What is a movie you feel bad for not liking?
By - CartoonBeardy
Scott Pilgrim vs The World - I love Edgar Wrights work normally but I found Scott himself pathetically whiny but not in a charming way and the Ramona character by the end was someone I would have happily crossed a motorway blindfold to avoid at all costs. The video game visuals should have been right up my street too but I found it all a bit obvious and annoying.
I feel bad for disliking it because like some other replies, on paper it should have been everything I’d have wanted to see but I just couldn’t hack it. Then when it started to get plaudits everywhere and now has a minor cult fandom around it I feel bad because it’d look like I just come across as someone trying to look cool by being against the popular consensus.
Agreed. I liked the style of the film, but I gave not one fuck for any of the characters.
Except the drummer. She was good on the skins and pretty hot.
> but I found Scott himself pathetically whiny but not in a charming way and the Ramona character by the end was someone I would have happily crossed a motorway blindfold to avoid at all costs.
I thought this was the point of the movie? Scott has an idealised version of Ramona in his head, but she has baggage like everyone else. Scott himself acts like an absolute dickhead throughout gets called out on it, and tries to be a better person towards the end.
I liked the film personally, but I can totally understand why you and other people dont.
Yeah, they didn't stay crappy throughout.
I never said they get better. I said scott tries to be a better person at the end. His ignorance prevents him from getting all the way there, but he's going in the right direction at least.
there's really no redemption to their behavior imo. I'm not one to think movies need to teach you something but I feel like it's probably influenced a lot of people (who easily ignored the subtle hints that the characters behaviors weren't at all ok) to continue being shitty people
> The video game visuals should have been right up my street too but I found it all a bit obvious and annoying.
The video game visuals kinda confused me in the moment. Like, they're all musicians... and they barely play games at all. Why is the movie video game-themed?
The movie definitely has its fans and I'm glad people enjoy it--and I love most of Edgar Wright's films besides--but it was really hard for me to ride out a quest about a dude attempting to successfully cheat on his girlfriend. And he's rewarded for the effort.
He's not trying to cheat on anyone, he broke up with Knives so he could go out with Ramona.
Have you even seen the movie?
I've put off watching it for the longest time because I really suspect I'm going to feel the same way. Maybe some day, but my gut is saying "it should work on paper, but you're going to hate it".
SP vs TW comes across as just as you described: Someone sat down and wanted to design a movie that would hit a lof cultural check marks. "How can we make something that millennials HAVE to love" And low and behold they made the movie.
I got high and watched it again one time and it was extremely off-putting how shallow and vapid the main characters are. I'd be fine with the plot if scummy Scott wasn't also dragging along an underage girl into his pathetic hijinks
Tbf she was 17. And she was a better match for Scott than Ramona. I think they ended up together in the original ending iirc
Knives? She leaves for uni at the end I'm pretty sure. But romona and scott, I'm like 99% sure are still together after he defeats Gideon finally.
well I've never felt more sad for a fictional character. She needs to run and seek therapy. The movie atleast set her free
That's one I feel good for not liking tbh.
If you sat down and made a movie that should directly appeal to me you'll probably get something a lot like it, and I just don't care every time I try to watch.
I actually like your answer more than the original question.
What movie “checks” all the boxes of “I should love this movie” but you don’t.
For me it is the whole Pirates of the Caribbean series. Actors/actresses I like. I like pirates. I like fantasy and dramatic fighting. In theory I Should love this series and I just don’t enjoy it.
Even the first?
I don't think many would blame for not being a fan of all the films in the franchise. The first is by the far the best and achieved the best balance between the outlandish characters (like Sparrow and Barbosa) versus the straight "men" like Bloom and Knightley (quite telling that I can't actually remember the names of their characters).
Same here. In theory I should love Blade Runner, it has great elements and I understand why it’s considered classic, but it’s just not that exciting tbh. The story is very simplistic. Which makes it even more remarkable that BR2049 ended up being as good as it is.
