Earth "or" The Black Gestapo?

One reviewer's relentless search for the most appalling abomination ever to disgrace the screen--at the rate of one movie a day . . . for a year

For every cinematic classic the studios have released, there have been dozens of cheesy monstrosities, overpriced flops, and sch

Paperback, Australian Edition, 328 pages
Published 2010 by Murdoch Books Australia (first published December 31st 2009)
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Jill Hutchinson
You have to be a fan of bad movies (which I am) to appreciate this funny, irreverent book of the author's search for the worst movie ever made........not the usual "so bad they are good" such as "Plan 9 From Outer Space" by the beloved Ed Wood, but the "so bad they are bad". These are films that are almost beyond belief in their ineptness....terrible acting,, no comprehensible story line, hysterical "special effects". look like they were filmed in your grandmother's rec room on a telephone, and ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dare anyone to find a more entertaining book about the artistry of awful films. The art of analyzing horrible movies is not as simple as you think. What constitutes shit to one person might be gold to another. However, I don't think a whole lot of people would protest what's good or bad with the films author and film reviewer Michael Adams researched. They're all bad. Real bad. Basically, every movie he analyzes (some of these films don't require much analysis) are all pretty much bottom of th ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written book for what it is, but by 3/4 of the way in, I was so offended by the central premise that I just skimmed the rest of the chapters to see if I recognized any movie titles. The book is an overview of the author's self-imposed quest to watch a bad movie every day for a year in an attempt to find the worst movie ever made. This is on top of his work obligations as a movie critic and his family obligations as a husband and the father of a young girl. I generally like books b ...more
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Adams watched one or more bad movies every day for a solid year as an experiment/endurance test. It's almost something Morgan Spurlock would try except there's no real social comment to be made. He watched everything from the Hollywood shit you can imagine (Ishtar, Batman & Robin, Superman IV, Jaws The Revenge) to stuff on VHS that was barely feature length and often had the boom mike showing. Adams also interviews various filmmakers for their picks, which adds to his growing list. I ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't enjoy crappy movies you probably won't enjoy this book. Luckily, I find a lot of appeal in fuckawfulness, so this is right up my alley. If you're one of those people who owns those 50-film box sets, this is pretty much tailor-made for you. Thankfully, it's not all out-of-copyright stuff reviewed, and modern crapola has an equal run. I mean, if the book hadn't included Gigli it would've failed at the first hurdle, right?

(Side-note: I know someone who was in Leonard: Part VI, so I di
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of those types of books where an author sets up a quest of some kind and seeks to fulfill it, not unlike the Year of Living Biblically and other like-minded stunt books or movies. The set-up in Michael Adams' book is that he will watch at least one bad movie per day for a year in an effort to discover the worst movie ever made.

Of course, we all know that rating a movie as the "worst ever made" is a pretty subjective judgment, so in order for this book to be worthwhile, it had better
Australian movie critic Michael Adams did what few cinephiles have attempted to do: to discover the worst movie ever made. In order to do so, he resolved to watch an average of one "bad" movie each day after spending time compiling a comprehensive list of bad movies from all over the internet. He uses a bingo machine to randomly select his movies each week; the movies are grouped into categories in different ways, including content, filmmaker, starring actors, or production companies. He develop ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not a bad book but you can see that this is effectively a blog turned into a book. Adams has some interesting and at times funny things to say about the films he watched, however the frequent interpolation of personal life moments between the film critiques does little to improve the interest in the movies and his comments about them. There were some elements within the book that worked quite well and Adams does have the capacity to deliver enough content to make a bad film fan consider him wort ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Super-fun. Adams really likes movies and people who make movies, so he approaches his project with a lot of good will. And because he's a film journalist, he's able to get people to talk to him about their movies. There is also much musing about what makes a movie bad, what counts as a "movie," film history, and so forth. It's a lot of fun discovering the "worst-movie" picks of people like John Waters and David Sedaris. I've read quite a bit about weird, bad, and "psychotronic" film -- and even ...more
P. Aaron Potter
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting read, in an episodic sort of way. While the author's commentary on specific films and auteurs were often amusing and enlightening (and I was both shocked and horrified to find how many of them I'd seen myself), there was never any particular conclusion. I kept anticipating some sort of 'summing up' of either the experience or the author's insights into film. Something, perhaps, could have been made of the fact that many critics find movies like Titanic or Star Wars episod ...more
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