Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What’s the biggest film disaster ever?

What film best serves as a metaphor for a Hollywood disaster? ”Ishtar”? ”Gigli”? — Dean Bryant
Oh, Dean, those are too celebrated, too likely to show up in a Jay Leno punchline. I’d go for a more run-of-the-mill catastrophe, one of those heart attacks that studios suffer all the time, then write off as a little irritable bowel syndrome. I know: How about the 1992 fiasco ”Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” — an obnoxious comedy, with a godawful title, that represents a tragic career low on the part of ”funnyman” Sylvester Stallone. Medic!

What film would you recommend to an aspiring writer-director-actor? — Lance Goin
One movie isn’t enough to feed three careers! For the writer, I suggest the blunt force of Neil LaBute’s ”In the Company of Men”; for the director, the lyrical, found-object quality of David Gordon Green’s ”All the Real Girls.” And the actor can take comfort in the mediocrity of ”Volunteers,” from the lost-in-the-desert years of Tom Hanks.

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