10 Geeky Movies That Should Have Been Great, but Weren’t

This was a great little list of movies. I think that many of you may agree with all of them…

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10 Geeky Movies That Should Have Been Great, but Weren’t

By Ken Denmead August 12, 2008 | 6:00:00
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We’ve recommended a number of movies to the GeekDad readership, and we’ve cautioned you against a few. This time around, we’re giving you a list of geeky films that should have appealed to us, should have made us drool with geeky joy, but turned out to be duds. These are movies that, if you missed them, then lucky you! And make sure not to show them to your kids – they’ll thank you when they’re older.

1. Mummy 3: as mentioned not too long ago on this blog, M3 was potential wasted. We all love Brendan when he’s got a script and sharp co-starts to work with, but this one seemed as if he was denied both on purpose. Add to that the actor playing his son was only 13 years his younger, while Brendan hardly looks a year older than he did back in the first film (which was set nearly 20 years earlier) and you’ll see why any geek worth their salt would snort derisively.

2. A.I.: The viral marketing for this movie on the internet set the tone for what Lost would do years later. I’ll admit it, I was hooked – and eventually got the special movie poster that had my email handle printed on it as the special gift for everyone who had participated in the online mystery. But while it was a pretty looking Spielberg pic, and gave us Jude Law in a career-making performance, ultimately it all felt flat, neither a compelling drama nor an overly impressive bit of science fiction.

3. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Again with the Jude Law. This one had so much buzz – all green screen with amazing effects, and a grand retro-pulp adventure feel, we all hoped it would usher in an era of Doc Savage and Flash Gordon revivals. But if you can’t deliver a decent plot, and the actors get lost amidst the effect, people will simply shrug and walk away.

4. The Time Machine: sometimes you’ve got to wonder why remake a movie that was done really, really well in the past, if you can’t deliver the same quality? Rod Taylor was full of geeky adventure in the 1960 version, and the decision to make the lead character American? Why? It’s an H.G. Wells story, for cripes sake! And Guy Pierce is English (ed. note: born English, grew up in Australia)! He could do the accent! Saddest part? It was directed by the great grandson of the author, and it was still bad.

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: speaking of why do a remake… When we heard Tim Burton was doing a new version of the Roald Dahl story, there was a lot of interest – knowing Burton’s distinct visual stylings, how would he interpret the classic tale? And with Johnny Depp on board as the enigmatic candy maker, this one seemed like a ready-made hit. Alas, it was a pale reflection of the 1971 version, containing all the snark and none of the heart. And while Depp’s performance was an interesting variation, no one could ever match Gene Wilder in the role. Utterly pointless.

6. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: I may take some flack on this one, but I’ll stand by my sadness that this film wasn’t better. It was enjoyable, for fans of the books, but didn’t we all want it to wash over the planet with a life-changing wave of laughter? It had a good cast. It had good special effects. It had a reasonably-adapted screenplay (though some of the adds were a bit odd). But in the end, it was… mostly harmless.

7. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: This one was really unforgivable. The source material, a couple of graphic novels by Alan Moore, were some of the most literate pulp adventure ever devised. Instead of working with that to craft a film of high adventure, they tore the concept apart, added a couple Americans to appeal to the movie-going audience, and changed a recovering opium addict into Sean Connery. This movie gave steampunk a bad name.

8. Erik the Viking: This should have been Monty Python funny, but instead it was only Monty Hall funny. I know, the joke doesn’t quite make sense, and neither did much of this movie. In a way, Baron von Münchhausen was the smart film alternative to this, but neither one set the world on fire, much to our chagrin.

9. Matrix 2/3: Sometimes, when a good movie is made, recognized as being good, and the filmmakers are given the money and creative freedom to expand their vision, you get greatness. Not this time. Where the first Matrix movie had been a lean, mind-twisting tale with groundbreaking special effects, the second and third were muddled, self-indulgent philosophical drivel with gaping plot holes. Alas for what could have been.

10. Waterworld: At the time, it was the most expensive movie ever made. A still-big Kevin Costner in a post-apocalyptic aquatic world should have been really really cool. In the end, the best thing that ever came of it was the stunt show at Universal Studios Theme Park.

Haha! And I saw that stunt show, it was fantastic!

I pretty much agree with all of these. They all had great potential. But, I’ll still watch Waterworld. I loved that movie for some reason. I didn’t know what the big deal was. It didn’t have to be 200 million dollars, but that stigma killed the movie. If it had stayed at 100 million it would have been huge.

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  1. Hey, I’m back…

    I going to comment on a few of those movies. While I have to agree with a few of those movies, such as A.I. which even on the second viewing lost me even more, I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Hitchhiker’s Guide. They were silly movies. I’m totally for not remaking something that was already great to begin with, but come one who didn’t enjoy Johnny Depp’s creepy performanace as Willy Wonka?? The music was great.. I could have told you about the Mummy3. It wasn’t appealing at all to me. the first one was good enough for me….

  2. Welcome back! 😛

    I have to say Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka was funny. And he kept in character so well too. Even if the movie is bad, Johnny Depp never is (I mean he was in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare…but only for about thirty seconds). But honestly, anything that he is in is good.

    I think A.I. continues to be one of those completely forgettable Spielberg movies…really, I think the last good movie he did was probably…uh…Jurassic Park (yeah, long shot, I know) I mean, even Schindler’s List was great, but the last time I was utterly wowed by a Spielberg movie was Jurassic Park. Sadly, that was over ten years ago…

  3. i can’t remember the last Spielberg movie I sawe. I think AI was it and like I say i saw it twice. Don’t ask me why… i didn’t like it the first time. The League movie, SUCKED big time. It was horrible and I lloove Sean Connery but that was just BAD. Don’t get me started on the Matrix 2/3. Heck, I didn’t even bother to watch the 3rd one. I learned my lesson from going to see the second one. Waste of my time and money.
    You know what 2 other movies you should add to to the list? “New World” with Colin Farrel and Spiderman 3. Both were a waste of time. No plot at all. In Spiderman 3 you could tell that the cast didn’t even want to do it. They were there because of a contract. It was horrible.

  4. A.I. came out in 2001, seems so long ago, and here are the rest of them:

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
    Munich (2005)
    War of the Worlds (2005)
    The Terminal (2004)
    Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    Minority Report (2002)
    Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

    Not that any of these were particularly bad, but they don’t stand the test of time that Jurassic Park does. Even The Lost World, which was ok at best, in my opinion, wasn’t as good as he work before Schindler’s List.

    League ended up being Sean Connery’s last movie before “retiring” he didn’t even want to come back for a little cameo in Indy IV. I’m still waiting for the Matrix sequels to come out. I saw the second one in the theater too, and it was so utterly disappointing, I did see the third one, but on bootleg and I was so happy I didn’t make a big deal about going to see it.

    New World looked like it had so much potential. I fell asleep watching it. It was too much of a artsy fartsy movie. Blah! What a waste. And Spiderman 3 was horrible. It was as if they shot the film with no intentions of making a forth one, because they crammed so much into it and also it looks as if corporate got their hands on it because there were so many things that seemed out of character for the film (I hated how many times they removed people’s masks only to have them say something and put it back on or towards the end when Venom has something written out with his web on the building–but these are just a few of my problems with the movie).

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