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Old 05-20-2005, 09:53 PM   #21
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Million Dollar Baby - for my money, the Academy's worst pick for Best Picture in years. I thought that Hilary Swank's performance was very touching, but the film itself was a self-important mediocrity. The first half packs in every single sports-movie cliche in the known universe; the second is overwrought, forced melodrama with some of the most cartoonishly evil supporting characters ever.

Mystic River was also overrated as hell despite the strong ensemble work.

Silence of the Lambs - IMO nothing more than a pedestrian thriller lifted by two exceptional performances.

The English Patient - mostly because the appeal of Ralph Fiennes as a lead eludes me completely.

Clockwork Orange, definitely. Malcom McDowell is its only saving grace and even he's completely unconvincing as a 15-year-old.
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This thread reminds me of the seinfeld episode where Elaine is the only person who dislikes "The English Patient."

I thought Bambi was a pathetic excuse for a movie, there's no way you can call that a "classic".
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But Flower was sooo cute in that movie! And don't tell me you didn't shed a tear when Bambi's mother got it!


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Sure Bambi had its cute/sad/sappy moments, but I don't see how the folks at Disney could market the movie as "children's entertainment." It's really just an overly cute art house film. "Man" is the villain of the story? What were they thinking? "The Lion King", on the other hand, now that's entertaining!


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I would like to add Closer to the list. It's not a bad movie just very overrated. Julia Roberts and Jude Law annoyed me so much during the whole film. I did enjoy Clive Owen and Natalie Portman's performance.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Harry Potter series

Those are two stories that should have never been touched. Despite the wonderful special effects, Peter Jackson simply could not capture the majesty that is J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Not that I blame him. I don't think anyone could pack in all the history, description, and characters of Middle Earth into three hours. Plus, now whenever I read the trilogy, I picture Elijah Wood's annoying face in my head. The only truly good thing about the movies was Ian McKellen. And as for Harry Potter...IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN TOUCHED! I've been a fan of the series since 1999, and the movies were a huge disappointment. The acting is terrible (with the exception of a few, eg. Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, etc) and many of the key events are either left out or changed. And the directors simply could not incorporate J.K. Rowling's amusing and witty take on things. I don't even think I'm going to watch the fourth movie when it comes out.

If they ever decide to make movies out of Terry Pratchett's Discworld collection...
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Harry Potter series

If they ever decide to make movies out of Terry Pratchett's Discworld collection...
Terry said a few times in the interviews that he does not wish Discworld books to become movies, so I'd say they're safe, I have read a rumour on aint-it-cool-news.com once though that he and Terry Gilliam might want to adapt his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, "Good Omens".

I gotta say that personally I vastly prefer LoTR movies to the books <grins, ducks, runs>.

One movie I forgot to mention is "Fargo" by the Coen brothers. I loved Frances McDormand and her character but I just couldn't see why on earth that movie got so much acclaim. I just sat there thinking, so when the interesting stuff going to happen?
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Good Will Hunting. Everyone is going to disagree with me on this one, as no one offline has ever agreed with me before. I found it terribly average.

Fargo is a curious one. I rented it simply because of the acclaim, but again found myself spending most of it wondering if it was some kind of joke. Was it supposed to mock the people of Fargo? I'm not familiar with how accurate the people and settings were, not knowing the town or really the murders even, but yeah, I agree with you Saracene.
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American Beauty
Colateral
The Usual Suspects
LA Confidential
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Good Will Hunting. Everyone is going to disagree with me on this one, as no one offline has ever agreed with me before. I found it terribly average.
I despised that movie with a vengeance. Everyone was whiny and drowning in pitiful self-loathing, and Matt Damon irritated the hell out of me, as did Minnie Driver. I'm glad Robin Williams got an oscar (finally), because I think the man is not only insanely funny but really a talented actor, but still, his part was very average, if you ask me.

I disagree with you on Fargo, though. Great movie.

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I rented it simply because of the acclaim, but again found myself spending most of it wondering if it was some kind of joke.
You're actually not too far off on that. Contrary to popular belief, and the movie's intro, Fargo is 'not' based on a true story, and these murders didn't in fact take place (at least, not as depicted in the movie). Fargo isn't even in Minnesota, its in North Dakota .The movie, like many Coen Brothers pictures, is a joke, so to speak. A superbly acted, scripted and elaborate one.

