the August Movie: a history of shit

August is a barren studio dumping ground, the kind of month in which movies like The Brothers Grimm and Stardust are sent off to die. According to nymagazine's scientific analysis, the studios have put out 169 lousy movies in the past fifteen Augusts, and merely 26 halfway-decent ones. That's 11.2 movies per August that make you want to claw your eyes out. It's not like every other month features dozens of excellent movies, but August is unique in offering so many bad ones, and so many that are sooooo bad.

I just grabbed a few highlights from the nymagazine story. its worth checking out for the rest. NYMag August Awfulness.

August 1995
Halfway-decent movies (1) Lousy movies (11)
Babe Something to Talk About, Virtuosity, Bushwhacked, Dangerous Minds, A Walk in the Clouds, A Kid in King Arthur's Court, Mortal Kombat, The Babysitters' Club, Desperado, Lord of Illusions, The Amazing Panda Adventure

August 1998
Halfway-decent movies (0) Lousy movies (11)
Bad year. Snake Eyes, Halloween: H20, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Avengers, Air Bud: Golden Receiver, Blade, Dead Man on Campus, Dance With Me, Wrongfully Accused, 54, Why Do Fools Fall in Love

August 1999
Halfway-decent movies (5) Lousy movies (11)
The Sixth Sense, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Iron Giant, Dick, Bowfinger Brokedown Palace, Mystery Men, Detroit Rock City, Mickey Blue Eyes, Universal Soldier: The Return, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, The 13th Warrior, In Too Deep, The Astronaut's Wife, The Muse, Dudley Do-Right

August 2001
Halfway-decent movies (1) Lousy movies (15)
The Others Rush Hour 2, The Princess Diaries, Original Sin, American Pie 2, Osmosis Jones, Rat Race, Captain Correlli's Mandolin, American Outlaws, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Summer Catch, John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Bubble Boy, Jeepers Creepers, O

August 2005
Halfway-decent movies (2) Lousy movies (7)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Red Eye The Dukes of Hazzard, Four Brothers, Skeleton Key, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Valiant, The Brothers Grimm, The Cave

August 2007
Halfway-decent movies (2) Lousy movies (9)
The Bourne Ultimatum, Superbad Underdog, Hot Rod, Rush Hour 3, Stardust, The Invasion, War, Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Nanny Diaries, Halloween