From Bad to Worse: FULL SERIES PASS
From Bad to Worse is a six-week descent in the depths of cinematic hell led by local writer/performer David Schmader. Schmader premiered his annotated screening of Paul Verhoeven's notorious stripper drama Showgirls at the Northwest Film Forum in 1999, after which he toured the "live cinema essay" to film festivals around the country and recorded his critically acclaimed commentary for MGM's special-edition Showgirls DVD in 2002.
During the Showgirls touring, audience members asked, "What movie's next?," and From Bad to Worse is the start of the answer. This series features a half dozen films of near-Showgirls-ian failure, presented in workshop screenings hosted by Schmader, who'll provide short introductory lectures and running commentary for each of the six films. The results of these workshop screenings will then be boiled down and gussied up for Schmader's forthcoming full-length cinema essay Nomi's Inferno: An Annotated Journey of American Cinematic Terribleness.
Fair warning: These movies are terrible, and we will be watching them all the way through. This is why it's wonderful that the screenings are being hosted by Central Cinema, where friendly people will bring beer and wine and food right to your seat. (The booze helps kill the pain, and the food helps sop up the booze so the next day doesn't suck.)
SCHEDULE OF FILMS
MON DEC 8: Battlefield Earth
In the year 2000, John Travolta squandered every ounce of his post-Pulp Fiction goodwill on Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000, a Scientological allegory based on a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, and a huge, multifaceted pile of poop. In addition to being co-producer and a major financial contributor, Travolta delivers the worst performance ever given by an actual movie star. (Golden Raspberry Award Winner for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (John Travolta), Worst Supporting Actor (Barry Pepper), Worst Supporting Actress (Kelly Preston), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple (John Travolta and anyone who shares the screen with him).)
MON DEC 15: Leonard Part 6
Prior to the release of 1987's Leonard Part 6, co-writer and star Bill Cosby encouraged his fans to stay away from the awesomely odd, kaleidoscopically tone-deaf comic spy caper. Don't let Bill Cosby boss you around. The first thirty seconds of Leonard Part 6 are worth the price of admission alone. (Golden Raspberry Winner for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Bill Cosby), and Worst Screenplay.)
MON DEC 22: Can't Stop the Music
This 1980 disco musical stars the Village Peoplethose YMCA-loving macho menand was directed by Nancy Walker (aka "Rhoda's mom" and "that Bounty paper-towel spokeswoman"). It only gets weirder from there. (Golden Raspberry Winner for Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.)
MON DEC 29: Road House
This crap-movie classic of 1989 stars Patrick Swayze as a superstar bar bouncer whose sensitive zen ideals are routinely sacrificed on the altar of throat-ripping judo! If Showgirls were a boy, it would be Road House. (Golden Raspberry nominee for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor (Patrick Swayze), Worst Supporting Actor (Ben Gazzara), and Worst Screenplay.)
MON JAN 5: Rhinestone
In 1984's honky-tonk spin on Pygmalion, Dolly Parton must turn Sylvester Stallone into a bone-uh-feyed country singeror subject herself to degrading sex with Ron Leibman! This country-fried creepfest will give you twangy nightmares. (Golden Raspberry Winner for Worst Actor (Sylvester Stallone) and Worst Original Song ("Drinkenstein," words and music by Dolly Parton).)
MON JAN 12: Gigli
In 2003, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez teamed up to make the most aggressively bad movie since Showgirlsa sexy/schmaltzy crime drama that will make you laugh, cry, and possibly vomit. (Golden Raspberry Winner for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Ben Affleck), Worst Actress (Jennifer Lopez), Worst Director, and Worst Screen Couple (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez).
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