[Some movies are too badly made to be listed here. There is one exception, but that is because it is made by a pretty good director and it has got rave reviews from some quarters. To avoid misconception, please note that Touch of Evil (a movie that made me cringe) is not listed here. Even Hostel and Cannibal Holocaust are not listed, though they came quite close. The James Bond Hyper Series was seriously considered too, but in the end was classified as being very seductive but merely Hypo Silly, with the silliness decreasing every decade, making one feel the need of a James Bond song, a bit in the vein of the Henry Kissinger song]
[In quite an alphabetical order]
- Basic Instinct (Mother of all con movies with intellectual pretensions)
- Birth of a Nation (The poisoned birth of the blockbuster by a man it is hard not to admire)
- Fatal Attraction (B-grade version of Basic Instinct)
- Psycho (Hitchcock’s supreme achievement in evil titillation: compare it with The Night of the Hunter and you can see the hollowness of Hitchcock’s purely technical brilliance)
- By the way, here is a movie about a real-life psycho. An historical psycho. A legendary psycho.
- Here is a movie about collectives of psychos who Make the World Safe for Democracy. It was a warning about our current age based on the technology of 1995. No one paid any heed and now the collective evil has increased exponentially.
- Rambo Series: Bewitchingly seductive evil movies targeted at adolescents. If there is anything on Earth that can corrupt the minds of young people, it is this, it is this, it is this.
- Ronin (A somewhat sophisticated kind of evil propaganda that also defiled a place made famous by Van Gogh)
- Shoot on Sight (Shameless Charlie Chan-ish sucking up to the Masters of the Universe)
- Taken (2008) (Actually, more unbelievably stupid than evil: one of the worst made movies I have ever seen, which takes something away from the evilness of the movie)
- The Deer Hunter (Even more sophisticated piece of evil propaganda, also starring ‘the Taxi Driver guy’)
- Wednesday (A movie made for Narendra Modi – who is said to have come with his whole cabinet to the premiere – starring two of India’s great actors I used to admire)
- War Machine (2017) (A deliberately stupid but evil movie that makes us feel sorry for all the war criminals, more than the victims, all the while targeting an imaginary fool, a straw man, and at the same time provides absolution for the criminal war machinery. What makes it even more diabolical is that it is based on the report of a real and rare journalist, who got killed – even if not by actual assassination, and whose report was made into an unfunny purposeless joke. It is not a failed movie. As an example of failed, but still quite good anti-war movie, see Catch-22 (1970). For a more recent but less good example, see War Inc. (2008). Buying a ticket to see such movies (or other works, fiction or non-fiction) or funding/promoting it is like a modern day equivalent of buying a Papal Indulgence for absolution. It is also a classic example of distraction/diversion based political magic tricks. Comparing it with The Deer Hunter or Ronin, you can see how low the intellectual bar for propaganda has come: the extent of the Dumbing Down of human civilization. However, all hope may not seem lost if you compare The Quiet American (2002) with The Quiet American (1958). Then again, a lot has happened between 2002 and now: Surveillance Capitalism, for example. On the racial front, were there ever so many Magical Negroes in a single film? On an Orwellian note, does anyone remember Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), or has it gone down a memory hole? The person who directed it is the same as the one who directed Catch-22 (1970). Perhaps that is why it is said, ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’.
[The list is intended to be provocative and if you think it is provocative, you won’t be branded a ‘faux intellectual’. Or a pervert for that matter.]