On today's DVDuesday, Chris Gore reviews the newest Bond film, Quantum of Solace, which has to be one of the worst names for a film that we've ever seen, but it's not the only poorly named film out there...so, we're making a list of some of those films so that you can see what bad film names are all about.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995) - The who who did what and came down what now? This Hugh Grant film about the exciting world of cartography was likely meant to be whimsical and terribly British, but the title made it seem like it was going to be all about reading a topographical map.
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad (1967) - Sounds like all you need to know about the movie is in the title, doesn't it? I mean, there's not a lot of wiggle room there, but it seems like it might be an existential crisis film. What it's really about, however, is a woman who carries her stuffed, dead husband around with her wherever she goes. Nice.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - Aside from the fact that the title of this movie tells you absolutely nothing about what it contains, the fact that it sounds like a 1982-era Depeche Mode album betrays its colonial sensibility. Oh, and it also came with the ridiculous tagline, "The Courage To Do The Impossible Lies In The Hearts of Men. " What???
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (1967) - This film is more conventionally known by it's shorter title, Marat/Sade, and it happens to be a really amazing and disturbing piece of cinema, which I highly recommend to anyone who likes movies, but the title is so long and convoluted that it's almost impossible to remember. Extra points for using the title of a film to complete its backstory, however.