Rediff asks its readers: "Tell us which are the worst films you have ever seen!" (the exclamation mark - is that even appropriate? Shouldn't there be a "frowney", or "reverse-smiley" face?)
How does one pick the worst film?
By "worst", does Rediff mean the most boring film? I've slept through dozens of films. Or by worst, does Rediff mean the most absurd, ludicrous, over-the-top film? But some of those can be quite entertaining, right?
Then there are some films that disgust us. Perhaps a shameless exploitation flick, or a blatantly manipulative film (think of all the Big Tragic Themed pictures - cheerful survivors of Holocaust, the heroine dying of cancer, boy loses puppy - ok, that one still makes me cry.) Or some pretentious auteur-director's film about a 30-something character who Finds Himself. And all those cliched coming-of-age films.
The trouble is, unlike Tolstoy's unhappy families, all bad films are alike. They are all bad, they are all boring. Yes, they are *all* worst. They may be bad for different reasons, but make no mistake - they are all equally bad.
If some of them are so bad that they are memorable, they slip into the so-bad-it-is-good category. If some of them are so bad that they are memorable, they could be merely ahead of their time. If some of them are so bad that they are memorable, they could actually be challenging the audience's beliefs and values or challenging the accepted norms.