Best Of 2019

Best Terrible Film (Ok, We Mean Worst Film) Released in 2018 That Was Shot in Cincinnati: "Gotti"

Not all films shot in Cincinnati can be as good as Rain Man or Carol, but few are as bad as Gotti, which features a statuesque, stentorian, grimly determined performance by John Travolta as the famous New York Mafioso John Gotti. He chews out his tough-guy New York accent and, when Gotti ages, starts to look like a wax figure under his makeup. Travolta’s performance somewhat matches the stiff but rushed martial rhythms that director Kevin Connolly (an actor on the HBO show Entourage) brought to the project. It screams out for life. The most amazing thing about Gotti is that it somehow premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where Travolta’s greatest film, Pulp Fiction, won the Palme d’Or in 1994. Cannes didn’t — couldn’t — help Gotti, however.