2049 blew me away. I only went to see it because I had just signed up for MoviePass, and gotten my card that day. I was literally enthralled through the entire thing.
For me it's actuslly Blade Runner 2049. This sub just adores this movie so much lol but I thought it was just a beautiful slog.
I felt it was all the moments of silence and "nothingness" that made it a slog. A faneditor was able to trim 13 minutes from BR2049 without removing a single scene or line of dialogue and retain the (deliberate) slow pace and suddenly the movie is much *much* ***much*** better
Whoever edited the movie (or forced the editor to edit like this) should be blacklisted. It's horrendous, I don't care how beautiful the movie is if it requires an extra 13 minutes of slow lingering shots in an already 2 hr 30 mins film (2hr 43 theatrical cut with the shitty editing)
Hey, thanks for this!
Although I can't see a link or a download button anywhere? Is there something I'm missing
You have to pm the creator (and create an account first). This is all to protect the site from takedowns
Hot take: I was bored watching BR my first time and when I got to THAT speech at the end, I thought it was either edited weird or badly acted/delivering of the lines. I didn’t think it was anything more than mediocre
To this day, I don’t understand the hype over the emotional delivery of those lines. I “get” it but it Fell very flat for me
> To this day, I don’t understand the hype over the emotional delivery of those lines.
After everything he's seen, and everything he's done, it was all reduced to that moment; he was just another criminal on the run, just the end of another job. He was someone who had lived a long and storied life that was about to end like taking out the garbage, and no one would ever know about any of the beauty or horrors they had made him see in the course of it. They created him to do all of those things, and experience all of what he did, and in the end no one even cared about any of it...he was just made to die. Even without the sci-fi context the film has, Roy's last words are about slavery and to make Deckard consider that he was dying a person and not just another disposable machine.
I totally get when people think Blade Runner was boring, it's a slow movie that's bigger on world building than exposition and the dialog is from a movie that was a product of its time. Roy's speech isn't something that's going to just grab you as a moving bit of acting, it's more the context of what he's saying and what it suggests that has meaning...and if you're not into the movie, you did great by getting all the way to it but it's not going to mean much.
I enjoy Blade Runner and kinda like BR2049 but the way reddit and others jerk them off is beyond annoying to me. They're painfully slow movies, BR2049 especially, and unless you're reading deep into the themes of the movies the actual plots are boring as fuck
Ngl it's just a boring movie. When Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer are chasing each other through the building at the end its boring as hell. It's got some really good parts (the early scenes in the film are mesmerising) but it really suffers after that
The final speech is great but it comes out of nowhere.
I have not heard of any good argument for the original Blade Runner that is not related to visual, filmmaking, and atmosphere that are so groundbreaking you’re tricked into believing what you’re watching is better than it is, but it had a terrible screenplay. Messy, wandering, badly-plotted, clumsy characterizations...
I can understand some people not liking Villeneuve's direction and style of 2049, but those who claim that 2049's story is bad then the original is a cinematic masterpiece like Razorfist and Rob Ager are either "26 reasons why post-millennial movies are so awful!!!" boomers or hipsters with the 80s nostalgia goggles who don’t understand storytelling. Trust me, I was one of them, and I was only able to correct it once I rewatched the original Blade Runner and 2049 back to back.
I think some films listed (2001, Scott Pilgrim, American Beauty), part of the reason they made such an impact was their context, and sometimes a film doesn't hold up without the era around it.
You can't tell someone to feel the awe of the space race while seeing 2001 or the weird 90s malaise that birthed Fight Club, American Beauty and Office Space in a 12 month span - ironically all railing against a boring well paid job most of us would kill for in the f'd up decades to follow.
I like and loathe some of the films people are mentioning, and part of it is it's just a part of the zeitgeist. It doesn't mean it'll hold up as time goes on.
I think American Beauty does hold up because the 90s malaise is the context, and it is used to deliver the story, but it is not all the movie is about. The boredom caused by routine and the feeling your life is going nowhere is something that will be relevant for a long time.
