What do George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Miles Corwin, Nick Flynn, Aimee Bender, D.A. Powell, Lee Gutkind, Steve Almond and David Sedaris have in common? They all agree that Vernon Lott's poetry is pretty bad. Don't worry, Lott asked for it. In his documentary "Bad Writing," Lott presents these well-known authors with a sample of his poetry in an attempt to suss out what, exactly, makes writing bad. He'd found his early -- and yes, mostly lousy -- poems in a basement, and the older-and-wiser Lott struck out across the country, visiting writers and writing professors asking them what bad writing is, exactly.
Everything about Bad Writing works. It's smart, funny and has an attitude. Made for around a $100,000, and financed by the director's uncle and his sister, the movie looks as tight and clean as anything Michael Moore has come up with. There's no bad lighting, no bad sound, no bad anything and this movie has the potential to do Napoleon Dynamite numbers.