Picks and Pans Review: The Worst Movies of All Time, Or: What Were They Thinking?

updated 03/25/1996 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/25/1996 01:00AM

by Michael Sauter

They don't hand out Oscars for Worst Picture, but if they did, would Showgirls beat Waterworld for 1995's bottom honors? Is contemplating the wretchedness of bad movies a little twisted?

Maybe, but it's also wicked fun in this roundup of Hollywood's most execrable efforts. Sauter, a freelance writer and film critic, doesn't offer much fresh insight, but he gleefully dissects such "megaton bombs" as the 1982 Moonie-backed mess Inchon, the 1980 roller-disco dud Xanadu and the self-indulgent, four-hour (culled from 500 hours of footage) Heaven's Gate, a 1980 movie that plunged so deeply into the red it helped to sink a studio.

After trawling through so much trash, you want to rush out and rent Citizen Kane, just for assurance that movies are indeed an art form; though it might be more fun to call friends and snicker at Ishtar all over again. (Citadel, $16.95)

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