A lunchtime conversation has generated interest in discovering the winners in the following categories:
1) Worst well-regarded film
2) Most overhyped film (note that this is slightly different from above; the first measures the absolute badness level, while the second measures the delta between reputation and actual quality)
3) Worst film to win a best picture Oscar
4) Most disappointing film (ie should have been good but wasn't--Godfather III, Phantom Menace, the latest Indiana Jones atrocity)
5) Worst movie, full stop. (Must have been a major motion picture release--no direct-to-video, or film festival torture tactics, please)
6) Worst movie with good direction (ie terrible script, awful acting, producer interference, etc)
7) Biggest unknown treasure
Currently I have only a nominee for the last category: The Americanization of Emily, written by Paddy Chayefsky and starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.
Bonus discussion: is it time to declare a moratorium on DVD buying pending switchover to Blu-Ray, as one friend has already done, and if so, should it apply to things like 1930's films or grainy made-in-Italy postwar black and white flicks?
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