Coen Brothers take rarely take their films seriously in the conventional sense. They like to take old plot devices and genres and give it a whole new spin on them, sometimes even changing them so much you find it hard to even recognise the genre, but its still there. Their easiest example to follow is 'Miller's Crossing', a relatively 'strange' gangster movie, to say the least. Fargo is a rip off of film noir, as many of their films are, and also of 'the true story' film, essentially making fun of all those movies which begin with the 'this is based on a true story' and the oh so patronising 'our of respect for the people involved, their names have been changed' etc. Its one giant piss-take.

Oh, its a lot more than that, but the whole point (if there is a point in any Coen Brothers movie) is really not so much in trying to make a great statement on humanity, but to try to draw the audience into a world so familiar and bland, to catch them as off guard as as the unsuspecting participants in the movie. The only real 'freak' in the film, and even he takes time to unravel, is Peter Stormare's character, the silent one - the rest are all fairly conventional. They're all 'so' blandly normal, until their little eccentricities reveal themselves. Except for Marge (Frances McDormand's character), who is almost absurdly normal.

Again, they love doing this; starting with a very normal, very bland and very realistic setting, and then slowly (sometimes abruptly) tranforming/warping it. In this case, how can anything be more 'normal' in our minds than 'oh, its a true story'? With that device, the plot in the first half of the movie resonates a lot more and, to an extent, disturbs us more. Maybe it even amuses more. But in a way, yes - it is a joke.

Gosh, I love this movie.

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Good Will Hunting. Everyone is going to disagree with me on this one, as no one offline has ever agreed with me before. I found it terribly average.
i couldn't understand all the fuss about that movie either. i loathed matt damon's character. i didn't want him to succeed, i wanted him to get run over by a bus so the movie would end already.

mystic river was alright, but it wasn't all that great. i found the plot was kind of slow and dull.

training day--two hours of my life i will never get back.

i'm not a lord of the rings fan, but i can appreciate the artistic mastery that went into making the movies.
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I would like to add Closer to the list. It's not a bad movie just very overrated. Julia Roberts and Jude Law annoyed me so much during the whole film. I did enjoy Clive Owen and Natalie Portman's performance.
Agreed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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and Moulon Rouge.

I guess I have a thing against musicals.
I absolutely hated this movie.
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I gotta say that personally I vastly prefer LoTR movies to the books <grins, ducks, runs>.

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yeah... you do right running I love the movies, but the book is even better

I also like the Clockwork Orange... alright, is not as good as the book (as usually) but I just love the 70's visual design and stuff so I really like to see that movie. And I love Moulin Rouge by a similar reason I love art noveau and all about the industrial revolution so I find that movie great in the visual level.

...now.. movies that I don't like:

* the english Patient
* Star Wars ( episodes I and II, I haven't seen the third) and the digitalized versions of the old ones (with unnecesary scenes and awful aliens as ever)
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Star Wars ( episodes I and II, I haven't seen the third) and the digitalized versions of the old ones (with unnecesary scenes and awful aliens as ever)
I think you mean to post this in the "movies that critics and fans both disliked and you don't like either" category.
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The only good thing bout Moulon Rouge was Gavin's song....
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Last Tango in Paris. It's not a complete waste of time - Brando has some astonishing acting moments, especially his character's monologue by his wife's side. But overall it's a pretentious bore IMO; Maria's Schneider's character is a vacuous plot contrivance and the irritating subplot with her boyfriend tested my patiece to the limit. Sex scenes are pretty tame and un-shocking by today's standards too.
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The only good thing bout Moulin Rouge was Gavin's song....
Agreed. I really love Nicole Kidman, but I DESPISE Ewan 3487819385729875 TIMES as much as I love Nicole Kidman. He's so annoying, it makes me want to rip my own hair out!!!!! His voice is nails on a chalkboard.

Other-movies-everyone-else-loves-that-I-hate....

Top Gun
Star Wars
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Down With Love (again with the Ewan thing)
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I think this belongs in this thread...



http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse...._shitty_movies

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