"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Last week’s slide show named the greatest remakes of all time. This week we go in the other direction and choose the worst — an assortment of movies and TV programs so misguided, lame or crass that they make your eyes ache and your brain hurt.
The list of outrages includes Sylvester Stallone taking over one of Michael Caine’s greatest roles, David Soul trying to fill in for Humphrey Bogart, Stephen King screwing up a Danish horror classic, and two instances of Hollywood remaking bleak masterworks with happy endings. Please add your own list of outrages in the Letters section; what good is misery if you can’t share it?
Every Friday, Salon writer Matt Zoller Seitz sifts through beloved classics and obscure indies for a slide show that sheds light on the hidden connections and most fascinating moments in film and TV history.