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1 item from 2011

Unloved movies seek good home

19 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They all had budgets, directors, hopes. But their fate was the same – to end up alone and unwanted in a discount bin. A moved Joe Queenan sets up an orphanage for forgotten films

At the convenience store up the street from my office stands a sad little rack filled with cut-rate DVDs. A sign proclaims "Great DVDs for less than $10", but that is false advertising. There are one or two movies on the rack that are not transparently awful – Shutter Island, Public Enemies – but almost without exception the DVDs, which cost $6.99 apiece, are bombs, duds, direct-to-video trash, flotsam and jetsam, bunkum, twaddle, slime and crap. Current fare includes Observe and Report, a Seth Rogen comedy about inept mall cops; Leaves of Grass, a goofy "comic thriller" starring Ed Norton as identical twins – one an addled drug dealer, one a professor of classics; The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, a comedy »

- Joe Queenan

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