The Worst Biopics… Ever
Here are the worst biographical films of all time, accompanied by my usual negative comments.
My boss cheated on me.
While I was on vacation, he ran somebody else’s movie list in my space. I’ve never felt so betrayed.
But we both learned something from the experience. We learned that the half-empty glass gets so much more attention than the half-full glass.
Allow me to explain.
The editor — for the sake of clarity, let’s call him Jeff — ran a news-service story listing the 10 best movies of 2011, according to the syndicated writer with whom my boss was cheating. The story did well enough in the online version of this newspaper that my editor was motivated to run a follow-up column from the same writer.
The second story was a list of the 10 worst movies of 2011, and it drew five times as many readers as the original.
“Don’t you think that’s interesting?” the editor asked.
“Why would you think I would be surprised by that?” I responded. “I have made a living out of being negative.”
In fact, I was scolded once for being too negative by Shirley MacLaine. Although the actress has since forgiven me, she was angered at the tone of my questions, and instructed me to work on being more positive. That’s not going to happen.
But I was encouraged by my editor’s discovery that many of you are just as negative as I am. It was heartening to learn that we are bonded in a negative way.
Therefore, I am inspired to write something negative today.
I recently compiled a list of the 40 best biopics (biographical films) of all time, so a list of the worst biopics was begging to be written.
I timed my original list to the opening of Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady, in which the two-time Oscar winner portrays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Early reviews suggest that Streep could pick up her 17th Oscar nomination for the role. I am sure I will have something negative to say about it if she does.
For now, here are the worst biographical films of all time, accompanied by my usual negative comments.
-- Barry Koltnow - The Orange County Register (MCT)