It sucks how much has changed when it comes to the socio-economic ladder.
The one thing I always joke about is how I wish we can all be as poor as the people in Boyz N' the Hood, with their detached homes spaced far apart, with backyards so huge you can throw a "my son just go out of juvie" BBQ party big enough for the entire neighbourhood, let alone afford that much meat to serve them all. And that character was a single mother supporting two boys, one of their girlfriends, and a grandkid.
I often wonder how much neighbourds such as that in the movie have become gentrified over the last 30 years, because it was a pretty realistic depiction of the times.
As a massive fan I can respect it, I just get aggravated when people act like it must be impossible for *anyone* to find worth in it which they do with this film more than any other I've ever heard of.
It's actually a film that convinced me that it's okay for something not to be overly character driven (I still take umbrage with the idea that Dave and Frank are bad characters however....they serve the functions they're supposed to). Before I watched it I prioritized good characters over most other things a story could offer but I was so intrigued in the atmosphere and themes and presentation I just didn't mind at all.
So I started thinking that so many films have perfected the art of expressing those through characters which 2001 doesn't do so much, and that may trip some people up. Not claiming that's the case with you or anybody here, just a random thought.
I like 2001... But it's pacing is really slow and I generally only have it as background if I'm working or something, so, I get it. Maybe watch it in 30 minute increments or so.
I pride myself in being a movie fan. Watching thousands over my lifetime and a lot for someone at my age. My teenage to college years were filled with movies on all the time. Actively watching, passively watching. I hate it when Criterion has a sale because I max out my credit card damn near every time.
All that said...
2001 A Space Odyssey is a boring chore. Its hard not to fall asleep to it. I feel like this movie should be played perpetually in a dentist's office in place of a picture on the wall. Glancing up once in awhile you can't help but be amazed at the few frames you happen upon. But in no way would you sit there and stare at it for 3 hours and feel the same respect as if you saw it for 3 minutes.
Its my favorite movie I will never watch.
> Its my favorite movie I will never watch.
huh? that's a strange statement.
The Big Lebowski. I'd put it middle of the pack in the Coen Bros catalog.
Lebowski gets better with each viewing.
I think it’s one of the prime examples of a movie that gets better after each rewatching.
Yup. First time i watched it, i really didnt get the hype.
But now every time I see it pop up, i wanna watch it
I respectfully disagree, I laugh out loud at almost every line of this movie every time I watch lol.
I like Raising Arizona, Fargo and No Country more, but Lebowski does grow on me the more I revisit it.
Those three are choice Coen picks! I enjoy *Hail, Caesar* more and more each time I watch it.
*Hail, Cesar!* was extremely mediocre upon first viewing. Now it's a staple in this household.
We’re going to cut off your Johnson.
The quotes from it are a lot funnier in everyday life than they are in the movie. Which is rare.
Shut the fuck up, Donny!
(Do I win?)
Don't be fatuous u/jimmyjames1992
I feel like when I talk to people, The Big Lebowski is often the main Cohen Brothers movie most have seen, which is fine, but I always encourage people to check out their more recent stuff too!
I've seen almost every Studio Ghibli movie and aside from a small handful that I liked (not loved), the majority of them I felt pretty neutral towards. There were some I straight up disliked, too. As a lover of animation and Japanese shit, it kills me that I don't feel the same love for them that most people do.
Wes Anderson movies as well, particularly the stop motion ones. Appreciate the craftsmanship behind them, but I just can't get on with that whole vibe they've got going on.
I despise Wes Anderson's films, I feel like all he has going for him is this shallow brandable quirkiness and an insistence on hamfisting the most boring romances into everything. I particularly hated Isle of Dogs. I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into everything but wow, I feel like the guy doesn't have a lot to actually say.
I disliked Fantastic Mr Fox so much (one of my favourite childhood books) that I didn't even watch Isle of Dogs and probably won't watch anything else in that style. Cannot stand it either.
I actually loved American Beauty despite being skeptical of it since I’m not big on Sam Mendes or Spacey but that plastic bag shit is the most fake deep shit I’ve ever seen it was so fucking dumb I laughed out loud when the dude first played the video of it
That's the point though
to me it's kind of the opposite. I liked the plastic bag scene but thought there were several other moments and scenes that managed to sink it from "great" to "okay" for me.
I've only seen it once a few years ago but I really enjoyed the story and the performances but that dumbass dude with the plastic bag is so fucking ridiculous that I can't seem to grasp why I don't have a best picture academy award.
>most fake deep shit I’ve ever seen
You've met teenagers right? Because that's the kind of stupid shit that they do.
I will defend the feeling of a fall day right before it snows. That is real.
Wolf of Wall Street
In the stockbroker bros behaving badly category, I much prefer Boiler Room with Vin Diesel.
I can't blame anyone for hating this movie. Its masculinity set at 1000 and glorifies someone who is truly a real life villian. The post movie controversies are just as evil. The movie is a seemingly cocaine fueled mess that's overly long and shows life in a way no one will ever experience.
I hate that I absolutely love it. Its rotting chocolate with no redeeming qualities.
Not only he is a real life villain, he also shows up at the end of the movie.
I am not going to lie. I really enjoyed his podcast with the FBI Agent that arrested him. If the FBI agent said he forgave him and he paid his debt to society, I mean, I can see him now in a different light now.
Boiler Room was really good.
I understand its importance and the hardship experienced by its subjects, but ultimately it didn't really grip me.
Like a lot of people, when it came out, I thought it was great. Now, it makes me cringe so hard I can't even watch it.
Any particularly small production, specially from small countries (like my own). I know the people behind them are putting a lot of effort into their craft and are surely making the most out of the scarce human and material resources that they have. But man, sometimes the movie is just bad.
None. I'm proud of my own opinions and respect the opinions of others.
hey, what kind of healthy and adult take is this?!
What a cool way to facilitate discussion. You must be fun at parties.
At least they don’t feel bad for not liking something. Why should someone feel bad for not liking a popular movie? That’s a more interesting discussion than this weird self-flagellation.
Dead poets society
You shouldn't feel bad for that. The movie isn't that great.
The romance of the movie is better than the movie itself. It is like going to a nice steak house and the decor is beautiful and the staff is great. Your steak on the other hand was frozen 30 minutes ago and cooked in unsalted boiling water and served well done. The sides were decent.
The Babadook. I know people in the horror space and on reddit love that movie. But I just can't enjoy it. The characters are unlikeable and it's just frankly a boring movie.
Interstellar and Dunkirk. I love a lot of Nolan films but was bored senseless by these ones. Interstellar felt badly written and full of holes, and I just flat out didn’t give a fuck about anything that happened in Dunkirk.
I can understand people’s problems with Dunkirk but I just thought it was amazing. The dogfighting scenes were nuts and the 3 converging timelines and the payoff was so well done. Amazing soundtrack like every Nolan film as well.
I had a lot of issues with Interstellar on first viewing, but watching it again during lockdown was really intense. Still have the same issues with it, but I appreciate it more. It has a strange urgency that sticks with you despite never being clearly articulated. It's like the movie works best if your brain has been fried by anxiety, and then it all makes sense as a sort of fever dream.
Dont feel bad about not liking interstellar, i love nolan too but in no way was that a good film lol
Pulp Fiction. I just can’t get into it.
Tarantino movies are just one of those things. Some people like them, others never will.
The problem is some of the people that are fans of his are annoying. Like some fans of anything really.
I watched idk 1/2 or an hour? of the movie, hated it so much I stopped rewinded the movie and returned the VHS without finishing.
When you watch a Tarantino movie, you aren't supposed to watch the actors, you are supposed to imagine Tarantino reacting to each of his in-jokes and director conceits. That sounds dumb, but I've enjoyed his movies more once I started taking that as a given.
I find Tarantino absolutely repellant, so that's probably a good reason why I don't enjoy his movies at all.
Joker. Hear me out. I knew what it was, going into it, and it was exactly how it should have been. I believe it deserves to be a great movie by critics, or anyones elses standards, but I was bored watching it.
A great performance from Joaquin Phoenix (not his best but it is damn good) and a solid score. But other than that, let's just say that Scorsese did it better with Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy.
I think the reason why a lot of people liked Joker was because that the main character was a broken soul who lives in an unaccepting world, which people can relate to.
I hold that if it didn’t have the “joker” as a draw it’d just be shit upon as a Taxi Driver retread.
Superheroes is like the ultimate cheat code for studios—how to get a ton of people who watch your art film and if there’s any criticism you can deflect it because comic books are a low bar.
In a Hollywood Roundtable, Todd Phillips was fanboying over Scorsese and admitted that Joker was a Taxi Driver ripoff
I mean it’s obvious, thank goodness he admits it.
It's funny to me because if someone was legitimately talking about film and compared Taxi Driver to Joker (as far as quality, execution of themes, that sort of thing) I would immediately disregard everything they said afterwards and forever.
Yeah, *The King of Comedy* is a more direct parallel.
To me, it's a like the story of King of Comedy but the general atmosphere of Taxi Driver.
> Superheroes is like the ultimate cheat code for studios—how to get a ton of people who watch your art film
although then it's an underused cheat code. because how many "art movies made popular by inserting superheroes" films are there?
Joker isn’t an art film either.
But Logan is pretty much the same, instead of ripping off out Driver, it’s using Unforgiven.
Joker is a wild movie because you can tell Todd Philips really thought he was saying something deep and biting about American culture, but everything was soooooo incredibly shallow and glossed over that it actually ended up not saying *anything*. If it lost the IP and Joaquin Phoenix it would have been forgotten in a week.
Let’s be honest - without the IP it probably never would have even been made let alone released in theaters.
I think it was better than most comic book movies, but it didn't deserve all the Oscar hype.
Agreed about the movie, but I think Joaquin Phoenix definitely deserved it though
You're giving it too much credit. It's a fairly obvious movie that doesn't have much to say so it just sort of repeats itself a lot. There's nothing wrong with people enjoying it obviously, but in my opinion it doesn't by any means deserve to be canonized as a great or important film
Yeah, the vacant platitudes about mental illness and poverty read as "deep" made me more mad at the audience eating it up than the director behind it.
Eh, not saying you're wrong, but I think there is a lot of subtext in the movie that is highly critical of guys who relate to him. But I dont see many ppl who pick up on that.
It's an empty re-hash of better Scorsese films - I don't get the hype or emotional connection to the film at all.
What you mean it deserves to be a great film by critics?
Couldn't help comparing it to the Scorsese films, which by comparison makes it second rate.
I didnt like it either, but I dont think it deserves to be considered great -- I didnt find it boring, just mediocre and forgettable.
I'll be hunted down for admitting that I thought Whiplash was corny and not a good film.
It's a sports movie where the sport is jazz.
People on here LOVE that movie, and every clip I’ve ever seen just screams to me that it’s a boring melodrama
I'm not really a huge Chazelle fan (sorry r/movies). His films have tremendous amount of craft but I don't really care for them story-wise.
I don't get the impression r/movies is super into Damien Chazelle. Whiplash sure but Chazelle as a whole, not so much. And I say that as someone who absolutely *loves* La La Land.
The Breakfast Club.
Apparently my generation loves this movie?
Last Life in the Universe
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Breakfast Club was horrible to me
Just old guys trying to breathe for 3+ hours
Phantom thread moved slowly.
I agree, but what a wild third act!
Johnny Greenwood - Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Its oddly jarring. A ho-hum comfortable, risk-less rollercoaster that, all of a sudden, goes crazy as you near the end.
I came for Daniel Day Lewis, and left loving Johnny Greenwood even more.
Get Out - feels like an average Twilight Zone episode
I have no idea why people thought Get Out was a great movie. Utterly baffled.
I thought it was another average horror flick with a predictable story. People who thought it was original and inventive definitely haven't seen The Skeleton Key, considering that Get Out ripped off that film.
I also can't get into Peele's horror movies in general. I understand why they are well-liked but they feel very predictable and rather corny.
Anything from Wong Kar Wai. Too aimless and ponderous for my liking.
1917 - Aside from the impressive cinematography and music, I forgot ahout the movie about as soon as I walked out of the theater.
The Big Lebowski. Tried multiple times to watch it, couldn't get through the first 30 minutes. I was always amazed by how much praise it got and how it's become a cult classic.
Anything by Charlie Kauffman. Sorry. I don't really care about the things he cares about. At all.
As a huge Charlie Kaufman fan, I can definitely see why some people dislike his style.
Kaufman's style tends to go for a rather surrealist style in different ways, which can help fuel the creativity of his films.
Yeah I understand why people dig him, but I just don't have the patience for so many layered metaphors. I like my surrealism in more of an atmospheric sense like David Lynch.
Im not a big fan of most of his work, but Eternal Sunshine really stands out. I love that film.
He's one of the most self indulgent, boring filmmaker. I'm thinking of ending things was such a fucking drag. Just a brutal, boring watch
Seven Samurai. Yeah, I know it's like the greatest film of all time and like everything is based on it, but I've tried to watch it twice and both times fell asleep midway through.
I enjoyed what I saw, it's just so long and plodding and just lulls me into sleep
It’s a very long film but it’s definitely one of those old classics where you can see on how this was a technical marvel back in the day. Those long shots and camera travels are incredible.
Even though that is actually my favorite movie, I understand this criticism with a lot of old, classic films.
So much has changed in the way things are made, written, performed, etc. and while a lot of them certainly hold up against time, they are inseparable from the time and the context in which they were made. It can be hard to mentally latch on to something like that when you aren't part of that specific time period and cultural context.
It's like watching a foreign film almost. A totally different lens through which to tell a story that a lot of us aren't used to, because understandably enough, we pay the most attention to the pop culture and the context of our own present-day. Even though I love it, I can fully understand someone else not seeing the same appeal. The fact that it is very long too is understandable- usually whenever I watch it, I watch for about 30 minutes to an hour at a time (that's all I ever have time for each day). IME that's the only way I'll ever get around to watching any movies- 1-2 hours is a big time commitment, so breaking it up in chunks makes it much easier and engaging for me.
I'm in the same boat as you with american beauty. Tried to watch it several times and I'm always bored to tears.
Anything Tarkovsky. I keep trying to love him but I can't.
I can see that. I admire him more than I like him. Solaris is the one I "like" the most, probably because it's his most accessible and emotional by design. But I do enjoy watching his movies just for the sheer esthetic pleasure of it. Stalker is definitely a really great science fiction movie. Mirror is a movie that I don't necessarily love, but I feel like it deserves to be considered one of the greatest of all films. It's just pure cinematic poetry.
*The Tree of Life.* I know it's supposed to be transcendent and beautiful and incredibly emotionally telling in this stream of consciousness way, etc. etc. But the pace is sooooo slooowww.
Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Sure, the exposition and extra backstory made Cyborg and The Flash's introduction and their roles far more meaningful.
But I just could not bring myself to enjoy this movie. The insufferable 4:3 aspect ratio and run time take it over the edge for me.
Took a 3/10 to a 5/10.
Another one: Zootopia
It has a great message and elements but it's bogged down by so many animation cliches, generic jokes, and a gross misuse of some great actors and characters in minor roles. Really another "How Dare You Disrupt My Daughter's wedding" reference? Another story about extreme opposites learning to get along in an animated film? Another Dance Party ending in an animated film? Finnick the fennec fox only has 3 lines and is never seen or mentioned after showing Judy where Nick is? Octavia Spencer is just there to provide exposition? 5 Frozen references? In a buddy cop film?
All these things make it hard to enjoy the film. I wish they kept the good parts and got rid of all the corporate bullshit and cliches surrounding it.
BvS. I wanted to see Batman and Superman together in live action for as long as I can remember. And when we finally got it it was one of the biggest disappointments of my life. The fact that I hate that movie instead of loving it makes me sad.
Sicario. I think in my case though it's more just a case of going in with the wrong expectations. Was huge into cartel media at the time I watched, and had already played Ghost Recon Wildlands, and watched all of Narcos. After seeing the bombastic nature of the game, and finding out about the insane real life shit Escobar did. The main points of tension in Sicario felt tame and meh to me.
I feel bad because I can see the talent and quality on display, but even when they are descending into the tunnels I just felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop as it were, and not in a good way.
The Lord of the Rings and Pulp Fiction
Bro I second the Pulp Fiction. I can’t stand that movie.
I’ll bite: why?
I’m proud of my opinions but I guess I’d have to say Goodfella’s.
It’s a great movie, possibly Scorsese’s best, but I just couldn’t get into it and will probably never watch it again.
Jesus, you’re brave for saying this movie.
That’s a first. I don’t think anyone disliked this movie....
Yeah, I have always disliked American Beauty for multiple reasons (and you're the second person other than myself I've ever heard admit it). I'd add Beyond The Black Rainbow. I *really* wanted to like it based on what I'd read about it, but it took me several sessions to get through it, and I really had to force myself to finish it. Mind you I'm the kind of person that also hears a movie is bad and I want to watch it more to see why. I've seen plenty of bad movies I'd sit through again over Black Rainbow.
I had the same experience with Beyond the Black Rainbow. Seemed like something I should love, but it just didn’t connect and I didn’t even up finishing it, which is rare. I loved Mandy though.
I haven't seen Mandy yet, but it's on my list.
Fury Road and John Wick.
I love action blockbusters, but nothing released in like 15 years now has been interesting to me at all. Along comes these two movies that everyone raves about, and I watch them and I'm mostly bored.
So if these really are the pinnacle of the modern action movie (and they seem to be), I guess I'm stuck watching the same ~25 years of blockbusters from ~1980 to ~2005 for the forseeable future. Feelsbadman.
I'm a huge fan of both those films but I totally respect your opinion. What did you find lacking in them?
And what are your favorite action blockbusters?
Opinion on MI? Considering it's regarded as ~~one of~~ the top action franchises of the last decade.
My friends still give me a hard time 21 years later but Gladiator(2000). Amazing action scenes and one of, if not my favorite ending to a movie watching Maximus see his family in heaven. However, aside from the action and ending scene, it seems to drag for me.
I still like the movie, but I re-watched it this year and it has a LOT more political scenes and themes than I remembered from watching it when I was a teen. Joaquin puts in work on those brooding emperor scenes, but I kind of wish they had left more of those on the cutting room floor during a re-watch.
It seems to me like the movie only starts not long before it ends
Same. It had about 30 mins of solid scenes and that was it
Pulp Fiction. I watched it a couple of years ago and thought it was just “ok”.
I don't feel bad, but I really disliked *The Tree of Life* and people on this sub have tried to make me feel bad for not liking it. I remember one person telling me I should just stick to Transformers movies.
I liked The *The Thin Red Line* and *The New World*, and *The Tree of Life* looked like it would be good from the trailers. It started as a story about a man looking back on his troubled childhood, loss, his strict father with anger issues, his comforting mother, etc. I expected that based on the marketing and liked those parts. What I didn't expect was the nearly hour long existential nature montage with almost no dialogue thrown in the middle and it completely killed the movie for me. Even Sean Penn said it got to a point in filming that he didn't understand what purpose his character was serving and that the script he signed onto was more narrative driven than the film that was made.
Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. I was excited AF after the fantastic reception it got pre & in initial week of release. I was even hoping that it would revive DCEU. Then I watched it & I was so disappointed. As much expectations I had, I think it just wasn't for me.
The Godfather and The Lord of the Rings.
I really want to like the Lord of the Rings as I'm a big fantasy fan, just could never get into it, books either.
[How could you not like the Godfather? ](https://youtu.be/0pnwE_Oy5WI)
"It insists upon itself Lois, it insists upon itself".
I love The Money Pit
to an extent, this applies to me.
but simply in the sense, that I merely like, not *love* the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (while a huge percentage among my friends thinks it's amazing).
(also, I prefer the theatrical version over the way-too-long extended)
I noticed that a lot of my friends who were big into HP couldnt get into LotR
If by HP you mean Harry Potter. I have read through the entire series and watched the movies like 10 times each. I'd say im a fan lol. I do like other high fantasy stuff too though, I have read all the Witcher books and played all the games, love that universe and it certainly borrows heavily from high fantasy concepts established in LotR.
I will try the movies again someday. The books are just too old for me, the way they are written, hard for my modern mind to read I guess.
Yeah i never really got into the books but I love the LotR movies. Not an HP fan but I can totally see why the fanbases wouldn't overlap as people might think.
I may not feel bad for anything I like (Even something people think is too "yikes" worthy like American Beauty, which I do enjoy quite a bit, although there are better takes on suburbanite milieu out there), but there's plenty I feel bad for not liking because I tend to be of the mind that it's very rarely a film's "fault" if I don't like it, it just wasn't to my taste, so why should I feel especially great about that? If it were up to me I'd like to like more things than less things after all.
So I think Caligari is a big one. As a person big on the silent era it's one of those ones that should be a list topper but it's just not for me.
Whew if we're going that route then Citizen Kane for me. I've literally never been so bored.
Parasite - I thought it was good/well made and I'm happy it broke new ground at the Oscars... but do I think it deserved a Best Picture Oscar? I'm not sure...
Personally didn't think it was anything particularly groundbreaking and I thought it became predictable after 'the discovery' (I was actually really enjoying the con artist aspect up until that point).
I've heard people saying it's one of their favourite movies ever and that's absolutely fair enough, I'm glad they liked it so much, but it probably wasn't even in my top 3-5 of the year.
It’s a great movie that suffers from hype. For a lot of Western audiences it was “baby’s first Korean thriller” and I think that’s why it’s so highly praised.
I've said it before, but *The Handmaiden* deserved all of the accolades *Parasite* got way more.
Yeah I remember there being some weird discussion/hype around watching it with subtitles, which felt bizarre. I guess the darker path it takes might have been more of a shock to people who weren't particularly familiar with Korean cinema (I'm hardly an expert myself but seen enough to know it wasn't going to end well).
Shawshank Redemption. Saw it in a theater when it was first released, never cared to see it again despite its universal praise. Maybe because there were so many other great movies in 1994 that it paled in comparison?
Anomalisa, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Good Will Hunting. All films that on paper I should have loved like everyone else but didn't get the same enjoyment out of them.
Thank God someone said Once Upon A Time In Hollywood...thought it might be too soon to say this is easily his worst.
He’s not really saying anything new many people feel this way.
All i saw was praise for this film and both me and my gf are scratching our heads why?
Same. So boring, empty characters, pointless plot lines and dialogue... just a waste of nearly 3 hours.
I’m not sure I really feel bad but I catch a lot of shit for hating Scarface
The documentary Dear Zachary. Supposed to be the most heartbreaking story of all time but all I saw was a self-interested, poorly constructed home movie about nobody and could not bring myself to care any more than I would reading a newspaper
Usually I'm all "your opinion matters" but man it's hard to think someone could watch that movie and think of those people as "nobody". Heartless.
I’ve never seen the movie, so I can neither agree or disagree, but kudos for having the boldest take in this thread
**Alien** and **Blade Runner**.