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April 23, 2010



I am so glad I found your blog.




Another one that's so-bad-it's-amazing is "The Room."


Lara Pagan

Have you seen Scarecrow Slayer???



worst movie ever!


Rich, I was just going to ask how it is possible you have never written about "The Room" but I see someone else has linked to it. It could be a Master's Thesis in terrible-hunting. It has incompetence, absurdity, et al in spades and the midnight showings of it are so much fun.


I honestly thought that was Mark Hammill in the first screencap and was like "He's aging well...... terrible about his movie choices, though."

EZ Mac

That first screenshot is a wasted opportunity for a site banner. You could have photoshopped the backwards "Google" into a backwards "fourfour."


This is like the "new media" redux on Susan Sontag's "Notes on Camp."


I'm emailing this to my parents. Whenever I'm home they criticize the quality of television I watch. "Get a hobby!" they say. "You don't understand! Trash is my hobby!" I exclaim. Seriously. There's a lot to be said for "low culture" television, especially reality tv. It's a social archive of personalities, trends and behaviors we will have to study well into the future. And, oh yeah, it's fucking ENTERTAINING! But yeah, the way you describe your trash hunting articulates my thoughts exactly. SEE MOM AND DAD??


Have you ever written about Twin Peaks? You should. It has absurdity, melodrama, a giant AND dwarf.


Please use this clip wisely. I was once watching the SyFy channel, terrible-hunting, and I found the most terrific terrible of them all. It is called Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. Every detail, from the horrible acting, the casting of renowned 80s star Debbie Reynolds, to the exquisite CGI that could have probably more realistic if they did it with Play-Doh, makes this movie my favorite bad scifi movie ever.

Here is probably the greatest scene in direct to DVD movie history:

The rest of the movie has many gems though, and you need to watch it! Here is the preview:


Here are some choice quotes from the Wikipedia page for Mega Shark v Giant Octopus:

"The film features veteran actor Lorenzo Lamas and singer/songwriter Deborah Gibson as part of its cast, and was originally titled Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus 3D, but "3D" was stricken from the title when the studio failed to acquire adequate funding for 3-D film"

" In the chaos, the helicopter crashes into the glacier, and the combined damage breaks the glacier open, thawing two hibernating, prehistoric creatures. MacNeil narrowly avoids destruction as, unknown to her, a giant shark and octopus are freed."

" MacNeil reflects on the polar ice caps melting due to man-made global warming, and wonders if the creatures are mankind’s “comeuppance”"

"The shark then resurfaces and bites a portion of the Golden Gate Bridge."

solar collector

Few countries in Europe use either a collectivist system or exist as "welfare states." An in-depth look at the health care expenditures of the US v. European countries would immediately show the enormous--and I emphasize enormous--savings in the European systems.

dinning chairs

Oh I loooooved The Monster at the End of This Book. It would be interesting to see that fleshed out for a whole movie. Would these be movies for kids? Or movies about kids for adults like Where the Wild Things Are? I loved the Boxcar Children.

dinning chair

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has some very adult themes and could be really touching. Hm- I'll have to think some more- there's a book I want to read called Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Children's Book. It's a collection of essays from public figures on what they learned reading as a kid. Sounds pretty great.

solar energy

I really like your take on this. At my daughter's college the mood was celebratory. She told me she questioned it, but at the same time understood it.
"Sometimes you don’t realize how you feel until you don’t feel that way any more.

bar chairs

Thank you OSers for a flattering series of comments on the story that details my most embarrassing moment. I have rarely told this story, and certainly never to a large audience where some might take offense. But this has been a truly liberating experience, which you have all been a part of - and I thank you for coming along for the ride.

leather sofa

damn! It was going to be such fun watching all the mockery...

hydraulic jack

Translation: he read the polls that showed he had dropped from 26% to 8% in one week, after Obama released his birth certificate, killed bin Laden and, oh yeah, mercilessly ridiculed Trump at the Correspondents Dinner and made him a national laugh.

jack stand

Condemning torture should be welcome but I don't think he should get brownie points to use for other things. I was pulled in for a while by his "straight talk express," fool me once etc.

Power cord

Okay. I'm woman enough to admit that I shed a tear when I got to the part about your soon-to-be-ex-husband lying down still for you while you touched every part of his body, to remember. Nice work!

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So fun article is! I agree the idea!

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What a beautiful thing you did, helping your daughter create this project with such love and originality. I think you should ask the teacher if she objected to the stabbing story and then ask her why.

solar system

I'm glad you are not succumbing to the weight of others who don't know how to be helpful to you in your widowhood. Keep writing, I'll keep reading.

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