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A year in pans from our film critic A year in pans from our film critic

Bad movies can be torture to watch, but a blast to write about. Thankfully, the resulting pans can also be a lot of fun to read. Below, we’ve singled out every predominately negative review (that is, C- or lower) written by our resident film critic and master of the pan, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, in 2017.

In 2017, we had some bad news and some good news In 2017, we had some bad news and some good news

No doubt you’re thinking, “How could there be anything good about the greasy roadkill stain that 2017 has left on the highway of American history?” It’s true that we spent much of this year staring shellshocked at our social media feeds, wondering how we got to a place where the revelation that an outspokenly…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best TV shows of 2017 The A.V. Club’s 20 best TV shows of 2017

The A.V. Club’s picks for the top TV of 2017 carry with them a hint of escapism: otherworldly settings, larger-than-life characters, lavish costumes, talking horses, kitchens straight out of an interior designer’s wildest fantasies. Whatever could we be trying to escape from? And could we reasonably expect our glowing…

How America’s Favorite Sports Betting Expert Turned A Sucker’s Game Into An Industry How America’s Favorite Sports Betting Expert Turned A Sucker’s Game Into An Industry

Full wagering is illegal in 49 states, but sports betting is big business, with billions wagered each year—and everyone knows it. Lines and moves are discussed openly on TV, and covers are mentioned right next to game stories. Media outlets nationwide turn to a handful of people for insight and predictions into point…

The First Three Rocky Movies Were Nothing But White Wish Fulfillment The First Three Rocky Movies Were Nothing But White Wish Fulfillment

This piece originally appeared in the August, 1982 issue of Film Comment. It is reprinted here with permission.

The Storm Inside Reggie Jackson The Storm Inside Reggie Jackson

This piece was first published in the July, 1977 issue of Esquire. It is reprinted here with permission. Also be sure to check out the other Jackson profile, written the same year, that we republished in March.

When Ken Stabler Was A Country-Music Lyric Come To Life When Ken Stabler Was A Country-Music Lyric Come To Life

This article was originally published in the September 1980 issue of Inside Sports and appears here with permission.

The Greatest Hurdler In The World Makes His Escape From Perfection The Greatest Hurdler In The World Makes His Escape From Perfection

This piece originally appeared in the June, 1988 issue of Esquire, and is featured in the essential new anthology, Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works of Mark Kram.

When Baseball's Most Famous Druggie Tried To Save The Yankees' Addict When Baseball's Most Famous Druggie Tried To Save The Yankees' Addict

This story appeared in the April 8, 1990 edition of The National Sports Daily. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

What Failure Did To Pat Riley What Failure Did To Pat Riley

This piece was originally published in the Dec. 1995 issue of Esquire. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

When Harry Caray Was A Rebel With A Microphone When Harry Caray Was A Rebel With A Microphone

This piece was originally published in the October, 1968 issue of Sports Illustrated. It is reprinted here with permission from Cope's family.

The Day A Shit-Talking Reggie Jackson Tore Apart The Yankees The Day A Shit-Talking Reggie Jackson Tore Apart The Yankees

This story was originally published in the June, 1977 issue of Sport. It also appears in the collection Renegades. It is republished here with permission, and includes a postscript from the author.

The Slow Destruction Of Pete Reiser, The Greatest Player Who Never Was The Slow Destruction Of Pete Reiser, The Greatest Player Who Never Was

The following piece was originally published in the March, 1958 issue of True, and is excerpted from The Top of His Game, a collection of W.C. Heinz's best sportswriting. It is reprinted here with permission from Gayl Heinz.

When Muhammad Ali Was A Has-Been When Muhammad Ali Was A Has-Been

The following is excerpted from Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists, a compilation of boxing columns by John Schulian, who wrote for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times. The excerpt contains 12 columns about Muhammad Ali that were written during the twilight of the champion's career, and is…

"It's Okay If You're A Machine": Inside Hubie Brown's Brutal Philosophy "It's Okay If You're A Machine": Inside Hubie Brown's Brutal Philosophy

This piece was originally published in the Dec. 9, 1979 issue of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission, and is followed by an afterward from the author.

Idol Makers: How Steve And Ed Sabol Turned NFL Films Into An Empire Idol Makers: How Steve And Ed Sabol Turned NFL Films Into An Empire

Originally published in the Sept. 1996 issue of Philadelphia Magazine, and reprinted here with the author's permission.

Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world and knocked out Mike Tyson, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. This profile appeared in Sports Illustrated three years later, after Douglas had lost his title to Evander Holyfield. It has been reprinted here with the author's permission.

The Relentless Scrimmage In Dean Smith The Relentless Scrimmage In Dean Smith

This piece originally appeared in the March 1982 issue of Inside Sports. It is reprinted here with the author's permission.

How Archie Moore Fought Forever And Became Boxing's Folk Hero How Archie Moore Fought Forever And Became Boxing's Folk Hero

This piece was originally published in the New Yorker on Nov. 11, 1961. It is reprinted here with permission.

The Ex-Con Who Turned His Life Around, And The NBA Star Who Killed Him The Ex-Con Who Turned His Life Around, And The NBA Star Who Killed Him

This piece was originally published in the August 2002 edition of GQ. A postscript from the author follows.

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