I want to start out by saying that I am not trying to discredit any filmmakers' hard work. I know how difficult movies are to make and my intention of this blog is to celebrate a different type of movie, not trash anyone’s films.
I was recently chatting with some friends about the wonderfully made The Disaster Artist. Not only is it a good movie about making movies, but it is also a love letter to Los Angeles and all us dreamers out here. That was where the discussion began with my filmmaking buddies. Some of my friends were saying that it parlays the message that anyone can make a movie. I played devil’s advocate and said Tommy Wiseau was only able to make The Room because he had millions in the bank, so it doesn’t really speak to the ‘anyone can do it’ crowd. Wherever you stand, I think we can all agree that the movie accurately portrayed an indie film set and all the stresses that come with it. We then started to discuss how we stumbled across The Room and other ‘bad’ movies that we watch.
I love all types of movies. I like watching Oscar contenders around this time of year. I enjoy rushing to the theater any time a new Marvel film is out. I will always watch a Star Wars movie with an excited crowd. I dive into obscure foreign films on occasion. I am currently on a documentary binge. I also love watching ‘bad’ movies, especially with a group of friends. I’m talking epically bad movies because they can be ‘good’ in a weird way.
I find that a lot of people in the film industry are split when it comes to ‘bad’ movies. Like me, some simply enjoy engaging in laughter with an audience. Other filmmakers go out of their way to avoid bad movies since they ‘do not want to celebrate incompetence’ (their words). While I don’t fully agree, I can see their point. It is crazy that these movies can get made and released, whereas really high-quality indie films that my friends or I make won’t ever see the light of day. That can be frustrating. However, it doesn’t look like the imbalance will stop anytime soon. I mean, how many Transformers movies have they made?
I love watching movies. Even ‘bad’ ones. What are some of your favorite ‘bad’ movies? And please don’t say something like The Last Jedi. If you're frustrated by that statement, go cry on Twitter. I’m talking more along the lines of My Grapefruit, My Father (2004), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988), etc. In fact, here’s a handy little bad movie list off the top of my head: