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Bucking the Trend

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DrFrylock, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. DrFrylock

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    Tonight I was working and put on that new Clash of the Titans movie with Liam Neeson playing a version of Zeus that sparkles like a Twilight vampire and emits lens flare like the deck of a JJ Abrams starship. I was expecting it to be a terrible movie, but you know what? Not too fucking bad. I was pleasantly surprised.

    FOCUS: What movie did you think was going to suck, but didn't? Alternatively, what movie do other people hate that you like?

    ANTI-FOCUS: What movie do you hate that everyone else loves?
     
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    Focus: Super Mario Brothers: The Movie. I loved this movie when I was a kid. It's cheesy, poorly written, and has bad puns but I enjoy it nonetheless.

    Anti-Focus: Any of the Pirates of the Carribean movies. I'm not a big Depp fan anyway, but I couldn't sit through any of these any time I've tried.
     
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    Focus: Catwoman (Halle Berry). Widely regarded as one of the worst movies of the last decade. I loved it. I guess I could just watch Halle Berry prance around in a cat suit all day.

    Anti Focus: Spiderman and sequels. I generally love even mediocre comic book movies. Howver, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in lead roles for superhero movies?
     
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    Alt Focus: I believe Donnie Darko to be one of the worst films ever made. If you enjoy it, chances are you may want to cut back the ammount of marijuana you smoke. I've seen it three or four times, and hated it more with each viewing.

    Focus: I think KIMaster and myself are the only people in the universe that enjoyed I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. I really did laugh for the entire hour and a half. And have done the same in 6 or 7 repeated viewings.
     
  5. Nom Chompsky

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    Be honest Balls, you haven't read Romeo and Juliet, have you? Avatar is a basically the same as a lot of things: Fern Gully, Pocahantas, my sexual fantasies; Romeo and Juliet is a huge stretch.

    Focus: Based on the trailer, I thought In Bruges was going to be terrible.

    I was quite pleasantly surprised.

    Alt-Focus:I don't think Anchorman is that funny. Groundhog's Day kinda bored me too.
     
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    Focus: Apparently people hate Boondock Saints, according to the critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It really surprised me the first time I looked up this movie on there, because I have always loved it since the first time I saw it.

    Alt-Focus: I have to agree with several that have already been said, especially Avatar, Transformers, and those awful fucking Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Actually, I didn't think the first one was that bad, but the second one was terrible and I refused to see the third.

    Also, I have to bring up the Star Wars prequels. I'm not sure this really fits the alt-focus that well because there are a lot of people out there that didn't like them. However, there are enough people that did and I am such a big Star Wars fan that I feel like I should at least like them a little bit. I don't though, they are just so bad.

    I feel that I am becoming very cynical in regards to movies these days. All this crap that is aimed at the general mouth breathing public, stuff that puts more emphasis on action and visual effects than it does plot and character development. This makes it very hard to watch movies with The Girlfriend.

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    I fucking loved In Bruges. Also I edited to comment on the Anchorman point. I can stand that movie and get some laughs out of it, but I cannot fucking stand Talladega Nights or pretty much anything else Will Ferral is in these days.
     
  7. Czechvodkabaron

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    The American Pie trilogy. I still love all three of them. The second and third ones would have been horrible without Stifler, but they are probably the two funnier ones. As far as replay value goes the first and third ones are better, but I still love all three.

    Toy Soldiers. This is a 1991 film where Shawn Astin plays a student at a boarding school full of troubled kids. The school gets taken over by terrorists and the boys have to help take them down from the inside. It is pretty corny, but I love it.


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    I will second Pirates of the Caribbean. The first one came out the Summer before my senior year of high school, and everyone I knew was obsessed with it and had seen it at the theater multiple times. I saw it twice and just could not understand what was so great.

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Garbage. Matthew Broderick's character is not likable at all.

    The Dark Knight. I like Batman, but I am sorry, I didn't like this movie. Aside from Heath Ledger, there was nothing that I found good about it. The main reason why I don't like it is that there is no actual plot. The series of mini-climaxes doesn't work for me.

    Gran Torino. This one is more a case of it being overrated than me hating it. I just didn't think there was anything that special about it. And I actually predicted the ending before it happened.
     
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    I thought The Devil Wears Prada was great. I read a review that summed it up really well; it looks like a movie about chick problems and fashion, but it's not. It's a movie about someone stuck working for an asshole boss in a job they don't even want. Basically Office Space, but with less humor and a better looking protagonist.

    I also thought Titan AE was really good. I can't say many people hate it though, because no one ever saw it (it's on the short list of films that lost money).

    As for movies other people love, the original Ocean's 11 sucked. The scheme is just "let's change some wiring." And they somehow have access to he casinos' electrical systems, because there's no reason to have any security. And they show the robbery of every one of the 5 casinos, even though it's the exact same thing. Basically a 15 minute movie, repeated 5 times. And the plan for getting the money out of Vegas? For no good reason, they skip their original plan, and put the money in a casket, not realizing that pine boxes are for cremation; burials get really ornate coffins.
     
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    I don't find Office Space funny at all.
     
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    Anti-Focus: Anything with Will Ferrell in it.

    He's just not funny to me. At all. Making faces, screaming, and acting like a mentally retarded child is not entertaining.
     
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    Focus: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/balls_of_fury/ I think this was in the theaters for maybe 5 minutes, panned on rotten tomatoes, and I can't say I've spoken with anyone else who has even seen it - and I thought it was hilarious.


    Alt Focus - Avatar: Trite, cliched, with an unoriginal plot. The only things that movie had going for it were the CGI and the scenery, which, if you are between the ages of 5 and 30 and have ever in your life played, or even seen, a video game, are completely unremarkable.
     
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    Could not agree more.

    Focus: Also agree with "Watchmen." I love it, and find myself watching it on HBO/Cinemax whenever it's on (but I'm sure the fact that most of what else they're airing is crap has a lot to do with it, too). I also love the "Kill Bill" movies and "Apocolypse Now" which get trashed talked.
     
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    Most of the recent big ones have been listed here.

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    Raging Bull- Considered one of the all time classics, I couldnt have been more bored. The fight scenes were the best part, great cinematography well edited, but the drama segments between were fucking mind numbingly boring. I hear the same thing about Citizen Kane which Ive never seen.

    Crank II- According to one of my best friends and a certain board member here this is an absolute master piece. I switched it on right about the time he was shocking his balls with a tazer and then fucked the girl from Road Trip on a horse track in front of the worst looking cheering extras Ive ever seen. It felt like they wanted to cater to the lowest common denominator, ala Transformers, but could use more curse words and sex humor. Not some over the top take on shitty summer action movies, it was just a shitty summer action movie. I turned it the fuck off.

    edit: spelling.
     
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    I agree, but with the exception of Stranger Than Fiction. He's finally playing a real character, and not just doing the Will Ferrell shtick.
     
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    FOCUS: What movie did you think was going to suck, but didn't? Alternatively, what movie do other people hate that you like?
    Death Proof. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this movie as part of the Grindhouse double feature. Given the choice between the two, everybody I know would pick Planet Terror and Rose McGowan's machine gun leg. I choose Stuntman Mike and a kickass car chase scene. Plus it's got one of the hottest lapdances in cinematic history.




    ANTI-FOCUS: What movie do you hate that everyone else loves?

    Blade Runner. There was a midnight screening of this at the Egyptian Theater in Seattle a few months ago. I went because I'm a fan of some sci-fi and it's supposed to be one of the all-time best sci-fi movies ever.

    What a shitpile. It was imaginative, I'll give it that. But I tried to give myself a heart attack to combat the boredom. Same with Donnie Darko.
     
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    I mean, really. Everyone should remember when the Montagues launched a massive airstrike on the Capulets world tree so that they could harvest all of the Capulets' Unobtanium so that the Montagues (who had emigrated from Earth after it became uninhabitable, if you remember) could survive on the Capulets lush jungle planet. Makes you wonder if *anybody* has read Romeo and Juliet.

    Also, I'm not sure if you understand what star-crossed means. Given the tiny fact that both lovers survived and conquered the evil invaders.

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    Garden State seems to be mine. Critical indie darling to some, faux intellectual snooze fest to me. Judging by the commentary, Zach Braff only seemed to cast Natalie Portman so he could fool around with her. Not that I can hold that against him.

    Wait, Zach Braff casting Natalie Portman in a movie just so he can sleep with her.........That's Romeo and Juliet! That sneaky shit.
     
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    Movies I love (that everyone hates): Jason X-Horrible acting, horrible special effects, but I cry laughing when Jason kills a girl with another girl in a sleeping bag (alternate reality, I know)

    Old Anal Granny-You`d be surprised to see how much elasticity your grandma`s butt has. All I could think about is one of those giant sinkholes that just appears sometimes in the road. It`s very hard to drive without getting a boner.

    American Pie Band Camp, Naked mile (There`s another one, but I can`t remember its name...)-Cruder versions of the movies in the theater, and has a guy shitting in the dryer.
     
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    I know what's going on my Netflix Instant Queue.

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    Lord of the Rings. I tried to like the movies because they seemed like they should be decent. But in watching them, they were far too long, and I just didn't give a shit about anything that was going on. Same thing goes for Harry Potter.

    Maybe I just don't "get" the whole fantasy genre.
     
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    The Postman starring Kevin Costner.

    I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction. This film gets a 10% critics' and 50% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    I love this film.

    (I also like Waterworld).
     
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    Jason X and pretty much the Friday the 13th franchise - I love the series, so much so my PSN ID is Voorhees and I have an autographed picture of Kane Hodder from Friday they 13th Part 7, but not many people I know share that interest.

    "It's formulaic"
    "It's gory"
    "There's no plot"
    "There's gratuitous nudity"
    "Oh my god why is he in New York/hell/space this time."

    SHUT. THE. FUCK. UP.

    If you want things like plot or character development, you are watching the wrong movie. People go to see F13 or any slasher movie because they want to see people stabbed, gouged, slit, ripped, dismembered and torn to shit in the most creative ways possible, and that's where Jason shines.